With no more than 72 guests on board you will have the opportunity to enjoy some memorable inland adventures. Experienced Wildlife Rangers will lead you on bushwalks through five National Parks including the untouched Wilderness World Heritage Area, Freycinet National Park and Maria Island. There is also a behind the scenes tour of Port Arthur and the opportunity to indulge in Tasmania’s famous food and wine produce. Many of the regions you will visit can only be accessed by boat so this will provide you with a very special experience.
The comfortable cabins and staterooms on the Coral Discoverer all have air conditioning and en suite bathrooms and there are informative talks and presentations on board throughout your cruise from Hobart.
Due to weather and tide conditions no two cruise itineraries are the same. The below itinerary is a sample outline and is subject to change each day dependant on conditions.
Day 1 - Hobart & River Derwent
Board the Coral Discoverer at Hobart’s Macquarie Wharf at 4pm ahead of our 5pm departure.
Cruise the River Derwent whilst enjoying the Captain’s Welcome Drinks. Your overnight anchorage will be off the coast of beautiful Bruny Island.
Day 2 - Woodbridge
At times the mercurial weather of the Tasmanian coast may necessitate activities ashore within the protected bays and rivers. Weather options may include cruising the Huon River and a visit to the Wooden Boat Centre at picturesque Franklin. Learn about the process of sheep cheese-making at the family-run Grandvewe Cheeses, and at the cellar door enjoy a taste of their ‘ewenique’ sheep’s whey vodka.
Your cruise continues around the South East Cape which is the most southernmost point of Tasmania.
Day 3 - Recherche Bay
Journey along Recherche Bay to Cockle Creek on the edge of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. Join an optional scenic hike at the start of the famed South Coast Track led by an Expedition Leader and Tasmania Parks Wildlife Ranger.
Day 4 - Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area
Relax as you enjoy a scenic cruise to Port Davey and through ‘the Narrows’ waterways to Bathurst Harbour for an optional kayaking experience through the calm waters. This region within the South West National Park is a true wilderness area and traditionally is only accessible by light aircraft, boat or by foot.
This afternoon embark on a guided hike of Balmoral Hill Track for great views over the channel.
Today there is also the oppertunity to visit Melaleuca Village – a World Heritage Area visited by very few due to fact it can only be accessed by foot or boat. This region is primarily used by Parks and Wildlife caretakers and is perfect for bushwalking. You may be lucky enough to spot the critically endangered orange-bellied parrot.
Day 5 - Bruny Island
Relax as you enjoy a scenic cruise along the southern coast of Bruny Island keeping a look out for Australia’s largest colony of Fur Seals at The Friars. At Adventure Bay choose to swim, kayak or relax on the beach.
Experience the rugged beauty of the Fluted Cape as you walk along the sheer coastal cliffs or cruise in our Xplorer vessel for a closer look around Penguin Island under the spectacular dolerite formations. Learn about the rich maritime history of Adventure Bay as you meander past the ruins of old whaling stations under the shade She Oaks on the way to Grassy Point.
Day 6 - Freycinet National Park
The spectacular peninsula of Freycinet is crafted from pink granite peaks – the Hazard mountains – surrounded by azure bays, and backed by dry eucalypt forest. At Freycinet National Park, join an optional guided hike (approx. two hours) to the Wineglass Bay beach via the lookout or Isthmus Track, consistently voted one of the most breathtaking beaches in the world. Witness numerous fur seals lounging on the rocks on the Ile des Phoques, a small rocky island between Freycinet Peninsula and Maria Island.
Day 7 - Tasman National Park
Feel small as you stand beside the 300 metre sea cliffs and monumental rock formations of Tasman National Park. See sea stacks – tall dolerite formations – stand tall, and view the Tasman Arch, The Candlestick and Cathedral from a perfect positions at sea.
An area of huge natural diversity, it is possible guests may come across Australian Fur Seals “hauling out” on the rocky shore at Tasman Island, as well as dolphins and albatross which are often sighted in this region.
Day 8 - Maria National Park & Port Arthur
Walk amongst the historic ruins, secluded bays and rugged cliffs of Maria Island National Park, and you can expect to meet local endemic wildlife such as Forester Kangaroos, Bennetts Wallabies and Wombats.
Visit World Heritage-listed Darlington; take in the dramatic Painted and Fossil Cliffs, walk to the convict ruins of Point Lesueur at Long Point.
There is also time to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Port Arthur Historic Site. Australia’s most intact convict site, between 1833 and 1877 the penal colony housed Britain and Australia’s worst criminals, and was considered inescapable. Today, the Historic Site has over 30 buildings, ruins and restored period homes set in 100 acres of landscaped grounds. In the company of Port Arthur’s resident Archaeologist, join an exclusive ‘behind the scenes tour’ of the site, which includes access to private collections and historic buildings not accessible to the general public and a private reception to enjoy Tasmanian wines and canapes made from locally sourced ingredients.
Cruise back to Hobart for your disembarkation.
8 day Cruise - from £2699
- Upgrade to a Main Deck A Cabin from £3135
- Upgrade to a Promenade Deck A Cabin from £3595
- Upgrade to a Bridge Deck Balcony Stateroom from £4165
Departs Wednesday at 5pm from Princess Wharf Hobart between 22 January 2020 and 11 March 2020.
Price shown is per person based on twin cabin on Main Deck B.
Upgrade prices: Main Deck A – 18 square metre cabin providing ocean views from deck C (Lower Deck), Promenade Deck A – 18 square metre cabin located on deck B (Middle Deck), Bridge Deck Balcony Stateroom – 20 square metre cabin with double or twin beds on the Bridge Deck close to the Lounge and Bridge. All have private balconies with expansive ocean views.