Tasmania Wilderness Expedition Cruise

Includes a 10 night small ship expedition cruise of Tasmania

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Arriving in Hobart you’ll find a city teeming with old-world charm and a lively waterfront area that’s home to one of Australia’s finest markets. Wander in and out of streets lined with striking Victorian and Georgian architecture, or go beyond the fringes of the city to nearby Mount Wellington where you’ll relish the panoramic views from its summit.

You’ll then embark Coral Discoverer for an intimate voyage around Tasmania’s southern coast. This purpose-built Australian expedition small ship combines stylish décor, modern facilities and ample space for no more than 72 guests. Throughout your cruise, you will delight in the attentive service of our professional Australian and New Zealand residency crew. Enjoy dishes prepared with fresh local ingredients and common areas where you can mingle with like-minded guests.

You’ll first head up the Huon River, calling at Franklin’s Wooden Boat Centre to learn about Tasmania’s proud maritime heritage before being treated to the delicious gourmet produce at Grandvewe Cheeses.

You’ll then sail to the rugged south-west coast where you’ll explore Port Davey and Bathurst Harbour. As part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, it’s an area that’s best explored by walking, kayaking or even the ship’s Xplorer tender vessels. There is plenty of intriguing wildlife to spot, much of which is endangered.

Bruny Island and Adventure Bay, where you’ll sail next, provide another opportunity to see some incredible wildlife. Watch out for the native Bennett’s Wallabies on Bruny Island and get up close to Penguin Island. Adventure Bay housed four whaling stations before the industry’s decline in the mid-1840s and the ruins of these stations remain.

After Maria Island National Park, where you could feed wombats, you’ll head for Freycinet National Park. Dominating a largely untamed peninsula, it’s home to sacred Aboriginal sites and endemic plants and wildlife such as the blotched blue-tongued lizard.

Before tomorrow’s flight home, spend a day in Port Arthur, once home to one of Australia’s harshest penal colonies. The ruins are now part of an UNESCO World Heritage-listed open-air museum where you can learn how some of the most hardened British criminals were imprisoned here in the middle of the 19th century.

Package Includes

All flights, taxes & transfers

Expedition Cruise

  • 10 night expedition cruise on board Coral Discoverer
    • All meals and selected wines, beers, juices, and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner
    • All excursions and sightseeing
    • Use of Xplorer, Zodiacs and kayaks
    • Daily lectures and briefings
    • All entrance fees to National Parks and Ports
    • SailSAFE Plan

Fully Escorted Excursions & Sightseeing

  • Spend two full days exploring wilderness areas of Port Davey and Bathurst Harbour
  • Hike to Wineglass Bay and The Hazards in Freycinet National Park
  • Learn about Maria Island’s history as a penal colony
  • Visit Port Arthur, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Admire dramatic 300m tall coastal cliffs of the Tasman Peninsula
  • Taste Tasmania’s fresh farm-gate produce and world-class cool-climate wines at an onboard event
  • Spot fur seals, wombats and wallabies in Tasmania’s national parks
  • Visit the Wooden Boat Centre and learn about Tasmania’s proud maritime heritage

Hotel Stay

  • 2 night four-star hotel stay in Hobart at The Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel with breakfast

At a glance

12 nights
Departing 15 Jan 2022
All flights and taxes

Prices from

Main Deck B
$7,499 pp
Main Deck A
$7,999 pp
Promenade Deck A
$9,699 pp
Bridge Deck Balcony
$11,299 pp

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Call to book:

1800 958 405

Holiday code:

CRU2258

Opening hours:

AWST: Mon to Fri 6am - 5pm | Sat & Sun 6am - 2pm | AEST: Mon to Fri 9am - 7pm | Sat & Sun 9am - 4pm

Wineglass Bay

The isolation and breathtaking beauty of Wineglass Bay has unsurprisingly led to it being regularly listed as one of the world’s best beaches. One of the jewels of the Freycinet National Park, this stunning stretch of sand is found nestled around a crescent of mountains – known as The Hazards - and deep green forest, over which majestic sea eagles soar.

Your Itinerary

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DAY 1 | 15 Jan 2022
Hobart - Hotel Stay

Hobart, founded at the turn of the 19th century as a British penal colony, is known for its well-preserved colonial architecture, much of which was built during the Georgian and Victorian eras, giving the city a charmingly old-world demeanour. While here you’ll be able to choose from a wealth of exciting activities such as a city highlights tour, a hike to nearby Mount Wellington or a visit to the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary. Salamanca Place is also a wonderful area to roam for great food and souvenirs.

Russel Falls in Mt Field National Park with an evening light and nice waterfall.
DAY 2 | 16 Jan 2022
Hobart - Hotel Stay

Hobart is a great place from which to explore the rugged beauty of southern Tasmania. Why not head for Russell Falls, a tiered-cascade waterfall in the Central Highlands region, which is one of the most picturesque in the country. Or get an aerial view of the area surrounding the city with a 30-minute plane trip, taking in the majestic Derwent river. To see many of the island’s flora in one place, wander the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens.

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DAY 3 | 17 Jan 2022
Hobart - Embark Coral Discoverer
Today you’ll embark Coral Discovery, a luxury Australian small ship purpose-built for expedition cruising and featuring an array of modern facilities and elegant décor throughout. Feel the sea breeze on the spacious Sun Deck, work out in the outdoor gym and soak up a wealth of knowledge in the lecture lounge. Throughout your cruise, you will delight in the attentive service of our professional Australian and New Zealand residency crew. With a capacity for 72 passengers and 24 crew members, you’ll be well looked after throughout your voyage, while the fine dining makes the most of quality local ingredients.
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DAY 4 | 18 Jan 2022
Woodbridge & Huon River

Port Huon is situated on the mouth of the Huon River and is backed by the twin peaks of the Hartz Mountains. You’ll sail upriver and call at the Wooden Boat Centre at Franklin where Tasmania’s maritime heritage is sustained through the production of hand-crafted timber boats. Having worked up an appetite, you’ll later visit Grandvewe Cheeses, an organic sheep dairy farm, where you’ll learn about the cheese-making process and sample vodka made from sheep’s whey, enjoying a view that overlooks the D’Entrecasteaux Channel.

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DAY 5 - 6 | 19 - 20 Jan 2022
Port Davey & Bathurst Harbour

Southwest Tasmania is an untamed wilderness, where jagged mountains loom over river valleys and tannin-rich freshwater turns the ocean a light shade of sepia. With no road access, your small expedition ship is the best way to see this terrain, while the Xplorer tender vessels will get you even closer to the action. Visit the sheltered haven of Port Davey and Bathurst Harbour, part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, where you’ll spend two days (weather permitting) learning about the European explorers and Indigenous Australians, who once walked this land.

View from the neck lookout bruny island with twilight sunrise morning sky in winter, North Bruny, Tasmania, Australia
DAY 7 - 8 | 21 - 22 Jan 2022
Bruny Island & Adventure Bay

Bruney Island is known as a breeding site for various bird species and in the 19th century was home to four whaling stations, leading to the southern right whale being hunted almost to extinction.  At Adventure Bay, walk along the dramatic coastal cliffs of Fluted Cape and look out for Bennett’s Wallabies - endemic to the island. You’ll also view nearby Penguin Island from your Xplorer vessels. This small sliver of land is home to a colony of the world’s smallest penguin.

A wombat in grassland in Cradle Mountain, Tasmania
DAY 9 - 10 | 23 - 24 Jan 2022
Maria Island National Park

The convict penal settlement of Darlington on Maria Island is regarded as one of the best-preserved sites of its kind and considered a place of major historical significance. Much of the island makes up the Maria Island National Park, and its fauna includes Bennett’s Wallabies, wallabies and Forester Kangaroos as well as striking cliffs stained with iron deposits that leek through the sandstone.  The concentric circles of red, purple and orange create striking natural works of art.

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DAY 11 | 25 Jan 2022
Freycinet National Park & Schouten Island

Blessed with pink-tinged granite mountains and acclaimed beaches like Wineglass Bay, Freycinet Peninsula is a dramatic headland that’s home to a national park – one of Tasmania’s oldest. Take a guided hike along the Isthmus Track for magnificent views from the lookout or swim in the azure waters of Wineglass Bay. Cruising close to Ile des Phoques and Schouten Island, keep an eye out for fur seals basking on the rocks and wedge-tailed eagles overhead.

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DAY 12 | 26 Jan 2022
Port Arthur

Just south of Hobart on the tip of a peninsula jutting out into the Tasman Sea lies the small town of Port Arthur. This former convict settlement was notorious within the British penal system due to its harsh conditions. These days it’s a UNESCO World Heritage-listed open-air museum surrounded by well-tended parkland. Learn how British convicts deported to Australia in the 18th century served their sentences and wander the numerous buildings that still remain.

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DAY 13 | 27 Jan 2022
Hobart - Disembark Coral Discoverer

Today you’ll disembark Coral Discoverer in Hobart and fly home.

Welcome aboard the Coral Discoverer

Enjoy all the modern facilities of a conventional cruise ship but with a more intimate atmosphere and a wealth of luxury touches when you sail on the remarkable Coral Discoverer. Throughout your cruise, you will delight in the attentive service of professional Australian and New Zealand residency crew and expert expedition leaders. With its ‘open bridge’ policy, you can chat with the amiable staff and crew, while public areas like the Sun Deck and Explorer Bar are where you’ll meet like-minded new friends.

SailSAFE Plan is Coral Expeditions priority to keep their guests and crew safe while travelling. Partnered with Respond Global, a specialist medical advisory agency, to assist in developing these protocols that are among the most thorough in the world. With a focus on prevention, to target a 100% COVID free environment when we set sail, they have a three-tiered medical screening system in place before boarding.

SailSAFE Plan is Coral Expeditions priority to keep their guests and crew safe while travelling. Partnered with Respond Global, a specialist medical advisory agency, to assist in developing these protocols that are among the most thorough in the world. With a focus on prevention, to target a 100% COVID free environment when we set sail, they have a three-tiered medical screening system in place before boarding.

Kayaking

Venture into some of Australia’s most untamed beauty spots via a kayak. These small, portable boats are light, easily navigable and get you up close to the sights and sounds of the coastal wilderness.

Exquisite dining

Enjoy Australian specialities cooked with fresh ingredients picked up along the way, as well as international favourites. All drinks and meals are included, while coffee and tea is available 24 hours a day.

Zodiac Tours

Join your guide and fellow guests on an inflatable Zodiac and enhance your knowledge of the destinations you visit. These excursions are another great way of getting the best out of your holiday.

Prices & Departures

  All flights included
regional flights available at a supplement
Departing
Departing 15 January 2022
Departing 25 January 2022
Departing 4 February 2022
Main Deck B
Main Deck B $7,499
Main Deck B $7,599
Main Deck B $7,699
Main Deck A
Main Deck A $7,999
Main Deck A $8,099
Main Deck A $8,199
Promenade Deck A
Promenade Deck A $9,699
Promenade Deck A $9,799
Promenade Deck A $9,899
Bridge Deck Balcony
Bridge Deck Balcony $11,299
Bridge Deck Balcony $11,399
Bridge Deck Balcony $11,499
Departing
Departing 15 January 2022
Departing 25 January 2022
Departing 4 February 2022
Main Deck B
Main Deck B $7,799
Main Deck B $7,899
Main Deck B $7,999
Main Deck A
Main Deck A $8,299
Main Deck A $8,399
Main Deck A $8,499
Promenade Deck A
Promenade Deck A $9,999
Promenade Deck A $10,099
Promenade Deck A $10,199
Bridge Deck Balcony
Bridge Deck Balcony $11,599
Bridge Deck Balcony $11,699
Bridge Deck Balcony $11,799
Departing
Departing 15 January 2022
Departing 25 January 2022
Departing 4 February 2022
Main Deck B
Main Deck B $7,599
Main Deck B $7,699
Main Deck B $7,799
Main Deck A
Main Deck A $8,099
Main Deck A $8,199
Main Deck A $8,299
Promenade Deck A
Promenade Deck A $9,799
Promenade Deck A $9,899
Promenade Deck A $9,999
Bridge Deck Balcony
Bridge Deck Balcony $11,399
Bridge Deck Balcony $11,499
Bridge Deck Balcony $11,599
Departing
Departing 15 January 2022
Departing 25 January 2022
Departing 4 February 2022
Main Deck B
Main Deck B $7,499
Main Deck B $7,599
Main Deck B $7,699
Main Deck A
Main Deck A $7,999
Main Deck A $8,099
Main Deck A $8,199
Promenade Deck A
Promenade Deck A $9,699
Promenade Deck A $9,799
Promenade Deck A $9,899
Bridge Deck Balcony
Bridge Deck Balcony $11,299
Bridge Deck Balcony $11,399
Bridge Deck Balcony $11,499
Departing
Departing 15 January 2022
Departing 25 January 2022
Departing 4 February 2022
Main Deck B
Main Deck B $7,699
Main Deck B $7,799
Main Deck B $7,899
Main Deck A
Main Deck A $8,199
Main Deck A $8,299
Main Deck A $8,399
Promenade Deck A
Promenade Deck A $9,899
Promenade Deck A $9,999
Promenade Deck A $10,099
Bridge Deck Balcony
Bridge Deck Balcony $11,499
Bridge Deck Balcony $11,599
Bridge Deck Balcony $11,699

CALL TO BOOK: 1800 958 405

HOLIDAY CODE: CRU2258