The below itinerary is indicative. No two cruises with Coral Expeditions will be the same, with each expedition crafted by our experienced Masters and Expedition Leaders. Throughout the expedition we may make changes to the itinerary as necessary to maximise your expeditionary experience. Allowances may be made for seasonal variations, weather, tidal conditions and any other event that may affect the operation of the vessel. Coral Expeditions suggests that you do not arrive on the day of embarkation or depart on the day of disembarkation due to any changes that may occur in scheduling.
DAY 1: DEPART HOBART
Board in Hobart at 4:00pm for a 8:00pm departure. Enjoy the Captain’s welcome drinks as we cruise down the Derwent River and into the D’entrecasteaux Channel.
FORTESCUE BAY & TASMAN PENINSULA
Gaze up at the 300 metre sea cliffs of Tasman National Park, the highest in the Southern Hemisphere, from a perfect position at sea. An area of huge natural diversity, it is possible to find Australian Fur Seals “hauling out” on the rocky shore at Tasman Island. Visit Fortescue Bay, hike the coastal Tasman Trail and kayak in Canoe Bay.
The historic ruins and rugged cliffs of Maria Island National Park are home to diverse wildlife that includes Forester Kangaroos, Bennetts Wallabies, and wombats. Walk to historic Darlington Settlement, explore the ancient seabeds of the Fossil Cliffs, and marvel at the sandstone formations of the Painted Cliffs.
Wineglass Bay Tasmania with Coral Expeditions At the Freycinet Peninsula, see the pink granite formations of the Hazard Mountains, and the sweeping bays fringed by eucalypt. Join a guided hike to the Wineglass Bay beach – one of the best beaches in the world. Witness fur seals lounging on the rocks at the Ile des Phoques.
FLINDERS ISLAND & THE FURNEAUX GROUP
Visit wild and rugged Flinders Island, and marvel at the pink and gray granite mountain ranges of Strzelecki National Park. Explore beautiful Trousers Point beach, with the possibility of enjoying two of Tasmania’s Great Short Walks at Trousers Point and Castle Rock. Visit seaside townships, discover the sad history of Wybalenna Settlement, and see relics of Flinders maritime past at the Furneaux Museum.
KENT ISLAND GROUP
Weather permitting we visit the Kent Group of islands, Tasmania’s northernmost National Park and a marine protected area. These islands are the remains of a land bridge that once connected Tasmania with main land Australia over 10,000 years ago. The waters of Kent Island are crystal clear, with the highest diversity of fish species in Australia. On Deal Island we find the highest lighthouse in Australia, standing 305 metres above sea level, which is manned by volunteer caretakers.
TAMAR RIVER & LAUNCESTON
Spend two days cruising the scenic Tamar River – which despite its name is actually a tidal estuary over its entire length. Formed by the confluence of the North and South Esk rivers at Launceston, the river’s banks are peppered with scenic reserves, historical properties and notable vineyards. We berth overnight in Launceston, with an excursion to Josef Chromy Vineyard and time to explore the surrounds.
Visit the charming seaside village of Stanley, steeped in history and famous for it’s delectable seafood. Make the climb or chairlift up the Stanley’s iconic landmark ‘The Nut’, the remains of an ancient volcanic plug, for spectacular 360 degree view. Later amble past the well-preserved colonial buildings and perhaps sample some of Stanley’s world famous fish and chips.
King Island is known for its fine local produce, featured in the finest restaurants all over Australia. Situated at the western entrance to the Bass Strait, its rugged coastline has been the site of over 60 known shipwrecks. Tour the island with knowledgeable local guides and learn about the island’s colourful history and current day industry. Sample a brie at the King Island Dairy tasting room, and enjoy a gourmet lunch, with a chance to sample King Island scotch steak and locally caught crayfish.
WEST COAST EXPEDITION STOP
Home to striking mountain ranges, ancient pines and untamed rivers, the wild west coast is the heart of Tasmania’s wilderness and a true frontier. Take in the dramatic scenery during a day of cruising. Weather permitting, we may make a landing on this truly remote coastline.
A marine reserve, and part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, Port Davey is truly spectacular. Enjoy the unforgettable experience of kayaking in Bramble Cove, and explore Melaleuca, along with hiking and bird-watching. We will spend 2.5 days here, and upon departure we will also cruise pass the remote south coast islands of Maatsuyker, home to Australia’s most southerly lighthouse.
ADVENTURE BAY, BRUNY ISLAND
Experience the rugged beauty of Fluted Cape as you walk along the sheer coastal cliffs. Learn about the rich maritime history of Adventure Bay, and explore the history of old whaling stations on the way to Grassy Point.
DAY 17: ARRIVE HOBART
Disembark in Hobart at 8:00am A post cruise transfer to city or airport is included.
• Voyage on board in selected cabin category
• Expert expedition leader and team
• All meals while on board
• Coffee and Tea while on board
• All daily guided excursions
• Selected wine and beer with lunch and dinner
• Port charges/taxes
• Guest Lecturer and a Tasmanian Specialist
• Daily guided excursions on the Xplorer and Zodiac tender vessels, and kayaks where conditions allow
• Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Events, and Open Bridge Access with the Captain
• Comprehensive and fully guided sightseeing in each destination
• All entrance fees to National Parks and Ports
• International and domestic flights unless otherwise stated
• Travel Insurance
• Passport and visa costs where applicable
• Alcoholic drinks outside of those stated in inclusions
• Transfers unless otherwise stated
• Internet on board (Available at cost)
• Any items of a personal nature
• Tipping not required
• Enjoy a scenic flight over Port Davey for a bird’s-eye view of Tasmania’s Southwest wilderness
• Visit remote Flinders Island – experience one of Tasmania’s ‘Great Short Walks’ in Strzelecki National Park
• Cruise the scenic Tamar River to Launceston, and enjoy a visit to the Josef Chromy Vineyard
• Gaze in awe at the 300m high sea cliffs at Tasman National Park – the highest in the southern hemisphere
• Sample King Island’s world-famous produce at a gourmet lunch and visit King Island Dairy for a cheese tasting
• Encounter iconic wildlife such as wombats, fur seals, and dolphins
• Spend more than two days exploring in the World Heritage Area of Port Davey and Bathurst Harbour
• Kayak and hike Tasmania’s breathtakingly beautiful coast and visit remote areas all around the island
• Journey Tasmania’s isolated and mysterious West Coast, with the chance to land and explore a remote location (subject to weather)
• See the coast of Tasmania from the sea, an unusual perspective which highlights the awe-inspiring beauty of the island
01 January, 2022 to 17 January, 2022
26 February, 2022 to 14 March, 2022