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Tasmania Expedition Cruise from Hobart

Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,860

Goway's 8 day Tasmania Expedition Cruise (From Hobart) focuses on Tasmania. Please inquire.


This 8 day coastal expedition cruise from Hobart is an active adventure showcasing the wild beauty and remarkable heritage of Australia’s smallest island state. Take advantage of long summer days in Tasmania and enjoy bushwalks, optional hikes, scenic lookouts, untouched world heritage areas – all in one of the most pristine and beautiful landscapes on earth.

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Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,860

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Day 1

Hobart and River Derwent

Board Coral Expeditions I at Hobart's Macquarie Wharf at 3:00pm ahead of our 4:00pm departure. Cruise the River Derwent with views of the city and the mighty Tasman Bridge. Enjoy the Captain's Welcome Drinks and sample Tasmanian cheeses, Bruny Island oysters and sparkling wines as we make our way through the scenic D'Entrecasteaux Channel towards our overnight anchorage in Barnes Bay.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration7 Days
Accommodation

Coral Discoverer

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  • Coral Discoverer



    Built for comfort and safety, the Coral Discoverer provides the luxury and convenience of larger cruise ships, yet with just 72 passengers, is small enough access sites beyond the reach of larger vessels. The Coral Discoverer features plenty of open deck space and air-conditioned lounge ...

    Built for comfort and safety, the Coral Discoverer provides the luxury and convenience of larger cruise ships, yet with just 72 passengers, is small enough access sites beyond the reach of larger vessels. The Coral Discoverer features plenty of open deck space and air-conditioned lounge areas for guest comfort. There are outdoor and indoor bars and single-seating dining indoors. Its 2016 refurbishment has brought on board amenities to an even higher level -- the Sun Deck is a new social space and hub of on board community, underneath of which is a covered deck area complete with round bar, a sundeck with lounges and an area for outdoor exercise equipment. Our captain welcomes you on the bridge to observe ship operations and have a friendly chat. Coral Discoverer excursions are made on board the specially-designed excursion vessel 'Xplorer', and a fleet of inflatable Zodiacs.

    Facilities

    • Air Conditioning
    • Bar
    • Gift Shop
    • Laundry Facilities (Surcharge)
    • Library
    • Lounge
    • Scuba Diving
    • Spa/Jacuzzi
    • Sundeck
    • WiFi

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Day 2

Grandvewe Cheeses and Recherce Bay Discovery

Tasmania is renowned for its gourmet produce and this morning we visit family-run Grandvewe Cheeses. Set on 40 acres overlooking Bruny Island, Grandvewe farm produces fine sheep cheeses using milk from their herd of over 100 Awassi and Grandvewe dairy sheep. Meet the mother and daughter cheese making team, tour the milking shed and learns how the cheeses are produced. Sample some of the farm's award-winning produce, including the unique Vanilla Whey Liqueur.

Reboarding Coral Expeditions I, enjoy spectacular views over lunch as we continue to Recherche Bay, a large protected bay which takes its name from a frigate used in the failed 1791 French expedition to locate the missing explorer La PArouse. Cruise the bay aboard Explorer, and then join our Expedition Leader and Parks and Wildlife Ranger on a scenic hike at the start of the famed South Coast Track. Walk the picturesque beach to see Cockle Creek's bronze southern right whale statue commemorating the town's whaling past, and a signpost marking the most southerly point in Australia accessible by motor vehicle.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area

We enter remote Port Davey this morning for two days of exploration in the heart of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. Accessible only by boat, aircraft or a seven day hike, this region is surely one of the most magnificent and pristine landscapes on earth. During his circumnavigation of Tasmania in 1798, renowned explorer Matthew Flinders reported "the mountains which presented themselves to our view... were amongst the most stupendous works of nature I ever beheld". Four major rivers and numerous creeks cut through gorges and snake across open plains, draining their rust-coloured waters into the marine reserve. Small islands dot the surface of the dark waters. White quartzite sands fringe the shoreline. Mt Rugby - the highest and most prominent peak bordering the reserve - rises grandly from the western shore of Bathurst Harbour.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area

Today you will explore Port Davey, the 'Narrows' and Bathurst Harbour. Breathe the world's cleanest air and perhaps take the opportunity to kayak in waters so clear that the towering mountains surrounding the harbour are perfectly reflected in the waterways. With our Parks and Wildlife Ranger join a hike on the Balmoral Hill Track and visit the village of Melaleuca, where conservation efforts are helping to protect the endangered Orange-Bellied Parrot. Our time in Tasmania's South West Wilderness is sure to be a highlight of the expedition.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

Coastal Cruise and Adventure Bay

Gather on the outer decks for a scenic cruise along the southern coast of Bruny Island, past Cloudy Bay, the historic Cape Bruny Lighthouse and the Friars, home to a large population of Australian Fur Seals. Anchoring at Adventure Bay, relax on the long stretch of beach, enjoy a swim, paddle a kayak, tour the Bligh Museum of Pacific Exploration or join a guided nature walk through sub-tropical rainforest and meander through a fern glade next to Waterfall Creek. You may also wish to visit the nearby Bruny Island Berry Farm and pick a punned of fresh berries. Reboarding Coral Expeditions I we set sail for the Tasman Peninsula and beautiful Wineglass Bay, and enjoy a pre-dinner Tasmanian wine tasting and a selection of the state's finest gourmet produce.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 6

Freycinet National Park and Maria Island

Awaken this morning to the pristine surrounds of Freycinet National Park. Early risers and keen photographers may choose to join a guided hike through the national park to the Wineglass Bay lookout, breath-taking views of the beach and beyond to Mt Freycinet providing reward for the early start. Wineglass Bay has been named one of the world's top ten beaches, and following breakfast you will have ample time to explore the beach at your own pace. Perhaps paddle a kayak in the clear waters, or just stroll along the soft white sands and take in the untouched scenery of this iconic location. We spend the afternoon exploring Maria Island, a national park with something for everyone; historic ruins, sweeping bays, rugged cliffs and mountains, and remarkable wildlife. Since the late 1960s Maria Island has become a kind of Noah's Ark, as a number of threatened species have been introduced here in a bid to protect their kind. The very features that made the island a convict settlement now make it an ideal refuge for plant and animal species such as native pademelons Forester Kangaroos, Bennetts Wallabies and Tasmanian Devils. Maria Island's historic town site of Darlington has been included in the Convict Trail of Australia and was World Heritage-listed in 2010. Enjoy time to explore and walk amongst the restored buildings, including the Commissariat Store built in 1825 and the convict penitentiary. There's also a choice of nature walks to enjoy where there is a chance to see how the island's conservation efforts are helping to rejuvenate threatened wildlife.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 7

Tasman National Park and Port Arthur Historic Site

Famous for its soaring 300 metre sea cliffs and monumental rock formations, we cruise the coast of Tasman National Park, an area of dramatic beauty and natural diversity. Tasman Arch, The Candlestick and Cathedral Rock are just three of the imposing natural features adorning the coastline. At Tasman Island observe rich wildlife such as seals, dolphins, sea eagles and albatross. In the afternoon, a unique experience awaits at the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Port Arthur Historic Site. Australia's most intact and evocative 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 40 hectares 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. Then, enjoy a private reception in the beautiful surrounds of Port Arthur's Asylum building. Join the Captain and his crew and indulge in Tasmanian sparkling wine and local canapes, before returning to Coral Expeditions I for dinner and our final night cruising the Tasmanian coast.

Day 8

Cruise concludes in Hobart

Awaken as we cruise the River Derwent towards Hobart. Our arrival at Macquarie Wharf at 8:00am marks the end of our Tasmanian expedition.

Meal Plan Breakfast

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DEPARTURES:

2018: Jan 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; Feb 5, 19, 26; Mar 5, 12

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 7 nights' Accommodation
  • Captain's Welcome and Farewell Drinks
  • Services of expedition staff including lectures
  • Briefings, slide/film presentations, and other group activities
  • Group transfers during the cruise
  • All meals, morning and afternoon teas
  • 24 hour tea/coffee station, soda fountain soft drinks
  • Landing fees
  • Australian Government Goods and Services Tax

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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12 Mar 2018
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