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Two large kangaroo standing in the grassy field with the ocean in the distance on Maria Island off the coast of Tasmania.
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Coastal Wilds of Tasmania Cruise

Immerse in Tasmania’s breathtaking National Parks, from the perfect circular formation of Wineglass Bay to the dramatic peaks of pink granite at Freycinet or the otherworldly remoteness of Maria Island National Park. At Tasman National Park, seals, dolphins and albatross greet you, backed by intimidating nearly-1,000-foot-high cliffs.

Guided by an expert expedition team and a guest Parks and Wildlife Ranger who knows the area inside out, gain a unique local’s experience and insider view of the area. Embark on easy to moderate short hikes, including the famed South Coast Track at Cockle Bay and the rugged Fluted Cape of Bruny Island.

The main 11-day round-trip itinerary allows provides an authentic expedition voyage, with a flexible itinerary in which the captain responds to weather conditions to ensure the best parts of Tassie in the best possible conditions. In the spirit of adventure, guests will be advised the day prior where their next adventure lies—perhaps an oyster farm, an undiscovered track or even a seal colony basking in the sunlight. If conditions allow, spend two days exploring the untouched Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area at Port Davey and Bathurst Harbour. Normally only accessible by 7-day hike or light aircraft, this region is undoubtedly one of the most pristine and beautiful landscapes on Earth.

The alternative 14-day Tasmania’s Bass Strait Islands focuses along the island’s eastern coastline before island-hopping at sea towards Melbourne, where the cruise ends. Highlights include a vineyard visit with oysters and dinner, various hikes, iconic wildlife, getting up close to the protected island groups of Hogan and Curtis in Bass Strait, and enjoying meat and cheese tasting on King Island.

For a complete experience, consider the 17-day Circumnavigation of Tasmania itinerary, round-trip from Hobart. In addition to many stops outlined in the 11- and 14-day itineraries, explore northern coastal highlights like Hunter Islands and the charming seaside village of Stanley.

Passage is aboard the 72-guest Coral Discoverer or 120-guest Coral Adventurer. These benchmark small ships offer their guests a uniquely Australian onboard atmosphere, with stylish furnishings, generous decks and the latest of modern facilities. Appreciate opportunities to kayak; snorkel; and cruise in a Zodiac, glass-bottom boat or the ship’s special Xplorer tender. Numerous onboard amenities and superior service ensure this Tasmania small ship cruise is like no other.

Read on for details about this trip, or learn more about AdventureSmith’s Australian cruises and Australian trips.



Itinerary

Coastal Wilds of Tasmania Itinerary

The 11-day Coastal Wilds of Tasmania cruise sails round-trip from Hobart and along the southern coast of Tasmania. Highlights include an exclusive tour of the closed penal colony at Port Arthur; three national park visits including Maria, Tasmanian and Freycinet; visits to Port Davey, Bruny Island, and an organic sheep farm. Additional sites include Fortuscue Bay, Schouten Island and more.

Route map of Coastal Wilds of Tasmania cruise, operating round-trip from Hobart with visits along the island's southern edge.
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Day 1
Embark Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Board the your small ship at Hobart’s Princes Wharf at 4:00pm, with time to settle into your cabin before a 5:00pm departure. Become acquainted with all the facilities on board before meeting fellow travelers, the captain and crew for the captain’s welcome drinks.

Accommodations

Coral Discoverer

Meals

dinner

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Days 2 - 10
Tasmania Exploration

No two Tasmania expedition cruises are the same. The time of departure and return are guaranteedthe rest is an adventure! Each expedition is uniquely crafted by experienced captains and expedition leaders, allowing the crew to quickly respond to favorable weather conditions and offer guests the very best of Tasmania’s flora, fauna and wild coastline. Below is a selection of the key destinations visited.

Woodbridge & Huon River

Where the mouth of the Huon River meets D’Entrecasteaux Channel lays Port Huon, a small community at the heart of the fertile Huon Valley with its Hartz Mountains backdrop. The sheltered waters of the Huon River allow a visit the Wooden Boat Centre at Franklin, where Tasmania’s maritime heritage is kept alive through the production of hand-crafted timber boats. Visit Grandvewe Cheeses, an organic sheep dairy farm, and learn about the cheesemaking process as well as taste their ‘ewenique’ sheep’s whey vodka at the Cellar Door overlooking D’Entrecasteaux Channel.

Port Davey & Bathurst Harbour

On the edge of the world in southwest Tasmania, the landscape is about as wild as it gets. Raw, craggy-peaked mountains and drowned river valleys. Wild rivers and rivulets carved by an eternity. Where tannin-rich freshwater sits atop saltwater, tinting the ocean the color of tea. With no road access, the logical way to explore this wilderness is by small expedition ship. Sheltered from Roaring Forties winds that buffet this coast is the protected haven of Port Davey and Bathurst Harbour. At marine reserve and part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, spend two whole days (weather permitting) enjoying this rare opportunity to hike, kayak and take in this pristine natural environment. Explore by Xplorer tender vessels and learn about intrepid European explorers and Indigenous Australians, who once walked this land. Keep a lookout for the rare and endangered Orange Bellied Parrot amongst other wildlife.

Bruny Island & Adventure Bay

At Adventure Bay on the east coast of Bruny Island, walk along the dramatic coastal cliffs of Fluted Cape and hope to see Bennett’s Wallabies, which are endemic to Bruny Island. Cruising the base of these near-vertical dolerite cliffs in Xplorer tender vessels, take a close look at Penguin Island, which is connected to Fluted Cape at low tide. Learn about how southern right whales were almost hunted to extinction and Adventure Bay housed four whaling stations before the industry’s decline in the mid-1840s. The ruins can be seen on a walk to Grassy Point.

Maria Island National Park

Walk among the ruins and beautifully restored buildings of the convict penal settlement of Darlington. Much of Maria Island is protected as the Maria Island National Park. Expect to see endemic wildlife such as Forester Kangaroos, Bennett’s Wallabies and wombats. There is time to take a walk to the ruins of the former Probation Station, which are set against a dramatic coastal backdrop whose grasslands attract wombats to feed, as well as the striking formations of the Painted Cliffs. Rich iron deposits have leeched through the soil staining the sandstone cliffs on the waters’ edge with colored streaks of red, purple and orange that create a surreal art revealed at low tide.

Freycinet National Park & Schouten Island

The Freycinet Peninsula is a dramatic headland dominated by a pink-hued granite mountain range called The Hazards. Blessed with picturesque sweeping bays with white sand beaches like famed Wineglass Bay, much of the peninsula is designated as Freycinet National Park. Take a guided hike along the Isthmus Track and be rewarded with 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 large colonies of fur seals sunning themselves on the rocks.

Tasman National Park & Fortescue Bay

The Tasman Peninsula is well known for its fascinating geological formations like the Tessellated Pavement, Tasman Arch, sea 8 stacks known as the Candlestick and Cathedral and the aptly named Devil’s Kitchen, so-named due to the furious cauldron of foaming sea far below as the Southern Ocean collides with Tasmania. These coastal waters are a magnet for marine life attracted to an abundance of food sources. Usually fur seals are hauling out on the rocks, playful dolphins are feeding and magnificent albatross soar among the updrafts created by sea cliffs.

Port Arthur Historic Site

One of Australia’s most significant historic places, Port Arthur, is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The ruins stand sentinel on the Tasman Peninsula south of the narrow isthmus of Eaglehawk Neck. For more than 40 years the Port Arthur penal colony housed British and Australian convicts sentenced to hard labor before its heavy iron doors clanked shut for the last time in 1877. 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 knowledgeable guides, join an exclusive behind the scenes tour, which includes access to private collections and historic buildings not otherwise accessible to the public.

Accommodations

Coral Discoverer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 11
Disembark Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Disembark in Hobart at 8:00am. A post-cruise transfer to the central business district or the airport is included.

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n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Expedition voyage; expert expedition team, including a guest lecturer and a Tasmanian specialist; daily guided excursions on the Xplorer and Zodiac tender vessels, and kayaks where conditions allow; small batch local dining, prepared fresh on board: buffet breakfasts,  buffet lunches and  table d’hote dinners; showcase wines, selected beers and soft drinks with lunch and dinner service; 24-hour coffee and selection of teas; 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.

Exclusions

Pre and post flights; fuel surcharges if applicable; alcoholic drinks including beer and wine outside of lunch and dinner service; Australian entry visas or travel permits; personal items such as telephone, facsimile, internet charges, laundry, bar charges; travel insurance of any kind.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 20% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. A name change/transfer of the booking to another person is considered a cancellation and cancellation penalties will apply. An AUD200.00 per person fee may be charged for any amendments not requiring a date change after booking is confirmed. There is an AUD500.00 per person fee if a date change is made more than 90 days before departure. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 90 days – 100% of deposit
89 to 60 days – 50% of total trip cost
59 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Vaccination Requirement
To join this trip, all eligible guests must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot). There may also be COVID-19 testing or other requirements to participate; your Adventure Specialist will provide details of current policies upon booking.

Arrival & Departure

The Coastal Wilds of Tasmania cruise begins and ends in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia (HBA). We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Plan flights to arrive to Hobart in time to board the vessel at Hobart’s Princes Wharf at 4:00pm for 5:00pm departure on Day 1. Plan flights to depart Hobart following disembarkation at Hobart’s Princes Wharf at 8:00am on Day 11. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Activities

Whether you are looking for light activity options or more challenging outdoor pursuits, the ship’s crew can tailor most excursions to suit your skill level. Adventure activities may include hiking; beachcombing; cruising by Zodiac, glass-bottom boat or Xplorer tender; kayaking; photography; wildlife observation; food and wine tasting; and historical visits. This trip is suitable for passengers of all fitness levels, though reasonable mobility is required to enjoy all it has to offer. Guests are welcome to opt-out of any excursions and relax on board. Summer temperatures and wind chill in Tasmania can be very cool so warm layered clothing is essential. As Tasmanian cruises visit remote regions like Bathurst Harbor, this voyage is not suitable for passengers with serious medical conditions.

Room Configuration

Limited double occupancy cabins for solo use may be available at a sole use rate in the Promenade Deck B category. Bookings made via the sole use rate are confirmed, with the option to request a cabin share; share requests made without a solo use rate booking are not guaranteed unless a match is found, accepted by both travelers and confirmed by the reservations team.

If you would like to share accommodation with another guest of the same gender, we will be happy to take your details and try to connect you with a suitable match. This program allows you to pay the per person double-occupancy rate if a match is found. Contact AdventureSmith for further details and availability.

Families & Children

Kids 12 years and older are welcomed aboard all departure dates; exceptions for children 11 years and under may be allowed with special pre-approval. Please contact AdventureSmith for special child rates.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

As a condition of travel, guests must provide evidence of travel insurance with medical evacuation coverage OR complete a credit card authorization form for expenses incurred during a medical evacuation. Proof of travel insurance with medical evacuation coverage OR a completed authorization form must be provided prior to boarding.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

Tasmania's Bass Strait Islands Itinerary

The 14-day Tasmania’s Bass Strait Islands cruise sails north from Hobart along the eastern coast of Tasmania, disembarking in Melbourne. Highlights include a vineyard visit with oysters and dinner, various hikes, iconic wildlife, getting up close to the protected island groups of Hogan and Curtis in Bass Strait, and enjoying meat and cheese tasting on King Island.

Route map of Tasmania's Bass Strait Islands small ship cruise, operating from Hobart to Melbourne, Australia, with visits along the eastern Tasmanian coast & islands north.
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Day 1
Embark Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Board the ship at Hobart’s Macquarie Wharf at 4:00pm where there is time to settle into your cabin before a 5:00pm departure. Become acquainted with all the facilities on board before meeting fellow travelers, the captain and crew for the captain’s welcome drinks.

Accommodations

Coral Adventurer

Meals

dinner

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Days 2 - 13
Tasmania Exploration

No two Tasmania expedition cruises are the same. The time of departure and return are guaranteedthe rest is an adventure! Each expedition is uniquely crafted by experienced captains and expedition leaders, allowing the crew to quickly respond to favorable weather conditions and offer guests the very best of Tasmania’s flora, fauna and wild coastline. Below is a selection of the key destinations visited.

D’Entrecasteaux Channel & Bruny Island

Cruise south down the scenic D’Entrecasteaux Channel and along the rugged southern coast of Bruny Island. Hear commentary on the history and geology of the area while passing Bruny Island Lighthouse, and the impressive rock formations “The Friars”’ and “the Monument.” At Adventure Bay, a hike to Fluted Cape Lookout provides views over the crystal blue waters and by Xplorer tender.

Walks:
The Fluted Cape walk on Bruny Island is a moderate-to-hard walk that stays close to the coastal cliffs, providing spectacular views of Fluted Cape and the distant Tasman Peninsula. Bruny Island showcases rich history, magnificent scenery and abundant wildlife. Guests are able to do shorter sections of the walk.

Fortescue Bay & Bangor Vineyard Shed

Choose your adventure. Stretch the legs on a variety of walk options via a half-hour bus ride to picturesque Fortescue Bay. Choose between shorter sections of the Tasman Trail, or a longer trail to Cape Hauy, part of the legendary Three Capes Trek.  For a more relaxed morning, join the tour to Pirates Bay/Eaglehawk Neck, to observe the natural geological formations—the Tessellated Pavement, Tasman’s Arch and the Devils Kitchen, with a quick stop at the delightful Port Arthur Lavender Farm.

Later, take a coach to picturesque Bangor Vineyard Shed for a special event. Host/Owner Matt Dunbabin is seventh generation of the Dunbabin family in Tasmania and descendant of John Dunbabin, who arrived in Tasmania as a convict in 1830.  The property has a fascinating history: here the Dutch flag was hoisted by Abel Tasman’s carpenter in 1642, and the first contact between Aborigines and Europeans occurred in 1772.  Bangor has been a farm since the 1830s, when it supplied food to the penal settlement at Port Arthur.

Walks:
Cape Hauy (part of the Three Capes Walk) is a medium-to-hard walk through an extraordinary landscape. Experience views of Fortescue Bay from Mt Fortescue and the dolerite columns at the tip of Cape Hauy.

Port Arthur & Tasman Peninsula

One of Australia’s most significant historic places, the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Port Arthur ruins stand sentinel on the Tasman Peninsula. For more than 40 years the Port Arthur penal colony housed British and Australian convicts sentenced to hard labor before its heavy iron doors clanked shut for the last time in 1877.  Join an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour with Port Arthur’s knowledgeable guides, which includes access to private collections and historic buildings not otherwise accessible.

Later, enjoy a scenic cruise of the Tasman Passage to see the spectacular dolerite formations of Tasman Island and Cape Pillar. If conditions permit, a scenic cruise by Xplorer enables views of the fascinating geology of this coastline, up close.

Maria Island

Known as Noah’s Ark for native Tasmanian species, Maria Island National Park provides an ideal sanctuary and is one of the best places in Australia to observe endemic birdlife as well as wombats, Cape Barren geese, Forester Kangaroos, Bennett’s Wallabies and pademelons.

Dedicate 2 days to the island, exploring with hikes including the Fossil Cliffs walk, Painted Cliffs walk, Reservoir Circuit, and the challenging Bishop and Clerk track to the summit. Those enjoying a more relaxed pace can take the time to explore Darlington Settlement, or take an Xplorer cruise to the Painted Cliffs. After departing Maria Island, cruise past Ile des Phoques to watch the Australian fur seals hauling out.

Walks:
Bishop and Clerk is a challenging walk located in the Maria Island National Park. Pass through diverse landscapes of grasslands and forest, to emerge overlooking a dramatic and sweeping view of the Southern Ocean.

Freycinet Peninsula & Schouten Island

The Freycinet Peninsula is dominated by the pink-hued granite Hazards Mountain range and known for picturesque sweeping bays and white sand beaches.  Take a guided hike along the Isthmus Track and be rewarded with magnificent views from the lookout or swim in the azure waters of beautiful Wineglass Bay. Conditions permitting, also explore the less accessible southern section of Freycinet National Park, including Bryans Beach and Schouten Island.

Walks:
The spectacular peninsula of Freycinet is crafted from pink granite peaks—the Hazard mountains—surrounded by azure bays and backed by dry eucalyptus forest. Enjoy a hike to the Wineglass Bay Lookout and join a beachcomber’s walk along breathtaking Wineglass Bay beach. Later, walk across the isthmus to Hazard’s Beach.

Flinders Island – Bass Strait

Spend two days exploring wild and rugged Flinders Island, part of the Bass Strait’s Furneaux Group. On the first day, explore the southern half of the island, marveling at the Strzelecki Mountain Range from the Trousers Point Great Short Walk, or visiting the quaint townships of Lady Barron and Whitemark.

Explore farther north to Settlement Point. Choose to hike a section of the Castle Rock walk, or visit the Furneaux Museum and Wybalenna Aboriginal Settlement ruins to gain insight into the people, places and events that shaped Flinders Island. In the afternoon, relax on board or enjoy scenic Xplorer cruises if conditions permit.

Deal Island & Kent Group – Bass Strait

Go ashore at Deal Island, in the Kent Group, if conditions permit. Tasmania’s northernmost National Park and a marine protected area, the islands are the remains of a land bridge that once connected Tasmania with mainland Australia. The waters are crystal clear, with a high diversity of fish species.

Landing at East Cove, spend the day exploring all this island has to offer. Visit the historic lighthouse, built in 1848, and have a chat with the lighthouse caretakers. Enjoy one of the peaceful walks available, kayak in the clear waters, or simply relax on the beach and experience the serenity of this remote place.

Hogan Group & Curtis Group – Bass Strait

Conditions permitting, the ship will cruise north to the rarely seen Hogan and Curtis Island groups. Landing on these remote islands is not permitted due to their protected status; however, enjoy scenic cruises to observe wildlife if weather permits.

Curtis Island is a nature reserve and has been identified as an Important Bird Area, as it supports up to 390,000 breeding birds of short-tailed shearwaters. During the Pleistocene Period, the Hogan Group was part of a land bridge that connected Tasmania to mainland Australia and was among the first islands to become isolated by rising sea levels.

King Island – Bass Strait

King Island is renowned for the quality and exquisite flavors of its local produce. Situated at the western entrance to the Bass Strait, King Island’s rugged coastline has been the site of over 60 known shipwrecks.

Spend 2 extraordinary days exploring the island and learning about the colorful history of the communities and the present-day industries from knowledgeable local guides. Indulge in tastings of the King Island Dairy’s delicious cheeses and a variety of delicious local produce. Spend afternoons relaxing on board as the adventure through Tasmania’s Bass Strait Islands comes to an end.

Accommodations

Coral Adventurer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 14
Disembark Melbourne, Australia

After breakfast on board the ship, disembark at 8:00am at the Melbourne’s Station Pier Cruise Terminal. A post-cruise transfer to central business district hotels or the airport is included.

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n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Expedition voyage; expert expedition team, including guest lecturers; daily guided excursions on the Xplorer and Zodiac tender vessels, and kayaks where conditions allow; all meals, prepared by the chef on board; showcase wines, selected beers and soft drinks with lunch and dinner service; 24-hour coffee and selection of teas; captain’s welcome and farewell events, and open bridge access with the captain; comprehensive and fully guided sightseeing in each destination; use of all onboard facilities, including a reference library.

Exclusions

Pre and post flights; fuel surcharges if applicable; alcoholic drinks including beer and wine outside of lunch and dinner service; Australian entry visas or travel permits; personal items such as telephone, facsimile, internet charges, laundry, bar charges; travel insurance or insurance of any kind.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 20% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. A name change/transfer of the booking to another person is considered a cancellation and cancellation penalties will apply. An AUD200.00 per person fee may be charged for any amendments not requiring a date change after booking is confirmed. There is an AUD500.00 per person fee if a date change is made more than 90 days before departure. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 90 days – 100% of deposit
89 to 60 days – 50% of total trip cost
59 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Vaccination Requirement
To join this trip, all eligible guests must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot). There may also be COVID-19 testing or other requirements to participate; your Adventure Specialist will provide details of current policies upon booking.

Arrival & Departure

The Tasmania’s Bass Strait Islands cruise begins in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia (HBA), and ends in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (MEL). We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Plan flights to arrive to Hobart in time to board the vessel at Hobart’s Princes Wharf at 4:00pm for 5:00pm departure on Day 1. Plan flights to depart Melbourne following disembarkation at Melbourne’s Station Pier Cruise Terminal at 8:00am on Day 14. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Activities

Whether you are looking for light activity options or more challenging outdoor pursuits, the ship’s crew can tailor most excursions to suit your skill level. Adventure activities may include hiking; beachcombing; cruising by Zodiac, glass-bottom boat or Xplorer tender; kayaking; photography; wildlife observation; food and wine tasting; and historical visits. This trip is suitable for passengers of all fitness levels, though reasonable mobility is required to enjoy all it has to offer. Guests are welcome to opt-out of any excursions and relax on board. Summer temperatures and wind chill in Tasmania can be very cool so warm layered clothing is essential. As Tasmanian cruises visit remote regions, this voyage is not suitable for passengers with serious medical conditions.

Room Configuration

Limited double occupancy cabins for solo use may be available at a sole use rate in the Coral, Promenade and Explorer Deck categories. Bookings made via the sole use rate are confirmed, with the option to request a cabin share; share requests made without a solo use rate booking are not guaranteed unless a match is found, accepted by both travelers and confirmed by the reservations team.

If you would like to share accommodation with another guest of the same gender, we will be happy to take your details and try to connect you with a suitable match. This program allows you to pay the per person double-occupancy rate if a match is found. Contact AdventureSmith for further details and availability.

Families & Children

Kids 12 years and older are welcomed aboard all departure dates; exceptions for children 11 years and under may be allowed with special pre-approval. Please contact AdventureSmith for special child rates.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

As a condition of travel, guests must provide evidence of travel insurance with medical evacuation coverage OR complete a credit card authorization form for expenses incurred during a medical evacuation. Proof of travel insurance with medical evacuation coverage OR a completed authorization form must be provided prior to boarding.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

Circumnavigation of Tasmania Itinerary

The 17-day Circumnavigation of Tasmania cruise sails all the way around Australia’s island of Tasmania, beginning and ending in Hobart. In addition to many stops outlined in the 11- and 14-day itineraries, explore northern coastal highlights like the Hunter Islands, Stanley and more.

Route map of Circumnavigation of Tasmania itinerary, operating round-trip from Hobart, Australia.
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Day 1
Embark Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Board your small ship at Hobart’s Princes Wharf at 4:00pm, with time to settle into your cabin before an 8:00pm departure. Become acquainted with all the facilities on board before meeting fellow travelers, the captain and crew for the captain’s welcome drinks.

Accommodations

Coral Discoverer

Meals

dinner

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Days 2 - 16
Tasmania Exploration

No two Tasmania expedition cruises are the same. The time of departure and return are guaranteedthe rest is an adventure! Each expedition is uniquely crafted by experienced captains and expedition leaders, allowing the crew to quickly respond to favorable weather conditions and offer guests the very best of Tasmania’s flora, fauna and wild coastline. Below is a selection of the key destinations visited.

Fortescue Bay & Tasman Peninsula

Gaze up at the 900-foot-tall sea cliffs of Tasman National Park, the highest in the Southern Hemisphere, from a perfect position at sea. Visit Fortescue Bay, hike the coastal Tasman Trail and kayak in Canoe Bay.

Maria Island

The historic ruins and rugged cliffs of Maria Island National Park are home to diverse wildlife. Walk to historic Darlington Settlement, explore the ancient seabeds of the Fossil Cliffs, and marvel at the sandstone formations of the Painted Cliffs.

Freycinet Peinnsula & Wineglass Bay

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 the Ile des Phoques fur seals.

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, visit seaside townships, and see relics of Flinders maritime past at the Furneaux Museum.

Deal Island & Kent Group

Weather permitting, visit the Kent Group of islands, Tasmania’s northernmost National Park and a marine protected area. The waters of Kent Island are crystal clear, with the highest diversity of fish species in Australia.

Tamar River & Launceston

Spend two days on the scenic Tamar River. The river’s banks abound with scenic reserves and notable vineyards. Explore the city of Launceston, before an event at Josef Chromy Wines.

Stanley

Visit the charming seaside village of Stanley. Make the climb or chairlift up the Stanley’s iconic landmark ‘The Nut’, for a spectacular 360-degree view. See historic colonial buildings and sample some of Stanley’s world-famous fish and chips.

King Island

King Island is known for its fine produce. Tour the island with local guides and learn about the island’s colorful history and thriving industries. Sample brie at King Island Dairy and enjoy a gourmet lunch with King Island 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 of this coastline, with a stop should the weather permit.

Port Davey

A marine reserve, and part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, Port Davey is truly spectacular. If conditions allow, spend over two days exploring here. Enjoy a scenic flight, the unforgettable experience of kayaking in Bramble Cove, and hiking and birdwatching at Melaleuca.

Adventure Bay & Bruny Island

Experience the rugged beauty of Fluted Cape while walking 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.

Accommodations

Coral Discoverer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 17
Disembark Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Disembark in Hobart at 8:00am. A post-cruise transfer to the central business district or the airport is included.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Expedition voyage; expert expedition team, including a guest lecturer and a Tasmanian specialist; daily guided excursions on the Xplorer and Zodiac tender vessels, and kayaks where conditions allow; all meals, prepared by the chef on board; showcase wines, selected beers and soft drinks with lunch and dinner service; 24-hour coffee and selection of teas; 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.

Exclusions

Pre and post flights; fuel surcharges if applicable; alcoholic drinks including beer and wine outside of lunch and dinner service; Australian entry visas or travel permits; personal items such as telephone, facsimile, internet charges, laundry, bar charges; travel insurance of any kind.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 20% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. A name change/transfer of the booking to another person is considered a cancellation and cancellation penalties will apply. An AUD200.00 per person fee may be charged for any amendments not requiring a date change after booking is confirmed. There is an AUD500.00 per person fee if a date change is made more than 90 days before departure. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 90 days – 100% of deposit
89 to 60 days – 50% of total trip cost
59 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Vaccination Requirement
To join this trip, all eligible guests must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot). There may also be COVID-19 testing or other requirements to participate; your Adventure Specialist will provide details of current policies upon booking.

Arrival & Departure

The Circumnavigation of Tasmania cruise begins and ends in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia (HBA). We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Plan flights to arrive to Hobart in time to board the vessel at Hobart’s Princes Wharf at 4:00pm for 8:00pm departure on Day 1. Plan flights to depart Hobart following disembarkation at Hobart’s Princes Wharf at 8:00am on Day 17. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Activities

Whether you are looking for light activity options or more challenging outdoor pursuits, the ship’s crew can tailor most excursions to suit your skill level. Adventure activities may include hiking; beachcombing; cruising by Zodiac, glass-bottom boat or Xplorer tender; kayaking; photography; wildlife observation; food and wine tasting; and historical visits. This trip is suitable for passengers of all fitness levels, though reasonable mobility is required to enjoy all it has to offer. Guests are welcome to opt out of any excursions and relax on board. Summer temperatures and wind chill in Tasmania can be very cool so warm layered clothing is essential. As Tasmanian cruises visit remote regions, this voyage is not suitable for passengers with serious medical conditions.

Room Configuration

Limited double occupancy cabins for solo use may be available at a sole use rate in the Promenade Deck B category. Bookings made via the sole use rate are confirmed, with the option to request a cabin share; share requests made without a solo use rate booking are not guaranteed unless a match is found, accepted by both travelers and confirmed by the reservations team.

If you would like to share accommodation with another guest of the same gender, we will be happy to take your details and try to connect you with a suitable match. This program allows you to pay the per person double-occupancy rate if a match is found. Contact AdventureSmith for further details and availability.

Families & Children

Kids 12 years and older are welcomed aboard all departure dates; exceptions for children 11 years and under may be allowed with special pre-approval. Please contact AdventureSmith for special child rates.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

As a condition of travel, guests must provide evidence of travel insurance with medical evacuation coverage OR complete a credit card authorization form for expenses incurred during a medical evacuation. Proof of travel insurance with medical evacuation coverage OR a completed authorization form must be provided prior to boarding.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, National Park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

Rates & Dates

Cruise Rates & Dates

Listed prices for this trip are based on foreign currency exchange rates and may vary. USD pricing will be calculated at the time of final payment based on the market conversion rate plus a 1% banking conversion fee of total invoiced amount. Please contact AdventureSmith for current pricing.

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The 72-guest Coral Discoverer has set a benchmark standard for luxury small ship cruising in Australia and the South Pacific.

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Launched in 2019, the 120-guest Coral Adventurer Australian expedition ship offers a wine cellar, open galley, private balconies and efficient ship-to-shore operations.

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