As adaptable and accommodating as the original explorers to this rugged area were, your itinerary is crafted to be flexible, allowing the captain and expedition team to respond quickly to favorable weather conditions. Immerse in the very best of Tasmania’s flora, fauna and wild coastline with these expedition highlights:
Woodbridge & Huon
Tour and tasting at Grandvewe Cheeses, the only organic sheep cheesery in Australia. Meet the sheep known as The Girls. Taste up to eight different products and view the process of cheese making from paddock to palate. Explore the Woodbridge Marine Discovery Center to learn about and meet species including lobsters, urchins and octopuses. Cruise the magestic Huon River and shop for antique wares in Franklin Township, the oldest town in the region. Visit the Wooden Boat School and meet the craftsmen who hand-make each vessel as you tour the center. Cruise South East Cape, the southernmost point of Tasmania and part of the UNESCO World Heritage Wilderness Area.
Xplorer cruise in the beautiful Recherche Bay, part of the National Heritage Register and only accessible by water. Cruise Cockle Creek, the very edge of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. See the famed bronze young southern right whale statue and take a scenic hike at the start of the famed South Coast Track led by the expedition leader and a Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Ranger (optional).
Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area
A marine reserve and part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, Port Davey is Tasmania untouched. If conditions allow, spend two full days exploring this pristine wilderness. Otherwise accessible only via a 7-day hike or charter flight, Port Davey feels like uncharted wilderness, full of endless sheltered bays filled with endemic marine life to explore. Participate in the unforgettable experience of kayaking in Bathurst Harbour (optional). Explore by tender the Narrows, an obviously narrow stretch of water that very few vessels can navigate through. Take a guided hike of Balmoral Hill Track. Amble remote Melaleuca village and meet the locals who live in a town accessible only by sea, air or foot. There are also potential wildlife sightings of the endangered orange-bellied parrot.
Bruny Island & Adventure Bay
Enjoy a scenic cruise along the southern coast of Bruny Island, site of the South Bruny National Park. Walk to historic Cape Bruny Lighthouse, first lit in 1838. It is now the country’s second oldest and longest continually staffed extant lighthouse. Visit The Friars, a collection of steep dolomite rocks, that are home to a large population of Australian fur seals. See these magnificent beasts haul up on the rock or feast on seafood. Aboard the tender, drift past nesting seabirds. Visit Adventure Bay for a swim, kayak or relaxing on the sheltered beach. Be immersed in history at the Bligh Museum of Pacific Exploration. Built from thousands of convict made bricks, the Museum contains a myriad of documents, maps and artifacts from explorers including James Cook, Matthew Flinders and William Bligh. With the expedition leader, participate in an optional guided Fluted Cape Walk, starting from the eastern end of Adventure Bay. Approximate walking time is 3 hours. Explore the historic 19th century whaling station ruins. Sample Tasmanian wine at a tasting session.
Freycinet National Park & Wineglass Bay
The spectacular peninsula of Freycinet is crafted from pink granite peaks—the Hazard mountains—surrounded by azure bays and backed by dry eucalyptus forest. Awake to dawn at Freycinet National Park and take in the majestic surroundings. With the expedition leader, join an optional guided hike (approx. 1.5 hours) to the Wineglass Bay Lookout. Later, join a beachcombers walk (approx. 30 mins) along Wineglass Bay, consistently voted one of the most breathtaking beaches in the world.
Walk among the historic ruins, secluded bays and rugged cliffs of Maria Island National Park to meet more than a few incredible creatures. Since the 1960s a number of threatened species have been introduced here, in a bid to protect their kind. Expeditioners can anticipate sightings of native pademelons, Forester kangaroos, Bennetts wallabies and Tasmanian devils. Visit World Heritage-listed Darlington, part of the Convict trail of Australia, and gain an understanding of the life of the early settlers in a restored 17th century convict penitentiary. A walk from Darlington (approx. 2 hours return) takes in the dramatic Painted and Fossil Cliffs, created by the movement of mineral-rich water though the rock and by the later eroding action of wind and wave. From Encampment Cove walk to the ruins of Maria Island’s second convict station at Point Lesueur at Long Point on the island’s west coast.
Tasman National Park
Feel small while standing beside the 984-foot sea cliffs and monumental rock formations of Tasman National Park. Be awed at the sight of Tasman sea stacks—tall dolomite columns rising from the ocean. View Tasman Arch, The Candlestick and Cathedral from perfect positions at sea. In this area of huge natural diversity, expect to meet Australian and New Zealand fur seals hauling out on the rocky shore at Tasman Island, as well as dolphins and albatross.
Port Arthur Historic Site
Visit Australia’s most evocative convict site housing Britain and Australia’s worst criminals. Enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour led by a resident archeologist featuring private collections and historical buildings not accessible to the public. The evening brings the captain’s reception at Port Arthur’s Asylum building.
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