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Pristine Tasmania

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 locals 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 11-day round-trip itinerary allows guests to experience an authentic expedition voyage, with a flexible itinerary to enable the captain to respond 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.

Passage is aboard the 72-guest Coral Discoverer. This benchmark small ship offers her 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. Coral Discoverer’s numerous amenities and superior service ensure this Tasmania small ship cruise is like no other.

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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.

Circumnavigation of Tasmania Itinerary
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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 onboard 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 guaranteed– the rest is an adventure! Each expedition is uniquely crafted by experienced masters 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.

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 from the ship to Hobart city or airport is included.

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Meals

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Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Accommodation charges on board; 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; house wines and beer complimentary during lunch and dinner service; 24-hour tea and coffee station and soft drink; landing fees; Australian Government Goods and Services Tax.

Exclusions

Pre and post flights; fuel surcharges if applicable; 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.

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 onboard. 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 Harbour, 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; ask your Adventure Smith Specialist for details. 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. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 15 or 21 days of booking (depending on plan) for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

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-day itinerary, explore northern coastal highlights like King Island, Hunter Islands, Stanley, Kent Group, Flinders Island and more.

Route map of Circumnavigation of Tasmania itinerary
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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 onboard 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

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:

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 city or airport is included.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Accommodation charges on board; 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; house wines and beer complimentary during lunch and dinner service; 24-hour tea and coffee station and soft drink; landing fees; Australian Government Goods and Services Tax.

Exclusions

Pre and post flights; fuel surcharges if applicable; 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.

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 like Bathurst Harbour, 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; ask your Adventure Smith Specialist for details. 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. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 15 or 21 days of booking (depending on plan) for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

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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