Experience an 8 day expedition cruise to Southern Tasmania with 3 nights in Hobart and a Hobart city tour with a visit to MONA. Enjoy gourmet wine and cheese tastings, visit Port Davey, otherwise accessible only by hiking or charter flight, and enjoy an unforgettable farewell dinner at Port Arthur. Participate in optional guided walks and hikes with your experienced expedition leader and visit places inaccessible to most. This expedition cruise is an adventure like no other. Themes include: Tasmania, Departs from Hobart, Small Expedition Ship, Returns from Hobart. + Show more
Return Flights to Hobart (pricing options below)
8 Day Southern Tasmania Expedition Cruise
3 Nights Accommodation in Hobart
All meals onboard Coral Discoverer, Showcase wines, selected beers and soft drinks with lunch and dinner service, Daily Guided Shore Excursions on the Xplorer & Zodiac Tender Vessels, Complimentary soda fountain soft drinks, tea and barista style coffee are available 24 hours a day, Use of lounges, Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Events, and Open Bridge Access with the Captain, All entrance fees to National Parks and ports
Hobart City Tour
Meet and Greet Personalised Return Transfers (Port, Hotel and Airport)
DISCOVER AUSTRALIA Bonus Voucher Book ($500 value discounts at shops, restaurants & attractions in Tasmania)
Expedition CruiseHobartPort Arthur PrisonDerwent RiverWoodbridge Marine DiscoveryHuon PineRecherche BayCockle CreekD'Entrecasteaux ChannelBruny IslandCheese TastingsFranklin TownshipWooden Boat SchoolSouth East CapePort DaveyBathurst HarbourBalmoral Hill TrackMelaleuca VillageSouth Bruny National ParkCape Bruny LighthouseThe FriarsAdventure BayBligh Museum of Pacific ExplorationFreycinet National ParkHazard MountainsWineglass BayWineglass Bay LookoutWine TastingsMaria Island National ParkDarlingtonConvict Trail of TasmaniaPainted and Fossil CliffsPoint LuseurLong PointTasman National ParkTasman ArchThe CandlestickCathedral RocksTasman IslandCaptain’s Dinner
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DAY 1 Fly to Hobart
Take a deep breath of fresh Tasmanian air and sense the southern island's rich history as you arrive into beautiful Hobart. You will be personally met at the airport by a DISCOVER AUSTRALIA representative and transferred from the airport to your hotel. You can relax and use the rest of the day to explore your hotel and its facilities, perhaps take a stroll around the neighbourhood and central Hobart.
Meet and Greet Personalised Arrival Transfer, Overnight Hobart Accommodation.
DAY 2 Hobart City Tour & MONA
Blessed with an abundance of natural beauty, this charming city is situated on the beautiful Derwent River and has a well-earned reputation as a world-class destination for food and wine lovers. The historic and scenic capital of Tasmania is Australia's second-oldest city. Marvel at Hobart's rich colonial heritage which is evident in its beautifully preserved Georgian and Victorian era buildings. You'll be beguiled by the renowned Salamanca Place, the vibrant, waterfront heart of Hobart with its bars, restaurants and exciting shopping opportunities. The city's breathtaking backdrop is the rugged Mount Wellington contrasting with the cobalt waters of the city's waterfront right out to the exquisite Peppermint Bay.
Enjoy a comprehensive three hour tour of Hobart and surrounds, including 5 stops and plenty of amazing photo opportunities. See Salamanca Place (vibrant historic buildings, cobble streets, home to cafes, art galleries & bars), Cascade Brewery, views of Wrest Point Casino & exclusive Sandy Bay, Sullivan's Cove (Hobart's birthplace & ferry terminus), Tasmania's Parliament House, Princes Park (historic gun battery), Battery Point (quaint historic houses, bars, cafes, & trendy shops), St George's Church, St David's Park, stop at Anglesea Barracks (established in 1811, also houses defence force museum), South Hobart (foot of Mt Wellington), visit magnificent Cascade Gardens, visit the remains of the Female Factory (historic female prison), see St David's Cathedral, Treasury Building, Franklin Square, GPO, Hobart Town Hall, Penitentiary Chapel and Court, Hobart Aquatic Centre, Queen's Domain, Government House, cross the Tasman Bridge over the Derwent River, views of Kangaroo Bay Marina & Bellerive, visit Rosny Hill Lookout (amazing views of Hobart, Mt Wellington, Sandy Bay, Tasman Bridge, & Glenorchy), Constitution Dock, Victoria Dock, explore Royal Tasmania Botanical Gardens (splendid gardens also famous for 'Pete's Veggie Patch' from Peter Cundall's ABC Gardening Show).
On conclusion of your city tour, take a scenic cruise along the Derwent River from Sullivans Cove to the world famous Museum of Old and New Art or MONA, the largest privately funded museum in Australia. Admire the fascinating architecture and the visual display of complex structures before wandering through the ancient, modern and contemporary art housed here. Your tour includes complimentary use of “The O”, a handheld touch screen that provides information about the exhibits and their artists. You may also choose to enjoy an optional meal at the Source restaurant, Museum Café or wine bar before cruising back to Hobart this evening.
Tram Tour with Hotel Pick Up, Return Cruise to MONA, MONA Entry Fees, Use of “The O”, Overnight Hobart Accommodation.
DAY 3 Explore Hobart
Spend the day exploring the sights and surrounds of Hobart at your own pace. You may choose to visit MONA, the famous museum set in a winery on the Berriedale Peninsula and is the largest privately funded museum in Australia. Alternatively, you can spend some time strolling through Salamanca Place, visit Mt Wellington or the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens.
The choice is yours!
Overnight Hobart Accommodation.
DAYS 4 – 10 Board the Coral Discoverer & Explore Southern Tasmania
Today begin your 7 night expedition cruise of Southern Tasmania aboard the Coral Discoverer. Your itinerary is flexible allowing the Captain and Expedition Team to respond quickly to favourable weather conditions and immerse you in the best of this pristine regions flora, fauna and coastline.
Your expedition cruise includes the following highlights:
Cruise 60km down the River Derwent and under mighty Tasman Bridge, Captain’s Welcome Drinks at sunset onboard, Taste Tasmanian cheeses and fresh, sweet, plump Bruny Island (Pacific) oysters. Learn about the Angasi Tasmania Oysters, Sail the D’Entrecasteaux Channel, the mouth for the estuaries of the Derwent and the Huon Rivers. Enjoy dinner at our overnight anchorage near Bruny Island.
Enjoy a tour and tasting at Grandvewe Cheeses, the only organic sheep cheesery in Australia. Meet the sheep known as “The Girls”. Taste up to 8 different products and view the process of cheese making from paddock to palate, Explore the Woodbridge Marine Discovery Centre and learn about and meet species including lobsters, urchins and octopuses, Huon Cruise and quaint Franklin Township, the oldest town in the region, with many antique wares, visit the Wooden Boat School and meet the makers who hand-make each vessel as you tour the centre, cruise South East Cape, the southernmost point of Tasmania, part of the UNESCO World Heritage Wilderness Area
Enjoy an Xplorer cruise of 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 enjoy an optional scenic hike at the start of the famed South Coast Track led by our Expedition Leader and Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Ranger.
A marine reserve and part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, Port Davey is Tasmania untouched. If conditions allow, guests will spend two full days exploring this pristine wilderness. Otherwise accessible only via a 7 day hike or charter flight, Port Davey feels like an endless unchartered wilderness, full of endless sheltered bays filled with endemic marine life to explore. Participate in the unforgettable optional experience of kayaking in Bathurst Harbour, disembark to explore the ‘Narrows’ aboard our tender, 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. You may even have the chance for potential sightings of the endangered Orange-bellied parrot.
Enjoy a scenic cruise along the southern coast of Bruny Island, site of the South Bruny National Park and 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 dolerite rocks, covering an area of approximately 42 acres 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 our tender, drift past nesting seabirds. Visit Adventure Bay where you can swim, kayak or relax on the sheltered beach and 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 artefacts from explorers including James Cook, Matthew Flinders and William Bligh. With your expedition leader, participate in an optional guided Fluted Cape Walk, starting from the eastern end of Adventure Bay (approximate walking time 3 hours), explore the historic 19th century whaling station ruins and sample Tasmanian wine at a tasting session.
The spectacular peninsula of Freycinet is crafted from pink granite peaks – the Hazard Mountains – surrounded by azure bays, and backed by dry eucalypt forest. Awake to dawn at Freycinet National Park and take in the majestic surroundings. With your expedition leader, join an optional guided hike (approximately 1.5 hours return) to the Wineglass Bay Lookout and later, join a beachcomber’s walk (approximately 30 mins) along Wineglass Bay, consistently voted one of the most breathtaking beaches in the world.
Walk amongst the historic ruins, secluded bays and rugged cliffs of Maria Island National Park and you can expect 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 expect 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 (approximately 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 winds and waves. Later, 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.
Feel small again as you stand beside the 300 metre sea cliffs and monumental rock formations of Tasman National Park. Be awed at the sights of sea stacks – tall dolerite formations – that stand tall out of the ocean. View Tasman Arch, The Candlestick and Cathedral from perfect positions at sea. In this area of huge natural diversity, guests can expect to meet Australian and New Zealand Fur Seals “hauling out” on the rocky shore at Tasman Island, as well as dolphins and albatross.
Be sent back in time, and gain an understanding of the life of convicts that built Tasmania at Port Arthur Historic Site. This is Australia’s most evocative convict site housing Britain and Australia’s ‘worst’ criminals. Participate in an exclusive ‘behind the scenes’ tour guided by a resident archaeologist. The tour features private collections and historical buildings not accessible to public.
This evening, enjoy Captain’s farewell reception at Port Arthur’s Asylum building, with memories of the voyage warming the chilly history of the room.
7 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 7 Dinners, Various Xplorer Epeditions and Walks, 7 Nights Accommodation aboard the Coral Discoverer.
DAY 11 Return to Hobart & Fly home
Today marks an end to your unforgettable Tasmanian expedition.
This morning enjoy an early morning cruise of the Derwent River towards Hobart before disembarking the Coral Discoverer and being transferred to Hobart Airport for your flight home.
Breakfast, Airport Transfer.
Inclusions aboard the Coral Discoverer
Relax in your private Stateroom Cabin featuring picture windows for an expansive ocean view along with Junior King bedding, a desk and telephone. Your package comes with these great inclusions: All meals onboard the Coral Discoverer. Enjoy open seating dining, so you are free to dine when, where and with whom you wish on this luxurious journey. You also get FREE soft drinks, beers, select wines, champagnes, spirits, soft drinks, tea and coffee throughout your journey on board. Enjoy FREE shore excursions led by the Expedition team such as Zodiac and Xplorer cruises and guided hikes and walks.
Flights Home Included
This package includes all flights as detailed below in the price section (including all fees, levies and taxes). However, we can tailor this package to include our special discounted 'package only' airfares from anywhere. Simply let us know.
Hobart Hotel Included
You have 3 choices of accommodation in Hobart. Our "Good Standard" central Hobart hotel has great facilities, a comfortable room and friendly service (typically 3.5 stars). Alternatively, why not treat yourself? The "Deluxe" hotel has superior facilities, stylish room and first class service (typically 4 stars). The “Luxury” hotel is upscale with a more luxurious feel for the discerning traveller and great for celebrating an anniversary (typically 5 stars).
The package is priced on the "Good Standard" option. See Optional Upgrades below for more details, or simply ask.
Airport Transfers Included
You will be personally met at the airport on arrival in Hobart by a DISCOVER AUSTRALIA representative and transferred to your Hobart hotel. You will also be transferred from the Coral Discoverer to Hobart Airport for your flight home.
DISCOVER AUSTRALIA Bonus Voucher Book
You receive the FREE DISCOVER AUSTRALIA Bonus Voucher Book that includes $500 value of discounts and bonuses throughout Hobart and Tasmania at shops, restaurants attractions, wineries etc. It's a great way to save even more on your Tasmania holiday.
Coral Expeditions in Detail
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For 33 years, Coral Expeditions has focused on small ship expedition cruises to faraway lands. The fleet of three (soon to be four) Australian-flagged and crewed ships were purpose-built for exploring. The fleet of three expedition style cruise ships has been specially designed and purpose-built to our exacting standards. With no more than 120 guests, there are no queues. The cuisine is small-batch, our wines are Australian artisanal, and the service is personalised. Come explore your world with Australia’s pioneering cruise line.
Large enough to provide all the modern amenities and comforts of larger cruise ships, yet small enough to enable us to access reef and island sites inaccessible to other vessels. Australian registered and staffed, whichever Coral Expeditions small ship you choose to cruise aboard, you are assured of a personalised and unique adventure.
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