Pristine Tasmania: Coral Discoverer

Tasmania coastal wilderness

Taking advantage of the long summer days in Tasmania by exploring Tasmania’s iconic coastal National Parks, and World Heritage Areas, led by an experienced Expedition Team. Highlights include hiking the Fluted Cape Track at Bruny Island, and exploring Wineglass Bay on the Freycinet Peninsula. Spend a day exploring the untouched wilderness World Heritage Area at Port Davey and Bathurst Harbour, undoubtedly one of the most pristine and beautiful landscapes on earth. Absorb the surreal beauty and tragic stories at Port Arthur. On-board is a menu of Tasmanian produce, wines and local specialties

  • Spend two full days exploring Port Davey World Heritage Wilderness area and Bathurst Harbour
  • Hike the Wineglass Bay Track in Freycinet National Park
  • Experience the diverse wildlife and history of Maria Island
  • Be in awe of 300m high sea cliffs at Tasman National Park
  • Delight in produce-driven food experiences and Tasmania’s cool-climate wines
  • Spot Fur Seals hauling up to Tasmania’s rocky cliffs
  • Marvel at the proud shipbuilding and maritime heritage at the Wooden Boat Centre in Franklin

Become enchanted by Tasmania’s breathtaking National Parks; from the perfect circular formation of Wineglass Bay, to the dramatic peaks of pink granite at Freycinet Peninsula, or the remote wildlife haven of Maria Island National Park.  Guided by an expert Expedition Team and a Tasmania specialist who knows the area inside out,  you’ll embark on easy to moderate short hikes including the famed Cape Hauy Track at Tasman Peninsula and the rugged Fluted Cape on Bruny Island.

If conditions allow,  spend two days exploring the untouched Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area at Port Davey and Bathurst Harbour. Normally only accessible by seven-day hike or light aircraft, this region is undoubtedly one of the most pristine and beautiful landscapes on earth.

The 7-night itinerary allows our guests to experience an authentic expedition voyage. The flexible itinerary enables the Captain to respond to weather conditions, ensuring you enjoy a complete and memorable expedition no matter the conditions. In the spirit of adventure, guests will be advised the day prior where their next adventure lies – perhaps an Oyster Farm, an coastal walk, or even a seal colony basking in the sunlight.

Stewart's Take

See Tasmania in a new way!

Overview

Taking advantage of the long summer days in Tasmania by exploring Tasmania’s iconic coastal National Parks, and World Heritage Areas, led by an experienced Expedition Team. Highlights include hiking the Fluted Cape Track at Bruny Island, and exploring Wineglass Bay on the Freycinet Peninsula. Spend a day exploring the untouched wilderness World Heritage Area at Port Davey and Bathurst Harbour, undoubtedly one of the most pristine and beautiful landscapes on earth. Absorb the surreal beauty and tragic stories at Port Arthur. On-board is a menu of Tasmanian produce, wines and local specialties.
Embarkation: Board at Hobart’s Princes Wharf at 4:00pm for 5:00pm departure. Disembarkation: Arrive and disembark at Hobart’s Princes Wharf at 08:00am. Itinerary As adaptable and accommodating as the original explorers to this rugged area, our itinerary is crafted to be flexible, allowing the Captain and Expedition Team to respond quickly to favourable weather conditions, and immerse you in the very best of Tasmania’s flora, fauna and wild coastline. Here are the expedition highlights: WOODBRIDGE & HUON RIVER Learn about the process of sheep cheese-making at the family-run Grandvewe Cheeses, and at the cellar door enjoy a taste of their ‘ewenique’ sheep’s whey vodka. Visit either the Woodbridge Marine Discovery Centre or Pepperberries Garden Café and Art Farm for a walk through lavender fields, enjoying their fine collection of sculptures. Cruise the Huon River and visit the township of Franklin and the Wooden Boat Centre. PORT DAVEY & BATHURST HARBOUR A marine reserve, and part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, Port Davey is Tasmania untouched. If conditions allow, guests will spend one to two full days exploring this pristine wilderness, and enjoy the unforgettable experience of kayaking in Bathurst Harbour. Otherwise accessible only via a seven-day hike or charter flight, Port Davey feels like an endless uncharted wilderness, full of sheltered bays filled with endemic marine life. In Port Davey, you’ll disembark to explore the ‘Narrows’ aboard our tender and take a guided hike of Balmoral Hill or the Mount Beattie Track. Take in the surrounds of Melaleuca and the Needwonnee Walk, named after the tribe whose homelands extended throughout this area. BRUNY ISLAND & ADVENTURE BAY Experience the rugged beauty of the Fluted Cape as you walk along the sheer coastal cliffs or cruise in our Xplorer vessel for a closer look around Penguin Island under the spectacular dolerite formations. Learn about the rich maritime history of Adventure Bay as you meander past the ruins of old whaling stations under the shade She Oaks on the way to Grassy Point. 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 eucalypt forest. At Freycinet National Park, guests can join an optional guided hike (approx. two hours) to the Wineglass Bay beach via the lookout or Isthmus Track, consistently voted one of the most breathtaking beaches in the world. Witness numerous fur seals lounging on the rocks on the Ile des Phoques, a small rocky island between Freycinet Peninsula and Maria Island. MARIA ISLAND NATIONAL PARK Walk amongst the historic ruins, secluded bays and rugged cliffs of Maria Island National Park, and you can expect to meet local endemic wildlife such as Forester Kangaroos, Bennetts Wallabies and Wombats. Visit World Heritage-listed Darlington; take in the dramatic Painted and Fossil Cliffs, walk to the convict ruins of Point Lesueur at Long Point. TASMAN NATIONAL PARK Feel small as you stand beside the 300 metre sea cliffs and monumental rock formations of Tasman National Park. See sea stacks – tall dolerite formations – stand tall, and view the Tasman Arch, The Candlestick and Cathedral from a perfect positions at sea. An area of huge natural diversity, it is possible guests may come across Australian Fur Seals “hauling out” on the rocky shore at Tasman Island, as well as dolphins and albatross which are often sighted in this region. PORT ARTHUR HISTORIC SITE A unique experience awaits at the UNESCO World Heritage listed Port Arthur Historic Site. Australia’s most intact 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 100 acres 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 and a private reception to enjoy Tasmanian wines and canapes made from locally sourced ingredients. Notes:
  • A unique experience awaits at the UNESCO World Heritage listed Port Arthur Historic Site. Australia’s most intact 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 100 acres 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 and a private reception to enjoy Tasmanian wines and canapes made from locally sourced ingredients.
  • Note on fitness levels: this trip is suitable for passengers of all fitness levels, though reasonable mobility is required to enjoy all it has to offer. Our Xplorer tender permits easy boarding without climbing any stairs. Hikes vary in intensity and where possible we split groups to suit easy and moderate walkers. Guests are welcome to opt out of any excursion and relax onboard – our top deck outdoor lounge is great on a sunny day. The ship has no elevator. As the itinerary covers remote regions, it is not suitable for passengers with serious medical conditions.
  • Note that each itinerary will include a mix of the above attractions, depending on prevailing conditions. The Captain and Expedition Team will make daily itinerary changes to maximise the guest experience and take advantage of opportunities opened up by weather. There will be a daily briefing onboard to advise guests on the upcoming day’s activities. Time of departure and return are guaranteed – the rest is an adventure! The expedition will visit Port Davey and Bathurst Harbour conditions permitting. We always aim to visit these beautiful destinations, but if we are not able to enter, an alternative destination more appropriate to the inclement weather conditions will be chosen by the Captain.
  • The summer temperature can still be very cool especially with the wind chill so warm layered clothing is essential.

Luxury Expedition Ship M/V Coral Discoverer

Coral Discoverer

Launched in 2005 Coral Discoverer set a new benchmark standard for luxury small ship cruising in Australia and the South Pacific. The state-of-the-art 1800-tonne Coral Discoverer embarks on expedition cruises around Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, South-east Asia and the island archipelagos of Melanesia. Coral Discoverer is equipped with latest technology active stabilisers to ensure comfortable cruising in open waters and is fitted with state-of-the-art safety and navigation equipment and wireless internet facilities.


Coral Discoverer was built to the exacting international SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) standards and specifications by NQEA shipyard in Cairns, Australia with one aim in mind; to create the ultimate small ship cruising experience in the South Pacific. Australian flagged, and staffed entirely by an Australian and New Zealand crew, your cruise aboard Coral Discoverer will remain in your memory for a lifetime.

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Included
  • All excursions and sightseeing
  • Use of Xplorer and Zodiac tender vessels
  • Daily lectures and briefings
  • All meals, chef-prepared on board
  • Showcase wines, selected beers, and juices
  • with lunch and dinner service
  • 24 hour coffee, selection of teas, and soft drinks
  • All entrance fees to National Parks and Ports
Excluded
  • Pre and post flights, accommodation & travel insurance
  • Entry visas to Australia
  • Alcoholic beverages outside of lunch and
  • dinner service
  • Telephone and internet services › Laundry
Deposits Reservations require a deposit of 20% per person at the time you receive a booking confirmation from Expeditions Online. A payment link will be sent to you and this may be paid by major credit card. Bookings within 90 days of departure require full payment. Voyage rates are quoted based on passengers sharing a cabin. Contact us for sole use rates. Share Policy Accommodation on the Ship is based on twin share occupancy. If you are travelling alone and wish to share accommodation, a room mate will be assigned to your cabin whenever possible. When pairing room mates we always pair participants of the same sex. Final Payments Balances are due 90 days prior to departure. Balance payments may be paid by bank transfer, or on request by credit card (subject to a 2% surcharge). Cancellations All requests for cancellation must be received in writing to Expeditions Online. Cancellations schedule is as follows: Up to 90 days prior to departure – forfeit your deposit. 60 to 89 days prior to departure – forfeit 50% of the fare. 1 to 59 days prior to departure – forfeit 100% of the fare. We strongly recommend that all passengers purchase cruise cancellation and interruption insurance as protection against any circumstance which may force you to cancel or leave an expedition whilst it is in progress. Booking Terms Please read carefully the General Booking Conditions for Expeditions Online. This voyage is operated by Coral Expeditions and you additionally travel under their terms and conditions as the operator as well as of the Shipping Company/transport carrier. Details will be forwarded to you at the time of booking.
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