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Pristine Tasmania: Hobart - Hobart, 7 Nights

Immersive Coastal Expeditions

Australia’s island state is poised at the edge of the world. From its green coast, the Great Southern Ocean stretches uninterrupted until it breaks on the shores of Antarctica. But here in Tasmania, rugged mountains and impenetrable forests lead to coastlines of soaring cliffs, pastoral farmlands, and islands teeming with native wildlife. Clear, crisp air and warm summers nurture a bountiful variety of fresh produce, cheeses, wine, and spirits, and history from ancient to colonial times is present around each corner.
Our expedition cruise over seven nights explores the incredible south-east region in the summer months. From the sea, enjoy easy access to National Parks and World Heritage Areas, led by our expert Expedition Team. Experience coastal hikes from Freycinet Peninsula to isolated Port Davey – only accessible by boat, seven-day hike or light aircraft – and absorb the surreal beauty and history of Maria Island, Bruny Island, and Port Arthur over days of exploration. From the ship, gaze up at 300 metre high sea cliffs, watch marine life frolic close by, and easily go ashore on remote beaches. Along the way, taste an outstanding menu of Tasmania’s gourmet fare, complemented with fine cool-climate wines and unique brews. With respect for the pristine eco-system, our small groups tread lightly while enjoying an intimate experience of this remarkable island.

View our Lunch & Dinner Menu for Tasmania 2019


Expedition highlights:

›› 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


January to March 2020

Bridge Deck Balcony Stateroom $7,840 n/a
Promenade Deck (Category A) $6,720 n/a
Promenade Deck (Category B) $6,160 $9,240
Main Deck (Category A) $5,880 n/a
Main Deck (Category B) $5,600 n/a

*Limited sole use occupancy available.



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.

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. Throughout the expedition we may make changes to the itinerary as necessary to maximise your expeditionary experience. Allowances may be made for seasonal variations, weather, tidal conditions and any other event that may affect the operation of the vessel. Coral Expeditions suggests that you do not arrive on the day of embarkation or depart on the day of disembarkation due to any changes that may occur in scheduling.


Day 1: Depart Hobart

Board at Hobart’s Princes Wharf at 4:00pm for 5:00pm departure.  Meet and mingle with fellow guests at the Captain’s Welcome Drinks.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


At times the mercurial weather of the Tasmanian coast may necessitate activities ashore within the protected bays and rivers. Weather options may include cruising the Huon River and a visit to the Wooden Boat Centre at picturesque Franklin. 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.


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 knowledgable guides, 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. Enjoy Tasmanian wines and canapes made from locally sourced ingredients at a private reception.

Day 8: Arrive Hobart

Disembark in Hobart at 8:00am. A post cruise transfer to city or airport is included.

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.

Note the summer temperature can still be very cool especially with the wind chill so warm layered clothing is essential.

January 2020

Departure Departure Arrival Arrival Cost Per Person Cost PP Ship Availability  
15 January 2020 15 Jan 2020 22 January 2020 22 Jan 2020 $5,600 to $7,840 $5,600 to $7,840 Coral Discoverer Filling Fast Book
27 January 2020 27 Jan 2020 03 February 2020 03 Feb 2020 $5,600 to $7,840 $5,600 to $7,840 Coral Discoverer Available Book

February 2020

Departure Departure Arrival Arrival Cost Per Person Cost PP Ship Availability  
27 January 2020 27 Jan 2020 03 February 2020 03 Feb 2020 $5,600 to $7,840 $5,600 to $7,840 Coral Discoverer Available Book
03 February 2020 03 Feb 2020 10 February 2020 10 Feb 2020 $5,600 to $7,840 $5,600 to $7,840 Coral Discoverer Available Book
10 February 2020 10 Feb 2020 17 February 2020 17 Feb 2020 $5,600 to $7,840 $5,600 to $7,840 Coral Discoverer Available Book
24 February 2020 24 Feb 2020 02 March 2020 02 Mar 2020 $5,600 to $7,840 $5,600 to $7,840 Coral Discoverer Available Book

March 2020

Departure Departure Arrival Arrival Cost Per Person Cost PP Ship Availability  
24 February 2020 24 Feb 2020 02 March 2020 02 Mar 2020 $5,600 to $7,840 $5,600 to $7,840 Coral Discoverer Available Book
02 March 2020 02 Mar 2020 09 March 2020 09 Mar 2020 $5,600 to $7,840 $5,600 to $7,840 Coral Discoverer Available Book


›› 7 night Expedition Voyage aboard Coral Discoverer
›› 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 our 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


›› Travel insurance
›› Alcoholic drinks including beer and wine outside of lunch and dinner service
›› Internet services (available at a cost)
›› Laundry service (available at a cost)
›› Australian entry visas or travel permits
›› Items of a personal nature including but not limited to phone and internet communications and bar charges (outside of the included drinks package as highlighted) laundry charges and souvenir purchases

Tipping not required

Now that you’ve chosen your cruise, our reservations specialists are on hand to assist with all of your booking arrangements to ensure your holiday runs as smoothly as possible.

Don’t forget, we strongly recommend the purchase of Travel Insurance with any cruise purchase. See below for further details.

Recommended Hobart Hotels

The Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel

The Old Woolstore is centrally located within a stone’s throw of the city centre and just a block away from Hobart’s majestic waterfront.
The Old Woolstore consists of a unique choice of fully serviced Hotel Rooms,
Studio Apartments, One Bedroom Apartments, Two Bedroom Apartments and Executive Spa Apartments.

Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart

With 244 rooms located on Hobart’s waterfront with breath taking views of the River Derwent and Mount Wellington; the Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart is Tasmania’s premier hotel.
The hotel is central to major tourist attractions including Salamanca Markets, Constitution Dock, Mona Ferry, Battery Point, Hobart CBD and retail
shopping centres.

Hadley's Orient Hotel

Originally built by convict labour in 1834, Hadley’s is one of the oldest boutique hotels in Australia.
Located amidst an array of boutique shops and chic eateries, Hadley’s is just a short stroll from a range of some of Hobart’s most popular activities, attractions and cultural experiences – including Salamanca and the waterfront precinct.
Hadley’s offers 24-hour reception, complimentary Wi-Fi and turn-down service on your first evening.


Comprehensive Travel Insurance is strongly recommended for all travellers as protection against any unforeseen events that may necessitate the cancellation or interruption of your holiday and should be purchased at the same time as you purchase your cruise. It should also include emergency evacuation and repatriation cover.

We recommend Travel Insurance by SureSave.

SureSave, is an Australian company who specialise in travel insurance designed for travellers. SureSave provides world assistance through a customer support team, a claims team and an in-house 24/7 Emergency Assistance division. Underwritten by Lloyds of London, you get peace of mind knowing your security is guaranteed.

Please note: SureSave Travel Insurance policies may only be purchased by Australian residents. For international travellers, please discuss your policy requirements with your local insurance provider.