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Tasmania

Pristine Tasmania: Hobart - Hobart, 7 Nights

Immersive Coastal Expeditions

This 7-night Tasmania expedition cruise is a rare adventure into the wilderness, showcasing the rugged coastal beauty and World Heritage Listed National Parks of Australia’s island state, in the intimate comfort of our refurbished flagship, Coral Discoverer.

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Become immersed 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 await to greet you, backed by intimidating 300m high cliffs.

Guided by an expert Expedition Team and a guest Tasmania specialist who knows the area inside out, you’ll gain a unique “locals experience/insider view” of the area, as you embark on easy to moderate short hikes including the famed Cape Hauy Track at Tasman peninsula and the rugged Fluted Cape of Bruny Island

Coral Expeditions 7-night roundtrip itinerary allows our guests to experience an authentic expedition voyage, with a flexible itinerary to enable the Captain to respond to weather conditions to ensure you see 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, our guests will 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.

Join Coral Discoverer in 2018 on a journey of discovery as we explore Tasmania.

Expedition highlights:

›› Spend two full days exploring Port Davey World Heritage Wilderness area and Bathurst Harbour (conditions permitting)
›› Hike the breathtaking 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
›› Hike the remote Mount Beattie track, Port Davey world heritage area.
›› Taste ewe’s milk cheese and vodka at Grandvewe Cheeses
›› Enjoy the Captains private afternoon drinks in historic Port Arthur
›› Spot Fur Seals hauling up to Tasmania’s rocky cliffs
›› Marvel at the proud shipbuilding and maritime heritage at the Wooden Boat Building Centre in Franklin

Fares

January to March 2018

CORAL DISCOVERER TWIN SHARE SOLE USE*
Bridge Deck Balcony Stateroom $6,790 n/a
Promenade Deck (Category A) $5,890 n/a
Promenade Deck (Category B) n/a $6,885
Main Deck (Category A) $5,290 n/a
Main Deck (Category B) $4,990 $7,485

*Limited sole use occupancy available.

January to March 2019

CORAL DISCOVERER TWIN SHARE SOLE USE*
Bridge Deck Balcony Stateroom $7,290 n/a
Promenade Deck (Category A) $6,290 n/a
Promenade Deck (Category B) n/a $7,185
Main Deck (Category A) $5,490 n/a
Main Deck (Category B) $4,990 $7,485

*Limited sole use occupancy available.

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the itinerary

Embarkation: Board at Hobart’s Macquarie Wharf at 4:00pm for 5:00pm departure.
Disembarkation: Arrive and disembark at Hobart’s Macquarie Wharf at 08:00am.

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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.

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.

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YOUR CRUISE PRICE INCLUDES

›› 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
›› Small batch local dining, prepared fresh onboard: 7 buffet breakfasts, 6 buffet lunches and 7 table d’hote dinners
›› Showcase wines, selected beers and soft drinks with lunch and dinner service
›› 24 hour speciality 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

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

›› 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.

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We have specially negotiated rates at selected hotels for pre and post cruise extensions. Contact our reservations specialists for bookings on 1800 079 545 during business hours in Australia or email cruise@coralexpeditions.com.

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.
Offering free Wi-Fi, free parking and an onsite gym.
Check in is from 2pm. Prices start from AU$235 per night – twin share.

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.
Check in is from 2pm. Prices start from AU$258 per night – twin share.

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.
Check in is from 2pm. Prices start
from AU$220 per night – twin share.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

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. When you need help, you’ll get it in a familiar accent from someone who understands and is there to help.

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.