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A Yachtsman's Cruise | Sydney - Hobart | 6 Nights

Chase the Race, Experience A Nautical Tradition

6 Nights | Departs Sydney 26th December 2022 | Arrives Hobart 01 January

Experience the nautical tradition that is the Sydney to Hobart yacht race. Embarking in Broken Bay on December 26th, soak in the excitement at the start of the race from Coral Discoverer. Watch the fleet sail past as you hear expert commentary from your onboard Special Guest Lecturer Sue Crafer. We sail the south coast and Bass Strait with the trailing fleet. Once across the Strait enjoy the scenic rugged Tasmanian coast with the opportunity to join our expedition team on a number of guided shore excursions to Tasmania’s National Parks. Scheduled to arrive in Hobart on New Year’s Eve, it’s time to enjoy the buzz of the race and New Year’s Eve celebrations.

This voyage is subject to government authorisation. The CYCA is committed to conducting a COVIDSafe Sydney Hobart Race and has been working with authorities including the New South Wales and Tasmanian Governments in the shared goal of conducting this great race. Coral Expeditions guests will be contacted should any changes arise. 

Related Article: A Quick Guide to the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race

Expedition Log: Read a recap from one of our previous Yachtsman’s Cruise from Sydney to Hobart Here.



Expedition Highlights

  • Enjoy a grandstand view of the start of the Sydney to Hobart race as the leaders come tearing through Sydney Heads
  • Trail the yachts on a coastal cruise while you enjoy a drink at Coral Discoverer’s sundeck Xplorer Bar
  • Visit Adventure Bay on Bruny Island and stretch your legs on the Fluted Cape walk
  • Your cruise is accompanied by Special Guest Lecturer who will provide insights into race tactics, history and culture
  • Ring in the New Year onboard and enjoy Captain’s farewell drinks



Bridge Deck Balcony Stateroom $6,720 n/a
Promenade Deck (Category A) $6,240 n/a
Promenade Deck (Category B) n/a $8,640
Main Deck (Category A) $5,280 n/a
Main Deck (Category B) $4,800 n/a

Prices are per person, listed in Australian Dollars (AUD) and include GST. *Limited sole use occupancy available.


Sue Crafer

Sue Crafer is a veteran of no less than 15 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Races. She was a crew member aboard Ragamuffin in 2016 and one of an all-female crew to race in the Volvo Ocean (or Whitbread Round the World) Race in 1993/4.


Embark: Board 8:30am on 26th December
Disembark:  Macquarie Wharf 1 at 9:00am on 1st January

Complimentary coach transfers are offered from Wynyard Station to arrive at Coral Discoverer’s embarkation point in Palm Beach, Broken Bay. You will be met by the ship’s tender and transferred to the Coral Discoverer for a 10:00am departure.

This itinerary is designed to capture the best moments of the first few days of the Sydney to Hobart race and highlights of the Tasmanian coastline. The Captain will vary the itinerary to make the most of the weather windows of the mercurial southern coast, whilst keeping the ship as close to the racing action as possible.

This itinerary is an indication of the destinations we visit and activities on offer. 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.

Here are the expedition highlights:

Sydney: North Head

A Yachtsmans Cruise Departing Sydney

Embark at 8:30am for 10am departure, and enjoy lunch while the ship positions off North head. From the Xplorer Bar, celebrate the start of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race and watch the fleet round the heads and sail south.

Scenic Coastal Cruise


Cruise the scenic coastline from Sydney. Dependent on weather, stops may include Jervis Bay and/or Twofold Bay. As you cruise, our guest lecturer will present commentary on the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race and lectures on yachting and maritime history.

Bass Strait Crossing

As we sail through the Southern Ocean, enjoy presentations, spot yachts, or relax on deck and enjoy the vastness of the Bass Strait.

Maria Island

The historic ruins, secluded bays, and rugged cliffs of Maria Island National Park are home to a local population of wildlife that includes Forester Kangaroos, Bennetts Wallabies, Tasmanian Devils, and wombats. Since the 1960s, several endangered species have been introduced here in a bid to protect them. 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 19th century convict penitentiary. An adventurous walk to the dramatic Painted and Fossil Cliffs take in the history and beauty of this island.


Bruny Island and Adventure Bay

Experience the rugged beauty of the Fluted Cape as you walk along the sheer coastal cliffs or cruise for a closer look around Penguin Island. Learn about the rich maritime history of Adventure Bay as you meander past the ruins of old whaling stations on the way to Grassy Point.


Arriving Hobart

Arrive in Hobart in time for the Sydney to Hobart race celebrations on New Year’s Eve. Stroll Hobart’s historic wharf. Enjoy farewell drinks with the Captain, and welcome the New Year with a view of the fireworks display over the Derwent River.

Disembark at Macquarie Wharf 1 at 9 am, 1st January.

December 2022

Departure Departure Arrival Arrival Cost Per Person Cost PP Ship Availability  
26 December 2022 26 Dec 2022 01 January 2023 01 Jan 2023 $4,800 to $6,720 $4,800 to $6,720 Coral Discoverer Available Book

January 2023

Departure Departure Arrival Arrival Cost Per Person Cost PP Ship Availability  
26 December 2022 26 Dec 2022 01 January 2023 01 Jan 2023 $4,800 to $6,720 $4,800 to $6,720 Coral Discoverer Available Book


› 6 night Expedition Voyage aboard Coral Discoverer
› Expert Expedition Team, including Guest Lecturer
› Guided excursions on the Xplorer, Zodiac tender vessels, and kayaks where conditions allow
› Small batch local dining, prepared fresh onboard
› Showcase wines, selected beers and soft drinks with lunch and dinner service
› 24 hour coffee and selection of teas
› Pre-cruise transfer
› All entrance fees to National Parks and Ports


Your cruise price does not include:

› Pre and post cruise flights, transfers or hotels
› Entry visas or travel permits
› Travel insurance
› Items of a personal nature including but not limited to phone and internet communications and bar charges (outside of the included drinks package), laundry charges, and souvenir purchases.
› Internet services (available at a cost)

Tipping not required:

Other cruise lines automatically add gratuities to your account and service charges to your bar invoices. On Coral Discoverer our crew has no other agenda than your delight.

Our friendly reservations specialists are on hand to assist with your booking arrangements to ensure your holiday runs as smoothly as possible. Contact our team on 1800 079 545 during business hours in Australia or email


Comprehensive Travel Insurance is strongly recommended for all travellers. Please refer to our Pre-Departure page for facts that should be considered and shared when speaking with Travel Insurance suppliers.


As always, it is our priority to keep our guests and crew safe while travelling with us. We want our guests and crew to have the greatest confidence that their safety and wellbeing have been thoroughly considered. Please read our SailSAFE plan for the requirements of each passenger prior to joining us.

Photos From Your Expedition

Following your expedition, you will receive a link by email to free download the images taken throughout your voyage by our Expedition Team. Please make sure that you have provided our reservations team with your relevant email address.


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