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Tasmania Heritage and Harvest

Melbourne to Hobart8 nightsAll InclusiveFrom $7,300.00* PP

Embark on an enticing culinary adventure with our new, “Tasmania Heritage and Harvest” voyage showcasing some incredible local providores and growers and sharing their story. This journey is tailored for adventurous food and wine enthusiasts eager to explore Tasmania’s culinary shores, immersing yourself in breathtaking scenery and exclusive events featuring local producers. From fresh seafood to organic produce, experience Tasmania’s culinary heritage paired with world-class wines and spirits. Meet notable figures like cheese-making pioneer Jane Bennett, wine connoisseur Gerald Ellis, and whiskey expert Peter Bignal. Engage in a distillery tour with Bill McHenry, explore the Tamar Valley Truffle Farm, and indulge in wine tastings with Marion Semmens. Delight in local delicacies with panoramic views, enjoy an exclusive culinary experience at The Kiln, and enjoy a signature dinner event with Matt Dunbabbin at Bangor Winery. This voyage guarantees an intimate exploration of Tasmania’s culinary heritage, providing insight into the unique history and stories of local produce experts who shape Tasmania’s culinary landscape.

  • Visit the remote islands of the Bass Strait, including Deal and Flinders Islands, and discover their fascinating maritime heritage
  • Walk across the isthmus to Wineglass Bay in Freycinet National Park, one of the world’s most photographed beaches
  • Learn about Maria Island’s history as a penal colony and spot wombats and wallabies on a walk to the Fossil Cliffs
  • Admire the dramatic 300m tall coastal cliffs of the Tasman Peninsula from a unique vantage point at sea
  • Hike a section of the famed Three Capes Track from Fortescue Bay, and see the spectacular view from the Fluted Cape at Bruny Island
  • Experience a Signature Dinner Event hosted by Matt Dunbabin from Bangor Wines. Delve into the rich history of the Dunbabin family farm, spanning seven generations since the 1830s convict John Dunbabin. Enjoy guided winery and vineyard tours, tantalizing tastings, and a delectable three-course dinner.
  • Explore the grounds of Port Arthur with a knowledgeable guide, before heading to McHenry’s distillery for a gin, whisky or beer tasting experience
  • Enjoy Bruny Island’s finest produce at the Captain’s farewell drinks

Itinerary

Arrive at Melbourne Harbour Station Pier (berth to be advised) at 4:00pm, where there is time to settle into your stateroom before our 5:00pm departure.

Take the time to become acquainted with all the facilities onboard Coral Adventurer. Gather in the Bridge Deck lounge for a safety briefing and presentations by lecturers and expedition staff. As dusk falls, mingle with your fellow travellers, the Captain and crew for the Captain’s Welcome Drinks.

Deal Island, Tasmania

At midday we arrive to the Kent Group of islands, Tasmania’s northernmost National Park and a marine protected area. These islands are the remains of a land bridge that once connected Tasmania with mainland Australia over 10,000 years ago, in what is now the Bass Strait. The waters of Kent Island are crystal clear, with a high diversity of fish species. On Deal Island we find the highest lighthouse in Australia, standing 305 meters above sea level, which is manned by volunteer caretakers. Enjoy several walk options, swim and kayak off the beach or enjoy a scenic tender cruise.

Flinders Island

Visit wild and rugged Flinders Island, and marvel at the pink and gray granite mountain ranges of Strzelecki National Park. Land at beautiful Trousers Point beach, with time on the Trousers Point Walk – one of Tasmania’s Great Short Walks. Visit seaside townships, discover the sad history of Wybalenna Aboriginal Settlement, learn about the local fishing industry and see relics of Flinders maritime past at the Furneaux Museum. Later enjoy a drop at Unavale Vineyard, a boutique family vineyard where vines thrive at the foot of the Strzelecki ranges.

Coastal Wilds Of Tasmania Wineglass Bay

At Freycinet Peninsula, see the pink granite formations of the Hazard Mountains, and the sweeping bays fringed by Eucalypts. Join a guided hike to Wineglass Bay beach – one of the most photographed beaches in the world – or if up for a challenge hike to the Wineglass Bay lookout. Learn about Abel Tasman’s siting of the peninsula in 1642 – Tasman believed the peninsula to be a chain of islands but Nicolas Baudin dispelled this presumption when his expedition later visited in 1802. Of course, Freycinet’s indigenous history goes back much further – with evidence of middens found along the dunes of Hazards and Richardson’s Beaches.

Maria Island, Tasmania

The historic ruins and rugged cliffs of Maria Island National Park are home to diverse wildlife that includes Forester Kangaroos, Bennetts Wallabies, and wombats. Walk to historic Darlington Settlement, explore the ancient seabeds of the Fossil Cliffs, and marvel at the sandstone formations of the Painted Cliffs. This afternoon cruise the rugged coastline of the Tasman Peninsula, marvelling at the 300 metre high dolerite sea cliffs of Cape Raoul, Cape Pillar and Cape Hauy, as you enjoy a wine tasting on board. Weather permitting the Coral Adventurer will circumnavigate Tasman Island, affording fantastic photographic opportunities from a unique vantage point at sea.

From Coral Adventurer’s calm anchorage at Norfolk Bay, take a scenic bus ride down the Tasman Peninsula to where the forest meets the sea at Fortescue Bay. Here there will be two walk options on offer – a section of the famed Three Capes Track in the direction of Cape Hauy, or a section of the Tasman Trail towards Bivouac Bay. Or just relax on the white sandy beach, with time to take in the scenery and spot wildlife.

After a relaxing afternoon on board, conclude your day with a memorable Signature Dinner Event at Bangor Winery, where you’ll have the pleasure of meeting Matt Dunbabin and learning about the farm’s rich history. Enjoy wine tastings and vineyard tours before indulging in dinner featuring the finest Tasmanian produce.

After a gourmet brunch on board this morning, travel by bus to Port Arthur. One of Australia’s most significant historic places, this UNESCO World Heritage-listed ruins stand sentinel on the Tasman Peninsula south of the narrow isthmus of Eaglehawk Neck. For more than 40 years the Port Arthur penal colony housed British and Australian convicts sentenced to hard labour before its heavy iron doors clanked shut for the last time in 1877. 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 knowledgeable storytellers, join a tour of this site. Explore the site’s most significant buildings including the Penitentiary, Separate Prison and Church.

Finish your afternoon McHenry’s Distillery – Australia’s southern-most whisky distillery resting at the foot of Mount Arthur. Sample a tipple as you learn about how the cool maritime environment gives maturing spirits just the right conditions for their time ageing in wooden barrels.

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At Adventure Bay on the east coast of Bruny Island, we walk along the dramatic coastal cliffs of Fluted Cape and hope to see Bennett’s Wallabies which are endemic to Bruny Island. Learn about how southern right whales were almost hunted to extinction and Adventure Bay housed four whaling stations before the industry’s decline in the mid-1840s. The ruins can be seen on a walk to Grassy Point. Back on board, enjoy samples of Bruny Island’s finest produce showcased in canapes at the Captain’s Farewell Drinks tonight.

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Our Tasmania adventure concludes in Hobart this morning as we bid farewell to new-found friends, the Master and crew, disembarking at 8:00am. Enjoy a complimentary transfer to CBD hotels or the airport. 

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.



Fares & Availability

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Bridge Deck Balcony Suite

Private Balcony - 55.8m2

Available

Bridge Deck Balcony Stateroom

Private Balcony - 21.4m2

Available
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Explorer Deck Balcony Stateroom

Private Balcony - 21.4m2

Available

Promenade Deck Stateroom

Picture Window - 17m2

Available

Coral Deck Stateroom

Porthole Window - 17m2

Available
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Prices are per person twin share, listed in Australian Dollars (AUD) and include GST.  Booking Terms & Conditions >
For solo traveller rates see our Solo Traveller Program >

Additional Information

Inclusions

  • All excursions with our Expedition Team
  • Use of Xplorer, Zodiacs and Kayaks
  • Daily lectures and briefings with Guest Lecturers
  • All meals, chef-prepared on board
  • Captain’s welcome and farewell events, and open bridge access
  • Selected wines, selected beers and house spirits, juices, and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner
  • 24-hour coffee and selection of teas
  • All entrance fees to National Parks, ports, traditional owner fees and charges imposed by governing authorities
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Use of all onboard facilities, incl. a reference library
  • Expedition diary, along with a photo and video gallery documenting the highlights of your voyage
  • Post-cruise transfers
  • Wifi Access – Standard speed connectivity enabling email, social image sharing, web browsing and messaging

Not Included

  • Pre-cruise transfers
  • Pre and post cruise flights/charter flights
  • Pre and post cruise accommodation
  • Travel Insurance
  • Entry visas & travel permits for the country you are travelling to/from
  • Alcoholic drinks (including beer and wine) outside of lunch and dinner service
  • Laundry service (available at a cost)
  • Items of a personal nature such souvenir purchases
  • Optional Extras (in some destinations)

OTHER INFORMATION

Coral Adventurer carries a maximum of 120 guests, inspired by the company’s Australian ethos and the wide-open spaces the ship visits, is purpose-built to take you closer to unspoiled vistas in comfort, style, and safety. More About Coral Adventurer >

Travel Insurance is not included in your cruise fare. We highly recommend all guests to obtain comprehensive travel insurance with remote area evacuation coverage. Please refer to our Pre-Cruise Checklist page for facts that should be considered and shared when speaking with Travel Insurance suppliers regarding travel insurance.

At Coral Expeditions dining is a celebration of great food and good company enjoyed in extraordinary destinations. People and place are key to enjoyable dining experiences, where food becomes the vehicle for conversation and creating memorable occasions.

We now offer two wine selections that guests may purchase in addition to our new house selection of wines. These packages showcase contemporary choices of Australian wines and French Champagne. More About Cuisine & Wine >

  • A Taste of Australia Selection | 6 Bottles | $280.00
  • Connoisseur Selection | 6 Bottles | $400.00

Our Cruise Collection Merchandise including expedition gear is also available for purchase in our onboard gift shop. View our Cruise Collection here >

When it comes time for the exciting time of packing for your cruise, our packing lists are available to assist you. More specific information regarding weather conditions in your destination will be included in your Cruise Documentation which you will receive prior to your cruise.

There are several easy walking options available on this departure, ranging from moderate to hard, at locations including Trousers Point track, Wineglass Bay track, Hazards loop and Fisher Point Walk.

An alternative excursion will always be offered in place of higher impact walks. The Expedition Team will advise walking conditions and requirements prior to each excursion. Should you have any physical limitations or mobility issues, please notify our reservations team in advance prior to your departure.

There will be limited swimming opportunities on this itinerary at (subject to weather conditions).These opportunities are a guide and not all are guaranteed. Scuba diving and snorkelling is not offered on this itinerary.

Tasmanian summertime – December through to February. Average Max Temp 22 degrees. Celsius Average Low Temp 11 degrees. Celsius Average Rainfall 205mm

  • Eat, Drink Love Tasmania 2 - Phillip Kuruvita
  • Vintage Tasmania: The Complete Book of Tasmanian Wine - Tony Walker
  • From the Sea - Rob and Rosemary Peterswald
  • A Year On The Farm - Sally Wise
  • Tasmanian Menu - Simone Bett's

Passengers must make their own way to the Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal for boarding in Melbourne. Hobart Post Cruise Transfer: A complimentary transfer is provided to CBD hotels or the airport. We recommend allowing sufficient time to arrive for your flight in the event of any delays in disembarkation.

We want to ensure that your journey with us is smooth and hassle-free. To help you prepare for your cruise, refer to our Pre-Cruise Checklist for more detailed information on the milestones leading up to your voyage.

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