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Coral Discoverer<br>7 Nights<br>Pristine Tasmania<br>Hobart return

Coral Discoverer
7 Nights
Pristine Tasmania
Hobart return

Ship: Coral Discoverer
Cruise Line: Coral Expeditions
Departures: 
Duration: 7 Nights
Ports: Hobart, Recherche Bay, Adventure Bay, Freycinet National Park, Maria Island, Tasman National Park, Port Arthur, Hobart
Airport gateway (Arrival) : Hobart
Airport gateway (Departure) : Hobart

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.

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 Parks and Wildlife Ranger 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 South Coast Track at Cockle Bay 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 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

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.

 

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.

However, you can be guaranteed that when you join Coral Expeditions, we guarantee you those “bucket list” destinations, that you’ve dreamt of visiting for so long.

Here are the expedition highlights:

 

HOBART AND RIVER DERWENT

 

Cruise 60km down the River Derwent and under mighty Tasman Bridge › Captain’s Welcome Drinks at sunset onboard › Taste Tasmanian cheeses and fresh, sweet, plump Bruny Island (Pacific) oysters. Learn about the Angasi Tasmania Oysters › Sail the D’Entrecasteaux Channel, the mouth for the estuaries of the Derwent and the Huon Rivers › Enjoy dinner at our overnight anchorage near Bruny Island

WOODBRIDGE & HUON

 

Tour and tasting at Grandvewe Cheeses, the only organic sheep cheesery in Australia. Meet the sheep known as “The Girls”. Taste up to 8 different products and and viewing the process of cheese making from paddock to palate > Explore the Woodbridge Marine Discovery Centre and learn about and meet species including lobsters, urchins and octopuses > Huon Cruise and quaint Franklin Township, the oldest town in the region, with many antique wares > Visit the Wooden Boat School and meet the makers who hand-make each vessel as you tour the centre > Cruise South East Cape, the southernmost point of Tasmania, part of the UNESCO World Heritage Wilderness Area

RECHERCHE BAY

 

Xplorer cruise of beautiful Recherche Bay, part of the National Heritage Register and only accessible by water > Cruise Cockle Creek, the very edge of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area > See the famed bronze young southern right whale statue > scenic hike at the start of the famed South Coast Track led by our Expedition Leader and Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Ranger (optional)

TASMANIAN WILDERNESS WORLD HERITAGE AREA

 

A marine reserve, and part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, Port Davey is Tasmania untouched. If conditions allow, guests will spend two full days exploring this pristine wilderness. Otherwise accessible only via a 7 day hike or charter flight, Port Davey feels like an endless unchartered wilderness, full of endless sheltered bays filled with endemic marine life to explore > Participate in the unforgettable experience of kayaking in Bathurst Harbour (optional)> Disembark to explore the ‘Narrows’ aboard our tender, an obviously narrow stretch of water that very few vessels can navigate through >Take a guided hike of Balmoral Hill Track > Amble remote Melaleuca village, and meet the locals who live in a town accessible only by sea, air or foot > Potential wildlife sightings of the endangered Orange-bellied parrot

BRUNY ISLAND & ADVENTURE BAY

 

Scenic cruise along the southern coast of Bruny Island, site of the South Bruny National Park > Walk to historic Cape Bruny Lighthouse, first lit in 1838. It is now the country’s second oldest and longest continually staffed extant lighthouse > Visit The Friars, a collection of steep dolerite rocks, covering an area of approx. 42 acres, that are home to a large population of Australian Fur Seals. See these magnificent beasts haul up on the rock or feast on seafood. Aboard our tender, drift past nesting seabirds. > Visit Adventure Bay where you can swim, kayak or relax on the sheltered beach > Be immersed in history at the Bligh Museum of Pacific Exploration. Built from thousands of convict made bricks, the Museum contains a myriad of documents, maps and artefacts from explorers including James Cook, Matthew Flinders and William Bligh > With your expedition leader, participate in an optional guided Fluted Cape Walk, starting from the eastern end of Adventure Bay. Approx walking time 3 hours. > Explore the historic 19th century whaling station ruins > Sample Tasmanian wine at a tasting session.

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 > Awake to dawn at Freycinet National Park and take in the majestic surroundings> With your expedition leader, join an optional guided hike (approx. 1.5 hours return) to the Wineglass Bay Lookout > Later, join a beachcombers walk (approx. 30 mins) along Wineglass Bay, consistently voted one of the most breathtaking beaches in the world.

MARIA ISLAND

 

Walk amongst the historic ruins, secluded bays and rugged cliffs of Maria Island National Park, and you can expect to meet more than a few incredible creatures. Since the 1960s a number of threatened species have been introduced here, in a bid to protect their kind. Expeditioners can expect sightings of native pademelons, Forester kangaroos, Bennetts wallabies and Tasmanian Devils > Visit World Heritage-listed Darlington, part of the “Convict trail of Australia” > Gain an understanding of the life of the early settlers in a restored 17th century convict penitentiary > A walk from Darlington (approx. 2 hours return) takes in the dramatic Painted and Fossil Cliffs, created by the movement of mineral-rich water though the rock, and by the later eroding action of wind and wave. > Then, from Encampment Cove walk to the ruins of Maria Island’s second convict station at Point Lesueur at Long Point on the island’s west coast.

TASMAN NATIONAL PARK

 

Feel small again as you stand beside the 300 metre sea cliffs and monumental rock formations of Tasman National Park > Be awed at the sights of sea stacks – tall dolerite formations – that stand tall out of the ocean > View Tasman Arch, The Candlestick and Cathedral from perfect positions at sea> In this area of huge natural diversity, guests can expect to meet Australian and New Zealand Fur Seals “hauling out” on the rocky shore at Tasman Island, as well as dolphins and albatross.

PORT ARTHUR HISTORIC SITE

 

Be sent back in time, and gain an understanding of the life of convicts that built Tasmania at Port Arthur Historic Site. This is Australia’s most evocative convict site housing Britain and Australia’s ‘worst’ criminals > Participate in an exclusive ‘behind the scenes’ tour guided by a resident archaeologist. The tour features private collections and historical buildings not accessible to public > This evening, enjoy Captain’s farewell reception at Port Arthur’s Asylum building, memories of the voyage warming the chilly history of the room

CRUISE CONCLUDES IN HOBART

 

Early morning cruise of River Derwent towards Hobart.

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.

 

* Ports of call may vary based on itinerary and departure dates selected

 

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Ports

Hobart

Hobart is Australia's second oldest city and state capital of Tasmania. Home to more than 90 National Trust buildings, Hobart combines colonial character with a metropolitan lifestyle. It is the gateway to Tasmania's other scenic attractions and a range of shore activities lets you experience the best of both worlds.

Explore the historic core at the colonial village of Battery Point, the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, as well as Theatre Royal, the country's oldest theater. There's also wine-tasting and pub-hopping to enjoy.


Country - Australia
Distance from port to City - 0kms
Distance  from port to Airport - 17kms
Currency - Australian Dollars (AUD)

Places of Interest
Port Arthur, Salamanca Place, Bonorong Wildlife Park

Recherche Bay

Country - Tasmania, Australia

Adventure Bay

Country - Tasmania, Australia

Freycinet National Park

Country - Tasmania, Australia

Maria Island

Country - Tasmania, Australia

Tasman National Park

Country - Australia

Port Arthur

 

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Coral Expeditions

Coral Expeditions

Welcome to Coral Expeditions -

Coral Expeditions is Australia’s leading small ship and expedition cruise line, with an unrivalled worldwide reputation for cruising excellence built over more than 30 years. Join them on award-winning 3,4 and 7 night Great Barrier Reef cruises or discover Australia’s ancient outback on an expedition to the remarkable Kimberley region or Cape York and Arnhem Land. Venture further afield into the South Pacific to discover mysterious Papua New Guinea, the exotic Spice Islands and Raja Ampat, explore the magical island cultures of Melanesia and savour the scenic beauty of ‘the land of the long white cloud’, New Zealand.

 

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Coral Discoverer

Launched in 2005, Coral Discoverer set a new benchmark standard for small ship cruising in Australia. Refurbished in November 2016, she continues to raise the bar to new levels of sophistication in expedition cruising in the Southern Hemisphere.

The 1800-tonne Coral Discoverer is the grand vision of Coral Expeditions, pioneers in expedition and adventure cruises around Australia, Papua New Guinea and South East Asia. Her shallow draught and manoeuvrability allow her to go where larger vessels cannot. Her tender vessel, Xplorer, can seat all 72 passengers for excursions to beaches and rivers. Coral Discoverer is equipped with latest technology active stabilisers to ensure comfortable cruising in open waters and is fitted with modern 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 in Cairns, Australia, with one aim in mind; to create the ultimate small ship cruising experience. Australian flagged, and staffed entirely by an Australian and New Zealand crew, your experience aboard Coral Discoverer will be unique.

THE EVOLUTION OF CORAL DISCOVERER: 2016 REFURBISHMENT COMPLETE

We are excited to announce the completion of a significant upgrade and refresh of our facilities aboard Coral Discoverer, bringing her amenities to an even higher level. The Sun Deck has evolved to become a new social space and the hub of on board community living. This area has been converted into an undercover deck area complete with round ‘Explorer Bar’ with bar stools and sun deck with lounges and an area for outdoor exercise equipment.

Guest accommodation has also received a substantial upgrade with the addition of six Bridge Deck Balcony Staterooms providing coveted inside/outside living quarters. Each of our other Stateroom grades has also received a full upgrade with updated bathroom fixtures, soft furnishings and artwork making for an even more comfortable stay on board Coral Discoverer.

REFURBISHED STATEROOM ACCOMMODATION

Following her full refurbishment in 2016, the Coral Discoverer now offers five different grades of staterooms, ranging from Bridge Deck Balcony Staterooms to Main Deck Staterooms. Bridge Deck Balcony Staterooms are on the top deck and have private balconies opening out from french windows. All rooms are furnished with contemporary flair and feature original artwork, a small private en-suite, individually-controlled air-conditioning, an iPod dock, ample storage and Australian toiletries. All staterooms are serviced daily. Each stateroom is spacious, sized between 15sqm (161 square feet) to 20 sqm (215 square feet) and has either a balcony, feature picture windows or porthole windows. Most staterooms can be configured to either junior king or twin bedding.

FACILITIES ON BOARD

> Sun Deck with undercover area, sun lounges and ample seating
> Three fully stocked cocktail bars, including brand new round Explorer Bar on Sun Deck
> Spacious, modern dining room, recently refurbished
> Forward lounge
> Reference library
> Gift shop
> Open bridge
> Workout Area
> Wireless internet available* for laptops, mobile devices or via onboard guest computer
> Limited laundry facilities available
> SCUBA diving department (selected itineraries)

 

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