Pristine Tasmania Cruise

 Explore the Wilderness Areas of Tasmania

11 to 19 February 2018

Sample the history & untamed beauty of Tasmania’s Southern Coastline with Australia’s pioneering cruise line. Breathe the world’s cleanest air while enjoying this Pristine Tasmania Cruise. 

Join this 8 night tour that includes the  7-night Tasmania cruise with expedition itinerary exploring the rugged coastal beauty and World Heritage Listed National Parks of Australia’s island state, in the intimate comfort of the refurbished flagship, Coral Discoverer.
Become immersed in Tasmania’s breathtaking National Parks; from the dramatic pink granite peaks of the Freycinet Peninsula, or the majestic rolling hills of Maria Island National Park with it’s abundant wildlife and history. At Tasman National Park, seals, dolphins and albatross await to greet you, with an intimidating backdrop of 300 metre high dolerite cliffs.

Guided by an expert Expedition Team, including a Tasmanian Specialist, you will gain a unique “insider view” of the area, as you embark on easy hikes including the rugged Fluted Cape Track on Bruny Island, the Needwonnee boardwalk at Melaleuca, and the Wine Glass Bay Track at Freycinet.

This 7-night coastal expedition Tasmania cruise from Hobart showcases the wild beauty and remarkable heritage of Australia’s island state, while all from the intimate comfort of the state-of-the-art classic small ship Coral Discoverer. Join Coral Discoverer in 2018 on a journey of discovery while exploring Tasmania’s World Heritage Listed wilderness in comfort.

While taking advantage of the long daylight hours in Tasmania with feature bushwalks, to your fitness level, in national parks and world heritage areas. While being led by the renowned Expedition team and special guest Lecturer

EXPEDITION ITINERARY 

This Pristine Tasmania cruise itinerary allows our guests to experience an authentic expedition voyage, with a flexible itinerary to enable the Captain to respond to local weather conditions. This ensures you see the best parts of Tasmania in comfort.
Subject to weather, 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.
There is no finer way to experience Tasmania’s remote southern coastline than by expedition ship, and no other itinerary with the ability to capitalise on the unique experiences Tasmania offers.

Guests can expect seven full days exploring beautiful Tasmania, but no two trips will be the same.

EXAMPLE ITINERARY

tasmania-2016-17 DAY        DESTINATION
1           HOBART – BRUNY ISLAND
2           WOODBRIDGE – RECHERCHE BAY
3           PORT DAVEY – BRAMBLE COVE
4           BATHURST HARBOUR
5           ADVENTURE BAY
6           WINEGLASS BAY – MARIA ISLAND
7           PORT ARTHUR
8           RALPHS BAY – HOBART

EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS 

PORT DAVEY AND 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 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 unchartered 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.

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YOUR EXPEDITION VESSEL

In 2018, Tasmania is set to welcome a new arrival to its shores, the recently Refurbished and state-of-the-art Coral Discoverer.
Coral Discoverer underwent a major refurbishment in November 2016 and now boasts a brand new Sun Deck Explorer Bar as well as Bridge Deck Balcony Staterooms with private balconies. All Staterooms and public areas aboard the ship have received Upgraded soft furnishings.
A true open-ocean expedition ship, Coral Discoverer will take 72 guests to the farthest reaches of Tasmania’s rugged coast. Her shallow draught and manoeuvrability are ideal for this itinerary, and allow her an unmatched ability to enter the shallow bays and inlets of Tasmania’s otherwise virtually inaccessible West coast.
Latest technology including active stabilizers, modern safety and navigation equipment ensure comfortable cruising in open waters.
Onboard Coral Discoverer, there are no queues, long waits or assigned seatings. At mealtimes, you will return to the comfort of your ship to enjoy an outstanding menu of Tasmanian produce and local specialties. This is complemented by a specially curated wine list featuring a selection of Tasmania’s finest cool-climate varietals.

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EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS 

Spend two full days exploring Port Davy World Heritage Wilderness Area & 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 300 metre high sea cliffs at Tasman National Park
Hike the remote Mount Beattie Track, Port Davey World Heritage Area.
› Taste Ewes’ Milk Cheese and Vodka at Grandvewe Cheeses
Enjoy the Captain’s 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.

FREYCINET, WITH WINEGLASS BAY AND COLES PENINSULA

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.

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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 again 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 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.

INCLUSIONS

  • 7-night Tasmania cruise 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: 8 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
  • 1 nights’ pre cruise accommodation Hobart
  • Return Flights Sydney – Hobart
  • Hobart Transfers

 TOUR COST

Including Special Discounted Rates on the Coral Discoverer

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Main Deck Category B $5,050  sold out
Main Deck Category A $5,450  $600  1 cabin Left
Promenade Deck Category A $5,750  $1200 2 Cabins Left
Bridge Deck Balcony Stateroom $6,050  $2400 3 Cabins left

Sole Use  Promenade Deck Category B  $7,400 Sold Out

Special Discounted Price Subject to availability only on the Pristine Tasmania Cruise

Tasmania Cruise Only option available.

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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 Explorer 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 on-board – 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 the summer temperature can still be very cool especially with the wind chill so warm layered clothing is essential

Rail Holidays Australia
Po Box 1430, Bathurst, NSW. 2795
Ph: 0418 337 263 or 02 6331 1128
Email: info@railholidaysaustralia.com.au

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