Tasmania South East Coast Discovery
- 10 Days
- Hobart, Australia - Hobart, Australia
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- Greg Mortimer
from AUD $11,436.00/pp Save 20%*
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Explore the untamed beauty of Tasmania’s southern and eastern coasts. Cruise the dramatic dolerite archways and caverns of the Tasman Peninsula, discover the spectacular scenery of South Bruny Island, and explore historic Recherche Bay. Round South East Cape to delight in remote New Harbour, and spy the southernmost lighthouse in Australia at the Maatsuyker Island. Stroll along the dazzling white sands of the Freycinet Peninsula and experience the granitic beauty of Flinders Islands’ Strzelecki Peaks. Discover the rich natural and human history of the far-flung Kent Island Group. Meander through the tall eucalypt forests of Maria Island, marvel at ‘painted’ cliffs, or seek out some of the wildlife that calls it home – from Bennett’s wallabies and wombats, to potoroos, pademelons and penguins. Enjoy the raucousness of an Australian fur seal colony’s rocky haul-out and Cape Barren geese, and witness the magnificent sight of a soaring albatross in the skies above you. Each day offers a sensory smorgasbord that will forge lasting memories of your southern adventures.
This expedition is subject to regulatory approval and only open to Australian residents.
- From the comfort of your floating base camp, make Zodiac forays to the white beaches and striking scenery of South Bruny Island and idyllic Recherche Bay near South East Cape
- Experience the untamed wilderness of Southwest National Park from the remote shores of New Harbour
- Marvel at the mystique of the far-flung Kent Islands and discover its treasures – from seals to shipwrecks
- On Maria Island – nicknamed Tasmania’s “Noah’s Ark” – enjoy an abundance of native wildlife, keeping an eye out for all but one of Tassie’s 12 endemic bird species
- Learn how Tasmania fits into the vast and unique ‘Great Southern Reef’ ecosystem – part of a “Hope Spot” designated by Sylvia Earle’s Mission Blue team
In true expedition style we encourage exploration and adventure, offering flexibility in challenging environments in a way that puts you among the action to see and do as much as possible. This itinerary is only a guide and subject to change due to weather conditions.
Day 1 Embark in Hobart
You’re welcomed aboard the Greg Mortimer and shown your cabin before mandatory safety drills are carried out. Enjoy a welcome drink and meet fellow expeditioners at our voyage briefing this evening. Leaving Hobart, we sail past the impressive cliffs of Cape Pillar and Tasman Island’s dramatic dolerite columns rising from the sea.
Day 2 Bruny Island, Recherche Bay
From the comfort of your floating base camp, make your first forays to the picturesque Cloudy Bay at South Bruny Island. Enjoy picturesque coastal walks through flowering heathlands and eucalypt forests, a more leisurely stroll on long stretches of pristine sand, or a more active tramp up the headland for sweeping views of Cloudy Bay and beyond to the Southern Ranges. Keep an eye out to our starboard for views of Cape Bruny’s historic lighthouse as we sail towards the extreme south-eastern corner of Tasmania, and the staging post for our afternoon’s adventures.
The idyll of Recherche Bay offered French explorer, Bruni D’Entrecasteaux, refuge, replenishment, and scientific discovery. Learn more about his exploits, including the well-documented, amicable encounters and mutual observation between the expedition members and the indigenous Lylequonny people. Enjoy a hike towards the extreme southern tip of Tasmania or towards Fishers Point past the impressive bronze whale sculpture that commemorates the area’s early whaling history.
Day 3 New Harbour, Maatsuyker Island Group
Having rounded South East Cape, experience untamed wilderness of Southwest National Park from the shores of New Harbour with various walking and Zodiac-cruising options. Perhaps explore a short section of the famed South Coast track, or simply revel in the isolation and wildness of this remote and windswept shores.
From the comfort of the ‘mother ship’, enjoy a ship cruise at the Maatsuyker Island Group. Spy Australia’s most southerly lighthouse at Maatsuyker Island, and delight in the majesty of soaring shy albatross in the skies above Mewstone Island before returning northwards.
Day 4 Freycinet Peninsula
The striking scenery of Freycinet Peninsula tempts you for another day of discovery, whether you hike its towering pink granite peaks for a spectacular view, paddle its iridescent-blue waters, or stroll along a pristine white beach peppered with orange lichen-covered boulders. The surrounding wilderness is also alive with flora and fauna. On your adventures, keep an eye out for white-breasted sea eagles soaring in the skies above, Bennett’s wallabies lazing under a she-oak, the local pod of bottle-nose dolphins, or perhaps one of the short-beaked echidnas that are sometimes seen foraging for ants in daylight hours. Weather permitting, we may also visit the nearby Schouten Island group, where gangs of fur seals can be seen vying for their favourite rocky resting place.
Day 5 Northwestern Flinders Island
Flinders Island – called Great Island until it was renamed in the early 1800s after explorer Matthew Flinders – is the largest of Tasmania’s islands and home to Strzelecki National Park. The island offers sapphire waters, untouched beaches, a rich variety of flora and fauna, rocky ridges and towering peaks as a backdrop to your hiking, paddling or underwater adventures.
Days 6-7 Kent Island Group
Marvel at the mystique of the far-flung Kent Islands – often missed on conventional maps – and experience its rich natural and human history. This cluster of three main islands and four smaller islets comprise Tassie’s northernmost national park. Discover the bountiful, nutrient-rich waters created by the convergence of three major ocean currents, which help feed Australia’s largest fur seal colony. Scan the shorelines and skies for sooty oystercatchers, short-tailed shearwaters, petrels and prions; contemplate the looming granite lighthouse; and discover stories of sealers, sailors and shipwrecks in the original lightkeeper’s cottage (the oldest in Australia, and now museum) run by the islands’ only two inhabitants.
Day 8 Lady Barron, Flinders Island
The southern shores of Flinders Island offer a range of activities. Energetic hikers may like to set off to scale the granitic beauties of the Strzelecki Peaks to experience spectacular vistas, while others might enjoy a shorter meander along the shaded foreshore of Lady Barron, or a moderate leg-stretch to the secluded beaches on the Trouser Point Walk. The crystal-clear waters and islands within Petrifaction Bay may also tempt you to take to the sea, whether it be a Zodiac-cruise, paddle or snorkel.
Day 9 Maria Island
Known as Tasmania’s ‘Noah’s Ark’, Maria Island is home to an abundance of native wildlife including Bennett’s wallabies, common wombats, and rufous-bellied pademelons; as well as conservation sanctuary to a number of introduced species including the Tasmanian devil. The island is also considered one of the best places for bird watching, with a variety that includes all but one of Tassie’s endemic bird species. In addition to its natural history, the island has a rich human history stretching back over 40,000 years. The Puthikwilayti people of the Oyster Bay tribe were original custodians of the land and surrounding waters, which was later visited by European explorers, and exploited by sealers and whalers. Convict settlements, failed commercial ventures, and an eventual National Park designation are also part of the island’s antiquities. Whether you choose to explore its secluded bays and beaches, snorkel its clear waters, delight in its wildlife, or stretch your legs on a range of hiking options – through tall eucalypt forests, along exquisite coastlines, or upwards to take in the island’s stunning landscapes from its peaks - Maria Island has something special for everyone.
Back on board and as we set sail for Hobart, toast your adventures and celebrate with friends – both new and old – at our Captain’s Farewell Dinner.
Day 10 Disembark in Hobart
In Hobart, farewell the crew, expedition team and fellow travellers before your transfer to the airport or your hotel accommodation.
Important note: In the spirit of expedition travel, we encourage exploration and adventure offering flexibility in challenging environments. This itinerary is only a guide and is subject to change due to tides, weather, sea state and other conditions beyond our control.
- Arrival transfer from airport or hotel to Greg Mortimer on Day 1
- Departure transfer from Greg Mortimer to airport or hotel on last day
- Onboard accommodation during voyage including daily cabin service
- All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during voyage
- Beer, house wine and soft drinks with dinner
- Captain’s Welcome and Farewell reception including four-course dinner, house cocktails, house beer and wine, non-alcoholic beverages
- All shore excursions and Zodiac cruises
- Educational lectures and guiding services from expedition team
- Complimentary access to onboard expedition doctor and medical clinic (initial consult)
- A 3-in-1 waterproof polar expedition jacket
- Port surcharges, permits and landing fees
- Gratuities for ship crew
- International or domestic flights, not mentioned in the itinerary
- Transfers not mentioned in the itinerary
- Airport arrival or departure taxes
- Passport, visa, and vaccination charges
- Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges
- Hotels and meals not included in itinerary
- Optional excursions not included in the itinerary
- Optional activity surcharges
- All items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages and soft drinks (outside of dinner service), laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, Wi-Fi, email or phone charges
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- Neoprene boots
- Safety gear
- A 15-litre dry bag
- Life jackets
- Pogies (insulated mittens that attach to your paddle)
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