Coastal Treks of Tasmania 2021 (Coral Discoverer)


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    See the best of the Tasmanian coastline with these brand new cruise & hike voyages. On your voyage enjoy time ashore completing hikes that allow you to experience the imposing cliffs, sandy beaches and sapphire waters of the rugged coast of Tasmania.

    These hike themed expeditions combine an expedition voyage with hikes on some of Tasmania’s best coastal tracks. Guests will enjoy a variety of shore excursions, and less strenuous walks will be available at each destination. The imposing cliffs, sandy beaches and sapphire waters of the rugged coast of Tasmania offer an experience of spectacular beauty. These special departures combine an expedition voyage with coastal treks on some of Tasmania’s best walking tracks – a uniquely Australian back-to-nature experience. Guided by experienced bush-walkers, explore breathtaking coastal hikes along with insights into the region’s unique eco-system. The ship’s itinerary has been designed to seamlessly enable extensive shore excursions, however guests who wish to simply stay on-board during the day and enjoy the scenery are welcome to do so. After the day’s exertions, retire to the Coral Discoverer’s panoramic Explorer bar and recharge with a Tasmanian single malt or two. Surely there isn’t a better way to explore Tasmania’s coast!

    Highlights

    • Spend two full days exploring Port Davey and Bathurst Harbour, with kayaking, bird-watching, and hiking revealing the secrets of this stunning wilderness
    • Explore the beautiful Freycinet National Park: stroll the sweeping white sand of Wineglass Bay and hike to the lookout for a spectacular view
    • Visit the Noah’s Ark of Tasmania, Maria Island, and spot wombat, wallabies, endemic birds, and other wildlife
    • Enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour at World Heritage-listed Port Arthur to gain a deep insight into the convict history
    • From the sea, have a breath-taking view of the 300 metre high dolerite columns of the Tasman Peninsula, the highest sea cliffs in the southern hemisphere
    • Taste Tasmania’s remarkable fresh produce, cool-climate wines, and artisanal spirits throughout your expedition and at special wine-tastings and events

    Itinerary

    Please note: The following itinerary is indicative and should be used as a guide as no two Tasmania expedition cruises with Coral Expeditions will be the same. Each expedition is crafted by our experienced Masters and Expedition Leaders, allowing us to quickly respond to favourable weather conditions to offer you the very best of Tasmania’s flora, fauna and wild coastline.

    DAY 1: DEPART HOBART
    Board your Coral Expeditions small ship at Hobart’s Princes Wharf where there is time to settle into your cabin before departure. Take the time to become acquainted with all the facilities onboard before meeting your fellow travellers, the Captain and crew for the Captain’s Welcome Drinks.

    MT BEATTIE, PORT DAVEY
    Mt Beattie is an easy to moderate walk located close to magnificent Port Davey. The raw and remote beauty of this wilderness area is enhanced by the breath-taking views over Bathurst Channel and Bathurst Harbour. Walk Details: ›› 3 hours return ›› Grade 2/3 walk – some bush-walking experience recommended. Tracks may have short steep hill sections, a rough surface, and many steps. ››

    CAPE HAUY, THREE CAPES
    Cape Hauy (part of the Three Capes Walk) is a medium difficulty walk through an extraordinary landscape. Experience views of Fortescue Bay from Mt Fortescue and the dolerite columns at the tip of Cape Hauy. Walk Details: ›› 4 hours return (4.4 km one way) ›› Grade 3 walk – some bush-walking experience recommended. Tracks may have short steep hill sections, a rough surface, and many steps. ›› Some hazardous cliffs and unprotected track edges – supervise children ››

    FORTESCUE BAY TO WATERFALL BAY
    The Fortescue Bay to Waterfall Bay trail is noted for providing an experience of some of the most magnificent coastline in Tasmania. The rainforest and blue gum stands and views of the Tasman Peninsula are nothing short of spectacular. At the end of this longer medium grade walk, the Coral Discoverer will be waiting to collect hikers. Walk Details ›› 7 hours return (16km one way) ›› Grade 3 walk – some bush-walking experience recommended. Tracks may have short steep hill sections, a rough surface, and many steps. ›› Some hazardous cliffs and unprotected track edges – supervise children ››

    FREYCINET NATIONAL PARK & WINEGLASS BAY
    Wineglass Bay Tasmania with Coral Expeditions The spectacular peninsula of Freycinet is crafted from pink granite peaks – the Hazard mountains – surrounded by azure bays, and backed by dry eucalyptus forest. Enjoy a hike to the Wineglass Bay Lookout and later, join a beachcombers walk along Wineglass Bay, consistently voted one of the most breath-taking beaches in the world. Walk Details: ›› 1 – 1.5 hours return (3 km return) ›› Grade 3 walk – steep uphill climb one-way with rough bush steps. ››

    BISHOP AND CLERK
    Bishop and Clerk is a challenging walk located in the Maria Island National Park. Pass through diverse landscapes of grasslands and forest, to emerge overlooking a dramatic and sweeping view of the Southern Ocean. Walk Details ›› 3.5 hours return (12 km return) ›› Grade 4 walk – bush-walking experience recommended. Tracks may be long, rough, and steep. Signage may be limited. ››

    DAY 11: ARRIVE HOBART
    Disembark in Hobart. A post-cruise transfer from the ship to Hobart city or airport is included.

    Note on fitness levels:
    This trip involves moderate to challenging walks, therefore 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. As the itinerary covers remote regions, it is not suitable for passengers with serious medical conditions.

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