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Coastal Treks of Tasmania

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!

19 February, 2020 to 26 February, 2020 Make a booking request for Coastal Treks of Tasmania, departing on 19 February, 2020

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Main Deck B £ 3195 GBP pp
Located close to the Dining Room, our six spacious Main Deck (Category B) staterooms are 18sqm (195 square feet) in size and feature twin portholes for expansive ocean views, along with a desk, sofa, telephone and your choice of Junior King or twin bedding.
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Main Deck A £ 3355 GBP pp
Located close to the Dining Room, our six spacious Main Deck (Category A) staterooms are 18sqm (195 square feet) in size and feature large, twin porthole windows for expansive ocean views, along with a desk, sofa, telephone and your choice of Junior King or twin bedding.
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Promenade A £ 3835 GBP pp
Encircled by a full-ship promenade, our twenty spacious Promenade Deck (Category A) staterooms are 18sqm (195 square feet) in size and feature picture windows for expansive ocean views, along with a sofa, desk, telephone and your choice of Junior King or twin bedding.
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Bridge Deck Balcony £ 4469 GBP pp
Located on the exclusive Bridge Deck close to the Lounge and Bridge, our five spacious Bridge Deck Balcony staterooms are 18sqm (195 square feet) in size and feature private balconies opening out from french windows providing comfortable indoor outdoor living, along with a sofa, desk, telephone and your choice of Junior King or twin bedding.
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Promenade Deck B Sole £ 5269 GBP pp
Located in the bow of the ship and encircled by a full-ship promenade, our two Promenade Deck (Category B) staterooms are 15sqm (160 square feet) in size and feature picture windows for expansive ocean views, along with a desk, telephone and Junior King bedding.
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11 March, 2020 to 18 March, 2020 Make a booking request for Coastal Treks of Tasmania, departing on 11 March, 2020

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Main Deck B £ 3195 GBP pp
Located close to the Dining Room, our six spacious Main Deck (Category B) staterooms are 18sqm (195 square feet) in size and feature twin portholes for expansive ocean views, along with a desk, sofa, telephone and your choice of Junior King or twin bedding.
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Main Deck A £ 3355 GBP pp
Located close to the Dining Room, our six spacious Main Deck (Category A) staterooms are 18sqm (195 square feet) in size and feature large, twin porthole windows for expansive ocean views, along with a desk, sofa, telephone and your choice of Junior King or twin bedding.
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Promenade A £ 3835 GBP pp
Encircled by a full-ship promenade, our twenty spacious Promenade Deck (Category A) staterooms are 18sqm (195 square feet) in size and feature picture windows for expansive ocean views, along with a sofa, desk, telephone and your choice of Junior King or twin bedding.
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Bridge Deck Balcony £ 4469 GBP pp
Located on the exclusive Bridge Deck close to the Lounge and Bridge, our five spacious Bridge Deck Balcony staterooms are 18sqm (195 square feet) in size and feature private balconies opening out from french windows providing comfortable indoor outdoor living, along with a sofa, desk, telephone and your choice of Junior King or twin bedding.
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Promenade Deck B Sole £ 5269 GBP pp
Located in the bow of the ship and encircled by a full-ship promenade, our two Promenade Deck (Category B) staterooms are 15sqm (160 square feet) in size and feature picture windows for expansive ocean views, along with a desk, telephone and Junior King bedding.
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Coastal Treks of Tasmania itinerary:

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Expedition highlights may include:
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 breathtaking 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. ›› Prepare with: A raincoat, woollen jumper or polar-fleece jacket, sturdy walking shoes or boots, and a sun hat.
GRANDVEWE CHEESES
Tour and tasting at Grandvewe Cheeses, the only organic sheep cheesery in Australia. 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. Explore Huon Cruise and quaint Franklin Township, the oldest town in the region. Visit the Wooden Boat School and meet the craftsmen who hand-make each vessel.
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 ›› Prepare with: A raincoat, woollen jumper or polar-fleece jacket, sturdy walking shoes or boots, and a sun hat.
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 ›› Prepare with: A raincoat, woollen jumper or polar-fleece jacket, sturdy walking shoes or boots, and a sun hat.
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 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 breathtaking 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. ›› Prepare with: water bottle, sturdy walking shoes or boots, and a sun hat.
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. ›› Supervise children, hazardous cliffs, unprotected track edges, rock screed scramble ›› Prepare with: A raincoat, woollen jumper or polar-fleece jacket, sturdy walking shoes or boots, and a sun hat. Other recommendations may include: Thermal pants, warm gloves, and woollen beanie
FLUTED CAPE, BRUNY ISLAND
The Fluted Cape walk on Bruny Island is a moderate walk that stays close to the coastal cliffs, providing spectacular views of Fluted Cape and the distant Tasman Peninsula. Bruny Island showcases rich history, magnificent scenery, and abundant wildlife. Walk Details ›› 2.5 hours return (5.4km circuit) ›› Grade 4 walk – bush-walking experience recommended. Tracks may be long, rough, and steep. Signage may be limited. ›› Some hazardous cliffs and unprotected track edges – supervise children ›› Prepare with: A raincoat, woollen jumper or polar-fleece jacket, sturdy walking shoes or boots, and a sun hat.
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 the public.
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.

Coastal Treks of Tasmania reverse itinerary:

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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.
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 the public.
The Fluted Cape walk on Bruny Island is a moderate walk that stays close to the coastal cliffs, providing spectacular views of Fluted Cape and the distant Tasman Peninsula. Bruny Island showcases rich history, magnificent scenery, and abundant wildlife. Walk Details ›› 2.5 hours return (5.4km circuit) ›› Grade 4 walk – bush-walking experience recommended. Tracks may be long, rough, and steep. Signage may be limited. ›› Some hazardous cliffs and unprotected track edges – supervise children ›› Prepare with: A raincoat, woollen jumper or polar-fleece jacket, sturdy walking shoes or boots, and a sun hat.
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. ›› Supervise children, hazardous cliffs, unprotected track edges, rock screed scramble ›› Prepare with: A raincoat, woollen jumper or polar-fleece jacket, sturdy walking shoes or boots, and a sun hat. Other recommendations may include: Thermal pants, warm gloves, and woollen beanie
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 breathtaking 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. ›› Prepare with: water bottle, sturdy walking shoes or boots, and a sun hat.
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 ›› Prepare with: A raincoat, woollen jumper or polar-fleece jacket, sturdy walking shoes or boots, and a sun hat.
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 ›› Prepare with: A raincoat, woollen jumper or polar-fleece jacket, sturdy walking shoes or boots, and a sun hat.
Tour and tasting at Grandvewe Cheeses, the only organic sheep cheesery in Australia. 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. Explore Huon Cruise and quaint Franklin Township, the oldest town in the region. Visit the Wooden Boat School and meet the craftsmen who hand-make each vessel.
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 breathtaking 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. ›› Prepare with: A raincoat, woollen jumper or polar-fleece jacket, sturdy walking shoes or boots, and a sun hat.
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Coral Discoverer, the ship servicing Coastal Treks of Tasmania

Coral Discoverer

Vessel Type: Luxury Expedition

Length: 63 metres

Passenger Capacity: 72 (in 36 rooms)

Built: 2005

Onboard Accommodation

Onboard accommodation comprises 36 spacious modern staterooms. You can select from Bridge, Promenade or Main Deck staterooms offering a choice of twin through to junior king-size doubles. All staterooms have an ocean view, en-suite facilities, settee, large wardrobe, desk, luggage storage, individual air-conditioning control, and are serviced daily.

Onboard Facilities

What you would expect of a much larger cruise ship:

  • Large sundeck
  • Spa Pool
  • Guest computer
  • Comprehensive reference library
  • Phone and fax facilities
  • Lecture lounge with large plasma screen
  • Limited laundry facilities
  • Two fully stocked cocktail bars
  • Boutique and dive shop
  • Air-conditioned public areas

 Coral Discoverer is equipped with the latest technology active stabilizers and is fitted with state-of-the-art safety and navigational equipment and is the only Australian passenger ship registered with full SOLAS compliance allowing opportunities to explore a multitude of international voyages.

Dining

All meals during the cruise are included. Breakfast and lunch are served in the Dining Room located on the Main Deck and are buffet-style while dinner is table d’hote. Coffee and tea is available 24 hours. Standard hours are breakfast from 7:00-8:30am, lunch at 12:30pm and dinner at 7:30pm however meal times may vary according to the day's activities. Meal times will be advised in the onboard daily bulletins.

Excursion Boats And Zodiacs

The "Xplorer" is a specially designed aluminium excursion vessel used for the majority of our excursions. This vessel has high horsepower engines and will accommodate all passengers at one time. The "Xplorer" will be used for landings and for extensive exploration of rivers and tributaries. For your added convenience and comfort, the "Xplorer" is equipped with an awning and toilet.

We also carry two inflatable landing craft (Zodiacs). Designed for expedition work, these large and heavy-duty inflatables are extremely safe. Separate air compartments retain a large reserve of buoyancy even if the boats damaged. The flat bottom design permits these crafts to land directly onto the beaches. Expect nonetheless to wade through shallow water to reach the shore. See photo below (right)

 

Cabin layout for Coral Discoverer
• Enjoy the imposing cliffs, sandy beaches and sapphire waters of the rugged coast of Tasmania

• Our special departures combine an expedition voyage with coastal treks on some of Tasmania’s best walking tracks – a uniquely Australian back-to-nature experience
Enquire now about Coastal Treks of Tasmania

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