PACKAGE #406

Bass Strait Islands and East Coast Discovery

FROM

$8,396pp

Step on board for a unique island-hopping adventure from Tasmania's east coast, onwards to the isolated isles of the Bass Strait, and Victoria’s Wilsons Promontory. Land on pristine beaches dotted with orange lichen-covered boulders, meander through tall eucalypt forests, and drink in the stunning vistas from towering peaks. Visit far-flung archipelagos and explore islands whose only permanent inhabitants include Bennett’s wallabies, wombats, potoroos and pademelons. Discover the rich natural and human history of the Kent Islands; experience the granitic beauty of Flinders Islands’ Strzelecki Peaks; and stroll along the dazzling white sands of the Freycinet Peninsula. Explore wild, storm-swept coastlines and the shimmering, azure waters of sheltered bays. Delight in the raucousness of an Australian fur seal colony’s rocky haul-out, the rasping call of Cape Barren geese, and the majestic sight of a soaring shy albatross in the skies above. Each day a new adventure beckons.

This expedition is subject to regulatory approval and only open to Australian and New Zealand residents.

Highlights include:
  • Visit remote and rarely-visited islands in the Bass Strait – the remnants of a land bridge that once joined Tasmania to the Australian mainland
  • Marvel at the mystique of the Kent Islands – often missed on conventional maps – from its petrels, little penguins and short-tailed shearwaters to its historic lighthouse and stories of sealers, sailors and shipwrecks
  • Enjoy Maria Island’s abundance of native wildlife and keep an eye out for all but one of Tasmania’s 12 endemic bird species
  • Head off the ‘mother ship’ each day for a range of adventures and explorations that may include hiking options, wildlife watching, Zodiac cruises, diving, snorkelling, kayaking and climbing^
  • Learn how the waters of Bass Strait and Tasmania fit into the vast and unique ecosystem known as the ‘Great Southern Reef’ – part of a “Hope Spot” designated by Sylvia Earle’s Mission Blue team

^Optional activities at additional cost

NOTE:  Itinerary also operates in reverse.

Package Inclusions

  • Arrival transfer from airport to hotel on Day 1 
  • Welcome Reception / Pre-Embarkation Briefing on Day 1 
  • One night’s hotel accommodation with breakfast in Hobart on Day 1  
  • City tour on Day 2 
  • Mandatory pre-embarkation health screening and COVID test on Day 2 
  • 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 spray jacket per person 
  • Port surcharges, permits and landing fees 
  • Gratuities for ship crew

PLUS!  Ultimate Cruising guests also receive:

  • Chauffeur driven luxury car transfers from your home to the airport and return (within 35km)

Cruise Highlights

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 of species including all but one of Tassie’s endemic bird species. In addition to its natural history, the island also 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, marvel at ‘painted’ cliffs, delight in its wildlife, or stretch your legs on a hike through tall eucalypt forests, Maria Island has something special for everyone.

Freycinet Peninsula
The striking scenery of the Freycinet Peninsula tempts you for another day of adventure, 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.

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. Energetic hikers may like to scale the heights to experience spectacular vistas; while strollers might enjoy a shorter meander through shaded casuarina woodlands and coastal heath to secluded bays. 

Kent Island Group
Discover the rich natural and human history – by land and sea – of the remote Kent Island group. Although often missed on conventional maps, this cluster of three main islands and four smaller islets comprises Tassie’s northernmost national park. Marvel at 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.

Wilsons Promontory
The mountainous spine of Wilsons Promontory has a fitting geological ‘genealogy’ for the final day of our island-hopping adventure, having once been the part of the land bridge that – over 12,000 years ago - extended in a south easterly direction across what is now Bass Strait, through the Kent Island Group to Flinders Island, and Tasmania’s north east. Tucked on the promontory’s protected eastern shores, the pristine beaches around Refuge Bay can only be accessed by determined hikers, or the sea. Discover this secluded corner of Wilsons Promontory National Park. Take to the turquoise waters for a snorkel, swim or paddle, or enjoy a rewarding walk amongst dense forest and up surrounding hills to a take in the impressive views from on high. Once back on board and as we set sail for Melbourne, toast your adventures and celebrate with friends – both new and old – at our Captain’s Farewell Dinner.

Departure Dates & Pricing

Departs 02 November 2021 (Hobart to Melbourne) or 08 November 2021 (Melbourne to Hobart)

Pricing starts at A$8,396 per person share twin.  Includes 20% savings - must be booked by 30 June 2021.

Pricing is subject to availability and subject to change at any time.  Please ask us for the best available pricing.

 

 

Cruise Category
  • Expedition
  • Soft Adventure
ONBOARD FEATURES
  • Gratuities
  • Meals + Wine
  • Medical Services
  • On-Board Lecturer
  • Shore Excursions
Itinerary Map Image

Trip itinerary

Day
Port
1
Hobart
2
Hobart
3
Maria Island
4
Freycinet Peninsula
5
Flinders Island
6
Kent Island Group
7
Wilsons Promontory
8
Maria Island
9
Melbourne, Australia

Technical Details

  • Built Date 2019
  • Capacity 132
  • Length 104M

Cruise Category

  • Expedition Style
  • Soft Adventures

Greg Mortimer

Purpose-built for expeditions to the most remote places on earth, Greg Mortimer was the first passenger ship to feature the revolutionary Ulstein X-BOW, allowing the ship to cross oceans more comfortably and efficiently, with expansive observation decks to bring you closer to the environment, inviting communal areas and unsurpassed environmental credentials.  The Greg Mortimer offers the perfect base camp for adventures at the outer limits of human exploration.

Accommodating an average of 132 expeditioners per voyage within 76 cosy, comfortable cabins – all cabins have a view of the ocean and 85% of cabins have their own balcony. The ship also features a modern lecture lounge, multiple observation areas, zodiac launching platforms, a restaurant serving excellent meals, a gym and wellness centre, jacuzzis, a mudroom and many other amenities.

The Greg Mortimer has redefined expedition cruising for the future.

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