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Tasmania South East Coast Discovery
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 and New Zealand 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
- 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 3-in-1 waterproof polar expedition jacket
- 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)
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.
New Harbour, Maatsuyker Island Group
Having rounded South East Cape, experience the untamed wilderness of the south coast. Conditions permitting, we hope to land in New Harbour to enjoy this part of the Southwest National Park. 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.
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 – 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.
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.
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.
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.
Departure Dates & Pricing
Departs 25 February 2022 from Hobart.
Pricing starts at A$11,996 per person share twin. Includes 20% savings - must be booked by 28 May 2021.
Pricing is subject to availability and subject to change at any time. Please ask us for the best available pricing.
- Soft Adventure
- Meals + Wine
- Medical Services
- On-Board Lecturer
- Shore Excursions
- Built Date 2019
- Capacity 132
- Length 104M
- Expedition Style
- Soft Adventures
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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