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2020 VOYAGES

Pristine tasmania VOYAGES TO THE EDGE OF THE WORLD

Coral Expeditions Best for Adventure

Coral Expeditions Best in Australia & New Zealand

PRISTINE TASMANIA INAUGURAL TASMANIA CIRCUMNAVIGATION COASTAL TREKS SYDNEY TO HOBART


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AN ISLAND AT THE EDGE of the WORLD

THE EXPEDITION EXPERIENCE We explore remote locations on the Tasmanian coast that are hard to get to or rarely seen by tourists. The perspective of travelling by sea provides an invigorating experience of this rugged and striking coastline. Our shore excursions are designed to promote environmental and cultural appreciation and learning, and our small group size ensures that your experience is personal, with minimal impact on the environments we visit. We aim to provide one or two activities or excursions each day, all included in your cruise fare. Expedition leaders and lecturers who are experts in the region accompany every voyage, providing commentary on culture, geology, conservation, history, and the region’s unique plants and wildlife to help you connect with this special place.


A pristine coastline TASMANIA

Australia’s island state is poised at the edge of the world. From its green coast, the Great Southern Ocean stretches uninterrupted until it breaks on the shores of Antarctica. But here in Tasmania, rugged mountains and impenetrable forests lead to coastlines of soaring cliffs, pastoral farmlands, and islands teeming with native wildlife. Clear, crisp air and warm summers nurture a bountiful variety of fresh produce, cheeses, wine, and spirits, and history from ancient to colonial times is present around each corner.

AN ADVENTURE BY SEA Our expedition cruise over seven nights explores the incredible south-east region in the summer months. From the sea, enjoy easy access to National Parks and World Heritage Areas, led by our expert Expedition Team. Experience coastal hikes from Freycinet Peninsula to isolated Port Davey - only accessible by boat, sevenday hike or light aircraft - and absorb the surreal beauty and history of Maria Island, Bruny Island, and Port Arthur over days

of exploration. From the ship, gaze up at 300 metre high sea cliffs, watch marine life frolic close by, and easily go ashore on remote beaches. Along the way, taste an outstanding menu of Tasmania’s gourmet fare, complemented with fine cool-climate wines and unique brews. With respect for the pristine ecosystem, our small groups tread lightly while enjoying an intimate experience of this remarkable island.

MEET SOME OF OUR GUIDES Mark Steadman Expedition Leader

Mike Sugden Expert Lecturer

Trained as a zoologist and teacher, Mark brings a varied skill set to his job as Expedition Leader. He has previously worked as a zookeeper, nature guide, and science teacher. Fortunate enough to have once raised an orphaned Tasmanian Devil, Mark is passionate about sharing stories of how incredibly interesting animals are, especially the not-so-cuddly ones.

With broad experience in marine research and diving, Mike is at home in the water. He has studied Tasmanian marine life, surveyed Bathurst Harbour and authored textbooks on marine science. An avid photographer, he has also sailed yachts since his teenage years, earned the Australian Underwater Sportsman of the Year, and worked extensively in Tasmanian food and wine. Mike has worked with Coral Expeditions since 2005.

OUR EXPEDITION SHIP CORAL DISCOVERER

INCLUSIONS

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

The classic small ship Coral Discoverer navigates the bays and islands of the Tasmanian coast with ease. A maximum of 72 guests ensures an intimate atmosphere, while warm Australian hospitality and personal service quickly make you feel at home. Spacious lounge areas, communal dining, and open decks provide relaxation and the opportunity to spend time with old and new friends.

› All excursions and sightseeing

› Pre and post flights, accommodation & travel insurance

Coral Discoverer is custom-built for environmentally responsible small-ship cruising, with refined steering capabilities, active stabilisers, shallow draught, and nimble Xplorer tender to bring you closer to remote coasts and communities.

› Use of Xplorer and inflatable tender vessels › Daily lectures and briefings › Small-batch meals prepared by our chef › Showcase wines, selected beers, juices, and soft drinks with lunch and dinner

› Entry visas to Australia › Alcoholic beverages outside of lunch and dinner service › Telephone and internet services › Laundry

› All coffee and selection of teas › All entrance fees to National Parks and Ports

Cover: Coral Discoverer in Port Davey | Left: Australian fur seals on Ile des Phoques | Above: Climbers at Mt Beattie, Port Davey

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PRISTINE TASMANIA

Tasman Island offers a spectacular view from the sea

Expedition Highlights > Spend up to two days exploring Port Davey and Bathurst Harbour, part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area > Experience the diverse wildlife and history of Maria Island, a ‘Noah’s Ark’ for many species > Gaze in awe at the 300m high dolerite sea cliffs at Tasman National Park - the highest in the southern hemisphere > Delight in produce-driven food experiences, complemented by Tasmania’s cool-climate wines and artisanal spirits > Spot fur seals on the rocky Ile des Phoques > Hike scenic Fluted Cape at Bruny Island

< A focus on fresh Tasmanian produce, kayaking at Schouten Island ^

PRISTINE TASMANIA SCHEDULE Coral Discoverer Date

A small group of hikers climb Mt Beattie, Port Davey ^

COASTAL TREKS OF TASMANIA - Themed Expeditions Two of our Pristine Tasmania departures, 17 February and 09 March, have a hiking focus. These special themed departures 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.

Walks Cape Hauy Bishop & Clerk Fluted Cape Mt Beattie Wineglass Bay

Departs

Themed

27 January 2020

Hobart

03 February 2020

Hobart

10 February 2020

Hobart

17 February 2020

Hobart

24 February 2020

Hobart

02 March 2020

Hobart

09 March 2020

Hobart

Twin Share

Sole Use

FARES Difficulty Medium, 4hrs (Gr 3)

Coral Discoverer Bridge Deck Balcony

$7,840

n/a

Challenging, 7hrs (Gr 4)

Promenade Deck A

$6,720

n/a

Medium, 2.5hrs (Gr 4)

Promenade Deck B

$6,160

$9,240*

Easy, 3 hrs (Gr 2)

Main Deck A

$5,880

n/a

Medium, 1-2hrs (Gr 3)

Main Deck B

$5,600

n/a

Prices are per person, listed in Australian Dollars (AUD) and include GST. *Limited sole use available.


ITINERARY: 7 NIGHTS HOBART TO HOBART

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DAY 1: DEPART HOBART

TASMAN NATIONAL PARK

Board your ship at 4:00pm for a 5:00pm departure. Meet and mingle with fellow guests and crew at the Captain’s Welcome Drinks.

Feel small again as you gaze up at the 300 metre sea cliffs and monumental rock formations of Tasman National Park, the highest in the Southern Hemisphere. See the sea stacks – tall dolerite formations - stand tall, and view the Tasman Arch, The Candlestick and Cathedral from perfect positions at sea. An area of huge natural diversity, it is possible to find Australian Fur Seals “hauling out” on the rocky shore at Tasman Island, as well as dolphins and albatross which are often sighted in this region. Visit Fortescue Bay and have the option of a coastal hike past the man ferns and gullies of the Tasman Trail or kayaking around the William Pitt Wreck in Canoe Bay.

DAYS 2-7: No two Tasmanian cruises with Coral Expeditions will be the same; each expedition is crafted by our experienced Masters and Expedition Leaders to take advantage of the best weather conditions for each day. Below is a selection of the key destinations we visit. PORT DAVEY AND BATHURST HARBOUR A marine reserve, and part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, Port Davey is Tasmania untouched. If conditions allow, guests will spend up to two full days exploring this pristine wilderness, and enjoy the unforgettable experience of kayaking in Bramble Cove. Otherwise accessible only via a seven-day hike or charter flight, Port Davey feels like an endless unchartered wilderness, full of sheltered bays filled with endemic marine life. In Port Davey, you’ll disembark to explore the ‘Narrows’ aboard our tender and take a guided hike of Balmoral Hill or the Mount Beattie Track. Take in the surrounds of Melaleuca and the Needwonnee Walk, named after the traditional custodians whose homelands extended throughout this area, and you may be lucky to catch a glimpse of the rare orange-bellied parrot, endemic to the region. BRUNY ISLAND AND ADVENTURE BAY Experience the rugged beauty of Fluted Cape as you walk along the sheer coastal cliffs or cruise in our Xplorer vessel for a closer look around Penguin Island. Learn about the rich maritime history of Adventure Bay at the Bligh Museum of Pacific Exploration, or explore the history of old whaling stations on the way to Grassy Point. FREYCINET NATIONAL PARK

PORT ARTHUR HISTORIC SITE A unique experience awaits at the UNESCO World Heritage listed Port Arthur Historic Site. Between 1833 and 1877, the penal colony housed Britain’s worst criminals, and was considered inescapable. Today, the Historic Site has over 30 buildings, ruins and restored period homes set in 100 acres of landscaped grounds. In the company of Port Arthur’s knowledgeable guides, join an exclusive ‘behind the scenes tour’ of the site, which includes access to private collections and historic buildings not accessible to the general public. WOODBRIDGE AND HUON At times the mercurial weather of the Tasmanian coast may necessitate activities ashore within the protected bays and rivers. Weather options may include cruising the Huon River and a visit to the Wooden Boat Centre at picturesque Franklin. Learn about the process of sheep cheese-making at the family-run Grandvewe Cheeses, and at the cellar door enjoy a taste of their ‘ewenique’ sheep’s whey vodka. DAY 7: ARRIVE HOBART Disembark in Hobart at 8:00am A post cruise transfer to city or airport is included.

The Freycinet Peninsula is spectacular. Pink granite forms the foundation of the Hazard Mountains, and the sweeping bays are backed by eucalypt forests. Join an optional guided hike to the Wineglass Bay beach - one of the most breathtaking beaches in the world. As we cruise south of Freycinet, witness numerous fur seals lounging on the rocks on the Ile des Phoques, a small rocky island between Freycinet Peninsula and Maria Island. MARIA ISLAND NATIONAL PARK The historic ruins, secluded bays, and cliffs of Maria Island National Park are home to a thriving population of wildlife that includes Forester Kangaroos, Bennetts Wallabies, and wombats. Walk to historic Darlington Settlement and the convict ruins at Point Lesueur, explore the ancient seabeds of the Fossil Cliffs, and marvel at the sandstone formations of the Painted Cliffs.

TASMANIA Freycinet NP

“The destination was Melaleuca, to see the endangered orange-bellied parrot. The cruise up the backwater was a treat; tannin rich waters and blue sky created perfect reflections, and the beautiful scene was backed by huge vast mountain ranges. This area is famous for the exploits of Deny King, tin miner and pioneer, who lived here for 55 years. It is largely due to Deny that this area - and the orange-bellied parrot - are protected.” Lecturer Tim Harvey at Melaleuca, Port Davey

Wineglass Bay

Ile des Phoques

Franklin

HOBART

Bathurst Harbour Woodbridge

Port Davey

Maria Island Fortescue Bay

Recherche Bay

Bruny Island

Port Arthur Historic Site

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CIRCUMNAVIGATION OF TASMANIA

Expedition Highlights > Visit remote Flinders Island - with the opportunity to experience one of Tasmania’s ‘Great Short Walks’ in Strzelecki NP > Cruise the scenic Tamar River to Launceston, and enjoy a signature event at Josef Chromy Wines > Gaze in awe at the 300m high sea cliffs at Tasman National Park - the highest in the southern hemisphere > Sample King Island’s world-famous produce at a gourmet lunch and visit King Island Dairy for a cheese tasting > Encounter iconic wildlife such as wombats, fur seals, and dolphins > Spend two days hiking, kayaking, and birdwatching in the World Heritage Area of Port Davey and Bathurst Harbour > Journey Tasmania’s isolated and mysterious West Coast

CHASE THE RACE: SYDNEY TO HOBART CELEBRATE THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ROLEX SYDNEY TO HOBART YACHT RACE

SYDNEY TO HOBART SCHEDULE Coral Discoverer Date

Departs

26 December 2019

Sydney

FARES Coral Discoverer

Twin Share

Sole Use

Bridge Deck Balcony

$6,790

n/a

Promenade Deck A

$5,790

n/a

Promenade Deck B

$5,290

$7,935*

Main Deck A

$4,990

n/a

Main Deck B

$4,800

n/a

Prices are per person, listed in Australian Dollars (AUD) and include GST. *Limited sole use occupancy available.


ITINERARY: 14 NIGHTS HOBART TO HOBART DAY 1: DEPARTS HOBART Board in Hobart at 4:00pm for a 8:00pm departure. DAYS 2-14: The below itinerary is indicative only - your Expedition team may alter your itinerary to make the most of weather conditions. FORTESCUE BAY & TASMAN PENINSULA Gaze up at the 300 metre sea cliffs of Tasman National Park, the highest in the Southern Hemisphere, from perfect positions at sea. An area of huge natural diversity, it is possible to find Australian Fur Seals “hauling out” on the rocky shore at Tasman Island. Visit Fortescue Bay, hike the coastal Tasman Trail and kayak in Canoe Bay. MARIA ISLAND The historic ruins and rugged cliffs of Maria Island National Park are home to diverse wildlife that includes Forester Kangaroos, Bennetts Wallabies, and wombats. Walk to historic Darlington Settlement, explore the ancient seabeds of the Fossil Cliffs, and marvel at the sandstone formations of the Painted Cliffs. FREYCINET PENINSULA & WINEGLASS BAY At the Freycinet Peninsula, see the pink granite formations of the Hazard Mountains, and the sweeping bays fringed by eucalypt. Join a guided hike to the Wineglass Bay beach - one of the best beaches in the world. Witness fur seals lounging on the rocks at the Ile des Phoques. FLINDERS ISLAND & THE FURNEAUX GROUP Visit wild and rugged Flinders Island, and marvel at the pink and gray granite mountain ranges of Strzelecki National Park. Explore beautiful Trousers Point beach, visit seaside townships, discover the sad history of Wybalenna Settlement, and see relics of Flinders maritime past at the Furneaux Museum. TAMAR RIVER & LAUNCESTON Spend two days on the scenic Tamar River – actually a tidal estuary. The river’s banks abound with scenic reserves, historical properties and notable vineyards. Explore Cataract Gorge and the city of Launceston, before a signature event at Josef Chromy Wines, with vineyard tours, winetastings, and cellar-door banquet.

KING ISLAND Situated in the Bass Strait, King Island is known for its fine local produce. Tour the island with local guides and learn about the island’s colourful history and thriving industries. Sample a brie at the King Island Dairy tasting room, and enjoy a gourmet lunch with King Island scotch steak and locally caught crayfish.

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WEST COAST EXPEDITION STOP Home to striking mountain ranges, ancient pines and untamed rivers, the wild west coast is the heart of Tasmania’s wilderness and a true frontier. Take in the dramatic scenery of this coastline during a day of cruising. Weather permitting, we may make a landing on this truly remote coastline. PORT DAVEY A marine reserve, and part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, Port Davey is truly spectacular. If conditions allow, guests will spend one to two days exploring here. Enjoy the unforgettable experience of kayaking in Bramble Cove, and explore Melaleuca, along with hiking and bird-watching. ADVENTURE BAY, BRUNY ISLAND Experience the rugged beauty of Fluted Cape as you walk along the sheer coastal cliffs. Learn about the rich maritime history of Adventure Bay, and explore the history of old whaling stations on the way to Grassy Point. DAY 15: ARRIVE HOBART Disembark in Hobart at 8:00am A post cruise transfer to city or airport is included.

TASMANIA CIRCUMNAVIGATION SCHEDULE Coral Discoverer Date

Departs

01 January 2020

Hobart

FARES Coral Discoverer Bridge Deck Balcony

Twin Share

Sole Use

$15,390

n/a

Promenade Deck A

$13,190

n/a

Promenade Deck B

$12,090

$18,135*

Main Deck A

$11,540

n/a

Main Deck B

$10,990

n/a

Prices are per person, listed in Australian Dollars (AUD) and include GST. *Limited sole use occupancy available.

Expedition Highlights

Sydney

> Enjoy a grandstand view of the start of the 75th Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, as the yachts come tearing through Sydney Heads > Trail the yachts on a coastal cruise, with expert commentary by master yachtsman Skip Lissiman > Explore Bruny Island, Maria Island, and Wineglass Bay - one of the world’s best beaches > Enjoy a chance to spot wildlife up close, including fur seals, wombats, dolphins, and an abundance of birds > Celebrate the conclusion of the race and the New Year with a day in Hobart, and boast a front-row seat to the fireworks over the River Derwent

Wineglass Bay

Hobart

Maria Island

Bruny Island

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“It was flawless. The captain and his amazing crew provided us with an extremely comfortable and luxurious haven from which to experience the extraordinary Tasmanian coastline. We had wonderful weather that allowed us to sail to the exquisite Port Davey in Tassie’s Southwest National Park for two nights in this World Heritage wilderness; a pristine and sheltered environment that hopefully will still be here for generations to come.” Guest Testimonial, Trip Advisor

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