EAST COAST, MARIA ISLAND & WINEGLASS BAY PRIVATE CHARTER
Tasmania’s East Coast, with its natural beauty, spectacular landscapes and long beautiful beaches, is a must see for any traveller. Five national parks spread along the coast including the stunning Freycinet National Park with its pink granite mountains, white beaches and crystal clear sea. What better way to explore this picture perfect coastline than on a cruise vessel.
Highlights of the East Coast and Maria Island
The canal was dug in 1905 to provide a shorter passage for fishing boats between Hobart and the East Coast, avoiding the rough waters around Tasman Island.
The shallow waters of this sheltered bay provided a rich and important food source for Tasmanian aboriginal people.
Maria Island National Park
This spectacular Island has fine sandy beaches, sea cliffs and wonderful anchorages including Schooner Cove and Chinamans Bay. Originally a convict settlement and later the site of pioneer industries including grape-growing, Darlington has an interesting history. Tasmanian Devils have been released on Maria Island to ensure a healthy breeding population, free of the Devil Facial Tumour Disease.
Wineglass Bay has been named among the top ten beaches in the world. The peninsula has a network of excellent walking tracks, which guests can explore. Coles Bay is one of Tasmania’s most popular holiday destinations.
This island is another jewel in the Freycinet vicinity, with sheltered anchorages, deserted beaches, fishing and walks.
Ile des Phoques
This small island between Freycinet and Maria Island is the site of large seal haul-outs. It is a popular dive site, with sea caves running from one side of the island to the other.
This short but steep walk on Schouten Island has fantastic views of the Freycinet Peninsula.
It’s a two hour walk from Wineglass Bay over the saddle of the Hazards and down into Coles Bay.
Freycinet National Park
The Park has numerous beach and bushland walks, from an hour to a full day. We can set you down in one spot and collect you at the end of the walk.
Seal and whale spotting
Coles Bay, Hazard Mountains & Freycinet National Park.
The beautiful town of Coles Bay at sunset.
Sample 7-day cruise expedition itinerary
Leaving our berth in Hobart, we cruise down the Derwent into Norfolk Bay. There’s time for some fishing on the way, then depending on conditions, navigate through the Denison Canal or take the longer route via Cape Raoul and the Tasman Peninsula (the reverse route would be taken on the return voyage, again, depending on conditions). Lunch is at either Bangor Oysters or Port Arthur and we’ll shelter overnight at either Blackman Bay or Port Arthur.
We take the spectacular cruise to Schooner Cover on the tip of the Freycinet Peninsula, where the day can be spent beachcombing, bushwalking, snorkelling or fishing. There’s every chance of fresh lobster for dinner.
As conditions permit, we’ll anchor in one of the protected and scenic bays around Schouten Island, bushwalk to Bear Mountain, stroll on the beach, fish or just relax and enjoy the environment from the boat.
On these days there’s the option of cruising into Coles Bay and taking the walk over the Hazards to Wineglass Bay; or basing ourselves in Wineglass and climbing to the saddle. Whatever we decide, a night or two in Wineglass Bay is a must and there are several excellent short walks available on the tracks of the Freycinet National Park.
On our southward sailing from Freycinet we pass a large seal haul-out on Ile des Phoques (Island of Seals) then cruise the western coastline of Maria Island, stopping at the historic settlement of Darlington and finding a sheltered anchorage for the night.
To complete a memorable seven-day voyage, we return to Hobart via Tasman Island or the Denison Canal.
Please note, all cruise expeditions are tailored to your interests and preferred destinations. Get in touch today for your tailored itinerary.
May to January
Minimum guest capacity
Minimum of 1 guest
Maximum guest capacity
10 guests maximum
Home port for departures and returns
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- Accommodation aboard Odalisque
- Expert skipper, guide & guest chef
- Menu featuring gourmet Tasmanian produce
- Fine Tasmanian wine & boutique beer
- Tailored itineraries – jet boat excursions, walking, birdwatching, photography, beachcombing