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From Hobart: Bruny Island Wilderness Cruise

1. From Hobart: Bruny Island Wilderness Cruise

Choose to begin your tour on Bruny Island or from Hobart. Cruise by some of Australia's highest sea cliffs and drift up close to listen to the awesome Breathing Rock. Enter deep-sea caves, pass through the narrow gap between the coast and The Monument, and feel the power of nature where the Tasman Sea meets the might of the Southern Ocean. On this activity, search for wildlife such as seals, dolphins, migrating whales, and sea birds with an interpretive guide. At the Friars, drift quietly past rare nesting seabirds and a large haul-out home to thousands of seals. The custom-built yellow boats feature open-air tiered seating providing excellent all-round views. When the cruise finishes, disembark and have time to explore Bruny Island. After, enjoy a guided bus tour as you return to Hobart (if option selected).

Hobart: 2.5-hour Iron Pot Lighthouse Cruise

2. Hobart: 2.5-hour Iron Pot Lighthouse Cruise

Travel aboard a brand new vessels in a small group of up to 12 passengers. The spacious enclosed cabin contains comfortable leather seats. Large awning windows provide a great view and allow you to immerse yourself in the surroundings. Cruising down the Derwent River you'll pass historic Battery Point, now one of Tasmania's premium residential addresses. You'll see well-known landmarks like the iconic Wrest Point Casino and the Shot Tower. Further south, you'll truly appreciate the scale of Mount Wellington as it towers over the city. Arrive at the Iron Pot, Australia's oldest lighthouse, you'll be immersed in the fascinating history as your guide shares stories of Hobart's early settlement. Cruising into Storm Bay, you'll reach Betsey Island. This uninhabited island is home to a variety of seabirds, including gulls, cormorants and the majestic white bellied sea eagle. As you circumnavigate Betsey Island, Hope Beach comes into view. This isolated beach is known for its large breaks and offshore winds. You'll cruise close in to the shore and feel the swell surging straight from the Southern Ocean; these conditions make this a favorite spot with local surfers. After 2.5 hours on the water you'll return to Hobart refreshed, with a newfound appreciation for this beautiful harbor city.

Tasman Peninsula Tour, Cruise & Port Arthur Historic Site

3. Tasman Peninsula Tour, Cruise & Port Arthur Historic Site

Experience the best of the Tasman Peninsula on an informative and entertaining day trip from Hobart.  Journey 1.5-hours from Hobart to Port Arthur by comfortable coach. Enjoy morning tea on the Tasman Peninsula. Climb aboard a custom-built boat for an unforgettable 3-hour wilderness cruise. Explore the spectacular coastline between Port Arthur and Eaglehawk Neck. Look for seals, migrating whales, seabirds, or even dolphins.  At the end of your cruise, spend 3-hours at the Port Arthur Historic Site. You will have time for lunch on site and to explore before the return journey to Hobart. Be dropped back to Hobart or your hotel around 6 pm.

From Hobart: Day Trip to Maria Island with Hotel Pickup

4. From Hobart: Day Trip to Maria Island with Hotel Pickup

Set off on a day trip from Hobart and visit stunning Maria Island. Head to Triabunna from Hobart before you board a boat and cruise along the east coast of Tasmania and Maria Island. Listen to commentary on board, enjoy lunch, and explore the island and its history. Begin with morning pickup from your hotel in Hobart and drive to Triabunna. Check in for the cruise before you set sail. Admire the landscapes of Tasmania's east coast and the diverse geography of Maria Island which includes waterfalls, secluded bays, sea caves, and beaches of pure white sand.  Listen to commentary on your way to Riedle and Shoal Bay at Maria Island's isthmus where you will drop anchor for lunch. In the afternoon, dock at Darlington and take a guided tour of the historic convict buildings, learn about the town's past, and meet the resident wombats.

Hobart: Luxury Yacht Scenic Sailing Tour with Snacks

5. Hobart: Luxury Yacht Scenic Sailing Tour with Snacks

This is a 3-hour morning or afternoon cruise sailing on one of the largest and most beautiful natural harbours in the world, with spectacular views of Hobart and Mt Wellington. Depending on the wind, the cruise will typically take you to the gateway to the Southern Ocean and return crossing the Sydney to Hobart finish line. You will sail aboard a fast and comfortable 62-foot luxury ocean racer/cruiser where you will be encouraged to participate as much as you like - take the helm, work with the winches, or sit back and enjoy the ride. The best Tasmanian fare will be provided as refreshments along with tea, coffee, water and non-alcoholic beverages. A selection of fine Tasmanian wine and beer is available at our cash bar - and at regular bar prices.

Tasman Peninsula Day Trip with Cruise & Devils from Hobart

6. Tasman Peninsula Day Trip with Cruise & Devils from Hobart

Experience the highlights of the Tasman Peninsula on a day trip from Hobart. Journey 1.5-hours from Hobart to Port Arthur by a comfortable coach. Enjoy morning tea on the Tasman Peninsula. Climb aboard a custom-built boat for an unforgettable 3-hour wilderness cruise. Explore the spectacular coastline between Port Arthur and Eaglehawk Neck, from rugged sea cliffs to waterfalls, rock formations, archways, and deep-sea caves. You might see seals, migrating whales, seabirds, or even a pod of playful dolphins surfing the boat's bow wave.  At the end of your cruise, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before heading to the Tasmanian Devil Conservation Park. Spend part of the afternoon at the Park before the returning journey to Hobart. Be dropped back to your hotel around 6 pm. 

Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area: Day Tour

7. Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area: Day Tour

Depart Cambridge Aerodrome, located 20-minutes drive from central Hobart, for an unforgettable tour by air to a remote area of Tasmania’s South West coast. It is one of only two places in the world that have 7 out of 10 criteria for world heritage listing. Fly over Hobart’s eastern suburbs and the Derwent River along the D’Entrecasteaux Channel.  On the 50-minute scenic flight, fly past Recherche Bay to Tasmanian’s most southern point, South East Cape. Leave the city behind as the aircraft enters the vast south-west west wilderness following the South Coast Track to Melaleuca. Land in Melaleuca and board a boat for a short cruise into Bathurst Harbor.  See the remote Celery Top Islands and take a short bush walk in the wilderness. Experience untouched landscape while breathing the cleanest air in the world. Enjoy a delicious lunch of Tasmanian produce and wine in a special remote location. Returning to Melaleuca, explore the area, visit the Deny King Bird Hide, and enjoy the Needwonnee Aboriginal Walk, an interpretive boardwalk. Later in the afternoon, board the aircraft for the return 50-minute scenic journey to Hobart.

Port Arthur Tour & Cruise Day Trip from Hobart

8. Port Arthur Tour & Cruise Day Trip from Hobart

Depart Hobart on a full-day tour exploring Tasmania’s ruthless convict past and experience the rugged landscapes of the Tasman Peninsula. Start with a visit to the well-preserved colonial village of Richmond. Admire sights like Australia's oldest bridge that is still in use. Head south to the Tasman Peninsula and enter the Tasman National Park for some amazing views of the coastline and sea. Upon arrival at the Port Arthur Historic Site, learn the story of the convict settlement. Listen to stories about the chilling realities of life as a prisoner amid the preserved jail ruins on a guided tour. Hear more about the penal colony's terrible past. Take a cruise of the harbor to see the site from a different perspective, and get a look at the Isle of the Dead where those who died at the prison were laid to rest in mass graves. Return to Hobart and benefit from the opportunity to stop by the remarkable geological formations of the Tasman Arch, Devil's Kitchen and Blow Hole. Get dropped off in Hobart in the early evening.

Hobart: Historic Lunch Cruise

9. Hobart: Historic Lunch Cruise

Starting from Murray Street Pier, the cruise heads south to Battery Point and Sandy Bay, passing by the oldest casino in Australia. You'll then cruise across the Derwent River to the Eastern Shore, Bellerive, and Kangaroo Bluff, before travelling under the Tasman Bridge. You'll head back via the Royal Botanic Garden and Government House. The boat trip will take about 1.5 hours, with the captain providing an interesting live commentary to tell you what to look out for. Onboard, you'll enjoy a one-course meal. Choose from steak, crumbed fish, chicken schnitzel or a veggie patty.

Hobart: Full-Day Tasmania Gourmet Seafood Cruise

10. Hobart: Full-Day Tasmania Gourmet Seafood Cruise

This full-day cruise begins on Hobart's vibrant waterfront, amongst the fishing boats moored at Constitution Dock. Cruise aboard custom-built vessels, featuring a spacious enclosed cabin and leather seats. Travel down the Derwent River and into the sheltered waters of the D'Entrecasteaux Channel that surround Bruny Island. As you voyage south, you'll leave all traces of civilization behind.  Your guides know these waters intimately. They've grown up in this wilderness environment, with its picturesque landscapes and beautiful deserted beaches. Throughout the day they'll provide an entertaining insight into the surrounding landscapes and animals. Such local knowledge only comes from spending years in and around these clean blue waters. Your first taste of the day is oysters. Slurp the succulent, salty oysters straight from the shell. Pause at the edge of one of Bruny Island's secluded bays so that your guide can jump in and snorkel for abalone and sea urchin. Look around you and take in the pristine surroundings – the clear blue water, clean air, deserted beaches, and beautiful bays are the source of this delicious fresh produce. Back on board the boat, join your guide as they prepare a bountiful seafood feast of rock lobster, abalone, sea urchin, mussels, oysters, sashimi, salmon. This is paired with a delicious gourmet spread of fresh local breads, salads and artisan cheeses, and matched with Bruny Island Premium Wines, Jansz Sparkling, boutique Moo Brew beers, Willie Smiths & Frank's cider, and local organic juices.

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 43 reviews

Review From start to finish this experience is amazing. Freycinet itself is breathtakingly beautiful, but being led on the less taken tracks by incredibly knowledgeable guides really makes the experience something special. Our guides Emma and Brayden were both are so passionate about the flora, fauna and history of the park and Tasmania as a whole. They would answer any questions the group had on top of all the information they had to share. Our lodge hosts Marcela and Flicka were also fantastic! Not only was every piece of food so tasty, but they were a wealth of knowledge on the area. The lodge itself is exactly as stated in the description and you’ll learn more about the history when you arrive. The walks are on less taken tracks and for the most part, our group were the only people we saw. Communication from the guides and hosts on what we are doing and when was incredible and my expectations matched the information every time. I highly recommend this experience:)

My partner and I thoroughly enjoyed our experience. The guides were really friendly and made the tour funny and informative which was great. We got to see some fantastic sights of the coastline and got to see lots of seals in their natural habitat. We sat in the middle of the boat and had great views, we also weren't too affected by any motion sickness. We also ate at the cafe afterwards (both had the smoked ham baguette) and we really enjoyed it. Would recommend this tour

The exhilarating ride along the base of the giant rock cliffs, and of course, the breathing in of the whale's breath was beyond our expectations. Loved it!!!

Very organised Guides were brilliant, very attentive and interactive. We sat up the front and it is not for the faint hearted! We saw seals and dolphins

Our guide, Keegan was very knowledgeable on all the local history and very friendly and funny. It was a fantastic day!