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Tasman Island Cruises provides unforgettable three hour wilderness cruises along the spectacular coastline between Port Arthur and Eaglehawk Neck in southern Tasmania.

The cruise travels beneath the highest vertical sea cliffs in the Southern Hemisphere at Cape Pillar. Guests explore waterfalls, rock formations, archways and deep-sea caves.

The coastline is part of the Tasman National Park. It is home to a variety of wildlife including hundreds of seals, migrating whales and abundant sea birds in their thousands.

At any time of year you're likely to see the feeding frenzy of diving gannets, albatross and sea eagles wheeling on the wind, cliff-nesting cormorants and peregrine falcons, or a pod of playful dolphins surfing the bow wave of the boat.

The custom built yellow boats are ideal for viewing the spectacular coastline and wildlife of the Tasman Peninsula. Each vessel holds a maximum of 43 guests. Covered open-air tiered seating means an excellent all-round view and connection with the environment. The boats have been created for these journeys and they are gentle on the environment due to their fuel efficiency and low emission operation.

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Encounter marine wildlife & seabirds

Keep a close lookout for sea eagles soaring above the cliffs, pods of dolphins surfing the bow wave, albatross wheeling on the wind and shearwaters skimming the swells. 

TOUR OPTIONS

The cruise departs daily from Port Arthur.  You can drive yourself to Port Arthur, or take our Full Day Tour from Hobart.

  • 3 Hour Cruise
  • Full Day Tour
  • Full Day Tour + Devil Park
  • Full Day Tour + Historic Site

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Join the Cruise

Drive yourself to Port Arthur and join the cruise.

Cruise Times

Morning Cruise (All Year) Check in by 9.15am Cruise 10am to 1pm approximately 

Afternoon Cruise (peak periods) Check in by 1.15pm Cruise 2pm to 5pm approximately 

Getting There

The cruise starts and finishes at our Tasman Island Cruises Booking Centre, located at 6961 Arthur Highway, Port Arthur 7182. This is on the left side of the road, 100m before the Port Arthur Historic Site entrance.

Guests should allow 90 minutes to drive from Hobart to Port Arthur. It is important that guests check in on time to allow for pre-cruise briefing and bus transfer to the boat.

Cruise Route

Each day we tailor the route of your cruise to make the most of the sea conditions between Port Arthur and Eaglehawk Neck.  Whichever route we take, you will always start and finish at our Tasman Island Cruises Booking Centre in Port Arthur. 

Important Information

Make sure you dress warmly for the cruise - warm jackets, scarves, beanies and gloves are recommended. And don't forget your camera!

Tours operate daily except Christmas Day, however bookings are essential as places are subject to availability. Bookings are subject to our Terms and Conditions .

During the COVID-19 pandemic we will not allow guests to join our tours if we believe they are unwell.  If you are feeling unwell or display flu-like symptoms we would encourage you to contact us and cancel your booking.

For information about accessibility, download our Accessibility Guide .

Our Flexible Cancellation Policy   

If you book directly with us, we have a very flexible cancellation policy:

  • No cancellation fees if you need to cancel due to COVID  right up to the time of departure.  This includes if you are unwell or if you have to change your travel plans due to flight changes or travel restrictions.  We will happily move your booking to another day or provide you with a full refund.  Please note you need to advise us prior to departure so that we have an opportunity to re-sell the seats. 
  • For non-COVID related cancellations our normal cancellation policy applies . We reserve the right to charge 100% for cancellations within 24 hours of departure.  Bookings are fully flexible up to 24 hours prior to the tour departure. 

Please note that if you book through a third-party website or travel agent, they each impose their own cancellation policies and restrictions.  

Duration   3 Hours

Operates   Daily, except Christmas Day

Departs From 6961 Arthur Highway Port Arthur TAS 7182 View on Map

Prices Adult $155 Child (3-16 yrs) $95 Family $490 (2 adults, 3 children)

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Tasman Island Cruises Full Day Tour

Take a Full Day Tour and spend a day on the Tasman Peninsula, including return guided bus tour, morning tea, lunch and our award-winning 3 Hour Wilderness Cruise.

07:15am - Check in at Pennicott Wilderness Journeys Centre 07:30am - Bus departs  09:15am - Arrive on Tasman Peninsula, Morning Tea 10:00am - 3 Hour Wilderness Cruise 01:00pm - Cruise concludes 01:15pm - Lunch, followed by local sightseeing 04:30pm - Bus departs 06:00pm - Arrive Hobart, hotel drop-off 

Departure Point

The Full Day Tour departs from the Pennicott Wilderness Journeys Booking Centre.  This is situated on Hobart's waterfront on Franklin Wharf, next to the Constitution Dock Lifting Bridge.  Please check-in by 7.15am for a 7.30am departure.

If you have your own car, we don't have any parking available.  There is all-day parking available nearby at the Evans Street Car Park or Market Place Car Park - click here for more information .

Morning Tea & Lunch

Your day includes morning tea and lunch served at local restaurants on the Tasman Peninsula.

During the COVID-19 pandemic we will not allow guests to join our tours if we believe they are unwell.  If you are feeling unwell or display flu-like symptoms we would encourage you to contact us and cancel your booking. Full refunds are available for customers who cancel due to illness or travel restrictions during the Coronavirus pandemic.

For information about accessibility,  download our Accessibility Guide .

Duration   10¼ Hours (7:30am - 6:00pm)

Departs From Pennicott Wilderness Journeys Dock Head Building Franklin Wharf Hobart TAS 7000 View on Map

Prices Adult $245 Child (3-16 yrs) $175

Tasman Island Cruises Full Day Tour + Tasmanian Devil Unzoo

Take a Full Day Tour and spend a day on the Tasman Peninsula, incorporating return guided bus tour from Hobart, our award-winning cruise, morning tea, lunch and a visit to the Tasmanian Devil Unzoo .  

07:15am - Check in at Pennicott Wilderness Journeys Centre 07:30am - Bus departs  09:15am - Arrive on Tasman Peninsula, Morning Tea 10:00am - 3 Hour Wilderness Cruise 01:00pm - Cruise concludes 01:15pm - Lunch 02:45pm - Visit Tasmanian Devil Unzoo 04:30pm - Bus departs 06:00pm - Arrive Hobart, hotel drop-off 

During the COVID-19 pandemic we will not allow guests to join our tours if we believe they are unwell.  If you are feeling unwell or display flu-like symptoms we would encourage you to contact us and cancel your booking. Full refunds are available for customers who cancel due to illness or travel restrictions during the Coronavirus pandemic.  

Prices Adult $265 Child (3-16 yrs) $190

Tasman Island Cruises Full Day Tour + Port Arthur Historic Site

This is the ultimate Tasman Peninsula day tour.  Your day includes return guided bus tour from Hobart, our award-winning 3 Hour Cruise, morning tea and lunch as part of three hours at the Port Arthur Historic Site .

07:15am - Check in at Pennicott Wilderness Journeys Centre 07:30am - Bus departs  09:15am - Arrive on Tasman Peninsula, Morning Tea 10:00am - 3 Hour Wilderness Cruise 01:00pm - Cruise concludes 01:30pm - 3 Hours at the Port Arthur Historic Site                     including lunch and time to explore 04:30pm - Bus departs 06:00pm - Arrive Hobart, hotel drop-off 

Your day includes morning tea at a local cafe and lunch at the Port Arthur Historic Site.

Prices Adult $280 Child (3-16 yrs) $190

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Do I Need to Book?

We recommended booking a few days ahead as our boats are often full and you may be disappointed if you chance to just turn up on the day. We are flexible with bookings so it is not a problem if you decide to change to another day or cancel, whatever the reason. No fee is charged for cancellations before the cruise date (so long as you contact us).

What about the weather?

Our boats are designed to suit the coastline along which we travel and we will certainly make the most of any weather conditions. Our bookings are fully flexible so if you decide the weather on the day is not for you, you can give us a call and we can change your reservation to a different day. Our staff are upfront and honest about the weather and you are welcome to contact us a day or two ahead to get an honest indication of the forecasted weather. Of course, in Tasmania the weather can at times be a little surprising and so a forecast is exactly that, a forecast!

What about sea sickness?

Being in open ocean, sea sickness can be an issue for a small number of people. We have had 13 years experience in dealing with this and have developed some very effective techniques to minimise the chance of sea sickness occurring.

We offer all-natural Travel Calm Ginger tablets to everyone when they step onboard. This product has proven extremely effective in preventing sea sickness in most people. Our staff can also suggest a number of things to further assist in minimising the chances of any sea sickness symptoms:

  • Selecting a seat in the back third of the boat (there is a lot less movement up the back of the boat)
  • Keeping your body temperature on the cooler side
  • If you wear glasses or sunglasses keep the lenses clean at all times
  • Avoid looking through cameras, binoculars etc
  • Stay away from acidic foods before the cruise such as Orange Juice and coffee

We do emphasise that communication is the key - if you have any concerns please let our staff know.

What do I need to wear?

It is important that you are adequately dressed because it is cold on the boats, even in summer. Warm jackets gloves, scarves & beanies are a good idea. We provide wet weather jackets which go over the top of your clothing, but we encourage you to bring a few warm layers of your own.

Can you cater for special dietary needs?

We use local cafes and restaurants for meals on our Full Day Tours. These venues are able to cater for most dietary requirements. Please mention any special requests to our staff when booking.

Can I do the cruise and Port Arthur Historic Site on the same day?

Yes, our Booking Centre is right next door to the Port Arthur Historic Site. Both can be done in the same day.

Are young children OK?

Children of all ages are welcome aboard our boats and we take many children along on our cruises. As parents you are probably the best judge as to how your children will cope with being out on the water for 3 hours, but we have found that the majority of children enjoy the experience and love seeing the amazing wildlife, huge cliffs and caves along the Bruny coastline.

Is the cruise OK while pregnant?

For the majority of days the cruise is quite suitable for pregnant women and we have had lots do our trip. Our boats are custom built for the coastline that we cruise along. They are able to cut through chop and therefore we can avoid the bumping of waves that some boats experience. It is a good idea to take into account the weather conditions on the day of the cruise as this will effect comfort levels for someone who is heavily pregnant. You can contact us a day or two ahead to get a weather report for the day of your cruise and we are happy to move or cancel bookings if it is not looking suitable for you.

Pennicott Wilderness Journeys acknowledges and pays respect to the past, present and future Traditional Custodians and Elders of this nation and the continuation of cultural, spiritual and educational practices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

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Bruny island cruises is an award-winning 3 hour wilderness cruise exploring the rugged coastline of bruny island in southern tasmania..

Cruise alongside some of Australia's highest sea cliffs, beneath towering crags 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 at the point where the Tasman Sea meets the might of the Southern Ocean.

Join in the search for the abundant coastal wildlife such as seals, dolphins, migrating whales and sea birds. The highly trained interpretive guides love what they do - they work hard to ensure that the experience is fun, enjoyable, entertaining and informative.

The custom-built yellow boats are ideal for viewing the spectacular coastline and wildlife of Bruny Island. Each vessel holds a maximum of 43 guests. Covered open-air tiered seating means an excellent all-round view and connection with the environment. The boats have been created for these journeys and they are gentle on the environment due to their fuel efficiency, low emission and quiet operation.

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Incredible encounters with wildlife

Keep a close lookout for sea eagles soaring above the cliffs, pods of dolphins surfing the bow wave, albatross wheeling on the wind and shearwaters skimming the swells.  At the Friars, you'll drift quietly past rare nesting seabirds and a large haul-out home to thousands of seals.  

TOUR OPTIONS

The 3 Hour Wilderness Cruise departs daily from Adventure Bay on Bruny Island.  You can drive yourself to Adventure Bay, or take our bus from Kettering or Hobart.

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3 Hour Wilderness Cruise

Drive yourself to Adventure Bay and join our 3 Hour Wilderness Cruise.

Cruise Times

10:00am Cruise (1 December to 28 April) Catch 7:10, 7:50 or 8:10 Ferry from Kettering Check in by 9:30am, Cruise 10am to 1pm

11:00am Cruise (All Year) Catch 7:50, 8:50 or 9:10am Ferry from Kettering Check in by 10.30am, Cruise 11am to 2pm 

1:30pm Cruise (1 December to 28 April) Catch 10:30, 10:50, 11:10 or 11:30 Ferry from Kettering Check in by 1pm, Cruise 1:30pm to 4:30pm 

Getting There

From Hobart, you'll need to drive 45 minutes south to the Bruny Island Ferry Terminal in Kettering. The Bruny Island Ferry is operated by SeaLink. We suggest arriving at the ferry terminal 30 minutes prior to the ferry departure. The SeaLink ferry crossing takes 15-20 minutes and once you're on Bruny Island, it's a 40 minute drive south to our visitor centre at 1005 Adventure Bay Road, Adventure Bay.   Click here for Maps, Driving Directions and Bruny Island Ferry times .

Morning Tea & Lunch

Food is not included in the tour price.  Guests are welcome to bring their own food, or morning tea/lunch can be purchased from our  Bruny Island Cruises Restaurant . 

Important Information

Make sure you dress warmly for the cruise - warm jackets, scarves, beanies and gloves are recommended. And don't forget your camera!

Tours operate daily except Christmas Day, however bookings are essential as places are subject to availability.  Bookings are subject to our Terms and Conditions . 

During the COVID-19 pandemic we will not allow guests to join our tours if we believe they are unwell.  If you are feeling unwell or display flu-like symptoms we would encourage you to contact us and cancel your booking. Full refunds are available for customers who cancel due to illness or travel restrictions during the Coronavirus pandemic.  

For information about accessibility, download our Accessibility Guide .

Our Flexible Cancellation Policy   

If you book directly with us, we have a very flexible cancellation policy:

  • No cancellation fees if you need to cancel due to COVID  right up to the time of departure.  This includes if you are unwell or if you have to change your travel plans due to flight changes or travel restrictions.  We will happily move your booking to another day or provide you with a full refund.  Please note you need to advise us prior to departure so that we have an opportunity to re-sell the seats. 
  • For non-COVID related cancellations our normal cancellation policy applies . We reserve the right to charge 100% for cancellations within 24 hours of departure.  Bookings are fully flexible up to 24 hours prior to the tour departure. 

Please note that if you book through a third-party website or travel agent, they each impose their own cancellation policies and restrictions.  

Duration   3 Hours

Operates   Daily, except Christmas Day

Departs From 1005 Adventure Bay Road Adventure Bay Bruny Island View on Map

Prices Adult $155 Child (3-16 yrs) $95 Family $490 (2 adults, 3 children)

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3 Hour Cruise + Bus from Kettering

Leave your car at Kettering and catch our daily tour bus, which joins up with the 3 Hour Wilderness Cruise.

Arrive by 8.30am to meet the bus at the Oyster Cove Marina in Kettering, where there is free parking available.  The tour includes the 3 Hour Wilderness Cruise, SeaLink ferry crossing and commentary from one of our local guides. 

08:30am - Arrive at our Kettering Meeting Point (Oyster Cove Marina) 09:00am - SeaLink Ferry Crossing  10:30am - Arrive at Adventure Bay 11:00am - 3 Hour Wilderness Cruise 02:00pm - Cruise concludes 03:15pm - Bus departs for return journey 04:30pm - Ferry crossing 04:45pm - Arrive Kettering 

Tours operate daily except Christmas Day, however bookings are essential as places are subject to availability. Bookings are subject to our Terms and Conditions .

Duration   8¼ Hours (8:30am - 4:45pm)

Departs From Oyster Cove Marina Kettering View on Map

Prices Adult $170 Child (3-16 yrs) $110 Family $550 (2 adults, 3 children)

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Why not join our Full Day Tour from Hobart for the ultimate Bruny Island Cruises experience.  Your day includes return guided bus tour, SeaLink ferry crossing, 3 Hour Wilderness Cruise, morning tea, lunch and commentary from our local guides.  

07:45am - Departs from Pennicott Wilderness Journeys Booking Centre 09:00am - SeaLink Ferry crossing  10.30am - Morning Tea at Adventure Bay 11:00am - 3 Hour Wilderness Cruise 02:00pm - Cruise concludes, Lunch 03:15pm - Bus departs for return journey 04:30pm - Ferry crossing 05:30pm - Arrive Hobart, hotel drop-off 

Departure Point

The Full Day Tour departs from the Pennicott Wilderness Journeys Booking Centre.  This is situated on Hobart's waterfront on Franklin Wharf, next to the Constitution Dock Lifting Bridge.  This is a short walk or taxi ride from most Hobart CBD hotels. Please check-in ready for a 7.45am departure. 

If you have your own car, we don't have any parking available.  There is all-day parking available nearby at the Evans Street Car Park or Market Place Car Park - click here for more information .

Your day includes morning tea and lunch served at our Bruny Island Cruises Restaurant . Morning tea is a freshly baked blueberry muffin and a hot/cold drink.  For lunch you can enjoy premium fish & chips, or delicious homemade pumpkin soup and a gourmet salad roll with your choice of Tasmanian Salmon or local ham.  Gluten free & vegetarian options available. Click here for more details .

Duration   9¾ Hours (7:45am - 5:30pm)

Departs From Pennicott Wilderness Journeys Dock Head Building Franklin Wharf Hobart TAS 7000 View on Map

Prices Adult $245 Child (3-16 yrs) $175

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Do I Need to Book?

We recommended booking a few days ahead as our boats are often full and you may be disappointed if you chance to just turn up on the day. We are flexible with bookings so it is not a problem if you decide to change to another day or cancel, whatever the reason. No fee is charged for cancellations before the cruise date (so long as you contact us).

What about the weather?

Our boats are designed to suit the coastline along which we travel and we will certainly make the most of any weather conditions. Our bookings are fully flexible so if you decide the weather on the day is not for you, you can give us a call and we can change your reservation to a different day. Our staff are upfront about the weather and you are welcome to contact us a day or two ahead to get an honest indication of the forecasted weather. Of course, in Tasmania the weather can at times be a little surprising and so a forecast is exactly that, a forecast!

What about sea sickness?

Being in open ocean, sea sickness can be an issue for a small number of people. We have had 13 years experience in dealing with this and have developed some very effective techniques to minimise the chance of sea sickness occurring.

We offer all-natural Travel Calm Ginger tablets to everyone when they step onboard. This product has proven extremely effective in preventing sea sickness in most people. Our staff can also suggest a number of things to further assist in minimising the chances of any sea sickness symptoms:

  • Selecting a seat in the back third of the boat (there is a lot less movement up the back of the boat)
  • Keeping your body temperature on the cooler side
  • If you wear glasses or sunglasses keep the lenses clean at all times
  • Avoid looking through cameras, binoculars etc
  • Stay away from acidic foods before the cruise such as Orange Juice and coffee

We do emphasise that communication is the key - if you have any concerns please let our staff know.

What do I need to wear?

It is important that you are adequately dressed because it is cold on the boats, even in summer. Warm jackets gloves, scarves & beanies are a good idea. We provide wet weather jackets which go over the top of your clothing, but we encourage you to bring a few warm layers of your own.

Can hire cars go onto Bruny Island?

Generally Yes. The road from the Ferry Terminal to our Booking Centre in Adventure Bay is fully sealed - there is no need to travel on any gravel roads. There is a short ferry crossing, which is not normally a concern for hire car companies. If you are concerned, we suggest confirming with your hire car company whether there are any restrictions. Alternatively, you can always join our Kettering Bus Pick Up Service.

Are young children OK?

Children of all ages are welcome aboard our boats and we take many children along on our cruises. As parents you are probably the best judge as to how your children will cope with being out on the water for 3 hours, but we have found that the majority of children enjoy the experience and love seeing the amazing wildlife, huge cliffs and caves along the Bruny coastline.

Is the cruise OK while pregnant?

For the majority of days the cruise is quite suitable for pregnant women and we have had lots do our trip. Our boats are custom built for the coastline that we cruise along. They are able to cut through chop and therefore we can avoid the bumping of waves that some boats experience. It is a good idea to take into account the weather conditions on the day of the cruise as this will effect comfort levels for someone who is heavily pregnant. You can contact us a day or two ahead to get a weather report for the day of your cruise and we are happy to move or cancel bookings if it is not looking suitable for you.

Pennicott Wilderness Journeys acknowledges and pays respect to the past, present and future Traditional Custodians and Elders of this nation and the continuation of cultural, spiritual and educational practices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

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The Tasman Island Cruise: One of the Best Ways to Experience Tasmania

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Looking to add a little adventure to your trip to Tasmania? Then put the Tasman Island Cruise on your list. This was one of our favorite experiences in Tasmania and we highly recommend it.

What is the Tasman Island Cruise?

The Tasman Island Cruise is a scenic speedboat tour along the stunning coastline of the Tasman Peninsula. On this 3 hour cruise, you have a chance to see whales, albatross, seals, and penguins. Depending on weather conditions, it can be a wild ride, which made it so much fun, especially for Tyler and Kara.

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The Tasman Island Cruise

We were in Tasmania in May. In the days leading up to our cruise, Tasmania received huge amounts of rain, wind, and even snow at higher elevations, and some of this nasty weather was still lingering around. In Hobart the skies were sunny, but just one hour east, the Tasman Peninsula was still covered with clouds and drizzly weather. This would make for a very interesting trip.

Checking in with Pennicott Wilderness Journeys

Even with the less than ideal weather conditions, many people had reserved tickets, and our cruise was almost sold out. Along with approximately thirty other people, we all donned oversized red waterproof jumpsuits and then boarded our boat at the Eaglehawk Neck harbor. Our family was wearing four layers, gloves, and our woolies (hats) since temperatures were only going to be in the low 40’s once we really got moving.

Tyler and Kara Tasman

Tyler and Kara were not too happy about wearing these jumpsuits!

Once on board, the staff made sure that we were all wearing our seat belts, and fastened tightly, as we would be rocking and rolling over the sea. The recent stormy weather had left behind three to six meter swells in the ocean. We were repeatedly warned that we would be in for a wild ride. Another indicator of the fun to come was the staff handing out seasickness medication to all those on board who wanted it.

As stated by our very wise captain, “This is adventure tourism people…you all signed up to be cold, wet, and sick…let’s go have some fun!”

Here We Go!

On the cruise

As we pulled out of the shelter of the bay and began speeding down along the coastline, the fun began. It was drizzling, so rain sprayed our faces, the wind was very cold, and traveling over the large swells was like being on a roller coaster. Tyler and Kara, who were determined not to have fun on this cruise, especially since they were forced to wear these goofy red jumpsuits, were smiling and even laughing. We hit a couple of swells just right, leaving our stomachs up in the air, people on board the boat hooting with delight, us included.

The scenery was amazing, with tall cliffs, huge waves splashing up against the coastline, and albatrosses flying overhead. We never did see a whale (a little too early) or penguins (they just went out to sea for the wintertime) but we did see lots of fur seals. They are extremely awkward moving about on land, their fat bodies waddling out to the water, but once in the sea, are incredibly fast and agile.

Waterfall Tasman Coast

While we watched, a seal caught a fish, then proceeded to thrash it about on the surface of the water, their way of killing it. The downside to this method of preparing their lunch is that it attracts all of the birds in the area. These birds were hovering around the seal, determined to steal its meal, and one lucky albatross did. Here’s the thief making a getaway with his loot, barely able to get off of the water with it.

Albatross

For brief periods of time we got to see the sun. As we approached Cape Pillar, the southernmost point of the Tasman Peninsula, the swells got larger.

Cape Pillar

An Unfortunate Detour

We entered the South Sea, our captain informing us that this is the most tumultuous sea on Earth. With today’s conditions it was really roiling.  Our small boat was rocking up and down in the water, drifting over some swells that reminded Tim and I of “The Perfect Storm.” OK, they weren’t that big, but the sea was definitely churning here. Tyler and Kara loved it!

Our captain said it was getting a little too dangerous, so we had to turn around a bit early, heading back north into calmer seas. So much for adventure!

Kidding aside, the cruise was awesome. The tumultuous seas created a roller coaster-like ride that we all loved. And seasickness? No problems for us this time!

Tasman Coastline

About the Tasman Island Cruise

Location: Tasman Peninsula, Tasmania

Tour Operator: The Tasman Island Cruise is operated by Pennicott Wilderness Journeys. They offer the three hour tour plus options to extend your day, including transportation from Hobart if you need it. Cruises are offered all year. Visit their website here.

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TASMANIA: In Tasmania, hike to Cape Raoul and Wineglass Bay, explore the Tasman Peninsula, spend some time on Bruny Island , and visit Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary.

SOUTH AUSTRALIA: One of the best things to do in South Australia is to visit the wine regions near Adelaide. Plan your visit with our Guide to McLaren Vale, our  Guide to Barossa Valley, and our Guide to Clare Valley.

THINGS TO DO IN AUSTRALIA: Visit the cities of Melbourne and Sydney , hike Kings Canyon , visit Tasmania , go on a road trip on the Great Ocean Road , explore the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale wine regions, and visiting the Great Barrier Reef.

ULURU: In our Guide to Uluru and Kata-Tjuta, learn how to get here, what to do, and how to plan your time. We also have information on a great hike in Kings Canyon and a recap of our experience in the Red Centre of Australia.

DESTINATIONS AROUND THE WORLD: For more places to visit around the world, check out our Destinations page.

Planning a trip to Australia? Read all of our articles in our Australia Travel Guide.

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See the iconic Wineglass Bay from the water

Wineglass bay cruises is a 4½ hour cruise of the waterways surrounding freycinet national park from coles bay to wineglass bay on tasmania's east coast..

Cruise the spectacular coastline of Freycinet National Park from Coles Bay to Wineglass Bay. Be enthralled by the stunning granite coastline, including the dramatic pink peaks of the Hazards range.

Discover a coast dotted with sparkling white sand beaches, including Cooks and Bryans beaches, only accessible by water or a full day bushwalk. Explore the inner passage of remote Schouten Island, home to little penguins and short tailed shearwaters, before heading into the Tasman Sea towards Wineglass Bay. Look out for various hidden sea caves, blowholes and waterfalls amongst the sheer granite cliffs.

Take in the sheer beauty of Wineglass Bay from the rarely seen perspective of the water, a shimmering crescent of white sand fringes spilling into glass turquoise waters. 

Uncover the rich history of the region, including aboriginal heritage and tales of early explorers and entrepreneurs.

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The Wildlife

The waters surrounding Freycinet National Park are home to diverse and remarkable wildlife. Keep a look out for sea eagles roosting on the granite cliffs, pods of dolphins surfing the bow wave and cormorants manning the crags of Schouten Passage plus Australian fur seals hauling out along the coast.

Join in the search for whales such as the humpback and southern right as they migrate between September to December and May to July.

Spot diverse birdlife including albatross, shearwaters, diving gannets, little penguins and cormorants.

WINEGLASS BAY CRUISES 

Operates   Daily, except Christmas Day

Cruise Times   Check in by 9:30am       Cruise 9:45am to 2:30pm

Departs From 61 Jetty Road, Coles Bay

Ticket Types

Our vessel Schouten Passage II is a Tasmanian built, 150 seat catamaran ideal for exploring the east coast of Tasmania. The spacious enclosed vessel contains comfortable seating across two fully air conditioned lounge areas - The Vista Lounge and The Sky Lounge.

Vista Lounge

The Vista Lounge offers floor to ceiling windows for optimum viewing from the comfort of your seat, complemented by spacious outdoor decks so you can immerse yourself in the experience. 

It offers a licensed bar and cafe serving local beverages, hot drinks and treats for purchase.  The Vista Lounge has three rest rooms, with one fully accessible. 

Vista Lounge Including Lunch Included in your Vista Lounge with Lunch ticket is a ploughman’s style lunch featuring smoked meats, salad, cheeses served alongside a locally baked bread roll, fruit and a sweet treat.  Please let us know if you have any dietary requirements.  

Adults $175  Children 3-16 years $105   

Vista Lounge Bring Your Own Food You can also choose to bring your own lunch and snacks. Adults $155   Children 3-16 years $95    

Sky Lounge (Adults Only)

The Sky Lounge is on the upper deck of Schouten Passage II. The adults only lounge with banquette style seating for up to 30 passengers provides an intimate experience, with direct access to the Captains bridge and private viewing deck.

Morning tea, lunch and beverages are included in your Sky Lounge ticket. 

Enjoy plump local oysters, alongside salmon and smoked meats, breads, cheeses and salad served with the East Coast's renowned wines and artisan brews. There are two rest rooms on the upper deck.

Adults $290 

Getting There

Our cruise departs and finishes at our Wineglass Bay Cruises Booking Office, 61 Jetty Road, Coles Bay.

To get to Coles Bay from Hobart head north on the Tasman A3 Highway for 185kms (approx 2½hrs drive). From Launceston, head south on National Highway 1 onto Lake Leake B34 Highway (approx 2hrs drive).  

Things You Need to Know

  • We operate every day except Christmas Day.
  • We have no age or height restrictions for the Vista Lounge.
  • Our boat is enclosed which protects you from the elements, however we still suggest you dress warmly.
  • Make sure you bring your camera to capture those awe-inspiring moments.
  • We reserve the right to cancel or vary any trip and will incur no liability for any such cancellation or alteration.
  • We don't cancel bookings due to low numbers. If it happens to be just you, we'll still show you an experience of a lifetime.

During the COVID-19 pandemic we will not allow guests to join our tours if we believe they are unwell.  If you are feeling unwell or display flu-like symptoms we would encourage you to contact us and cancel your booking.  

Bookings are subject to our Terms and Conditions .

For information about vessel accessibility, download our Accessibility Guide .

Our Flexible Cancellation Policy   

If you book directly with us, we have a very flexible cancellation policy:

  • No cancellation fees if you need to cancel due to COVID  right up to the time of departure.  This includes if you are unwell or if you have to change your travel plans due to flight changes or travel restrictions.  We will happily move your booking to another day or provide you with a full refund.  Please note you need to advise us prior to departure so that we have an opportunity to re-sell the seats. 
  • For non-COVID related cancellations our normal cancellation policy applies . We reserve the right to charge 100% for cancellations within 24 hours of departure.  Bookings are fully flexible up to 24 hours prior to the tour departure. 

Please note that if you book through a third-party website or travel agent, they each impose their own cancellation policies and restrictions.  

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Cruise Route

If weather conditions mean we are unable to safely get to Wineglass Bay, we will offer a full refund if you decide not to travel with us. However, we do encourage you to join us on our alternative route which we think is as spectacular as the Wineglass Bay route, exploring the rugged coastline of the Schouten Island Group, its abundant wildlife including a large Australian fur seal haulout. In extremely bad weather we will cancel the cruise and offer a full refund or alternative travel date if available.

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Pennicott Wilderness Journeys acknowledges and pays respect to the past, present and future Traditional Custodians and Elders of this nation and the continuation of cultural, spiritual and educational practices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

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Caroline Makepeace

Guide To Bruny Island Cruises in Tasmania

I wanted to visit Bruny Island off the southeast coast of Tasmania as soon as I heard it was the ultimate wilderness experience to have in Tasmania.

Not only is there abundant coastal wildlife, but the boat is a thrilling adventure that passes under crags, through narrow gaps, and into the wild of the Southern Ocean in search of seals, penguins and whales.

We decided to sail with local legend Rob Pennicott from Pennicott Wilderness Journeys on our Bruny Island Cruise.

Caz said Rob reminded her of Steve Irwin; passionate about nature, enthusiastic, and quick with a joke.

We had an incredible experience exploring Bruny Island via a Bruny Island cruise and so we have prepared this guide on how you can do the same.

We’ll be sharing with you how you can find Bruny Island cruises and what to expect from one…

About Pennicott Wilderness Journeys

Where is bruny island, about the bruny island cruise, tips for taking a bruny island cruise, final thoughts on a bruny island cruise.

Rob started Pennicott Wilderness Journeys as a small family business in 1999, running cruises along the Tasman coastline, and now boasts a staff of over 70 people.

Rob Pennicott has won numerous awards because of its world-class service and sustainable coastal wilderness experiences.

We had also previously experienced a tour with Pennicott Wilderness Journeys on a Tasman Island Cruise and knew Rob to be a great guide.

So we made plans to jump on a three-hour eco-adventure cruise with Rob’s company.

We did the 3 hour wilderness cruise but there is also a full day tour .

If you take a full day tour, a morning tea and lunch of fish and chips are included in the ticket price (vegetarian and gluten free options available too).

Tours operate every day except Christmas Day.

To get all the details on Rob Pennicott Wilderness Journeys of Bruny Island including information on pick-up and tours from Hobart’s waterfront on Franklin Wharf (next to the constitution dock lifting bridge), visit the official website: www.BrunyCruises.com.au

Bruny Island is an easy day trip from Hobart . You can jump on a tour or self-drive to Bruny Island like we did and catch the vehicle ferry crossing over from Kettering.

Access to Bruny Island is by vehicle ferry which departs from Kettering, 40 minutes’ drive south of Hobart.

The 3-hour cruise starts from the Pennicott Wilderness Journeys Booking Centre at the aptly named Adventure Bay (40-minutes’ drive from Bruny Island Visitor Centre) , and whilst we weren’t having Rob as our guide today we soon learned that his personality shines through on all his staff, they obviously love what they do, and they were just as excited as we were.

We boarded the custom-built boats, nicknamed the yellow boats, which were built for eco-cruising in the ever-changing waters of Southeast Tasmania, and were put through a quick safety briefing, with humour.

Our kids were made feel safe being fitted with life jackets, and we grabbed a seat at the back of the boat which appeared to have the best viewing options, but we soon discovered the open-air tiered seating gives each passenger an excellent all-round view.

We were all set, camera in hand, and had been blessed with a sunny day (which can be hard to come by in Tasmania.)

We took off in our yellow boat to explore the rugged coastline of the Tasman Sea and search for the wildlife of Bruny Island. I anticipated it was going to be good, but it was AWESOME!

The boats are designed to be highly maneuverable and allow the skippers to get up close and personal with the waves and swells.

On one maneuver, we sped between a narrow gap in two huge rock formations known as The Monument, which I and the kids loved, and being the nice tour guides that they were, turned around for a second go to watch the following boats for an action shot.

But there was so much more to come.

Our yellow boat took us past some of Australia’s highest sea cliffs and into some dramatic deep sea caves scattered along the spectacular coastline and right up close to the towering Jurassic Dolerite cliffs and natural rock formations, with some cliffs being over 200 metres above sea level.

I was taking photos like crazy and the colours and rock formations were fantastic.

But Bruny Island is not just about rock formations and sea caves. It’s also home to wildlife such as Sea Eagles, Albatross, pods of dolphins, fur seals, fairy penguins, an abundance of other sea birds, and if you time your trip, the opportunity to see migrating whales.

We didn’t get to see whales on our cruise, but we did meet some furry seals and Black-faced Cormorants.

The Bruny Island cruise is a must-do for anyone visiting Tasmania, but there are some tips to share with you before you go…

  • If you’re seasick, take meds. You can also get some herbal ginger tablets which help combat seasickness.
  • Make sure you dress warmly, even if you are visiting in the summer, as the wind is biting cold. Beanies, gloves, scarves and warm jackets are a must.
  • Pack waterproof housing for your camera. There will be splashes, though you won’t get drenched.
  • You need to check in for your cruise 30 minutes before departure, so plan ahead.
  • Click here for car rental rates and availability from DiscoverCars.com

Book your tour in advance with Get Your Guide. You get free cancellation up to 24 hours in advance, and mobile passes!

  • 3-Check rates and availability for the 3-hour wilderness cruise .
  • Click here for the full day tour .

Don’t miss nearby attractions and experiences:

  • A Guide To The Port Arthur Historic Site, Tasmania
  • Boo – Getting spooked on the Port Arthur ghost tour in Tasmania
  • Guide to Visiting The MONA Museum in Hobart, Tasmania
  • Cruising the Rugged South East Tasmanian Coastline
  • What to do in Hobart, Tasmania

If you’re visiting Hobart, or on an extended road trip around Tasmania, I highly recommend the Bruny Island cruise experience.

The whole package was incredible from the scenery to the wildlife spotting, and I can’t speak highly enough of how professional and infectious the staff was.

It made for a truly memorable family day out.

And whilst you’re on Bruny Island, consider indulging in some local fresh oysters, homemade cheese and fudge, and some premium wines at the southernmost vineyard in Australia.

I wanted to visit Bruny Island off the southeast coast of Tasmania as soon as I heard it was the ultimate wilderness experience to have in Tasmania. Not only is there abundant coastal wildlife, but the boat is a thrilling adventure that passes under crags, through narrow gaps, and into the wild of the Southern Ocean in search of seals, penguins and whales. We decided to sail with local legend Rob Pennicott from Pennicott Wilderness Journeys on our Bruny Island Cruise. Caz said Rob reminded her of Steve Irwin; passionate about nature, enthusiastic, and quick with a joke. We had […]

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Coastal Hikes and Great Lodges in a Magnificent Land Down Under

Wild Tasmania

From $7,795

Easy to Moderate

Call 1-800-368-2794 or contact us for any questions

The spectacularly green island-state of Tasmania invites exploration—the WT way! We'll walk amid towering tree ferns at Mt. Field National Park, sail by private yacht, and look for wallabies, wombats, and Tasmanian devils as we hike in Cradle Mountain National Park. On the dreamy Freycinet Peninsula, we enjoy a fabulous coastal hike and sundowners on the beach. Our Trip Leaders share the secrets of Tassie's superb food, from fresh-shucked oysters to artisan cheeses, and we'll sip the finest local chardonnays and pinot noirs. Our accommodations include lodges warmed by roaring fires and cozy cabins on the shores of the deep blue Tasman Sea.

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Arrive: Hobart, Australia

Depart: Hobart, Australia

  • Enjoy expert Trip Leaders who know this island as home
  • Hike dramatic Cradle Mountain, and Freycinet, Tasmania's spectacular coastal reserve
  • Cruise by private yacht in Macquarie Harbour
  • Stroll among artists and musicians at Hobart's Salamanca Market
  • Visit the Port Arthur penal colony, Australia's most historic site

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Dates & Pricing

Pricing below is per person and based on double occupancy. The earlier you book, the more choice you’ll have. WT also has the most generous cancellation and transfer policies in the industry, we make it easy if you change your mind. Have a small group of your own? Take over an existing date or choose your own. You’ll have your own private guide–and the adventure–all to yourselves!

Payment & Cancel Schedule

$600 due at time of reservation 90 days prior to departure: Balance

Cancellation & Transfer Schedule

Up to 91 days prior to departure: No Charge! 61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost 46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost 45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

  • Expert leadership of two Wilderness Travel Trip Leaders and local guides
  • Accommodations in luxury lodges and fine inns
  • All meals included except 1 lunch as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
  • A glass of wine or beer with dinner
  • All land and boat transportation and baggage handling from meeting until departure
  • All activities as indicated in Detailed Itinerary

Not Included

  • Travel to and from the arrival and departure location as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
  • Additional hotel nights outside the trip's scheduled dates
  • Optional gratuities to Trip Leaders or staff
  • Optional travel insurance
  • Other expenses of a personal nature (some alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.)

Accommodations

Scroll through our signature accommodations for this trip below. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

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Lenna Hotel

Hobart, Australia

Days 1-2 (2 nights)

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Lake Saint Clair Lodge

Lake St. Clair, Tasmania, Australia

Day 3 (1 night)

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Cray's Accommodation

Strahan, Australia

Day 4 (1 night)

Alternate Accomodation:

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Cradle Mountain Lodge

Cradle Mountain, Tasmania, Australia

Days 5-6 (2 nights)

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Edge of the Bay Resort

Coles Bay, Tasmania, Australia

Days 7-8 (2 nights)

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Stewarts Bay Lodge

Port Arthur, Australia

Days 9-10 (2 nights)

Set on a stunning bay and surrounded by a bush setting, the lodge has well-appointed cabins with decks or balconies. The on-site restaurant has great food along with panoramic bay views, and the lodge's location puts us within walking distance of the historic Port Arthur site.

Trip Leaders

Wilderness Travel Trip Leaders have a passion and a joy for creating an unforgettable journey. We are extremely proud of them and the incredible travel experiences they make possible. For more information, including client comments about them and which specific trips they will be leading, please click on their profiles below.

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Lucy Whitehead

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Andrea Ziolkowski

What the Trip is Like

This trip is rated Level 2, Easy to Moderate , according to our trip grading system. Anyone in a reasonable state of fitness, accustomed to outdoor adventures, should be able to fully enjoy the planned activities. Participants should be prepared for at least 1-5 hours of hiking each day over uneven terrain (carrying a daypack only). As the weather in Tasmania is often variable, we must occasionally wait for it to change to participate in our planned activities. In such a case, we may rearrange the daily itinerary to accommodate the weather.

The trip features a variety of accommodations chosen for their character, size, and location. Overnights range from "bed and breakfast" inns to cabins, historic inns, and delightful wilderness lodges.

Vehicle touring is mostly over good roads (though they can be very windy at times) in a comfortable van or minibus. Our van will transport the group's luggage, so you only need to carry a daypack for items you need during the day (rain gear, sweater, camera, water bottle, etc.).

Client Testimonials

"It would have taken me many individual trips to find all the visual and experiential treasures I enjoyed in nine short days. Hats off to James Fuss—he’s one of your best."

Fallbrook, CA

"James knows not only the nature trails but also the small restaurants, the art exhibitions—good planning!"

Portola Valley, CA

"Everything went very smoothly - couldn't ask for anything better."

Palos Verdes Estates, CA

"We loved the trip! The best part of traveling with your company is not having to worry about details. The hotel and restaurant selections were always very good and at times exceeded our expectations. The traveling time we spent in the van was very limited considering that we saw almost every corner of Tasmania. Not only were we able to hike in beautiful remote parks but we met people who demonstrated by their hard work and artistic attributes a love for their land."

Sacramento, CA

"The trip was great, with wonderful surprises in store as each day unfolded."

"The variety of our days and the choice of venue, whether hiking, sailing, exploring, or wine tasting, was superb!"

Jackson, WY

"James did an excellent job of organizing and leading an outstanding trip with great variety and depth."

"Really awesome itinerary design with nice mix of locations, lodging, and activities. Our Trip Leader outdid himself—his local knowledge and connections made for many unique experiences."

Santa Monica, CA

"The trip was fabulous with a great itinerary and variety. Tasmania is a truly unique area. This was my best trip yet!"

Lafayette CA

"We loved all of the different scenery in Tasmania, from the seashore to the mountain lakes to the temperate rainforest. Every day was an adventure!"

Las Vegas, NV

"Trip of a lifetime. Fell in love with Australia, which I did not expect to do."

"The best way to see this beautiful, exciting part of Australia!"

Mary Ellen B.

Bloomfield Hill, MI

"Good mix of natural beauty, history, great food and wine, and hiking."

Chicago, IL

"The small group together with sterling leaders and food/facilities made this an unforgettable trip—thank you!"

Patricia J.

Berkeley CA

"One of our best trips ever."

Los Angeles, CA

"James is a great guide. Very knowledgeable about Tasmania. I especially enjoyed his interest in food and wine."

"This trip was wonderful. A well-designed itinerary, great accommodations, and food that was over the top! I can't believe the diversity of things we saw and did , from visiting markets and museums, to an exhilerating boat ride, to petting a wombat and seeing Tasmanian devils up close (boy, do they sound terrible!)."

Kensington, CA

"Our trip to Tasmania was a wonderful experience that will be remembered for a long time. James and Lucy, our guides, were superb, knowledgeable, personable, and a lot of fun to be with. They both went the extra mile to make sure that everyone was having an enjoyable experience. The scenery, hiking trails, animals, birds, and the super friendly ‘Aussies’ were simply terrific! Wish we were still there!"

San Francisco, CA

"The trip was wonderful and we saw so much of the island. The food was fantastic!"

Petaluma, CA

"The food and lodgings were superb; the places we went were beautiful, engaging, sometimes astounding and exhilarating."

Corte Madera, CA

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Our Area Specialists know every detail about our tours. They will be happy to answer any questions and help you choose the journey that’s right for you. Contact us to learn more or book your trip today!

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Trip Levels

With more than 200 different adventures to choose from, we want to help you find the trip that’s right for you. Our Trip Level system ranks each trip in two ways: a number rating from 1 to 6 according to the activity, and general travel rigors. 1 is the easiest and 6+ the most difficult—see descriptions below for explanations of each number. A plus (+) sign means the trip is a bit more strenuous than other trips of that level. The detailed explanation of each trip—below the bar with the number rating—is perhaps more important, specifying activities, altitudes, hiking, and travel conditions. The Detailed Itinerary, available by download or mail, gives further information. Our Area Managers can also answer questions and guide you to the trip that best suits your interests.

Level 1 – Easiest

Non-camping journeys, optional walks, little elevation gain or loss.

  • Royal Rajasthan and Villages of India
  • Small ship cruises

Level 2 – Easy to Moderate

Hotel nights and/or safari-style camping, hikes of two to four hours on some days. Other physical activities are sometimes included, such as optional sea kayaking.

  • Our African safaris
  • Costa Rica Wildlife

Level 3 – Moderate

Half- to full-day hikes (3-6 hours) over rolling countryside on most days, occasional steep trails. Many of our hotel-based walking tours are in this category, as are our snorkeling adventures.

  • Tuscany & the Cinque Terre
  • Argentina: Hikes and Estancias of Patagonia
  • Palau Snorkeling & Sea Kayaking
  • Some trips with minimal hiking but rugged travel conditions or long drives, such as  Tribal Ghana, Togo & Benin,  are Trip Level 3.

Level 4 – Moderate to Strenuous

Full-day hikes (4-6 hours), mountainous terrain, significant elevation gains and losses (hiking up or down as much as 3,000 feet) on many days. Altitudes no greater than about 10,000 feet.

  • Ultimate Patagonia
  • Hiking the Spanish Pyrenees

Level 5 – Strenuous

Full-day hikes (4-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Trips with hiking at average altitudes of 10,000 to 12,000 feet are in this category.

  • Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
  • Everest Lodge to Lodge

Level 6 – Very Strenuous

Full-day hikes (5-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Most hikes take place at altitudes above 10,000 feet, with some days ascending as high as 18,000 feet.

  • Everest Base Camp
  • Climb Kilimanjaro!

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COMMENTS

  1. Pennicott Wilderness Journeys

    Pennicott Wilderness Journeys operates cruises and day tours from Hobart, Tasmania. Tour with Robert Pennicott's award winning team in the yellow boats.

  2. Tasman Island Cruises

    Tasman Island Cruises provides unforgettable three hour wilderness cruises along the spectacular coastline between Port Arthur and Eaglehawk Neck in southern Tasmania. The cruise travels beneath the highest vertical sea cliffs in the Southern Hemisphere at Cape Pillar. Guests explore waterfalls, rock formations, archways and deep-sea caves.

  3. Bruny Island Cruises

    Bruny Island Cruises is an award-winning 3 Hour Wilderness Cruise exploring the rugged coastline of Bruny Island in southern Tasmania. Cruise alongside some of Australia's highest sea cliffs, beneath towering crags and drift up close to listen to the awesome 'Breathing Rock'.

  4. Bruny Island Cruises

    Bruny Island Cruises 3 Hour Wilderness Cruise Adventure Bay - Bruny Island Self drive to Adventure Bay and join our award-winning 3 Hour Wilderness Cruise. See towering sea cliffs, explore caves and sea stacks. Encounter wildlife such as seals, dolphins and seabirds. Australia's Best Tourist Attraction 2012,2014 and 2015

  5. 3-Hour Tasman Peninsula Wilderness Cruise from Port Arthur

    3-Hour Tasman Peninsula Wilderness Cruise from Port Arthur By Tasman Island Cruises 98 reviews Recommended by 98% of travellers See all photos About from AU$155.00 per adult Lowest price guarantee Reserve now & pay later Free cancellation Ages 0-99, max of 43 per group Duration: 3h Start time: Check availability Mobile ticket Live guide: English

  6. 3-Hour Tasman Peninsula Wilderness Cruise from Port Arthur

    The Tasman Peninsula boasts some of Tasmania's most remote and beautiful coastal scenery, but to see the best of it you have to take to the waves. On this daily tour, cruise between Port Arthur and Eaglehawk Neck with your guide, and admire unrivalled views over the rugged shoreline. Gaze up at vertical sea cliffs, discover deep-sea caves, and spot native albatross, eagles, dolphins, and ...

  7. 3-Hour Tasman Peninsula Wilderness Cruise from Port Arthur

    3 day Tasmanian highlights tour - Hobart, Port Arthur and Bruny Island. 8. Bus Tours. from. $211.53. per adult. LIKELY TO SELL OUT*. Tasman Island Cruises and Port Arthur Historic Site Day Tour from Hobart. 146.

  8. Tasman Island Cruises

    This Pennicott Wilderness Journey takes you for a spectacular three-hour cruise along the extraordinary coastline of Tasman National Park, between Eaglehawk Neck and Port Arthur. Close encounters with the highest sea cliffs in the Southern Hemisphere, rugged and spectacular coastal landscapes, waterfalls, deep sea caves, amazing wildlife on ...

  9. Three Hour Bruny Wilderness Cruise Tour

    As part of a tourism industry that welcomes visitors to these lands, we acknowledge our responsibility to represent to our visitors Tasmania's deep and complex history, fully, respectfully and truthfully. We acknowledge the Aboriginal people who continue to care for this country today. We pay our respects to their Elders, past and present.

  10. From Port Arthur: Tasman Island Wilderness Cruise

    Full description Embark on a cruise that sails beneath the highest vertical sea cliffs in the Southern Hemisphere at Cape Pillar. Discover waterfalls, rock formations, archways and deep-sea caves. Cruise along the coastline which is part of the Tasman National Park.

  11. Cruises and Boat Tours in Tasmania

    Maria Island is a popular destination. You'll have to board a boat at the nearby holiday town of Orford. The journey takes you through the crystal-clear Prosser Bay out into the open ocean before landing on this protected wildlife sanctuary. A boat ride around the island will reveal towering cliffs, sweeping bays and an abundance of birdlife.

  12. World Heritage Cruises

    Cruising down the iconic Gordon River in The Franklin Gordon Wild Rivers National Park is an experience like no other, a 'must do' when visiting Tasmania. One of the most scenic and sought after cruises in the world, and cruising with the locals is as authentic as it gets.

  13. The Tasman Peninsula Wilderness Cruise Review

    Furthermore, the Tasman Island Wilderness Cruise offers many attractions and experiences, such as guided tours of historical locations, whale watching in the summer, and seeing the region's wildlife. In fact, the Tasman Wilderness Cruise is a fun and distinctive way to discover Tasmania's stunning Port Arthur region.

  14. The Tasman Island Cruise: One of the Best Ways to Experience Tasmania

    The Tasman Island Cruise is a scenic speedboat tour along the stunning coastline of the Tasman Peninsula. On this 3 hour cruise, you have a chance to see whales, albatross, seals, and penguins. Depending on weather conditions, it can be a wild ride, which made it so much fun, especially for Tyler and Kara.

  15. Our Journeys

    Pennicott Wilderness Journeys acknowledges and pays respect to the past, present and future Traditional Custodians and Elders of this nation and the continuation of cultural, spiritual and educational practices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. ... Boats & Buses Environmental Sustainability Community Sustainability. Gift Cards ...

  16. Wineglass Bay Cruises

    Our cruise departs and finishes at our Wineglass Bay Cruises Booking Office, 61 Jetty Road, Coles Bay. To get to Coles Bay from Hobart head north on the Tasman A3 Highway for 185kms (approx 2½hrs drive). From Launceston, head south on National Highway 1 onto Lake Leake B34 Highway (approx 2hrs drive).

  17. Tasman Island Cruises 3 Hour Cruise

    Encounter wildlife such as seals, dolphins and seabirds. Tasman Island Cruises provide three-hour coastal wilderness cruises along the unspoilt coastline of the Tasman National Park between Port Arthur and Eaglehawk Neck in southern Tasmania. On the 3 Hour Wilderness Cruise you will sit at the foot of the highest sea cliffs in the Southern ...

  18. Tasmania Southwest National Park by Air, Bush Walk, Cruise 2024

    Visit Tasmania's Southwest National Park by air on this full-day tour from Hobart. Part of the Tasmania Wilderness World Heritage Area, the park is known for its untouched, remote wilderness setting and is mostly accessible only by plane or boat. Admire views of Hobart and southern Tasmania during the flight, and the land in the park for a boat cruise on Bathurst Harbour. Chose the amount of ...

  19. Gordon Wilderness River Cruises

    TIMING AND DURATION: Please check-in at 8:00AM for 8.30AM departure from the main wharf in Strahan. Total tour duration is 6 hours. The Gordon River Cruise uniquely offers interpretation in German, French, Cantonese and Mandarin. At no cost, passengers can use our headsets to hear about 16 key points of interest.

  20. Guide To Bruny Island Cruises in Tasmania

    Tasman Island Cruise. We did the 3 hour wilderness cruise but there is also a full day tour. If you take a full day tour, a morning tea and lunch of fish and chips are included in the ticket price ...

  21. Three Hour Wilderness Cruise Tour

    Follow us #DiscoverTasmania REGIONS THINGS TO DO Restaurants Golf Heritage & History PLACES TO GO Bay of Fires The Nut Cradle Mountain Where to stay Festivals privacy policy. Tasman Island Cruises offers a spectacular three-hour cruise along the Tasman Peninsula coastline, Southern Tasmania.

  22. Wild Tasmania Hiking Tour

    Overview Itinerary Dates & Pricing Accommodations Trip Leaders What the Trip is Like Book Online Download Itinerary Call 1-800-368-2794 or contact us for any questions Overview The spectacularly green island-state of Tasmania invites exploration—the WT way!

  23. Tasmanian Wilderness Experiences Walking Tours and Accommodation

    We offer tours to a variety of destinations: either camping or lodge-based overnight bushwalking tours, or day walking tours from either accommodation in Hobart or with fully serviced accommodation packages based at our wilderness retreat at Base Camp Tasmania. For independent walkers and travellers we can also 'unbundle' our tour services ...

  24. 10 Day Tasmanian Wilderness Journey

    Day 1 - Hobart - Strahan Travel into the heart of Tasmania's World Heritage wilderness. Visit Australia's deepest lake and admire Tasmania's beautiful Nelson Falls and Franklin River. Day 2 - Gordon River Cruise - Corinna Walk among ancient trees in temperate rainforests.