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Coral Expeditions Launches Coastal Trek Cruise in Tasmania

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Coral Expeditions, Australia’s pioneering cruise operator, has launched a new ‘hike and cruise’ itinerary in Tasmania.  Perfect for adventurous wilderness lovers, this one-off 2018 January departure offers a true back to nature experience.

Tasmania is home to some of the most spectacular coastal scenery in the world, and on this bespoke seven-night cruise guests will be able explore its rugged beauty by ship and on foot. Led by experienced local bush walker hosts, Angus and Alison Moore, who have extensive knowledge of Tasmanian flora and fauna, guests will be given a truly immersive experience on some of Tasmania’s best walking tracks.

Mark Fifield, Group General Manager comments, “Next year will mark Coral Expeditions’ third season in Tasmania. Every year, in true expeditionary style, we evolve our offering to give guests the opportunity to enjoy new experiences. Given Tasmania’s outstanding natural beauty and unique walking trails, a coastal treks itinerary is the perfect fit for our immersive cruising style and adventurous guests.”

Whilst the coastal treks vary in length and difficulty, they share a diversity of flora and fauna, and of spectacular coastal vistas.

Highlights include: Mt Beattie, located close to the raw and remote wilderness of Port Davey; Cape Hauy, a slightly more challenging walk which covers a dramatic section of the Three Capes Walk; and the Fluted Cape walk on Bruny Island which blends rich history, magnificent scenery, prolific wildlife and offers expansive views across the Tasman Peninsula.

The most challenging walk, Bishop and Clerk, is well worth the effort as the track transverses a variety of landscapes from grasslands to forests, with a steady climb to a magnificent outlook over the Southern Ocean. In contrast, for those who prefer a gentle stroll, there is nowhere more specular to meander along than Wineglass Bay, voted one of the world’s most beautiful beaches.

As well as unrivalled coastal trekking, Tasmania also offers world renowned produce, a thriving artisanal culture, and is home to the legendary Port Arthur Historic site; a jewel in the crown of convict history. Guests are offered a private tour and tasting at award winning Grandvewe Cheeses, a unique insight into the craftsmanship of wooden ship building in Franklin, and a ‘behind the scenes’ tour, guided by a resident archaeologist at Port Arthur.

After the day’s exertions, guests can retire to the Coral Discoverer’s panoramic Explorer bar and recharge with a Tasmanian single malt or two.  With only 72 passengers, guests are assured of small batch meals using fresh local produce, personalised attention, and the renowned expedition expertise of Australia’s pioneering cruise line.

In true expeditionary style, the voyage offers guests a flexible itinerary to enable the Captain to respond to weather conditions, ensuring that guests see the best parts of Tasmania’s southern coast in the best possible conditions. This allows for an element of discovery, as guests will be advised the day prior where their next journey lies.

Coral Expeditions’ Coastal Treks of Tasmania, itinerary departs 15th January 2018. Prices start from $4,990 per person.

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