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Strahan: World Heritage Cruise on Gordon River with Lunch

1. Strahan: World Heritage Cruise on Gordon River with Lunch

Your cruise includes lunch, a 1-hour guided tour on Sarah Island, a 30-minute walk at Heritage Landing on the Gordon River and a tour of Huon Pine Sawmill on return to Strahan. When booking, you can choose standard, premium or gold seating. Climb aboard a purpose-built catamaran that departs from Strahan Wharf and heads towards Hells Gates, the narrow-channel entrance to Macquarie Harbor. Pass ocean trout and Atlantic salmon farms en-route to Sarah Island. Take a 1-hour guided tour of the island to learn about the harsh conditions of Tasmania's first penal settlement. From Sarah Island, travel into the majestic world heritage listed Gordon River. Rediscover serenity while gliding deep into the ancient rainforest. Disembark at Heritage Landing for a stroll through the hushed, lichen-covered rainforest. Marvel at one of the forest's oldest inhabitants, a 2000-year-old Huon Pine. Your cruise adventure is accompanied by engaging on-board commentary on the area's human history, ecology and geology. The commentary is enriched with anecdotes from the Grining family’s own experiences from more than a century of cruising on the famous river. The included sumptuous lunch is freshly prepared daily and consists of local smoked salmon, cold meats, a large selection of salads, fresh fruit, Tasmanian cheeses, and local bakery bread. There is also a licensed bar on-board where you can purchase drinks and snacks.

From Coles Bay: Wineglass Bay Cruise with Lunch

2. From Coles Bay: Wineglass Bay Cruise with Lunch

Take advantage of a rare opportunity to experience Wineglass Bay from the water. Step aboard Schouten Passage II for an unforgettable 4.5-hour cruise. During the tour, an experienced and friendly crew will guide you through the sights and history of the Freycinet Peninsula.  Depart from Freycinet National Park, located approximately 2.5 to 3-hours drive from Hobart. Cruise from the gentle shores of Coles Bay to one of the world’s most beautiful beaches. Gaze at the sheer granite cliffs, get up close to the wildlife and learn about the landmarks, wildlife, and history during an informative on-board commentary. Enjoy a ploughman's style lunch. Local beverages and wines are available for purchase in nature's best wine bar. The Vista Lounge offers floor-to-ceiling windows, comfortable indoor and spacious outdoor viewing decks, baby changing facilities, and disabled amenities. The Sky Lounge is an adults-only area that offers privacy, comfort, direct access to the bridge, and stunning views from the top deck. Sky Lounge guests are also welcome to use the downstairs areas. If opting for the Sky Lounge experience, you will receive morning tea, freshly shucked oysters, a generous ploughman's style lunch of smoked salmon and meats, Tasmanian cheeses, salad and bread, and all drinks.

Launceston: 2.5-Hour Morning or Afternoon Discovery Cruise

3. Launceston: 2.5-Hour Morning or Afternoon Discovery Cruise

Cruise into the magical Cataract Gorge and through Launceston's riverfront precinct. You will head north past Tamar Island, observing historical buildings such as the St. Mathias Church and the Rosevears Pub. Throughout your tour, you will enjoy morning tea, a fresh fruit selection, local wine,  and a beer tasting. You will experience a relaxed variety of life as you cruise past charming riverfront communities, vineyards and farms, and onward to the historical Rosevears and Windemere districts. This fascinating collection of history, fauna, and people at work, rest, and play makes an absorbing narrative which will touch, intrigue and inspire. This tour will provide you with the best vantage point to view the Tamar Valley. At the conclusion of your scenic and relaxing cruise, you will be returned to your point of origin.

Launceston: 50-Minute Cataract Gorge Cruise

4. Launceston: 50-Minute Cataract Gorge Cruise

After departing from the terminal, you will cruise past the historical Kings Wharf, Seaport, and Launceston's delightful riverfront precinct. The highlight of the experience is then cruising into Launceston's spectacular Cataract Gorge, as you engage the Lady Launceton's unique silent electric drive function. You can view the sheer cliffs from your comfortable seating, appreciate the unobstructed views on the multi-award winning 1890's style vessel. Whilst aboard the Lady Launceston, you can also enjoy the skipper's captivating commentary which surrounds the history and folklore of this fascinating area.

Hobart: 2.5-hour Iron Pot Lighthouse Cruise

5. 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.

Drink Tasmania Signature Tour: Wine, Cider, Beer and Whisky

6. Drink Tasmania Signature Tour: Wine, Cider, Beer and Whisky

Spend a day sampling the traditional drinks of Tasmania on this guided tour. Enjoy natural landscapes and a tasteful combination of award-winning wines and ciders. Start the day at Brooke Street Pier on the picturesque Hobart Waterfront. After a welcome coffee, the tour sets off to the beautiful Huon Valley, home to Tasmania’s bountiful apple and cherry orchards. Sample award-winning wines at Home Hill Winery, including sparkling, chardonnay, pinot noir, dessert wines, and more while taking a leisurely stroll through the vineyards. At Pagan Cider Cellar Door, experience traditional farmhouse-style organic apple ciders and compare them to more modern examples made from a variety of fruits from the valley. Delicious cider tastings at Willie Smith's Apple Shed, and local produce from the valley will be on offer for lunch. In the afternoon we head to the Hobart Brewing Company for a brewery tour and tastings of their beers, then it's off to either Spring Bay Distillery or Charles Reuben Estate, both amazing distilleries with delightful spirit tastings. Often a visit to the Tasmanian Tonic Company is in the cards, with a tour of their production and taste of their products that aren't available to the general public. Say goodbye with a farewell drink, a taste of the famous Lark Classic Cask Whisky, at Lark Cellar Door or The Still.

Hobart: Historic Lunch Cruise

7. 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.

Launceston: 4-Hour Batman Bridge Luncheon Cruise

8. Launceston: 4-Hour Batman Bridge Luncheon Cruise

Cruise into the magical Cataract Gorge and through Launceston's riverfront precinct, heading north past Tamar Island, historical buildings, churches, pubs, and significant homesteads. You can sample the rich diversity of life as you cruise past quaint riverfront communities, vineyards and farms, to the notable Batman Bridge. Tamer Valley is steeped with romance and studded with tales of bushrangers, explorers, and gold diggers. Australia's longest navigable estuarine river, it has many natural coves and protected inlets that provide a sanctuary for thousands of native water birds that can only be seen on the river. All cruises depart from and return to Home Point Cruise Terminal, which is a taxi ride only 5 minutes from most CBD accommodations. Home Point is a pleasant 15 minute walk from the city center, and guests are kindly asked to be at the cruise terminal 30 minutes prior to departure

From Triabunna: Maria Island Cruise & Guided Walk with Lunch

9. From Triabunna: Maria Island Cruise & Guided Walk with Lunch

Departing from the Triabunna Marina, which is located approximately 1-hour and 15-minutes from Hobart, this tour includes a scenic cruise of Maria Island's coastline, time to explore the island and a guided walk around Maria Island's UNESCO-listed convict settlement. The east coast of Maria Island features mountain-fed waterfalls, secluded bays, sea caves, ancient geology, and beaches of pure white sand. As you cruise around Maria Island, there will be stops at many of its famous landmarks including the Fossil Cliffs and the Painted Cliffs. Listen to live commentary as you cruise toward Riedle Bay and Shoal Bay at Maria Island's isthmus. Drop the anchor and stop for lunch beside one of the beaches. These secluded beaches are only visited by a handful of people each year. Enjoy local drinks, snacks, and a salad bowl of your choice. Dock at Darlington in the afternoon. Stretch your legs on a guided tour through the collection of historic convict buildings. Learn about the town’s history and meet some wombats. If you'd prefer, simply soak up the sun on the white sandy beach or swim and snorkel in the pristine waters.

Port Arthur: Tour with Isle of the Dead Cruise

10. Port Arthur: Tour with Isle of the Dead Cruise

Cross the Tasman Bridge, and head out on the Tasman Highway over the Pittwater Causeway onto Forestier Peninsula. Admire the pristine beauty of Pirates Bay, Eaglehawk Neck, and Norfolk Bay. Visit Abel Tasman National Park, where you’ll marvel at the spectacle of the Tasman Arch and enjoy superb views of the rugged coastline. You’ll be amazed at the magnitude of the Devil's Kitchen. Explore Port Arthur, where you’ll take a guided walking tour of the historic convict site, with access to over 30 restored buildings and ruins. See the penitentiary, the separate prison, the commandant's house, and the church.

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 108 reviews

It was fantastic, Toby our guide was so good, we learnt a lot about the area. The boat was very comfortable and you were able to move to the front and back freely if you wanted to. Definitely recommend this.

Staff were friendly and informative. Tour was well worth it. Plenty of wildlife and fantastic views. Ploughman’s lunch was yummy.

Staff were helpful, fun and informative. Food was good. Coastline spectacular and we saw several pods of dolphins.

Just a great day out. A lovely ship, with friendly staff and majestic views. Highly recommend.

Well organised, quality service and food. Relaxing day on beautiful boat.