Best of Tasmania by Land & Sea Aboard Coral Discoverer

Best of Tasmania by Land & Sea Aboard Coral Discoverer



Tasmania is a place of wild and beautiful landscapes, friendly people with a relaxed island lifestyle and a haunting history evoked by world-famous convict ruins. It is Australia’s most geographically diverse state, with over 40 percent reserved as national parks and World Heritage wilderness. Begin by exploring the northern region, including Cradle Mountain National Park. Continue to Hobart and board the 72-passenger expedition ship Coral Discoverer for a seven-night cruise to the farthest reaches of Tasmania’s rugged coast. Become immersed in Tasmania’s breathtaking National Parks and dramatic scenery, abundant wildlife and storied history.

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$10,990 NEW Savings of $4,000 per cabin for doubles & singles!
Trip Type
Group Travel Tour, International Ocean & Sea Voyages
Departure Dates
Jan 8, 2020 - Jan 22, 2020


January 22 to 26, 2020
Enjoy a private tour at the National Gallery of Art in Melbourne before flying to Australia’s red center. Explore Uluru and the Olgas Range, learning about these sacred sites. Discover the importance of Dreamtime for the Aboriginal people. Continue to Alice Springs, visit the famous Flying Doctor Base and the Outback School of the Air. Fly to Sydney for flights homeward.
Rates: Double occupancy $4,150; Single occupancy $5,140.


  • John R. Stomberg

    John R. Stomberg

    John R. Stomberg is the Virginia Rice Kelsey 1961s Director of the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College. He served as the Director of the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum and the Joseph Allen Skinner Museum, and held leadership positions at the Williams College Museum of Art and the Boston University Art Gallery. He holds a B.A. from Georgetown University and both an M.A. and Ph.D. from Boston University—all in art history. Moving between photography, prints, paintings, sculpture, media
    art, and installation work, his exhibitions have been conceived to broaden our understanding of how art operates in, and often shapes, society. He publishes on modern and contemporary art and issues directly related to museums, education, and academia. Dr. Stomberg is excited to have the opportunity to lecture on Aboriginal art and contemporary Australian art, two areas of growing specialization for Dartmouth’s Hood Museum, which recently acquired new collections in these areas.

  • Andrew Berry

    Andrew Berry

    Andrew Berry has a degree in zoology from Oxford University and a PhD in evolutionary genetics from Princeton University. He was a Harvard Junior Fellow, and is currently a lecturer on Organismic & Evolutionary Biology at Harvard. Combining the techniques of field biology with those of molecular
    biology, Dr. Berry’s work has been a search for evidence at the DNA level of Darwinian natural selection. He has published on topics as diverse as giant rats in New Guinea, mice on Atlantic islands, aphids from the Far East, and the humble fruit fly. He has given lectures on evolutionary topics to popular audiences all over the world—from Ankara to the Antarctic. As an educator and popularizer, he seeks to demystify the most important and most misinterpreted of all biological ideas, evolution.


Tasmania map


  • days 1-3

    Wednesday– Friday, January 8–10, 2020 HOME / SYDNEY / LAUNCESTON

    Depart home on an overnight flight to Sydney, Australia. Lose one day crossing the International Date Line. Connect with a flight to Launceston, Tasmania. Located on the Tamar River, Launceston is well known for the Cataract Gorge and panoramic views. Enjoy a private transfer to the Peppers Seaport Hotel. Built on the site of an old dry dock, this stylish and contemporary accommodation is designed in the shape of a ship, giving it a distinct nautical ambiance. Gather for introductions at our welcome reception and dinner.

  • day 4

    Saturday, January 11 CRADLE MOUNTAIN

    Spend the morning at the Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary. See and learn about a range of marsupials, birds and reptiles that are native to Tasmania. Travel south and settle into the scenic Cradle Mountain Lodge on the edge of picturesque Lake Saint Clair. Over dinner take in the dramatic views of the Rugged Jewel, Cradle Mountain.

  • day 5

    Sunday, January 12 CRADLE MOUNTAIN

    Following a morning lecture, explore the beauty of Cradle Mountain-Lake Saint Clair National Park. Enjoy a hike around picturesque Dove Lake. Towards the southern end of Dove Lake enter a magnificent cool temperate rainforest known as the Ballroom Forest. Ancient myrtle-beech trees festooned in moss tower majestically from a moss strewn forest floor. The effect is stunning, and reminiscent of an ancient cathedral. Visit the Tasmanian Devil Sanctuary to learn about conservation efforts for the Tasmanian Devil, the Spotted-tail Quoll and the Eastern Quoll.

  • day 6

    Monday, January 13 HOBART

    This morning visit the famed Wilderness Wall, an ambitious art project by Greg Duncan. The beautifully carved wall set out in relief sculpture depicts the history, hardship and perseverance of the people in the Central Highlands and pays homage to the individuals who settled and protected the Tasmanian Highlands. Later today travel along the scenic Lyell Highway across the heart of Tasmania to Hobart. Check in to Australia’s first dedicated art hotel, Henry Jones Hotel, where waterfront warehouses have been thoughtfully reimagined into stately, indulgent suites. Located in the Hunter Street precinct, the hotel blends modernity with an industrial past.

  • day 7

    Tuesday, January 14 HOBART

    Spend time at the Mawson Huts Museum, a celebration of an Australlasian Antarctic expedition lead by Douglas Mawson. Enjoy an unforgettable afternoon at Mt. Wellington. View the Organ Pipes, one of the most distinctive features on Mt. Wellington, which form a magnificent sight along the track that runs just below their base. The dolerite rock that comprises the towering, columnar cliffs was formed when Tasmania was in the process of separating from Antarctica during the final stages of the breakup of Gondwana. Visit the top of Mt. Wellington, where the landscape offers an incredible show. Return to the hotel and enjoy dinner independently at one of Hunter Street precinct’s many fine restaurants.

  • day 8

    Wednesday, January 15 HOBART / BOARD CORAL DISCOVERER

    Learn about the cutting-edge art on display at the world-famous Museum of Old and New Art. Located outside of Hobart, the museum is encased in a three-level subterranean cave cut into 240-million-year-old Triassic-era sandstone on the Derwent River. Later this afternoon, embark on the Coral Discoverer and enjoy the Captain’s welcome reception and dinner.

  • day 9

    Thursday, January 16 WOODBRIDGE / RECHERCHE BAY

    Meet ‘The Girls’ at Australia’s only organic sheep cheesery, Grandvewe Cheeses. Taste gold medal winning cheese and view the process of cheese making from paddock to palate. Following lunch, visit the Wooden Boat Centre at picturesque Franklin.

  • day 10

    Friday & Saturday, January 17 & 18 PORT DAVEY / BATHURST HARBOR

    Named in honor of a former governor of Tasmania, Port Davey is located in the pristine Tasmanian Southwest Wilderness World Heritage area. Disembark for a visit to the remote hamlet of Melaleuca and enjoy a guided hike of the Balmoral Hill Track for incredible views of the Bathurst Channel. Cruise across the Bathurst Harbor and take in the pristine natural beauty of the marine reserve.

  • day 11

    Sunday, January 19 ADVENTURE BAY

    Located on Bruny Island, Adventure Bay is a peaceful retreat for many Tasmanians. Learn about the rich maritime history and explore 19th century whaling station ruins. This evening sample Tasmanian wines during a private tasting.

  • day 12

    Monday, January 20 WINEGLASS BAY / MARIA ISLAND

    Enjoy a guided hike to Wineglass Bay Lookout, while admiring the dramatic pink granite peaks of the Hazards and the white sand beaches in Freycinet National Park. Enjoy the stunning amount of native wildlife on Maria Island, a national park boasting abundant populations of endemic wildlife such as Bennetts Wallabies, Forester kangaroos, penguins and wombats.

  • day 13


    This morning disembark and explore Tasman Island, offering some of the best coastal walks in the country. View the extraordinary geological formations of the Tasman Arch and the serrated coastline of Candlestick and Cathedral. Explore this unspoiled waterway, well known for its marine life. Visit Tasmania’s inescapable prison at Port Arthur Historic convict site and learn about Tasmania’s history as a penal colony for the British Empire during a private behind-the-scenes tour. This evening celebrate your adventure at a festive farewell dinner aboard the ship.

  • day 14

    Wednesday, January 22 PORT ARTHUR / HOME

    After breakfast, transfer to the airport for flights home, regaining the day lost on the inbound journey. (B)

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