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The only tour in Australia where you can see fur seals, dolphins, albatross, sea eagles, wombats, kangaroos, wallabies, cape barren geese, World Heritage convict history, ancient fossils, giant sea caves, dolerite mountains, spring-fed waterfalls, towering limestone cliffs, lichen covered granite cliffs, painted sandstone and pure white sandy beaches ... in a single day!  Your tour will depart from the Triabunna marina (approximately 1-hour and 15-minutes from Hobart), and includes a 4-hour cruise of Maria Island's stunning coastline, a lunch in a secluded beach and a 2-hour stay on Maria including a guided walk of the island's World Heritage listed convict settlement.  A big buffet lunch of gourmet Tasmanian food and cheese is provided, beer and wine (for purchase) on the cruise whilst at anchor in paradise. Hotel shuttle bus pickups available for guests staying in Hobart (additional $30 per person return).

Description:

Our cruise boat "Spirit of Maria" departs from the Triabunna marina and makes the short journey to Darlington (Maria Island's World Heritage listed convict settlement) to enjoy a quick morning snack aboard the boat of tea, coffee, juice, cakes and homemade lemon slice!  From here the boat will cruise to one of two locations depending on the cruise itinerary.  Our website will show the destination of the cruise.

Your cruise from Maria Island to the Ile Des Phoques (Island Of Seals) will capture the stunning views of Maria Island, including famous landmarks such as the Painted Cliffs and Fossil Cliffs, spring-fed waterfalls, limestone sea caves, cliff-top stalactites, Bishop & Clerk mountain range and the stunning granite cliffs of Maria Island's east coast. At the northern tip of Maria Island the cruise will head North to the Ile Des Phoques, a 30min boat ride from Maria Island. On the way to this remarkable granite island you can see albatross, dolphins, Australian fur seals and whales (depending on the time of year) as well as majestic panoramic views of Maria Island and the Freycinet Peninsula. *Note, if poor weather prevents the cruising to the Ile Des Phoques, the cruise will be changed to circumnavigate Maria Island.

If you have chosen the circumnavigation, your cruise around the Island is a totally immersive and different experience.  The east coast of Maria Island showcases mountain fed waterfalls, secluded bays, sea caves, ancient geology and beaches of pure white sand.

Your big buffet lunch provided on board each cruise includes Tasmanian smoked salmon, ham, chicken, roast beef, home made potato salad, freshly prepared salad, Tasmanian soft and hard cheeses, avocado dips, crackers, wraps and rolls. You will also provided a complimentary drink or tea, coffee, juice and water.  Local wines (Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc) and Tasmanian premium larger are also available for purchase during lunch.

In the afternoon, both tours will dock at Darlington. The perfect way to compliment your cruise is to stretch your legs and enjoy a guided tour through Darlington’s fascinating collection of preserved convict buildings, learn about the town’s remarkable history and come face to face with Maria Island’s resident wombats.  If history is not for you, then simply soak up the sun on Darlington’s white sandy beach or swim/snorkel in the waters of Maria Island’s marine reserve.

Hotel pickup is available for guests staying in Hobart!  Why not travel in style with our own comfortable bus instead of hiring a car.  Our shuttle bus will take you from Hobart to Triabunna along the picturesque Tasman Highway and if time permits, we will stop into the historic town of Richmond to capture some wonderful souvenir photos.  Travel time is 1hr 15min on the bus.  Cost for the bus is $30pp return.

Boat departs Triabunna at 9:00am and returns at 4:30 - 4:45pm. 



Highlights:
  • All-inclusive tour
  • Close encounter with wildlife
  • Excellent value for money
  • Fully narrated tour
  • Small-group tour
  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water

Location: Hobart, Australia

Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes

Voucher Redembtion: You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity. 





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Additional Information


    Operates: Daily

    Departure Point:
    Tours depart from Triabunna, a small fishing village on the East Coast of Tasmania. Triabunna is 1hr and 15min from the Hobart CBD. The vessel is located at the Triabunna marina, which is central in the town.  All roads within Triabunna  lead to the marina.

    Departure Time: Departs from the Triabunna marina at 9:00am and returns at 5:00pm

    Departure Time Comments:

    Hotel pickups commence prior to this time



    Hotel Pickup Available: Yes

    Return Details:
    Returns to original departure point

  • Inclusions:
    • 4-hour scenic cruise
    • 2-hour stay on Maria Island
    • National Park entrance fees included
    • Guided walk of Darlington convict settlement
    • Buffet lunch (suitable for all dietary requirements)
    • Local wine and beer provided* (additional cost $6 per serve on the day)
    • Wine tasting
    • Driver/guide
    • Live commentary on board
    • Professional guide
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off (additional $30 per person.  Please select this tour option)

  • Exclusions:
    • Alcoholic drinks are provided on the cruise for lunch at an additional cost.  We serve wonderful local wines from Darlington Vineyard (darlinetonvineyard.com.au) and Boags Premium larger.

  • Other Information:
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Please book your Hobart shuttle bus separately by choosing the tour + bus option if you do require the pickup
    • Tours are subject to weather and minimum numbers
    • Tours are perfect for children and families
    • The  vessel is safe and comfortable and provides protection from the elements
    • The vessel has a comfortable on board toilet, which doubles as a change room for those wanting to swim
    • East Coast Cruises reserves the right to cancel departures at anytime and will refund the full amount of any monies paid by the customer. 


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