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Yacht Experiences

Discover Tasmania and the Southern Lights by Yacht

Discover the remarkable bounty of Tasmania. Forage for abalone, surf its epic breaks, and taste test its artisan cheese. You’ll see the highlights of its astonishing national parks and navigate your vessel to its most picturesque anchorages. 

When to go:
December – March

HOBART & BRUNY ISLAND

Your epic Tasmanian adventure begins in Hobart, Australia’s second oldest city. Take a tour of the eclectic and entertaining David Walsh’s Museum of Old and New Art before a drive or hike to the summit of Mount Wellington. After you’ve taken in the stunning panoramas over the city and the surrounding countryside return for a delicious, locally sourced seafood dinner back on board your yacht.

Awake in sight of the craggy clifftops of Bruny Island. Take an immersive bushwalk across its heathland and beaches while a local guide describes the island’s naval and multicultural history. Watch out for its abundant wildlife including white wallabies, whales, and echidnas.

After your hike, you’ll enjoy a beachside tasting of the island’s renowned artisan cheese with its premium cool climate wines.

You’re on to a rock climbing experience next at the towering cliffs of South Bruny National park. A local climber will assist you in ascending these dolerite rock faces. The stunning views from the top are a well-earned reward. Come evening, dine on your vessel beneath the stars and, with a little luck, the wavering southern lights.

HARTZ MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK

Journey inland along the Huon Valley until you reach Hartz Mountains National Park. Join an expert guide for a hike through this wildlife-abundant landscape rich with eucalyptus and dotted with jewel-like glacial lakes. Spot platypus, echidnas, and Bennetts wallabies before a wild lunch among gorgeous nature.

Leave the park by kayak, following the wine-dark waters of the Lune River journeying downstream through the mountains until you reach the ocean. Here, among the white sand beaches, your tender will be waiting to deliver you back to your vessel.

WINES & SEAPLANE OVER SOUTHWEST

With its outstanding wines, a visit to Tasmania’s vineyards is essential. You’ll discover how the winemakers tend the vines before a top local chef creates a stunning meal to pair with the delicious wines. Enjoy while taking in the gorgeous rolling terroir bathed in sunshine.

Setting out from southerly Port Davey, you’ll transfer to a seaplane for a scenic flight over Southwest National Park. After seeing the natural majesty of the island’s largest national park, land and have a gourmet wild lunch before seeing the natural majesty close up on foot. You’ll see rare species like the Huon pine as well as quolls, wombats, and the endangered orange-bellied parrot. You’ll return to your vessel for dinner beneath the stars and the shimmering southern lights.  

PORT ARTHUR & HANG GLIDING

Awaken off of Port Arthur and see Australia’s most well-preserved convict settlement before a trek through Tasman National Park. Take in the coastal wonder of the sea cliffs and the penguins, brushtail possums, and migrating whales. Join conservation efforts to help preserve the park’s most famous resident—the Tasmanian devil.

If you’re in the mood for a pulse-racing challenge, join the big wave surfers attempting the huge slabs peeling off of famed Shipsterns Bluff. If the idea of the shallow reef and the sharks are off-putting, choose to take to the skies instead on a hang-gliding adventure. With an expert instructor along for the ride, you’ll ride the thermals as you take in the forests and cliffs from an eagle-eye perspective.

DIVE SS NORD & SURFING

At the world-class diving center of Eaglehawk Neck, choose a dive to match your experience. Descend to see Cathedral Cave, the historic SS Nord wreck, or swim with the fur seals among the sponge garden while always accompanied by a marine biologist with extensive local knowledge.

You’ll surface to lunch onboard your vessel before cruising to Clifton Beach for another surf of some of Tasmania’s best breaks. Wind down from your epic day with a sunset dinner on a beautiful local beach.

Your final day sees you exploring more of the island’s remarkable food culture. Harvest oysters with local fishermen and snorkel for abalone and sea urchins. With your seafood bounty, you’ll journey to a local beach for a masterclass in how to prepare and cook your haul, with rock lobster and salmon added in. Pair with some of the region’s best wines and fresh local bread before bidding farewell to your vessel and beginning your journey home.

Credit Tourism Tasmania, Brad Harris, Samuel Shelley, Ash Thomson, & Tayla Gentle