Why you’ll love it
Taking a day to relax aboard a luxury cruise boat or yacht with a glass of fine Tasmanian sparkling and a picnic basket full of gourmet local produce is an essential Great Eastern Drive side trip. Cruising on the east coast gives you an opportunity to truly unwind, and take in the full spectacle of the region’s scenic beauty and diverse wildlife (and spoil yourself a little at the same time).
Cruising on the east coast gives you an opportunity to truly unwind
Where you’ll find it
Wineglass Bay Cruises
Offers tours aboard the luxury vessel Schouten Passage II, travelling around the coast from Coles Bay to Wineglass Bay. Cruises operate daily between September and May (except Christmas Day) and include a gourmet Tasmanian ploughman’s lunch, featuring luscious Tasmanian produce, hand crafted by the head chef at Freycinet Lodge.
East Coast Cruises
Set sail with us in a small, intimate group and explore Maria Island with experienced locals. Our cruise boat SPIRIT OF MARIA is the only vessel operating cruises and tours to Maria Island and the Ile Des Phoque’s giant sea caves. Our two signature tours, Ile Des Phoques and Maria Island Circumnavigation, depart from Triabunna marina and feature seven hours of adventure and discovery. We’ll take you to seal haul-outs, the Painted Cliffs, Fossil Cliffs and secret locales, indulging you with Tasmanian fare and local sparkling. On foot, together we’ll explore Darlington, Maria Island’s World Heritage listed convict settlement.
Luxury yacht tours from Coles Bay aboard the custom-built Beneteau Oceanis 41 yacht Volante. Tour options include half day, full day and sunset cruises and overnight charters. Take the helm or let your skipper show you the Freycinet coast as you sit back and relax with delicious Tasmanian food and wine.
Freycinet Charters operates out of Coles Bay and offers private and personalised small group charters around Freycinet Peninsula.
Wineglass Bay Sail Walk
Presents you with a unique chance to experience the beaches, peninsulas and walking trails of Maria Island, Freycinet Peninsula and Schouten Island. Choose from four or six day experiences sailing aboard the luxury ketch Lady Eugenie to each of your walking destinations. Enjoy gourmet dinners onboard or under the stars on an east coast beach and sleep in the comfort of the Lady Eugenie’s cabins each night.
Beach and Boat
Family-operated Beach and Boat, at Orford, offers flexible, catered or self-catered boat charter options and day trip cruises to Maria Island and Spring Bay aboard the sailing vessel Mater Cara, as well as waterfront holiday accommodation in Orford.
Bay of Fires Eco Tours
Offers 2-3 hour tours to the Bay of Fires, The Gardens and St Helens Island departing from Binalong Bay aboard the ecotourism vessel Infurneaux.
How long will you need?
You can take a half-day, day or longer to enjoy a cruising experience on the east coast. Guided cruises range from half-day experiences to multi-day itineraries, and private charters can be tailored to suit your timing and budget.
To help plan your visit, check our travel times and driving distances.