Tasmania's weather has fewer extremes than inland Australia. Most days have a temperature range of about 10 degrees. With direct exposure to the westerly winds from the ocean, we receive moderate rainfall spread over most of the year. Storms, downpours, long periods without rain, days over 30 degrees and nights below 2 degrees are all rare. Instead, Tasmania's weather tends to be middle of the road but mostly about 5 degrees cooler than Melbourne or 8 degrees cooler than Perth, Sydney or Adelaide.
Hobart is a beautiful city. It began its early life as a penal colony in 1803, making it the second oldest city in Australia. Convicts who had committed severe offences after arriving in Australia were being sent to Hobart. You can visit a number of these places of punishment, including Port Arthur with their restored buildings and museums. Hobart is renowned for its controversial MONA, the largest privately funded museum in Australia.
The waters on the southern side of the Island offer peaked rolling waves that bring with them a little of the south ocean chill from the Antarctic. Cloudy Bay, Coal Point and The Neckbeach all offer some of Tasmania's best surf. Every year in April, they host the 'Bruny Island Surf Classic' - one of only four state championship competitions.
Tasmania's moderate maritime climate, mild summers and long autumn days are perfect for cool-climate winemaking. Tasmania wines have been winning awards since the 1840s. Tasmania also enjoys an international reputation as a leading producer of some of Australia's premium wines. Its Pinot Noir and sparkling wines are particularly awarded, thanks to their slowly ripening grapes resulting in maximum varietal flavour development.
The second oldest city in Australia, Hobart is Tasmania’s gateway to many and varied world-class destinations including World Heritage areas enriched with superb scenery, colonial history and diverse natural attractions. Nestled amongst the foothills of Mount Wellington, Hobart combines heritage charm with a modern lifestyle in a setting of exceptional beauty.
Berth at Elizabeth Street Pier and take the tender up the river to MONA Museum for an out of this world modern art experience. The Museum of Old and New Art is the largest privately funded museum in Australia. The Owner's unconventional and challenging curatorial approach presents antiquities and some of the world's most infamous, thought-provoking contemporary art from the David Walsh collection. Walsh himself described the museum as a "subversive adult Disneyland".
Battery Point offers a tight nest of lanes and 19th-century cottages where you can spend an afternoon exploring; stumble upon Salamanca market and discover the many art and craft galleries. You can meet the makers in tiny boutiques that sell quality handcrafted goods. Be sure not to miss the views from Mount Wellington; hike or drive up the mountain for a captivating, picturesque view of the city.
Hobart is the gateway to many of Southern Tasmania's best travel experiences, including Bruny Island. Cruise to Bruny Island via the D'Entrecasteaux channel where you will discover some of Tasmania's most remarkable reserved natural environments, abundant wildlife and stunning clifftop views.
Discover the best of Tasmanian produce recognised by the world’s top chefs via local artisan cheeses and world-renowned wines. Bruny Island cheese tasting on the beach followed by a Pinot is a must-do activity!
A highlight is South Bruny National Park where you can immerse yourself between towering cliffs overlooking long sandy beaches, coastal heathland, underwater gardens of kelp seaweed and some amazing bushwalks to take it all in.
The Huon River is a picturesque area within a region of waterways noted for its exceptional variety of landscapes, from the still waters of the tranquil Huon River to the magnificent forests of the Hartz Mountains National Park.
Enjoy the region’s seasonal produce by visiting Home Hill Winery Restaurant where the salmon from the local salmon farms is highly recommended.
Spend the night at anchor in Port Cygnet.
Spend Day Four anchored at Dover, a pretty fishing village with beaches, pastoral scenery and plenty of fresh seafood and produce for guests with a refined interest in food. Dover sits at the head of Esperance Bay and overlooks the small islands of Faith, Hope and Charity.
It is home to attractive beaches and unspoilt scenery with quaint cottages and English trees that give the town an old-world charm making for beautiful anchorage.
Arrive in idyllic Recherche Bay in the far south of Tasmania beyond the Huon Valley – founded by French explorer Bruni D’Entrecasteaux in 1792. There are three small settlements on Recherche Bay – Catamaran, Recherche Bay and Cockle Creek. These are the most southern communities in Australia.
The spectacular coastal property extends the dramatic wild landscape of the Southport Lagoon conservation area, home to critically endangered birds and plant species.
Make your way to Port Arthur and take in Australia’s most intact convict settlement to get a taste of Tasmania’s colonial past, a great base to explore Tasmania’s dramatic coastal rock formations and towering cliffs.
The Port Arthur Historic Site is one of Australia’s most important heritage sites and destinations. Located on the scenic Tasman Peninsula in the south east of Tasmania, it offers a unique and essential experience for all visitors to the area.
Depart Port Arthur and cruise back to Hobart. With Hobart’s captivating history, picturesque waterways, rugged mountains and gourmet experiences, the city has something for everyone. Reminisce upon the blissful week of cruising Tasmania’s South while you make the tough decision of “where to next?” within Australia’s most magnificent, untouched wilderness area that is Tasmania.