Explore Spencer Gulf, Kangaroo Island, Freycinet Peninsula, Maria Island, and Hobart in style this October. Jump aboard the Greg Mortimer vessel for an action-packed week of adventure. Take part in snorkelling, beach walks, zodiac cruising or just take in the beauty on display from the various ecosystems along your voyage.
Your journey will be filled with nature and natural habitats. Discover wild koala and glossy black cockatoos, endemic bird species, sea lions and so much more. This island hopping tour is set to have your photo album bursting with spectacular scenery.
You’re welcomed aboard the Greg Mortimer and shown your cabin before mandatory safety drills are carried out. Enjoy a welcome drink and meet fellow expeditioners as we depart Adelaide and set sail on our island-hopping adventures.
Having sailed around the Yorke Peninsula and into the rich waters of the Spencer Gulf, make your first forays off the ‘mother ship’ – on land and by sea – along the striking coastline of the Memory Cove Wilderness Protection Area. The rich waters of the adjacent marine park are home to one of the world’s largest colonies of Australian sea lions. Revel in the unique opportunity to snorkel with these playful pinnipeds at Hopkins Island. Adrenaline-seekers may prefer to don a SCUBA tank and seek out the majestic great white shark on an optional cage dive experience (additional cost).
On Kangaroo Island, explore the secluded waterways of Eastern Cove and American River and witness how the island’s ecosystem – including its wild koala and glossy black cockatoo populations – is recovering from the devastating 2019-20 summer bushfires. Take a stroll on the ‘beach, birds and bush’ coastal walk to enjoy the views overlooking the outer waters of Eastern Cove; or meander along the foreshores of Pelican Lagoon to look for the impressive seabirds of the same name.
Enjoy a day on the high seas as your Captain skirts the Southern Ocean on course for Bass Strait. Enjoy informative talks – anything from oceanography to natural history, maritime exploration and human history – from our team of experts. Be sure to also enjoy time on deck looking for seabirds that may accompany us on our journey, and drink in the invigorating, clean sea air as we approach the ‘roaring forties’.
Often described as a ‘coastal wonderland’, the impressive sea-cliffs, pristine beaches and sand dunes, sheltered lagoons and tidal inlets of the remote Hunter Island Group provide an exciting backdrop to our explorations here. The islands were named after John Hunter (Governor of the Colony of New South Wales) by Flinders on the first recorded circumnavigation of Tasmania in 1798; although the islands show evidence of over 23,000 years of continuous occupation by local Aboriginal people. The islands are a major breeding ground for a range of birds, including a number of threatened species, including the orange-bellied and swift parrots, white-bellied sea eagle, shy albatross, Tasmanian wedge-tailed eagle and fairy prion. Prior to our adventures on the larger islands in this group, we plan to sail along Black Pyramid Rock Nature Reserve. If Australasian gannets are more your style, delight in the sight of over 12,000 pairs jostling for space on nearby Black Pyramid Rock Nature Reserve.
The striking scenery of the Freycinet Peninsula tempts you for another day of adventure, whether you hike its towering pink granite peaks for a spectacular view, paddle its iridescent-blue waters, or stroll along a pristine white beach peppered with orange lichen-covered boulders. The surrounding wilderness is also alive with flora and fauna. On your adventures, keep an eye out for white-breasted sea eagles soaring in the skies above, Bennett’s wallabies lazing under a she-oak, the local pod of bottle-nose dolphins, or perhaps one of the short-beaked echidnas that are sometimes seen foraging for ants in daylight hours. Weather permitting, we may also visit the nearby Schouten Island group, where gangs of fur seals can be seen vying for their favourite rocky resting place.
Known as Tasmania’s ‘Noah’s Ark’, Maria Island is home to an abundance of native wildlife including Bennett’s wallabies, common wombats, and rufous-bellied pademelons; as well as conservation sanctuary to a number of introduced species including the Tasmanian devil. The island is also considered one of the best places for bird watching, with a variety of species including all but one of Tassie’s endemic bird species. In addition to its natural history, the island also has a rich human history stretching back over 40,000 years. The Puthikwilayti people of the Oyster Bay tribe were original custodians of the land and surrounding waters, which was later visited by European explorers, and exploited by sealers and whalers. Convict settlements, failed commercial ventures, and an eventual National Park designation are also part of the island’s antiquities. Whether you choose to explore its secluded bays and beaches, snorkel its clear waters, marvel at ‘painted’ cliffs, delight in its wildlife, or stretch your legs on a hike through tall eucalypt forests, Maria Island has something special for everyone.
Once back on board and as we set sail for Hobart, toast your adventures and celebrate with friends – both new and old – at our Captain’s Farewell Dinner.
In Hobart, farewell the crew, expedition team and fellow travellers before your transfer to the airport or your hotel accommodation.
Inclusions & Exclusions
- Arrival transfer from airport to Greg Mortimer on Day 1
- Departure transfer from Greg Mortimer to airport or hotel on last day
- Onboard accommodation during voyage including daily cabin service
- All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during voyage
- Beer, house wine and soft drinks with dinner
- Captain’s Welcome and Farewell reception including four-course dinner, house cocktails, house beer and wine, non-alcoholic beverages
- All shore excursions and Zodiac cruises
- Educational lectures and guiding services from expedition team
- Complimentary access to onboard expedition doctor and medical clinic (initial consult)
- Complimentary spray jacket
- Port surcharges, permits and landing fees
- Gratuities for ship crew
Balcony Stateroom Cat C upgrades available
Important note: In the spirit of expedition travel, we encourage exploration and adventure offering flexibility in challenging environments. This itinerary is only a guide and is subject to change due to weather, sea state and other conditions beyond our control.
- International or domestic flights not mentioned in the itinerary
- Transfers not mentioned in the itinerary
- Airport arrival or departure taxes
- Passport, visa, and vaccination charges
- Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges
- Hotels and meals not included in itinerary
- Optional excursions not included in the itinerary
- Optional activity surcharges
- All items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages and soft drinks (outside of dinner service), laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, gratuities, Wi-Fi, email, or phone charges.
Children are welcome from the age of 8 years, there is no child discount. No child minding facilities are available, must be under care of parent/ guardian at all times.
A single supplent of 50% of the cabin price is applicable
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