Tasmania may be Australia’s smallest state but it packs a punch for superyachts that are prepared to venture to its unspoiled waters. Its rugged southern shores are lined with pristine beaches and lush forest, while the excellent local wines and exceptional seafood are the perfect accompaniment to any trip.
This itinerary, by Edward Woodman, skipper of 44.2m Benetti SOVEREIGN, combines culture and adventure but still leaves ample time to sit back and take in the region’s scenic vistas.
Meet SOVEREIGN at Elizabeth Street Pier in the charming city of Hobart, the capital of Tasmania, which is nestled among the foothills of Mount Wellington. Settle in and enjoy lunch on board before heading up the Derwent River to MONA, the Museum of Old and New Art, home to ancient Egyptian mummies and eye-opening modern art.
Early the next morning Sovereign begins the journey towards Bruny Island through the sheltered D’Entrecasteaux Channel. Moor in Alexanders Bay and sample pinot wines or enjoy a cheese tasting on the beach.
Your Tasmanian adventure continues to Port Cygnet in the Huon Valley. The hamlet, surrounded by cherry and apple orchards, is a haven for creatives, with an eclectic mixture of craft shops, galleries and studios.
Sovereign continues to the picturesque fishing town of Dover. Guests can hit the beaches or hike in the Hartz Mountains National Park. Dover is famous for its salmon, abalone and crayfish and Sovereign’s chef will have prepared a spectacular seafood dinner for your return.
Return to the southern tip of Bruny Island to take in the craggy scenery of the National Park. Swim in the sheltered Adventure Bay and Jetty Beach (although the water is only about 12 degrees) or surf the world-class breaks in Cloudy Bay, but we don’t anchor there when the surf is good!
Arrive in idyllic Recherche Bay – the southernmost anchorage in Australia – founded by French explorer Bruni D’Entrecasteaux in 1792. Tender in to the beach and enjoy a picnic prepared by the crew.
Cruise north to Port Arthur and take in Australia’s most intact convict settlement to get a taste of Tasmania’s colonial past. Enjoy a final dinner on board before cruising back to Hobart the next morning to fly home or continue your Australian adventure.
SOVEREIGN is available for charter through Ocean Alliance.
Please enquire or call Laurie Foulon for more information: +61 424 599 889