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by Janice Williams (subscribe)
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Published August 2nd 2016
Exciting ride in Southern Tasmania
Our family of four were visiting from the mainland, "The North Island", I was told by a local. Cruising the Tasman Peninsula was on my bucket list of things I wanted to do when visiting Tasmania. I booked Pennicott Wilderness Journeys and was emailed information for arrival times at Tasman Island Cruises office at Port Arthur.

Tasman Island Cruises
Courtesy: Pennicott Wilderness Journeys

Passengers arrived 45 minutes beforehand to be given a safety briefing then each participant was kitted out in long wet weather coats. As it was July and we were going to be cruising in the open ocean, we donned our own winter beanies, scarves and gloves. We then boarded a bus to take us to our watery destination. Excitement was high and people were in a jovial mood.

Pennicott Wilderness Journeys
Snug wet weather coat - Photo: Faye

When we arrived at the boat, we were given another safety briefing. We were also told that if we have back issues or feel squeamish easily, to sit towards the middle or back of the boat as there is less movement at the back of the boat. We were assisted on board and ginger tablets were handed to each passenger to help prevent seasickness. We buckled in, boat started off slowly past a seal swimming nearby then whoosh, we sped to the open space of southern Tasmania.

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Photo: Faye

Cameras were out, clicking the magnificent Tasman coastline, past birds swooping over the cliffs and seals sunning themselves on rocks. Truly amazing. Other cruises have spotted whales and dolphins too.

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Seal on a rock - Photo: Faye

The boat's skipper and the guide were jovial with passengers and very knowledgeable when pointing out places of interest. It was a three hour cruise past the dramatic seascape on this adventurous ride.

Pennicott Cruises Tasmania
Photo: Faye

The coastline is part of the Tasman National Park. We were taken so close to sea caves and rock formations, craggy cliffs, the Totem Pole, it was an exhilarating excursion.

Totem pole Tasmania, cruise
Photo: Faye

One of the things I loved about this cruise was that the commentary did not interfere with our ocean experience. Each passenger could absorb the magnitude of the rocky panorama.

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Photo: Faye

Considering we needed wet weather coats, there was minimal spray. Cameras should be placed in a bag when not in use as my camera lens needed a wipe at times but with such spectacular scenery, it was difficult to keep the camera packed.

Tasmania coast
Photo: Faye

There were many ooh's and aah's at large crevices in the rocks and the colour of the ocean was magical. In some areas, the surface of the water was a turquoise colour, it was incredible, an experience I will never forget.

turquoise water tasmania
Photo: Faye

Pennicott Wilderness Journeys also has cruises from Bruny Island, south of Hobart, as well as other itineraries. Check their website for more details.
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Why? For an exhilarating experience that will never be forgotten
When: Daily, except Christmas Day
Phone: 03 6234 4270
Where: 6961 Arthur Highway, Port Arthur, Tas
Cost: Adult $135; Child (3-16 yrs) $85; Family $430 (2 adults, 3 children)
Your Comment
What a magnificent area. This is definitely going on my bucket list (albiet perhaps in warmer weather).
by Gayle Beveridge-Marien (score: 4|10399) 2379 days ago
What a wonderful trip, Faye!
by Elaine (score: 3|9170) 2380 days ago
It was a great day, highly recommend it.
by Janice Williams (score: 3|1215) 2380 days ago
In warmer weather, you may see more wildlife, but the scenery is absolutely spectacular nonetheless.
by Janice Williams (score: 3|1215) 2379 days ago
Thanks for sharing that, I have never been to Tasmania and it looks gorgeous. Well done on the award :)
by Former Writer (score: 3|1221) 2172 days ago
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