Wineglass Bay Cruise

Whale, Tasmania, AustraliaEmbark on an extraordinary journey with Wineglass Bay Cruise, where the breathtaking beauty of Wineglass Bay unfolds before you in a display of nature’s artistry. This 4½ hour cruise, departing from Coles Bay, is a trip into a world of awe-inspiring landscapes and vibrant wildlife. Glide along the pristine waters and witness the dramatic pink peaks of the Hazards range, forming a stunning backdrop to the crystal-clear bay. The cruise takes you past secluded beaches like Cooks and Bryans, accessible only by water, offering glimpses of paradise untouched by time.

The area is a sanctuary for an array of wildlife; keep your eyes peeled for pods of playful dolphins, majestic sea eagles, and the occasional whale making its grand appearance. Onboard, indulge in the comfort of the Vista Lounge or the exclusivity of the Sky Lounge, each offering unique vantage points for this visual feast. The cruise not only promises scenic splendor but also an opportunity to connect with the rich history and aboriginal heritage of the region. Whether you’re seeking a tranquil retreat or an adventure into the wild, Wineglass Bay Cruises offers an unparalleled experience that stays with you long after the journey ends.

Wineglass Bay Cruise experience

As you sail through the pristine waters, you’ll be greeted by an array of majestic marine life. Playful dolphins often accompany the cruise, leaping alongside the boat, while the migration seasons bring the awe-inspiring sight of humpback and southern right whales. Keep an eye out for the charming Australian fur seals lounging on the rocks or frolicking in the sea. The skies above are a haven for birdwatchers, with the white-bellied sea eagles and rare wedge-tailed eagles soaring high. The waters of Moulting Lagoon, a recognized Ramsar site, are home to thousands of black swans and various duck species, offering a spectacular view for enthusiasts.

The cruise offers more than just wildlife; it’s a journey through some of Tasmania’s most breathtaking scenery. The Hazards, with their dramatic pink granite peaks and rock formations, provide a stunning backdrop to the crystal-clear bay. Discover secluded sand beaches like Cooks and Bryans, pristine and untouched, accessible only by water. The Freycinet National Park is alive on land with native animals such as wombats, wallabies, and quolls, particularly in the more secluded areas. From late winter to spring, the landscape is adorned with wildflowers and native orchids, adding a splash of color to the already picturesque scenery.

The geological wonders of the area are a sight to behold. The cruise takes you past sheer granite cliffs, dotted with hidden sea caves and blowholes, showcasing nature’s artistry over millennia. The presence of Aboriginal middens along the coast speaks volumes of the rich cultural history embedded in this landscape. For those interested in underwater exploration, the clear waters of Wineglass Bay offer a window into the vibrant marine life below, perfect for snorkeling or diving adventures.

General Information

Departure Details: All cruises depart from the convenient location at 61 Jetty Road, Coles Bay.

  • 2.5 hour drive from Hobart
  • 2 hour drive from Launceston

Cruise Schedule:

  • Check-in is required by 9:30 AM.
  • The cruise departs at 9:45 AM and returns by 2:30 PM

Vista Lounge: Luxury and Comfort: Settle into the comfort of the Vista Lounge, featuring expansive floor-to-ceiling windows for unparalleled views of the stunning Tasmanian coastline.

Accessibility and Comfort: The vessel, or ship, the Schouten Passage II, is a state-of-the-art catamaran, ensuring a comfortable and accessible journey for all our guests. Vista Lounge is accessible by wheelchair and has one fully accessible bathroom. There is a place on board in the cabin for those who must remain in their wheelchair next to the windows that will not hinder your sightseeing.

Daily Operations: Boat tours operate every day, except on Christmas Day, ensuring you have ample opportunity to join throughout the year.

Essential Things to Know Before Your Cruise

Dress Code: While the boat is enclosed to protect you from the elements, we recommend dressing warmly and in layers, as the weather can be unpredictable. Temperatures can drop quickly over waterways, seas and the ocean. It is better to be prepared than cold.

Photography: Don’t forget your camera! The cruise offers countless photo opportunities of the stunning landscapes and a variety of wildlife.

  • Whale Season: May – December
  • Dolphin Season: September – November

Health and Safety:

  • In light of COVID-19, strict health protocols are maintained for the safety of all passengers. If you feel unwell or display flu-like symptoms, please contact us.
  • Our vessel is equipped with safety gear and our crew is trained in emergency procedures to ensure your safety at all times.

Group Bookings & Tour Add-Ons: Special arrangements can be made for group bookings or additional add-ons such as car hire or accommodation. Please contact our concierge for more information.

Environmental Commitment: We are dedicated to preserving the natural beauty of Wineglass Bay and practice environmentally sustainable tourism.

Wildlife Protection: As a responsible tour operator, we are committed to wildlife protection. Please be mindful of nocturnal animals when driving in the area, especially from dusk to dawn.

Dolphin spotted during Wineglass Bay Cruise - Tasmania, AustraliaWeather Conditions and Cruise Adaptability

Weather-Dependent Operations: Boat tours and cruises are subject to weather conditions. We closely monitor forecasts and sea conditions to ensure your safety and comfort.

Alternate Routes: In cases of mild weather changes, we may alter the cruise route to ensure a smoother and more enjoyable experience while still showcasing the beauty of the area. An alternate route includes exploring the Schouten Island coast.

Severe Weather Cancellations: Your safety is our top priority. In the event of severe weather, we may need to cancel the tour. We understand the inconvenience this may cause and will offer a full refund or the option to reschedule your trip.

Timely Notifications: We try to inform our guests of any changes or cancellations as early as possible. Please provide a contact number or email when booking for timely updates.

Boat Tour Options

Vista Lounge Experience (Bring Your Own Lunch) $175

You can bring your own lunch if you like.

Vista Lounge Experience (Ploughman’s Lunch) $195

Savor a ploughman’s style lunch, complete with smoked meats, fresh salads, local cheeses, and a selection of beverages, all while surrounded by breathtaking scenery.

Sky lounge guests enjoying local oysters and wine - Tasmania, AustraliaSky Lounge Exclusive – $310

Adults-Only Indulgence: Elevate your experience in the Sky Lounge, an adults-only sanctuary offering banquette-style seating and an intimate atmosphere.

Premium Inclusions: Enjoy morning tea, a gourmet lunch, drinks and a selection of the East Coast’s finest wines and artisan brews, all included in your ticket.

Captivating Views: With direct access to the Captain’s bridge and a private viewing deck, the Sky Lounge offers a unique perspective of Wineglass Bay’s natural wonders. It’s an exclusive retreat for those seeking a touch of luxury.


Can we get off the boat and swim?

While the primary focus of the Wineglass Bay Cruises is sailing through the stunning vistas of Tasmania’s coastline, we understand the allure of swimming in the crystal-clear waters. However, for safety…

and scheduling reasons, this cruise itinerary does not include stops for swimming directly from the boat.

That said, we do offer certain activities where you can experience the beaches of the Freycinet Peninsula and other shore excursions at numerous other destinations around Tasmania. Depending on the specific cruise package you choose, there may be opportunities to disembark at designated beach locations where kayaking and swimming is safe and enjoyable. Please get in touch with our concierge for details on other available boat tour options.

Are meals provided on the cruise?

Yes, meals are provided depending on the ticket type you purchase. The Vista Lounge tickets include a delicious ploughman’s style lunch, while the Sky Lounge offers a more premium dining experience…

with morning tea, lunch, and beverages including local oysters, salmon, smoked meats and more. Staff also cater to dietary requirements upon request. For those who prefer to bring their own food, the Vista Lounge has a ‘Bring Your Own Food’ option.

Is the cruise suitable for children?

Absolutely! The Wineglass Bay Cruises are family-friendly, especially the Vista Lounge experience. We offer a reduced rate for children aged 3-16 years. Please note that the Sky Lounge is an adults-only…

area, offering more exclusive experiences.

What other attractions or activities are available nearby?

The area surrounding Wineglass Bay offers a plethora of attractions and activities, catering to every person’s interests and preferences. Here are some highlights…
  • Guided Nature Walks: For those interested in exploring the area on foot, there are guided nature walks available. These walks vary in length and price, offering a personalized service to suit your interests and fitness level.
  • Local Wine Tasting: Tasmania is renowned for its exquisite wines. Visit local vineyards to sample some of the region’s finest offerings. You can book a wine tasting tour to explore multiple vineyards and learn about the wine-making process.
  • Adventure Activities: For the more adventurous, there are numerous activities such as sea kayaking, quad biking, and rock climbing. Each service provider offers different packages and price points, so you can choose an adventure that suits you.
  • Relaxing Beach Visits: Spend a day relaxing on the beautiful beaches near Wineglass Bay. The white sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters are perfect for a day of relaxation and swimming.
  • Cultural Attractions: Explore the rich cultural heritage of the area with visits to local museums and historical sites, offering insight into the region’s history and the lives of its people.
From AU$175.01 per Guest
  • Activity Duration
  • 5 hours
  • Activity Location
  • Coles Bay, TAS
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Bring Your Own Lunch

Includes Ploughman's Lunch

Sky Lounge (Adults Only)

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