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UNEXPECTED INSIGHTS: A cruise gives you a new perspective on a familiar land. Photo: David Li Photography

UNEXPECTED INSIGHTS: A cruise gives you a new perspective on a familiar land. Photo: David Li Photography

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A circumnavigation cruise of Tasmania is an ideal way to explore the island state.

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YOU may have explored most of the Tasmania by land but there is now an opportunity to see it from a different angle - a 16-night circumnavigation by sea.

The full voyage around Tasmania aboard Coral Expedition's Coral Discoverer showcases the best of the island's remote parks, islands and harbours.

Highlights include a visit to Josef Chromy Vineyard, a hike through Strzelecki National Park on Flinders Island, cheese tasting at King Island Dairy and more than two days exploring the rarely-visited world heritage wilderness of Port Davey.

During the voyage you will enjoy a scenic flight over Port Davey for a bird's-eye view of the state's south-west wilderness and a cruise along the scenic Tamar River to Launceston.

You can also gaze in awe at the 300-metre-high sea cliffs at Tasman National Park - the highest in the southern hemisphere.

Life onboard is easy, with an all-Australian and New Zealand residency crew and expedition leaders who put together daily programs based on the weather and local conditions.

There is always an expert guest lecturer with knowledge of disciplines ranging from anthropology to geology, history and the flora and fauna of the region.

Coral Discoverer is a 72-passenger ship built for comfort, style and safety. Its shallow draught and manoeuvrability allow it to reach some of the most remote and rarely visited coastlines and islands. Passengers go ashore and on excursions on her tender vessel, Xplorer, which comes complete with the company's signature hydraulic lowering system.

Bookings are being taken now for these circumnavigation cruises which depart Hobart on January 1 next year and again on February 26.

Shorter cruises of 10 days take you into the coastal wilds of Tasmania. These cruises showcase the island's rugged coastal beauty such as the perfect circular formation of Wineglass Bay, the otherworldly remoteness of Port Davey and the wildlife refuge of Maria Island.

Phone 1800-079-545, www.coralexpeditions.com.au

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