Cruise Tasmania is putting on two custom cruises this Summer to link in with our participation in the bi-annual 2017 Australian Wooden Boat Festival, as a Feature Vessel. We participated in the 2015 festival, it was a fantastic four days with an amazing atmosphere, a huge and diverse range of beautiful wooden boats and […] Continue Reading
What’s the best way to explore Tasmania? Take your family, take some friends, and take a few days on your own private wilderness cruise vessel, Southern Cross. She’s comfortable, classic and beautiful and she’s crewed by locals who are ready to take you on an unforgettable Tasmanian experience.
Forget hiring a car and the hassle of arranging accommodation. Discover the island from the sea instead, on the Southern Cross, with unequalled access to its natural beauty. With no rigid timetables, our expert local crew will pilot you and up to seven friends from cove to bay, from micro-brewery to national park, on a personalized adventure tailored to your interests. Follow one of our thoughtful itineraries or design your own, and be shown unforgettable local history, walks, food, water sports and natural wonders. Our cruises are all inclusive and catered, so you can leave your wallet and your worries behind while you explore the Tasmanian wilderness and culture at your own pace.
Call us (+61 429 080 099) for more information.
“As true locals, we pride ourselves on being plain-speaking and unpretentious. We love great food, great views and great company. If you want silver service and dressing up for dinner then we probably aren’t the cruise for you. But if you want an authentic Tasmanian experience, high quality and loads of fun, with craft beers, fine wine and spirits, quality local produce, warm beds and something new and amazing to discover each day, then give us a call to start planning your next adventure.” Braye Sutherland, Captain of the Southern Cross
Enjoy full comforts onboard our 62-foot motor sailing yacht, the Southern Cross. Our classic wooden ship is fully equipped to meet all your needs to the highest standard, while avoiding the stuffiness of most cruising experiences. This is a real ocean-going vessel, which has travelled the world extensively, and is strong and smooth in the water yet small enough to remain cosy and relaxing. There is lots of space for relaxing too, with two large dining tables, an onboard barbeque, three separate guest bedrooms and even a bath. Aside from the two crew, your party will be the only people on board.
Your crew are locals who have an intimate knowledge of the area and the skills required for the activities you want.
Adventurer | Engineer | Diver
Your captain, Braye Sutherland, is an adventurer, boat-maker, engineer and diver – as well as a former United Nations aid worker, who gave up building hospitals in Africa to return to his native Tasmania and his classic small ship.
Braye is an expert boatsman, having recently sailed this ship through the pacific for a year with his wife and daughters, and knows the Tassie coast like the back of his hand. Tell him the type of holiday you’d like and let him suggest the best local beauty spots, food and adventures.
guide | extraordinaire
Your crew-chef-guide extraordinaire Karen is living her dream working on the Southern Cross. Born and bred in the northwest of Tassie, Karen is a gourmet chef who learnt to sail from age eight and has spent her life adventuring on either the ocean or on land.
She’s an expert at fishing, foraging and growing her own food, with a passion for seasonal specialities and supporting local producers. With an in-depth knowledge of botany, Karen is also your live field guide to Tassie’s unique native plants and wildlife.
We want you to have as much fun as possible on this trip and we want it be exactly your idea of fun. If you want adventure we can arrange wilderness experiences and adrenaline rushes, if you’re looking for something more laid back, then we can focus more on enjoying the local produce and heritage. Take your pick from a range of tried and tested activities that will help make your trip unique and memorable.
Walks – All of the cruises are in and around national parks, secluded islands, historic lighthouses and more. The list of available walks showcasing scenery both dramatic and sublime is endless, how much walking and what type, you decide. It can be the primary focus of your cruise or a stroll up the beach, but be assured the walks you do from our vessel, well, there aren’t any crowds and you don’t start at the carpark.
Wilderness – the whole trip you will be surrounded by nature at its best. On the boat you can get up close and personal with sea eagles, fur seals and dolphins, and even whales may be spotted in season. At any given anchorage a walk ashore will almost guarantee wallabies, possums, quolls and more. A Fairy Penguin colony can also be visited in season. Explore mountains, rainforests, cliffs, sand dunes, kelp forests and more, see hundreds of different native plants and birds. No crowds, just Tasmanian wilderness and you, and your comfortable ship to enjoy it from.
Fishing and watersports – swim at a beach, snorkel in kelp looking for crayfish and abalone or simply dive off the boat, whatever you choose there is always a nice warm shower waiting for you on board. You could take a kayak for a personal explore, go fishing in a dinghy or take the kids out in a row boat. Scuba equipment can also be arranged.
Bike rides – many of our destinations offer great cycling routes. Bruny Island in particular is a cyclist’s touring destination unlike any other. Cycle by day, be picked up then wine and dine by night. For our E-Bike cruise we partner with our friends at Bruny Island Cycle Tours and Hire who supply us with E-Bikes and standard bikes along with full on island support.
Culture – Bruny Island and the D’entrecasteaux Channel has a rich Aboriginal and maritime history full of adventure. Visit the historic quarantine station, Partridge Island has a rich and varied history from farming to its present National Park status. Oyster Cove or Palawa was once a convict station and then was home to Aboriginals subject to forced removal in the mid 1800’s, it is now an Indigenous Protected Area. Bruny Island today has developed into a contemporary food and nature hub. All this and much more is eminently visitable and accessible to you on board our cruises.
Our on board catering is based around fresh local Tasmanian produce. We provide high quality Tasmanian cuisine and friendly professional service. We are fully licensed and stock fine wine, spirits, ciders and beers focusing on Tasmanian producers. A typical meal will feature fresh seasonal produce sourced from local suppliers in and around the area we cruise. There is often the opportunity to dine ashore in unique Tasmanian specialty cafes and restaurants, we can build this in when we plan your itinerary.
Our new Food Cruise goes one or maybe two steps further, we collect and harvest seafood, wild fruit, local vegetables, smoked fish, cheeses and more. Depending on the season and the weather we visit a selection of local growers, producers, and suppliers gathering your food for your cruise. You meet the locals and get involved in the meal preparation and cooking with our chef on the aft deck galley as much or as little as you wish. A quintessentially Tasmanian experience, fresh food, seasonal food. Real food.
What’s included in the price?
For the standard Channel, Food and E-Bike cruises everything is included, all of your meals, National Park entry fees, it’s all included. For most people other than a few extra drinks there is no need to break out any cash.
How much are the cruises?
The price varies depending on which cruise and which cabin you book. All cruise prices are listed on each each individual cruise webpage.
Extras – Some activities where we will carry additional equipment and crew such as scuba diving, rock climbing; or extended sea kayaking, or cycling tours, we charge extra. If you have specific activities you’d like to include or base your cruise around talk to us as you book your cruise.
After years of working to reduce poverty in developing countries, Braye and the team want to continue to help those less fortunate. Every second year the Southern Cross distributes around four tonnes of donated books to schools in need on remote South Pacific islands. We continue to support the project the rest of the time by connecting island schools to groups in Australia that have the books and desire to help. If you wish to get involved contact us here.