Tasmania East Coast by Air Including Maria Island Tour and Cruise
Enjoy fabulous views of Tasmania’s scenic east coast as you fly north from Hobart to Wineglass Bay on the Freycinet Peninsula. Explore the historic Darlington penal colony site on Maria Island and circle the island by boat, then fly over the Tasman Peninsula and the historic penal settlement of Port Arthur. Lunch with wine is included on this expertly guided tour by small airplane and boat, with flight numbers limited to six to 10 passengers.
After pickup from your Hobart hotel, travel by road to Hobart Airport at Cambridge to board your small plane. Fly north along Tasmania’s lovely east coast beaches to Freycinet Peninsula and famous Wineglass Bay, consistently named one of the world’s most beautiful beaches.
Photograph the pristine beaches, remote wilderness and perfect wineglass shape of this gorgeous bay.
After approximately 80 minutes in the air, land on Maria Island and visit the site of the penal colony that existed at Darlington from 1825 to 1850, the most intact example of a probation station in Australia. Explore the site’s collection of 14 historic buildings, unchanged since the convict era and recently World Heritage listed by UNESCO.
For a better view of Maria Island, circumnavigate the island on a scenic boat tour, or visit the island’s seal colonies if sea conditions prohibit an island circuit.
Enjoy lunch with wine on Maria Island, then board the plane for the return 40-minute scenic flight back to Hobart. Fly over the rocky cliffs of the Tasman Peninsula for aerial views of the Port Arthur historic penal settlement. See the remote Tasman Island lighthouse and fly over the wild surf of Shipsterns Bluff, before enjoying aerial views over the city of Hobart on your return to the airport at Cambridge.