See whales, fur seals, dolphins, penguins and more on this award-winning four-hour cruise around Tasmania’s stunning East Coast
Owned by a young, local family—Duncan and Irene Sinclair and their two children, Ewan and Fionn – the company began life in 2000 as Freycinet Sea Charters, operating fishing trips from Coles Bay for 12 passengers aboard a 33-foot power catamaran.
Australian Traveller Magazine named Tasmania’s East Coast Escape as the Number 1 road trip in Australia and number 2 overall best holiday in the country
Irene and Duncan soon realised that their customers were hungry for more than fish. The fascination that the couple felt for their local area was reflected in many of their guests, who wanted a deeper experience of Freycinet’s unique geography, history and abundant marine and bird life.
It also became apparent that the one thing visitors wanted to experience above all else was Wineglass Bay—rated among the world’s top 10 beaches. In reality, most people visiting the east coast were unable to visit or even see Wineglass Bay. Accessing the beach was only possible by taking the 2.5 hour walk across the saddle, often with a crowd of other visitors. This understanding is reflected in the company’s brand essence of intimate engagement with the wild.
So in 2005, Irene and Duncan launched a new vessel for Freycinet Sea Cruises and began cruises to Wineglass Bay. To reflect the customer’s expectations and the product offering, the business was renamed as Wineglass Bay Cruises.
Irene Sinclair, co-owner of Wineglass Bay Cruises tells us more
On October the 18th, 2014, we launched our brand new vessel, the Schouten Passage II. This new vessel has effectively tripled capacity, projecting our cruise into another period of growth by creating an even more impressive experience for our valued customers. The new vessel gives every passenger an unforgettable, prime view of the coastline and wildlife.
A shimmering crescent of white sand fringes a perfect turquoise sea at Wineglass Bay, beautiful and remote, this is a place that only a few will visit.
We are privileged to live in a beautiful location. Coles Bay is one of Tasmania’s well-known coastal towns and is the entry to the Freycinet National Park. The rugged pink granite peaks of the Hazards mountains and blue-green clear waters of the Great Oyster Bay make for the perfect location to commence our cruise and showcase Tasmania’s Award winning East Coast cruise. In 2014 the Australian Traveller Magazine named Tasmania’s East Coast Escape as the Number 1 road trip in Australia and number 2 overall best holiday in the country.
Customers are invited to step aboard the new luxury Schouten Passage II, for an unforgettable four-hour cruise which takes them from the gentle shores of Coles Bay to one of the world’s most beautiful beaches, Wineglass Bay. Cruising the Freycinet Peninsula, they experience stunning scenery, abundant wildlife and a rare, intimate perspective on one of Tasmania’s most extraordinary places. A shimmering crescent of white sand fringes a perfect turquoise sea at Wineglass Bay, beautiful and remote, this is a place that only a few will visit. At anchor in Wineglass Bay, they will have time to absorb the true peace of this beautiful place as they relax and enjoy a gourmet lunch handcrafted by the Head Chef at the renowned Freycinet Lodge.
As this TripAdvisor reviewer says, “This is a must if you go to Tassie. Great family business, Extremely informative and well worth the money. You even get a great lunch!! We went in May so everything is winding down a bit in Tassie by then. The cruise was not crowded and it was still a great time to go. We even saw a whale. Heaps of Dolphins and seals. A great trip.”
Wineglass Bay Cruises is located on Tasmania’s East Coast, in the seaside village of Coles Bay, on the edge of the renowned Freycinet National Park. Coles Bay is a two-and-a-half hour drive north-east of Hobart, and two hours’ south-east of Launceston.
Wineglass Bay Cruises
t: +61 3 6257 0355
a: Jetty Rd, Coles Bay, TAS 7215