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Follow the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race on a 6-night expedition cruise - and celebrate the new year in Tasmania!

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Calling all yachting enthusiasts! This amazing cruise offers you the chance to experience the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race without doing the hard work!

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About this holiday

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Follow the Sydney to Hobart Yacht race on this cruise

Experience the nautical tradition that is the Rolex Sydney to Hobart yacht race. Embarking in Broken Bay on 26 December, soak in the excitement at the start of the race from the Coral Discoverer.

Watch the fleet sail past as you hear expert commentary from your onboard Special Guest Lecturer John Longley. We sail the south coast and Bass Strait with the trailing fleet.

Once across the Strait, enjoy the scenic rugged Tasmanian coast with the opportunity to join our expedition team on a number of guided shore excursions to Tasmania’s Parks.

Scheduled to arrive in Hobart on New Year’s Eve, it’s time to enjoy the buzz of the race and New Year’s Eve celebrations.

Expedition Highlights:

  • Enjoy a grandstand view of the start of the Sydney to Hobart race as the leaders come tearing through Sydney Heads
  • Trail the yachts on a coastal cruise while you enjoy a drink at Coral Discoverer’s sundeck Explorer Bar
  • Visit Adventure Bay on Bruny Island and stretch your legs on the Fluted Cape walk
  • Ring in the New Year onboard and enjoy Captain’s farewell drinks
  • Your cruise is accompanied by Special Guest Lecturer John Longley who will provide insights




  • 6 night Expedition Voyage aboard Coral Discoverer
  • Expert Expedition Team, including guest lecturer
  • Guided excursions on the Xplorer, Zodiac tender vessels, and kayaks where conditions allow
  • Small batch local dining, prepared fresh onboard
  • Showcase wines, selected beers and soft drinks with lunch and dinner service
  • 24 hour coffee and selection of teas
  • Pre-cruise transfer
  • All entrance fees to National Parks and Ports


  • Pre and post cruise flights, transfers or hotels
  • Entry visas or travel permits
  • Travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature including but not limited to phone and internet communications and bar charges (outside of the included drinks package), laundry charges, and souvenir purchases.
  • Internet services (available at a cost)


Other cruise lines automatically add gratuities to your account and service charges to your bar invoices. On Coral Discoverer our crew has no other agenda than your delight.


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Cruise to Hobart on the Coral Discoverer


Launched in 2005, Coral Discoverer set a new benchmark standard for small ship cruising in Australia. Refurbished in November 2016, she continues to raise the bar to new levels of sophistication in expedition cruising. Coral Discoverer accommodates just 72 guests in 36 spacious staterooms.

Travel dates



  • Departs Sydney 26 December 2020
  • Arrives Hobart 01 January 2021

Please note prices are subject to availability at time of booking or until sold out and may change without notice.

  • Bridge Deck Balcony Stateroom - From $6,720 pp twin share
  • Promenade Deck (Category A) - From $5,760 pp twin share
  • Promenade Deck (Category B) - From $7,920 sole use
  • Main Deck (Category A) - From $5,040 pp twin share
  • Main Deck (Category B) - From $4,800 pp twin share

Call our Brisbane based travel team on 1300 414 198 to book your cabin now. Why not extend your stay in Tassie to see more of this beautiful island? We can book your flights and additional travel requirements.




This cruise departs Sydney on 26 Dec 2020 and arrives in Hobart on 01 Jan 2021.

This itinerary is designed to capture the best moments of the first few days of the Sydney to Hobart race and highlights of the Tasmanian coastline. The Captain will vary the itinerary to make the most of the weather windows of the mercurial southern coast, whilst keeping the ship as close to the racing action as possible. Throughout the expedition, we may make changes to the itinerary as necessary to maximise your expeditionary experience. Allowances may be made for seasonal variations, weather, tidal conditions and any other event that may affect the operation of the vessel. Coral Expeditions suggests that you do not arrive on the day of embarkation or depart on the day of disembarkation due to any changes that may occur in scheduling.

Here are the expedition highlights:


Embark at 8:30am for 10am departure, and enjoy lunch while the ship positions off North head. From the Explorer Bar, celebrate the start of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race and watch the fleet round the heads and sail south.


Cruise the scenic coastline from Sydney. Dependent on weather, stops may include Jervis Bay and/or Twofold Bay. As you cruise, our guest lecturer will present commentary on the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race and lectures on yachting and maritime history.


As we sail through the Southern Ocean, enjoy presentations, spot yachts, or relax on deck and enjoy the vastness of the Bass Strait.


Experience the rugged beauty of the Fluted Cape as you walk along the sheer coastal cliffs or cruise for a closer look around Penguin Island. Learn about the rich maritime history of Adventure Bay as you meander past the ruins of old whaling stations on the way to Grassy Point.


The historic ruins, secluded bays, and rugged cliffs of Maria Island National Park are home to a local population of wildlife that includes Forester Kangaroos, Bennetts Wallabies, Tasmanian Devils, and wombats. Since the 1960s, several endangered species have been introduced here in a bid to protect them. Visit World Heritage-listed Darlington, part of the “Convict Trail of Australia”, and gain an understanding of the life of the early settlers in a restored 17th century convict penitentiary. An adventurous walk to the dramatic Painted and Fossil Cliffs take in the history and beauty of this island.


Arrive in Hobart in time for the Sydney to Hobart race celebrations on New Year’s Eve. Stroll Hobart’s historic wharf. Enjoy farewell drinks with the Captain, and welcome the New Year with a view of the fireworks display over the Derwent River.

Disembark at Macquarie Wharf 1 at 9 am, 1st January 2020.



Embark: Board 8:30am on 26th December 2020 in Sydney
Disembark:  Macquarie Wharf 1, Hobart at 9:00am on 1st January 2021

Coach Transfer - Sydney:

Complimentary coach transfers are offered from Wynyard Station to arrive at Coral Discoverer’s embarkation point in Palm Beach, Broken Bay. You will be met by the ship’s tender and transferred to the Coral Discoverer for a 10:00am departure.

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