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Tasmania Golf Cruise Deferred to 2023

Our inaugural Tasmania Golf Cruise has been postponed to new dates in 2023 due to the risks associated with Covid-19’s Omicron variant and subsequent health and travel directives.

Due to the Coral Discoverer Ship, which was meant to circumnavigate Tasmania in January, forcibly quarantining all passengers for seven days, the team leaders pulled the pin on our February eighth departure. “We created this itinerary halfway through 2020 believing Covid-19 would be a thing of the past by summer 2022. Little could we forecast about Covid-19 mutations and Government policy at the time. We cannot subject our clients, staff or crew to a mandatory seven-day quarantine as the recent events concerning the Coral Geographer proved. We fully back Coral Expeditions’ SailSAFE program which was enacted on the Coral Discoverer ship, but the Government’s decision to override that process forced the postponement of our February eight departure.” – Glenn Hedley, Founder of


Western Australia’s decision to postpone the opening of their border indefinitely was the final straw for this departure. We have valued guests coming from our Westernmost State and for this cruise to exclude them based on border closures which are outside their control is totally unfair. The same applies to our New Zealand guests. The 2023 departure will present equal opportunities for WA and NZ residents to enjoy this wonderful itinerary without fearing restricted movements trying to get home afterwards.

Coral Adventurer Cruise Ship, Courtesy of Coral Expeditions

When are the new dates for the Tasmania Golf Cruise?

The inaugural Tasmania Golf Cruise will depart Melbourne on Monday 13 February 2023, finishing in Hobart on Friday 24 February. The pre-cruise tour addon remains in place, with two nights at the 5-star Sofitel on Collins and a round of golf at Australia’s top-rated course Royal Melbourne. Rolling over the tour and its various components into something that preserves the original itinerary, without additional costs to our existing clients is a difficult feat and something is pleased to announce has resulted from this necessary postponement.

“We look forward to embarking on this once-in-a-lifetime golfing adventure when it is safe to do so. This is a novel cruise, small in comparison to commercial cruising. I don’t believe there has been an itinerary that plays so many of the world’s top golf courses whilst visiting some of the most beautiful locations in the southern hemisphere. To say we are excited is an understatement.” – Glenn Hedley, Founder.

Lost Farm golf course sits between Forester River and Bass Strait
Barnbougle Resort on Tasmania’s North Coast – Courtesy of The Resort.

What are the main highlights of this cruise?

We play some of the world’s best golf courses during this itinerary, starting with King Island’s Cape Wickham and Ocean Dunes. Then we head to the Tamar River to play Barnbougle Dunes and The Lost Farm, before sailing around the East Coast of Tasmania down to Hobart in the Derwent River. The cruise ends with three nights in the brand-new Tasman Hotel at Salamanca Place and features a round at Royal Hobart and Tasmania Golf Club. Non-golfers and golfers alike will enjoy fantastic sightseeing and cultural experiences including Bruny Island, Wineglass Bay, King Island excursions and a visit to Cradle Mountain. This is a golfing adventure that also enables non-golfers to have as much fun.

Is it too late to secure my spot on this cruise?

Subject to pending Government announcements, this Tasmania Golf Cruise may have its cap on numbers lifted for the 2023 departure and that means there may be some spots becoming available. There will also be an option for a new departure from Hobart to Fremantle. Those interested in cruising may opt to forego the 3-night stay in Hobart for a free-steam across the Great Australian Bight, with the focus being on great food, better wine and a surprise guest. The digital brochure is being updated with the new dates and offerings, but the webpage contains up-to-date information.


You can register your interest for the 2023 departure here, or visit the page and learn more about this expedition here.

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