Wineglass Bay Cruises is a family owned and operated Tasmanian cruise company, based on and passionate about, the Freycinet Peninsula.
Coles Bay locals, Duncan and Irene Sinclair, started the business as a fishing charter in 2000. Their first vessel was a 33 foot power catamaran with a maximum capacity of 12 people.
The dynamic duo soon realised that people were interested in more than just catching their dinner. The same coast line that had captivated them, captivated every body. Their customers were hungry for a deeper experience, always wanting to learn more about the geology and history of the area, the marine life, the bird life; and of course there was Wineglass Bay.
It became clear that visitors to the area were looking for an alternative way to visit this world famous beach, other than attempting the 2.5 hour walk, which was just not accessible to a large number of people.
So in 2005, Duncan and Irene launched their 44 ft Noosa catamaran, Schouten Passage, and thus began Wineglass Bay Cruises as we now know them.
Today, Duncan and Irene are immensely proud to offer their guests a remarkable experience on board Schouten Passage II. The luxury vessel is split level, surveyed for 150 passengers and features licensed bars and restrooms on both levels. It also boasts 3 large comfortable outdoor areas. The indoor spaces are ideal for Tasmania’s changeable weather, having both air conditioning and heating, with large windows that run from floor to ceiling. Regardless of the conditions outside, you will travel in comfort inside.
The business has built strong alliances with the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service and the Nature Conservation Branch, demonstrating their commitment to environmental protocols. The company continues to play a leading role in promoting sustainable development of eco-tourism, with a focus on conservation through membership of Wildlife Tourism Australia, a non-profit organisation established to promote the sustainable development of a diverse Australian wildlife tourism industry.