Whaling in Freycinet

Whaling in Freycinet began in 1824.  Among the entrepreneurial business men first settled in the area was Swansea resident George Meredith, who established a whale fishery, The Old Fishery, at Parsons Cove. It operated until the mid 1830s. Methods of pursuit, capture and slaughter in this idyllic area of pristine, sparkling water and white sand…
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Schouten Island – Freycinet Peninsula

Schouten Island is a rugged Island about 1.6 km south of the Freycinet Peninsula. The island is popular for camping and kayaking but with no ferry service, the island very rarely has more than a few people on it at a time, which is naturally part of the charm. The coastline is made up of…
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Australian Fur Seals

Australian Fur Seals are one of our regular sightings, we will find them on rocky outcrops pretty much all year round. These days, our friends the seals are a fully protected species, the estimated population for the Tasmanian and Victorian colonies between 60,000 – 80,000, with approximately 5000 pups born in Tasmanian waters each year….
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Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops Truncatus)

We see the Bottlenose Dolphin year round, but more so in the spring and summer months. Dolphins are very definitely a welcome sight on any cruise but here are a few details about Bottlenose Dolphin you may not be aware of. They are, by far, the most famous species of dolphin, they are usually the…
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Great Eastern Wine Weekend 2016

Tasmania’s East Coast is a treasure trove of some of the world’s most enchanting wines and freshest, tastiest produce. From time to time, we are lucky enough to collaborate with some of these artisanal producers and in September we are super chuffed to be able to be a part of the Great Eastern Wine Weekend….
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Cape Tourville Lighthouse

Cape Tourville Lighthouse is just a short distance past Wineglass Bay, depending on the day, we will sometimes meander to take a peek at The Nuggets which are located just below. The lighthouse was constructed in 1971 and replaced the Cape Forestier Lighthouse, which was completely inaccessible and decommissioned once the Cape Tourville Lighthouse was operational….
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Dolphins

The relationship between dolphins and humans goes back centuries, the first images of dolphins can be traced back as far as 1500BC. In Greek mythology, dolphins often surrounded Poseidon; they also frequently accompanied Aphrodite, the goddess of love. And in one tale, Dionysus (the god of wine and ritual madness) was rescued from a band…
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White Bellied Sea Eagles

Just a little way into our voyage each day we pause by the nest of our resident White Bellied Sea Eagles. Located a little past Parsons Cove (or as the locals call it: The Fisheries), the nest is perched in the top of a huge gum tree with a view that we can only imagine…
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