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King Island

Distance Travelled: 86 NM
Steaming Time: 6 Hours

The first stop of the voyage in Tasmanian waters will take us to King Island. Known these days for its agriculture of quality produce of beef and cheese, the island has significant history. It was originally part of a land bridge linking Tasmania with the mainland until submerged some 12,000 years ago. It is part of a small group of Islands called the New Year Group and is located in open waters in the Bass Strait making it subject to weather including the infamous "roaring forties" winds. It was first claimed by the British and discovered by mariner Captain Reed in 1799 whilst hunting seals. Guests will have the chance to explore the island from ashore and we will visit the historic Cape Wickham Lighthouse, built in 1861, and at 48 metres tall, Australia's tallest lighthouse.

Weather permitting, the Coral Adventurer will make her way south around the wild and remote West Coast of Tasmania, where we will endeavour to enter the world heritage wildlife area of Bathurst Harbour and Port Davey. This is one of the most remote and naturally pristine areas of the Tasmanian coast and guests will come ashore with the chance to take a short trek to nearby lookout and take in the stunning natural vistas.

Traditional custodians: None Known

A human skeleton was discovered in a cave on the island in 1989, which was dated to approximately 14,000 years ago. However, previous examinations had revealed no "shell heaps, bones, charcoal or other remains which might indicate Aboriginal occupation", suggesting that the area was passed through by the ancestors of Aboriginal Tasmanians but not permanently inhabited. It was uninhabited at the time of European discovery.

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For over 30 years Coral Expeditions has had one purpose – taking small groups of like-minded explorers to the most remote parts of the world, with expert guidance and warm Australian hospitality. Coral Expeditions was founded by a fisherman with a passion for the sea. Then named Coral Princess Cruises, the small North Queensland based company explored the Great Barrier Reef and pioneered small ship expedition cruising to the Kimberley and Papua New Guinea. Today, Coral Expeditions has grown to include voyages to Tasmania, Islands of the South Pacific, New Zealand, and the Indonesian Archipelago. Our Australian crew provide warm hospitality and personal service on board. Shore-rich itineraries in remote locations allow our guests to be immersed in local cultures, get close to wildlife, and enjoy adventurous land and sea activities in safety. We invite you to celebrate 35 years of exploration with us.

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