Working out what to do when you are travelling is one thing, but then sometimes the plans fall apart or you realise you have forgotten to plan anything for a particular day. That is pretty much what we worked out a couple of days ago. We spent some time looking around for things to do in Coles Bay and saw there was a boat cruise to Wineglass Bay, apparently a must stop if you are in the area.
Wineglass Bay Cruises start in Coles Bay and take you out of the bay, north up the coast to Wineglass Bay where you have lunch and then return. While they don’t promise you will see lots of wildlife, you know you will see quite a bit. The Australian fur seals are fairly normal to see, and we did see quite a few of them. There is also an abundance of birds to see, but we also got to see the nest of a white bellied sea eagle, and there were two sitting in it.
Seeing dolphins and whales would be spectacular, you know when you go out that it is unlikely. We didn’t see any dolphins, sadly, but we spent a lot of time watching a couple of humpback whales in the water. It was the first time I had ever seen whales in the wild and it was so good. It will be a highlight of the trip, I’m sure.
The cruise was great and we really enjoyed it. We stayed out the front for the whole way to Wineglass Bay. It was cold and windy, but standing at the front as the boat went up and down with the waves was fantastic. Best ride I’ve been on for a while. We are doing the Tasman Island cruise early next week, so I’m looking forward to that one as well. If you don’t get seasick, then the front when it is out on the open water is just wonderful. The only thing that was disappointing was that it wasn’t rougher.
You get to see the Tasmanian coast which is fall of cliffs covered in orange lichen. They are incredible and you do spend a lot of time just watching in awe of them. I think the coastline here would rival any other in the world.
Lunch is provided and you are given a bento style ploughman’s lunch. We were curious about it, but it turned out fine. While there were things in it that I didn’t like, there were enough things that I did. I had a good lunch and wasn’t hungry after.
The tours are well organised and give you a lot of history about the area as well. They stop along the way and do their best to make sure everyone can get photos. You do find some photo hogs, that won’t move from the front position, but you know how it is, there is always one. On our cruise, that hog was me. Yes, I didn’t want to miss anything.
I think if you are travelling to Coles Bay it would be a great one to add to the list of things to do. They have a website where you can book, here is the link Wineglass Bay Cruises. The tours start at $140, and last for at least 4 hours. They say from 10am to 2pm, but we didn’t get back until 3. We spent too much time looking at the whales.
It was a great day, and while it rained on the way back it certainly didn’t damper the experience. If you want to do it remember to dress very warmly and be prepared for whatever the weather throws at you.
Here are some more photos from the day. Quite a few I’m afraid, I took over 700 so narrowing it down to 27 was very hard.