The Pillinger Explorer – Tasmanian Wilderness Cruise!

A new small-group tour on Tasmania’s west coast will add to the collection of experiences in the region. The Pillinger Explorer – which launched recently – takes guests to the abandoned port and town of Pillinger on the shores of Macquarie Harbour. RACT Destinations Chief Operating Officer Andrew Paynter said the daily guided tour allows guests to further explore the history of the area, boosting the region’s already extensive offering of experiences.

“During the tour, our experienced guides talk about the rich natural and human history of the region,” he said.

“Many people already come to the west coast for our natural and historical features. This experience just adds another reason to stay longer in the region. Or a reason to return and visit again.”

The cruise on the MV Sophia also visits Hells Gates at the mouth of Macquarie Harbour, and a working fish farm, before stepping ashore again, this time at Bonnet Island.

The five-hour tour is fully catered, showcasing fresh Tasmanian produce.

Guests will need a reasonable level of fitness, warm clothing and sturdy shoes.

“The walking components of the tour are limited and is generally flat if on uneven ground, but overall take an hour due to points of interest along the way,” Mr Paynter said.

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