Wildlife Tours in Tasmania
Pennicott Wilderness Journeys are a multi-award winning eco-tourism company showcasing the spectacular wilderness and wildlife of Southern Tasmania. Over its eighteen-year history, it has won many state, national and international awards including 12 Australian Tourism Awards, 25 Tasmanian Tourism Awards and Skal International Tourism Awards in 2016.
Today, there are two specific wildlife tours in Tasmania offered by Pennicott Wilderness Journeys. The Bruny Island Cruises and Tasman Island Cruises allow travelers to experience close encounters with wildlife and explore the spectacular National Park coastlines of Bruny Island and the Tasman Peninsula aboard custom-built yellow boats. The coastlines are home to a variety of wildlife including hundreds of seals, migrating whales, dolphins and abundant sea birds in their thousands.
At any time of the year you’re likely to see the feeding frenzy of diving gannets, albatross and sea eagles wheeling on the wind, cliff-nesting cormorants and peregrine falcons, or a pod of playful dolphins surfing the bow wave of the boat.
The custom built yellow boats are ideal for viewing the spectacular coastline and wildlife. Each vessel holds a maximum of 43 guests. Covered open-air tiered seating means an excellent all-round view and connection with the environment. The boats are safe, comfortable and gentle on the environment due to their fuel efficiency and low emission operation.
The highly trained interpretive guides love what they do – they work hard to ensure that the experience is fun, enjoyable, entertaining and informative.
Tours depart daily from Hobart, Bruny Island and Port Arthur.
Bruny Island Cruises
Tasman Island Cruises
For more wildlife tours in Tasmania visit the Pennicott Wilderness Journeys website.
Please note the Pennicott Wilderness Journeys reserves the right to change listed pricing anytime at their discretion. Please contact them directly to confirm.
Southern Right Whales
Australian Fur Seal
White Bellied Sea Eagle
The Company also directs directly to a range of conservation, humanitarian and community projects.
The Pennicott Foundation has been established as the flagship for these philanthropic activities. To date the Foundation has contributed $160,000 towards coastal conservation projects undertaken by the Tasmanian Parks & Wildlife Service. The first of these projects was in 2010 to eradicate feral cats from Tasman Island and second in 2016 to eradicate rats from Big Green Island. Since these successful eradications over 100,000 breeding seabirds are being saved each year.
All tours have achieved Advanced Ecotourism certification. The ECO certification program assures travelers that certified products are backed by a strong, well-managed commitment to sustainable practices. The accreditation recognises high-quality nature-based tourism experiences with strong interpretation values, commitment to nature conservation and helping local communities.
The company has been 100% carbon offset through Greening Australia. Over the past seven years the business has contributed over $350,000 which is being spent on biodiversity restoration across Tasmania. The company’s contributions have helped Greening Australia to plant over 200,000 trees.
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