On arrival in Devonport, disembark Spirit of Tasmania and set out east for the dazzling beaches of Bridport.
Embrace Tasmania’s incredible wildlife in a striking coastal setting, with a visit to the island’s best-kept secret: the blissfully secluded Narawntapu National Park. Take a stroll around the Springlawn Naure Walk to spot Forester kangaroos and wallabies roaming freely in their natural habitat, and walk the sands of Bakers Beach.
Curious creatures abound at Beauty Point’s Seahorse World – Australia's only working seahorse farm, which features tens of thousands of seahorses and a breeding program for the rare spotted handfish. Visit the neighbouring Platypus House to see Tasmania’s monotremes – platypuses and echidnas – including Big Jupiter, the largest platypus in captivity, and the resident echidnas that wander among visitors’ feet.
Delve into the River Tamar's shipping history at Low Head Pilot Station Maritime Museum. Visit the oldest and longest active pilot station in Australia, dating back to 1805, and when in the museum, check out cargo salvaged from shipwrecks and a harpoon from the area's early whaling days.
Five minutes' drive away, at the mouth of the River Tamar, the 1833 Low Head Lighthouse is Australia's third-oldest light station. The lighthouse is home to the southern hemisphere's only operating G-type fog horn, which sounds at noon every Sunday and can be heard up to 30 kilometres away.
The drive from Low Head to Bridport skims across the northern edge of the Tamar Valley Wine Trail, passing through Pipers River – an area known for sparkling wine. Taste Tasmanian bubbles at renowned wineries including Bay of Fires Wines, Jansz Tasmania and Pipers Brook Vineyard.
Stay the night in Bridport, where Platypus Park Country Retreat and Bridport Beach Cottages are the perfect spots for a cosy night.