The Wineglass Bay CruiseWineglass Bay Cruises is a locally owned and operated cruise company with a passion for the Freycinet coast.
Owned by local couple Duncan and Irene Sinclair, the company began life in 2000, operating fishing trips from Coles Bay for 12 passengers aboard a 33-foot power catamaran.
However, Duncan and Irene soon realised that the hunger their customers craved for was more than fishing. The fascination that the couple felt for their local area was reflected in many of their guests, who wanted a deeper experience of Freycinet’s unique geography, history and abundant marine and bird life.
It also became apparent that the one thing that these visitors wanted to experience above all else was Wineglass Bay—rated among the world’s top ten beaches.
In reality, most people visiting the east coast were unable to visit or even see Wineglass Bay. Accessing the beach was only possible by taking the 2.5 hour walk across the saddle, often in a crowd of other visitors.
So, in 2005, Duncan and Irene launched their 44-foot Noosa Catamaran, Schouten Passage, thus began Wineglass Bay Cruises and are now proud to introduce their new vessel 'Schouten Passage II'. The vessel is surveyed for 150 persons and offers licensed bars and restrooms on both levels as well as 3 large comfortable outdoor areas. Fully air-conditioned and heated on both levels for Tasmania’s changing weather, she is built for comfort and style. With large windows that run from floor to ceiling, no matter what the conditions outside, you will be in true comfort inside. Facilities also include disabled amenities.
The business has built strong alliances with the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service and the Nature Conservation Branch to demonstrate their commitment to environmental protocols. The company continues to play a leading role in promoting sustainable development of eco-tourism, with a focus on conservation, through membership of Wildlife Tourism Australia, a non-profit organisation established to promote the sustainable development of a diverse Australian wildlife tourism industry.