Naiad 12.5 Vessels

   8 Boats
   43 Seats

Pennicott Wilderness Journeys has eight 12.5m Naiad vessels which are used for Bruny Island Cruises and Tasman Island Cruises.

These 43-seat vessels are ideally suited for eco-cruising in the waters of South East Tasmania. They've been purpose built for the rugged coast of Southern Tasmania. Their unmatched manouevrability gets you closer to cliff faces and allows us to cruise inside the deep sea caves.

Designed by Robert Pennicott in conjunction with Kirby Marine (Western Australia) and Naiad (New Zealand), each 12.5 metre Naiad is powered by three low emission, fuel efficient Yamaha four-stroke outboards.

There is an onboard toilet, an overhead canopy and tiered, forward facing, open-air seating to ensure excellent all-round viewing. Not being closed in by glass enables you to feel a close connection with the wildlife and natural environment. 


Naiad 11.3 Vessels

   3 Boats
   20 Passengers

In 2013, Pennicott Wilderness Journeys introduced three brand-new 11.3m Naiad specialised vessels which are based in Hobart and used for Iron Pot Cruises and Tasmanian Seafood Seduction.

Each vessel has 12 leather seats and can take a maximum of 20 passengers. 

These vessels have been designed by Robert Pennicott in conjunction with Kirby Marine (Western Australia) and Naiad (New Zealand). They feature a unique design with a spacious enclosed cabin, luxury leather seats, a toilet and large awning windows that allow guests to immerse themselves in their surroundings.  

Steps fold down from the bow, allowing guests to step off onto remote beaches. At the back of the boat, there's a kitchen area where we prepare the gourmet seafood experience for Tasmanian Seafood Seduction. You are welcome to move freely throughout the boat during the voyage - great for photo opportunities!


The Blade & Southern Edge

   Three Capes Track, Port Arthur
   30 Seats & 22 Seats

Pennicott Wilderness Journeys also has two catamarans in its fleet which have been specifically designed for Australia’s premier walking experience the Three Capes Track

The first was 'The Blade' which entered service in 2015. The 11.8 metre Catamaran has been designed locally by Fred Barrett and built in Hobart by Paul Harvey of Alufab Marine & Fabrication. The vessel is powered by four 250 horsepower Yamaha outboards and seating for up to 30 walkers.

The second was 'Southern Edge' which entered service in 2019. The 11.8 metre Catamaran was designed by Denis Walsh and built in Hobart by Alufab. Southern Edge is powered by four 250 horsepower Yamaha outboards and seats 22 guests in the comfort of an enclosed cabin. 

Both boats have great vantage points for photos. At the bow of the boat a ramp folds down and allows walkers to step off onto Denman’s Cove and take the first steps of their Three Capes Track experience. 


Amphibious Naiads

   3 Boats based at Wilsons Promontory, Victoria
   30 Seats

Eight years in the making, our amphibious boats are a world's first in terms of size, design and manoeuvrability. Custom made to make the most of your Wilsons Promontory Cruises journey, they are designed with minimum environmental impact and maximum adventure and safety in mind.

Rather than build a jetty on beautiful Norman Beach, we drive straight from the sand into the water so you can discover a seascape as unique as the vessels that take you there.

The vessels were a partnership between Pennicott Wilderness Journeys, builder Kirby Marine (Western Australia), designer Naiad (New Zealand) and Sealegs (New Zealand) for the amphibious enablement technology. Each vessel is powered by two 350 horsepower Yamaha outboards and seats up to 30 guests.


Schouten Passage II

   24m Catamaran
   Licenced to carry 150 people

Our vessel Schouten Passage II is a Tasmanian built, 150 seat 24m catamaran ideal for exploring the east coast of Tasmania with Wineglass Bay Cruises. The spacious enclosed vessel contains comfortable seating across two fully air conditioned lounge areas - The Vista Lounge and The Sky Lounge.

The Vista Lounge offers floor to ceiling windows for optimum viewing from the comfort of your seat, complemented by spacious outdoor decks so you can immerse yourself in the experience. It offers a licensed bar and cafe serving local beverages, hot drinks and treats for purchase.  The Vista Lounge has three rest rooms, with one fully accessible. 

The Sky Lounge is on the upper deck of Schouten Passage II. The adults only lounge with banquette style seating for up to 30 passengers provides an intimate experience, with direct access to the Captains bridge and private viewing deck.


Freycinet Explorer

   17m Catamaran
   50 Seats

Frecyinet Explorer is a 17m catamaran, locally built in Tasmania by Alufab Marine & Fabrication.  The state-of-the-art vessel is powered by 4x 425hp Yamaha outboards. Its cabin has leather seats for up to 50 passengers, full walk around capacity, front and rear decks, and an onboard toilet.  Freycinet Explorer was completed in 2020 and is the newest vessel in our fleet. 


Pennicott Wilderness Journeys has a fleet of 14 buses.  

  • 2x 12 Seat Toyota Commuters
  • 3x 20 Seat Toyota Coasters
  • 5x 37 Seat Bonluck Coaches
  • 2x 41 Seat Bonluck Coaches
  • 1x 43 Seat Bonluck Coach
  • 1x 57 Seat Bonluck Coach



Accessibility Guide

To assist those with mobility restrictions, we have created an Accessibility Guide which provides helpful information about our boats and buses. 

Accessibility Guide - Bruny Island Cruises

Accessibility Guide - Bruny Island Traveller

Accessibility Guide - Iron Pot Cruises

Accessibility Guide - Tasman Island Cruises

Accessibility Guide - Tasmanian Seafood Seduction

Accessibility Guide - Wineglass Bay Cruises