Southwest bushwalking services

Bushwalking in Tasmania's southwest

Par Avion has been providing services to bushwalkers in Tasmania’s southwest for decades. We’re you’re one-stop-operator for flights in-and-out of the southwest, boat transfers in the southwest, road transport to/from Cockle Creek, and all the gear and services you will need to access this unique part of the world.

Flights to and from Melaleuca

Par Avion has a strong reputation for reliable air service to Melaleuca, in Tasmania’s Southwest National Park. 

Our aircraft drop-off and pick-up passengers at Bathurst Harbour Airstrip at Melaleuca. This service gives bushwalkers direct access to the South Coast Track to walk to/from Cockle Creek, or to the Port Davey Track to walk to/from Scotts Peak. 

For convenience and flexibility, our flights depart every day from Cambridge Airport – subject to demand. We can also tailor a charter flight to meet your needs.

from $300 per person

flights daily

45 mins. (one way)

2+ passengers

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Bathurst Harbour boat transfers

Par Avion operates a reliable passenger boat service at Melaleuca. These are available to be booked by your group with prior arrangement and can drop off at various locations within the Bathurst Narrows/Port Davey area, such as Schooner Cove (a popular place to start the South Coast Circuit).

Why not include a boat tour as part of your bushwalk? It’s the perfect opportunity to see the majestic Bathurst Harbour from the water before starting the South Coast Track, and a great way to start a memorable trip.

Please contact us for further details on pricing and availability.

from $195 per person

various trip locations

2+ passengers

Transport to and from Cockle Creek by road

Tasmanian Wilderness Experience provides an excellent road transport service to Cockle Creek from Hobart (including Hobart Airport)

Guests need to book with Tasmanian Wilderness Experiences in advance.

Contact Kevin on 1300-882- 393 | 0477-480-383 |

from $90 per person, one way

minimum 4 passengers

Gear and services

We have National Park Passes available for $40 per person (2-month holiday pass).

Walking the Port Davey / South Coast Tracks and need some food or supplies half-way? 

Par Avion can arrange to drop your package off at the Melaleuca Airstrip for you to collect when you arrive.

Simply drop off your package at the Par Avion Terminal before you depart with your name and required delivery date clearly marked, and our experienced team will do the rest.

$5.50 per kilo, minimum spend of $10 required.

As fuel is unable to be taken onboard our aircraft for safety reasons, we have shellite, methylated spirits and 230g butane gas canisters for cooking available at Melaleuca. Simply bring your own empty fuel bottle for shellite and methylated spirits (empty gas canisters cannot be refilled). Pre-purchase your required fuel at our office before departure. Once you arrive at Melaleuca our staff will fill up your empty fuel bottle or hand over your purchased butane gas canisters.

Gas canisters: $15.00 per 230g canister methylated spirit & shellite: $6.00 per litre

Par Avion has South Coast Walking Track Maps (from TASMAP), and John Chapman bushwalking books available for purchase.

Par Avion has partnered with Tasmanian Hikes and Tasmanian Expeditions to provide guided walks of the South Coast Track. Upgrade your experience in the Tasmanian wilderness and have someone help you along the way! Contact us for more information.

Many walkers appreciate the security of carrying a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB, or EPIRB) to activate in the event of a life-threatening emergency. PLBs can be hired from Service Tasmania shops (Mon-Fri only) in Hobart, Launceston, Burnie and Devonport. Phone 1300135513 for further information or visit the Parks website.

Regretfully, we don’t have PLBs available for hire here at Par Avion.

There are many affordable accommodation options near Cambridge Airport, please contact our team for recommendations.

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