Departs

HOBART (Par-Avion at Hobart/Cambridge aerodrome)

Destination

SOUTHWEST WILDERNESS CAMP, Melaleuca, Bathurst Harbour & Port Davey Marine Reserve

Transportation Type
Aeroplane, Cruise Boat, Walking
Duration

3 days and 2 nights

Price

Adult: $2495.00pp
Child: $2495.00pp
Minimum 2 persons

Inclusions

Fully guided with all meals, beverages, accommodation, walks, boat trips and scenic return flights.

 

Let the everyday melt away with the ultimate Tasmanian nature experience.

Spend three adventure-packed days exploring the remote Southwest wilderness of Tasmania, staying at our luxury private camp and enjoying delicious meals prepared from local produce and tasting the best wines that the region has to offer.

At over 4500sq km, the Bathurst Harbour Marine Reserve is three times the size of Sydney Harbour and is the ultimate destination for nature lovers with opportunities to see the rare and endangered Orange Bellied Parrots, visit Aboriginal middens and caves and explore the remote waterways via your private boat.

Explore the magnificent Huon Pine forest on the Old River and the untouched Celery Top Islands. During our stay, we can take a walk on untouched beaches, see wildlife or even climb a mountain. All trails are graded easy to moderate.

Your unforgettable experience begins by air, in a twin-engine Islander aircraft and landing at Melaleuca, the only way to get access to this remote area. During the flight, we witness the grandeur of this lost world and see icons of Tasmania’s world-renowned wilderness such as Federation Peak, the Western Arthur Range, Precipitous Bluff and the rugged south coast.

Arriving at Melaleuca, we board our purpose-built vessel to explore the magnificent waterways of the Port Davey Marine Reserve before making our way to the exclusive SouthWest Wilderness Camp.

Our friendly and experienced guides will be your link to this spectacular wilderness area, giving an entertaining and insightful interpretation of the region. Also highly skilled in the kitchen, our guides will also look after you and prepare your delicious meals, too!

The Southwest Wilderness Camp experience gives you a fantastic opportunity to see untouched wilderness, in one of the planet’s last remaining temperate rainforests. Breathe the cleanest air in the world, while staying in eco-friendly comfortable accommodation with hot showers, enjoying quality Tasmanian food and wine.

Packages & Rates

COST

The cost for the three-day stay at Southwest Wilderness Camp is $2495.00 p/p and includes all meals, beverages, accommodation, boat trips and scenic flights.

Passenger limits

Minimum of 2 and maximum of 10 passengers

DEPARTS

Tours depart Cambridge Airport at 0900 return 1700

AVAILABILITY

Available October to May, contact us for availability

 

Tour prices and times are subject to change. Rates for exclusive use is available.

BOOK THIS TOUR

What is Included

The Southwest Wilderness Camp is situated on the pristine shores of the Bathurst Harbour and is entirely exclusive to our clients with no public tracks to the camp.

You can choose from five comfortable boutique camp huts, all thoughtfully prepared to make your stay warm, comfortable and truly special.

The Southwest Wilderness Camp offers an all-inclusive package, as follows:

  • Luxury private accomodation

    Comfortable accommodation in luxurious private camp

  • Scenic flights and boat trips

    Take in Tasmania’s stunning scenery from exciting new perspectives with our fantastic scenic trips. A photographers dream!

  • All meals included

    Enjoy the finest seasonal produce Tasmania has to offer, all inclusive

  • All drinks included

    All beverages during your stay are covered – including Tasmanian wines, beer, juice, water, tea and coffee

 

Each room includes:

  • Comfortable queen size or twin beds
  • Fluffy hypo-allergenic doonas, natural woollen blankets
  • Timber flooring
  • All rooms are non-smoking

An additional communal area is available exclusively for all guests to use and is equipped with flushing toilets and hot showers. A reliable satellite phone is available for any emergencies.

 

 

Itinerary

For three days and two nights, we explore one of Tasmania’s most breathtaking and pristine wilderness areas. A genuinely remote place, where there are no roads or signs of civilisation.

DAY ONE
0900: Departure from Cambridge Airport

Our tour begins with a spectacular scenic flight to the Southwest National Park, a World Heritage-listed wilderness of over 4500 sq Km.

Following the coast, past Bruny Island to Cockle Creek, we fly along the tough South Coast track with its wild beaches, thick rain forests and mountain ranges. During the flight, we take in Precipitous Bluff, Mt La Perouse, Ironbound Range and remote Maatsuyker Island. We also overfly the ancestral home of the Needwonnee people, who occupied Louisa Bay for thousands of years.

1000: Arrival at Melaleuca

Landing at the abandoned tin mining settlement of Melaleuca, we visit the bird observatory to see the rare and endangered Orange Bellied Parrots before exploring the old tin mine and taking a stroll along the Needwonee walk. After enjoying some morning tea, we board our boat and head towards the Southwest Wilderness Camp, which is located in the rainforest on the pristine shores of Bathurst Harbour.

After enjoying a delicious lunch, we head out to Bathurst Harbour and visit the untouched Celery top Islands for a forest walk and stroll around these remarkable islands. Cut off and preserved since the end of the last ice age, these islands are a unique time capsule of the area. If time permits, we then stop at Clayton’s in Forest Lag for a walk up TV Hill and a look at Clyde & Win Claytons’ house.

We then head back to camp to settle in for the evening and enjoy a fully prepared dinner with Tasmanian wines.

DAY TWO

After breakfast, we travel by boat through the Bathurst Narrows with its 800-metre mountains rising from the sea towards the picturesque Bramble Cove, where we have the option of walking up Mt Milner with its beautiful views of Port Davey and the Bathurst Narrows (The walk is two hours return and is graded easy to moderate).

After lunch we head out to Breaksea Island, cruising along the protected side, witnessing the array of native bird life and the mouth of Port Davey and the Caroline and Shanks Islands.

We then explore an ancient aboriginal ochre cave at Schooner Cove, visit the grave site of Critchley Parker Jr and take a stroll along beautiful Balmoral beach before heading back to camp for dinner and rest.

DAY THREE

We enjoy breakfast and consider the option of taking a walk up Mt Beattie. This 2.5-hour return walk is graded easy to moderate and offers impressive views of the whole area. If the tide and weather permits, our other option is a visit to an ancient Huon Pine forest found on the shores of the Old River before heading back to the camp for some lunch and pack up.

We will have another opportunity to see the Orange Bellied Parrots at Melaleuca before your flight home to civilisation.

1600: Departure from Melaleuca

We return to Hobart via Port Davey, the Bathurst Narrows and then overland to the rugged Western Arthur Range, to spectacular Federation Peak, Mt Picton, the Hartz Mountain National Park and the Huon Valley.

Walking Itinerary

Mt Rugby walk

6 hours return
Moderate to difficult

Cox Bight walk

6 hours return
Easy to moderate

New Harbour beach & Falls

8 hours return
Easy to moderate

Stephens Beach

3 hours return
Easy to moderate (access to this
walk cannot be guaranteed due
to swell and wind).

Mt Misery

4 hours return
Moderate

Balmoral Hill

1 hour return
Easy to moderate

Mt Milner

2 hours return
Easy to moderate

Mt Beattie

3 hours return
Easy to moderate

Old Port Davey Track

from the camp to the Bathurst Narrows (and be picked up by boat)
3 hours
Easy to moderate

“Unspoiled Wilderness”

I’d be happy if no one else came here as the isolation is part of the appeal. My three days here was wonderful, despite the area living up to its reputation for wild weather. But then, that’s part of the experience & you add another layer. Can’t wait to return.

 

“An amazing experience”

We flew along the coast, boarded boats through the National Park, had tea, then lunch on beaches. James is an extraordinary pilot, captain and guide. After the visit to the park, we flew inland over the Park’s mountains. It was all amazing!

 

“An EXCELLENT DAY!”

Had a glorious days weather to enjoy this trip. The flight down over the coastal region & the return near Federation Peak is stunning. The multi-tasking female guide was great & the boat trip is amazing.