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5 Days$9500USD

Activities
  • 5 days cruising
Accommodation
  • 4 nights aboard Odalisque III
Meals
  • 4 Dinners
  • 5 Lunches
  • 4 Breakfasts
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Discovery and Cruising
 
 

Trip highlights


  • Take a half-day tender excursion up the winding, Huon-pine lined bends of the pristine Davey River. Float past the age-old rainforest and navigate the narrow walls of a towering, rocky gorge - so close you can almost touch both sides.
  • Stroll the untracked sandy expanse of Stephens Bay, a wild beach exposed to large Southern Ocean swells. This 4hr return walk takes in ancient Aboriginal middens, some of the largest in Australia, and shallow rock pools crawling with southern rock lobster.
  • There’s an endless possibility of adventures to have, creatures to meet and tales to be told. Remember, itineraries are tailored and fluid. So specific interests – perhaps botany or bird-watching – can be catered for by our experienced, hand-picked guides.
  • Visit a remote and spectacular harbour experienced by just a privileged few each year.

Ashore and afloat, this exclusive and immersive experience explores the wild rivers and magnificent coastlines of Port Davey, Bathurst Harbour and Melaleuca. Picnic on untracked beaches, hike to craggy mountain tops, and encounter native flora and fauna on guided hikes, shore and tender excursions.

From rugged peaks to the soft lounges and boutique accommodation aboard our luxury expedition vessel, soak-up serene vistas and starlit landscapes of Tasmania’s south west.

Why this is the adventure of a lifetime:

-Explore a UNESCO World Heritage-listed Wilderness Area inaccessible by road and only experienced by a privileged few each year.

-See the calm, reflective waters of Bathurst Harbour, ringed by tannin-stained tributaries, quartzite peaks, ancient rainforests, and buttongrass plains, from the air on a scenic wilderness seaplane flight.

-Discover caves in wave-battered islands and land on isolated beaches lashed by the wild Southern Ocean on a tender excursion through the impossibly rocky coastline of Port Davey.

-Head into the wilds on daily guided walks and wilderness cruises led by local experts, returning to the comforts of a floating luxury lodge. (We think the lounges feel softer and the bubbles taste better for having conquered the mountain!)

Trip Code: OPD

Your experience begins with a scenic wilderness flight aboard our dedicated seaplane, landing on the water directly next to expedition vessel Odalisque III. Your meeting point for this flight experience is conveniently located centrally on Hobart’s waterfront, near Franklin and Macquarie Wharfs. Experiences either start at 7.45 am (for an 8.30 am flight) or 10.45 am (for an 11.30 am flight). You will be advised prior to departure as to your individual flight times and the exact location of the meeting point. Please ensure you have eaten breakfast before arriving. On the flight, you will get a bird’s-eye view of the jagged mountain ranges and rugged coastline of the vast Southwest National Park and a feel for just how far Port Davey is from civilisation. You will be able to choose from different flight options. Weather allowing, the flight will head out overland via the mighty Federation Peak en-route to our luxurious vessel and return via Southwest Cape on a coastal route back to Hobart. Our itineraries are as changing as the wind and tide in this remote, wild country. Our crew will develop a daily itinerary based on the latest weather report, and guests’ interests - whether that be hiking, beachcombing, bird spotting, history lessons or simply soaking up the scenery from Odalisque. Every experience is unique and tailored. Below we have includes some southwest highlights to give you an idea of how you might spend your days. Upon booking, please advise us of your interests in the area so that we may accommodate them.

Meals:  L,D

Climb wilderness peaks - Stretch your sea legs with a hike. Peaks such as Mt Rugby, Mt Stokes, Mt Beattie and Balmoral Hill offer top-of-the-world vistas of distant ranges, languid waterways and remote coastline. Scenic strolls - For those wanting something less heart-testing, there are plenty of walks along deserted beaches, through the rolling, prehistoric hills and to historic mining and pining sites. Rainforest to buttongrass - It’s a choose your own adventure here. Walk all different aspects of this beautiful country, from ancient rainforests to buttongrass plains, from celery top pine-crusted islands to pristine, sandy beaches. Untracked beaches - Wander pristine beaches backed by huge dunes, unmarked except for marsupial footprints. Stephens Bay, bordered by the Southern Ocean, is our favourite cove for a gentle seaside stroll and refreshing ocean dip. Far-flung islands - The jagged Breaksea Islands guard the entrance to Port Davey, protecting the harbour from the wild swells of the Southern Ocean. By tender, head ashore for sunset drinks on the Celery Top Islands, a group of tiny islands nestled in the middle of Bathurst Harbour. Remote river gorge - Marked by steep rocky cliffs, the Davey River Gorge is tucked up the tannin-stained waters of the peaceful, lower reaches of the Davey River. This pristine river is the only major river system in Australia utterly untouched by humankind.

Meals:  B,L,D

Secret sea caves - On a calm day, explore the hidden network of sea caves of the wave-battered Breaksea Islands. When there is swell, admire the impossibly rocky coastline, blowholes and arches from a distance. Winding, wild rivers - Explore the meandering, Huon pine-lined bends of pristine riverine environments. The Old and Davey Rivers are two of our favourites, their tannin-stained waters feeding into Bathurst Harbour and their banks home to azure kingfishers. Birdwatching & photography - Shallow inlets and sheltered lagoons, like Moulters Inlet, are a haven for birdwatchers and photographers alike. Tender excursions into these areas reveal mirror-like reflections of the surrounding peaks and plenty of native waterfowl, including swans and ducks. Rare orange-bellied parrots - This threatened bird is one of only two species of migrating parrots. At last count, there were just 140 left in the wild. During the breeding season (January to March), we have an excellent chance of spotting this brightly-coloured creature from the viewing hides at Melaleuca. Where the wild things are - In nature’s playground, decipher the tracks of wallabies, quolls, wombats and Tasmanian devils. Check for overnight activity from the nocturnal residents, with the aid of night-vision motion-detection cameras. Scan sea and sky for dolphins, seals and native birdlife, including eagles, albatross, azure kingfishers and ground parrots. Sea whips and sea pens - Within the dark-tannin waters of the marine reserve live delicate animals normally only found in the murky depths of the ocean, including sea pens, sea whips and corals. Only seen by experienced divers, these creatures are an important part of this area’s fragile marine ecosystem, holding a special place in our hearts.

Meals:  B,L,D

Aboriginal cultural heritage - Go back in time and discover evidence of a long and unceded indigenous occupation. Take an interpretive walk that shares the story of the Needwonnee people of the south west. Tales of piners and miners - The area has a rich history of pining, mining and fishing which has left its mark. Examine the tin mining sites at Melaleuca, hear stories of the ‘King of the Wilderness’ Deny King and explore an old fisherman’s shack on the edge of the rainforest. Dinner-table stories with your guide - Hear colourful tales of the characters who shaped the region’s recent history – from romantic-but-doomed explorers to hardy Huon-pine lumberjacks, from brave crayfishers to drunken whalers. Our guides know it all. And what they don’t, they make up with a smile. Lose yourself in reflections of a prehistoric world - The mirror-calm, tannin-stained waters of Bathurst Harbour reflect untouched, natural landscapes. Reflections so perfect, it’s hard to tell up from down. Which is just how we like it. Scenic sunsets at Bramble Cove - Settle in for the evening to watch the show as the sun sets on the textured, rocky mountains which rise to the heavens from the shores of the sheltered anchorage at Bramble Cove.

Meals:  B,L,D

Your experience ends with a return scenic seaplane flight back to Hobart. The finishing point is on Hobart’s waterfront, near Franklin and Macquarie Wharfs. Return times to Hobart are generally between 3 and 6 pm. These can vary and will be confirmed closer to departure. We highly recommend that guests do not arrange onward travel for at least 24 hours after the experience’s scheduled end time in case there are any delays to flights.

Meals:  B,L


Inclusions

  • Daily guided walks, shore excursions & wilderness cruises by tender
  • Tailored itinerary including walking, historic sites, birdwatching, photography, beachcombing...
  • Luxury accommodation onboard expedition-vessel Odalisque
  • Expert local crew including interpretive guide, skipper, host and chef
  • Return scenic flights from Hobart to the southwest wilderness via seaplane
  • All meals featuring gourmet Tasmanian produce
  • A curated range of local wine, beers, spirits and non-alcoholic beverages
  • National Park entrance fees
  • Weatherproof rain poncho for tender excursions
  • Use of waterproof expedition bag for luggage transfer

  • Airfares to/from Tasmania
  • Accommodation before and after the trip
  • Insurance
  • Items of a personal nature

Accommodation


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Notes

NB:
Our Coastal Cabins are our included Standard Cabin. You may pay a supplement to upgrade to our Southwest Suites.
NB:
In addition to the World Expeditions deposit, you will also be required to pay an additional deposit of 20% of the trip cost (paid in your local currency at the current rate of exchange). The balance of the tour price is payable 90 days prior to departure.

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Priceper person from

$9500USD

Options & Supplements*
  • Southwest Suite Upgrade - Twin ShareUSD$1010
  • Coastal Cabin - Forced Single SupplementUSD$3850
  • Southwest Suite Upgrade + Forced Single SupplementUSD$5470
*Prices listed are per person

Essential Information

Ready to book? Make sure you download and read the detailed Port Davey Luxury Cruise Experience trip notes which contains all the essential information you need to know before booking. Once you’ve booked, we will supply you with a Pre-Departure document which contains a detailed gear list and other important information to help you prepare for your adventure ahead.


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