Cruise Tassie's remote southwest coast in styleMelaleuca, Tasmania
Known for its rugged, mountainous terrain, pristine beaches and mirrored waterways, the southwest region of Tasmania has long been considered the state’s final frontier. And since it's accessible only by foot, boat or light aircraft, one of the best ways to immerse yourself in this untouched landscape is with Tasmanian Boat Charters, on the Port Davey Expedition Cruise.
The four-, five- and seven-day voyages begin in spectacular style, with a breathtaking scenic flight from Hobart to the tiny settlement of Melaleuca. Here, your mighty vessel awaits: Odalisque, a custom-built 20-metre boat best described as a floating luxury hotel. Equipped with all the creature comforts you could ever need – think cosy beds, soft outdoor lounges, fridges stocked with ice-cold bevs and your own private chef – it’s the ideal home-away-from-home.
While each cruise is different (and often guided by the tides and weather conditions), the itinerary can be tailored to suit your interests. However, there are a few standout activities we think you won’t want to miss, including a six-hour hike to the summit of Mt Rugby, a jet boat excursion up the Huon Pine-lined Davey River and exploring ancient Indigenous middens at Stephens Bay. There are also plenty of opportunities to chat with local guides, take a dip at secluded swim spots and enjoy a gourmet picnic or two.
So if you’re eager for a taste of true Tassie wilderness (with a side of oysters and bubbles, thank you very much), jump aboard the Odalisque for one unforgettable adventure.
- Exploring a truly unspoilt region that very few have ventured before
- Feasting daily on ridiculously good meals, all washed down with local tipples
- Picking the brains of expert guides who double as walking encyclopaedias
- Breathing in that crisp Tassie air (thanks to an absence of industrial pollutants, this air is actually MUCH fresher in this part of the state!)
- Seasickness is a risk that comes with any cruise, so come armed with meds
- Conditions are ever-changing in this corner of the Apple Isle, and plans can change quickly
- Private cabins with double and single bed options
- Spacious lounge area
- Outdoor deck and barbecue facilities
- Open plan kitchen
- Three bathrooms
- Fly bridge with seating
Prices start at US$3,893 per person for a four-day cruise, US$4,707 for a five-day cruise and US$6,440 for a seven-day cruise (all standard cabins, twin share).
These prices are all-inclusive and cover return flights from Hobart to Bathurst Harbour with Par Avion, a gourmet menu of Tasmanian produce, wine and boutique beer, and a tailored itinerary including jet boat excursions, guided hikes, birdwatching and beachcombing.
The Port Davey Expedition Cruise operates between January and May.