DAY 1: Hobart - Fly to Melaleuca - Needwonee Walk - Boat Trip - Bathurst Harbour - Celery Top Islands
2 - 4 km, approx. 1 - 2 hours of walking (Easy Grade)
Pick up from your Hobart accommodation, and aboard a spectacular scenic flight to the Southwest National Park, a World Heritage-listed wilderness of over 600,000 hectares. Fly over the Derwent River, make our way down the D’Entrecasteaux Channel, past Recherche Bay and Bruny Island to Cockle Creek and South East Cape - Tasmanian’s most southern point. At this point we leave civilisation behind and enter the vast south west wilderness by following the South Coast Track all the way to Melaleuca (Bathurst Harbour). During the flight, you'll witness the tough South Coast track with its wild beaches, Precipitous Bluff, Mt La Perouse, Ironbound Range and remote Maatsuyker Island. You'll also overfly the ancestral home of the Needwonnee people, who occupied Louisa Bay for thousands of years.
Landing at the abandoned tin mining settlement of Melaleuca, which is 7 days walk to the nearest town, you’ll breath the cleanest air in the world, and experience true wilderness.
You'll visit the bird observatory to see the rare and endangered Orange Bellied Parrots before exploring the old tin mine and taking you along the Needwonnee Walk. The 1.2 kilometre boardwalk weaves its way through the forest and buttongrass plains beside Melaleuca lagoon, featuring 40,000 year history of the Needwonnee people inhabitants of the land.
After morning tea, board a private boat and head down Melaleuca Inlet and into Bathurst Harbour, Port Davey, an untouched waterway three and a half times the size of Sydney Harbour. Arrive at the wilderness camp where you will be based for two nights.
After a delicious lunch at the camp, you'll head out to Bathurst Harbour and visit the untouched Celery Top Islands for a forest walk and stroll around these remarkable islands offering amazing views of Mt Rugby. These Islands have been cut off and preserved since the end of the last ice age, making them a unique time capsule of the area. If time permits, you then stop at Clayton's in Forest Lag for a walk up TV Hill where Clyde Clayton installed his TV aerial.
Then head back to camp to settle in for the evening and enjoy a three-course dinner with Tasmanian wines.
Lunch & Dinner