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Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
Scenic air tour
Flexibility to customize your itinerary to your own preferences
Escape to Port Davey is a multi-day tailored adventure cruise which takes you deep into the pristine coastal wilderness of Tasmania’s remote Southwest. Your journey begins with a spectacular flight from Hobart to Melaleuca. Upon landing, crew will take you by tender through the mirrored waters of the inlet to your floating home, the base from which you will explore the untouched South West. Expeditions are based from a ‘boutique floating hotel’, the Odalisque, a custom-built twenty-metre vessel equipped with hot showers and soft beds. Guests are entertained by an all-star crew, including skipper, chef & guide. Our guest chefs (borrowed from Hobart’s best restaurants) provide top-notch, modern Tasmanian fare, all paired with fine Tasmanian wine. Our hand-picked expert guides (with years of experience in the area) will double as your personal walking encyclopaedias. Daily shore excursions, tailored to your interests, will see you totally immersed in the wilderness. It’s all about “getting your feet wet” (as Tasmanian skipper & owner Pieter van der Woude regularly says). During your four unforgettable days with us, you’ll explore narrow winding waterways lined with Huon pine by jet boat, hike to mountain-top vantage points where it feels like you can see over the edge of the world, picnic on remote beaches and soak up the serene views from the Odalisque’s deck as you cruise past sea caves, rock arches, blowholes and rocky islets. You could be one of the very few to witness the islands of Maatsuyker, cruise the Davey River gorge, wander the buttongrass moorlands or beachcomb the white sandy beaches of Mainwaring Inlet, Giblin River, The Shank and Low Rocky Point. Our expedition cruise vessel is designed for your comfort and safety, purpose-built by Tasmanian owner and operator for this Southwest experience. Offering small group touring at its best, Odalisque has three private cabins, a comfortable entertaining and dining area and a spacious outside deck.
Day 1: Hobart to Melaleuca You will be collected from your accommodation and taken to Cambridge Airport to check in for a 1-hour scenic flight either by light aircraft or helicopter. Flying over Tasmania’s southernmost point, marvel at the rugged mountains, rives and waterways. Greeted at Melaleuca by your expert guide, you will learn some of the regions history and visit the viewing hide for the Orange Bellied Parrott. A tender will transfer you along Melaleuca Inlet, witnessing spectacular landscape, to the MV Odalisque, your floating home for a 2-night stay. On board Odalisque enjoy fresh Tasmanian seasonal produce all prepared by your personal chef, matched with Tasmanian beverages, relax and soak up the scenery in optimum comfort. The afternoon is yours, choose to stay on board or be taken ashore by your guide and commence one of the many walks across the buttongrass moorlands.
Day 2: Be taken to Clayton’s Corner for a short walk to a small peak for wonderful views over Bathurst Harbour, Melaleuca inlet and the Celery Top Islands or head off with your guide and undertake a challenging full day, walk climb to the highest and most prominent peak, Mt Rugby. The 360◦ view is acclaimed by many as the best in Tasmania. If the weather permits, take a day trip cruise south to Maatsuyker Island, the most southerly island of Tasmania. Be set ashore amidst a seal colony, followed by a 45-minute walk to the lighthouse. The scenery overlooking the Needles is spectacular. Alternatively, head north to Giblin River, Low Rocky Point, The Shank and Mainwaring River, wander along beaches, climb sand dunes and explore the rock pools which often hold elusive rock lobster. In the evening, watch your chef cook up a storm, enjoy internationally acclaimed Tasmanian wine and beer, and later place motion detection infrared cameras in the environment with a chance of capturing wildlife in their natural habitat.
Day 3: Melaleuca to Hobart Up early to recover the motion cameras and back to Odalisque to view the result of the overnight footage. Then on the move, through Bathurst Channel admiring the quartzite peaks rising from the Harbour, to Spain Bay. If you choose, go ashore and commence a short walk to Stephens Bay. Here you can check out the southern weather and take a walk along one of the most remote and wild beaches in Tasmania. Late afternoon, by tender, you will return to Melaleuca to visit the Aboriginal interpretation walk and board your flight to Hobart via the inland route offering another perspective of the Tasmanian wilderness.
Extra fuel levies (for charters where opportunities arise and the vessel travels a further distance)
Specialised activities, such as diving and kayaking
Emergency evacuation or emergency search charges
Additional beer, wine and spirits purchased from our onboard bar
Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
Available only February – May
TRIP ESSENTIALS - Everything you need to know about your cruise expedition
is a fly in / fly out experience departing from Cambridge Airport, located at 115 Kennedy Drive, Cambridge (follow the signs to Par Avion). Staff will meet you at the airport at the start of your tour. For 4-day tours, the start time of your expedition will vary. Start times are
7.30am or 11.00am. Please check your confirmation email for the start time for your tour.
As our flight into the South West is on a light aircraft, weight & size limitations apply to baggage. Guests will be provided with an
waterproof bag at the airport which is to be used to transfer your personal luggage during our expedition. You will be given time to transfer personal items into this bag at the Airport. Any items you are not taking with you on your trip, including travel luggage and any other personal items, can be stored with us for the duration of your adventure. For further details on baggage, refer to ‘What to pack’ section.
Guests should allow 25 minutes to drive from Hobart CBD to Cambridge Airport and 5 minutes from Hobart Airport to Cambridge Airport. Check in time is 7:30am for an 8.00am departure, or 11.00am for an 11.30am departure. The spectacular flight from Cambridge to Melaleuca takes approximately 1 hour.
If you are driving to Cambridge Airport, there is free unsecured parking available at this airport. If you would like secure parking there are the following nearby options:
Airport Undercover Parking – (03) 6248 5882
Hobart Park and Fly – 1300 883 836
Taxis from the Hobart CBD are available for approximately $50.00, and an Uber is approximately $30.00.
Your experience with us ends when we return to Cambridge Airport. Our time of return will vary depending on the length of trip you have booked.
On the final day of your cruise, we expect to return to Cambridge Airport by:
Approx. 3.00pm, if your tour start time is 7.30am
Approx. 6.30pm, if your tour start time is 11.00am.
Return scenic flights
from Cambridge Airport to Melaleuca, Bathurst Harbour
Accommodation aboard Odalisque
Our expedition cruise vessel is designed for your comfort and safety, purpose built by Tasmanian owner and operator Pieter van der Woude for this Southwest experience. Small group touring at its best,
has three private cabins, a comfortable entertaining and dining area and a spacious outside deck.
Skipper Pieter van der Woude, who is also the owner of the business, will be your host on the majority of our cruises. His lifetime of experience and passion for Tasmanian waters and marine life makes him the perfect skipper for guests wanting to explore the remote Tasmanian South West and Southern Ocean coastline.
Expert guides with an intimate knowledge of the area will be your personal, walking encyclopaedias throughout your time with us. We’ll pair you with a guide whose areas of expertise match your own interests.
Guest chefs provide top-notch, modern Tasmanian fare. We borrow our chefs from some of the best restaurants in Hobart, and you can expect meals as inspiring as the landscapes in which we dine.
Breakfast, lunch, dinner and all snacks are provided for you by our onboard chef. Please let us know of any dietary requirements in advance.
A house selection of top-notch Tasmanian wine & beer is included in your package. Additional beverages can also be purchased from our list of premium Tasmanian wine, boutique beer & local spirits. Non-alcoholic drinks are freely available.
Wet weather gear & other handy items
is stocked with lots of useful items. See ‘What to pack’ section for full details of our supplies.
Odalisque waterproof bags
Provided at Cambridge Airport for transportation of your personal luggage during your expedition. See ‘What to pack’ section for further details.
National Park entrance fees
There are some activities or items during your trip which will incur additional charges. These include:
Fuel surcharges for cruises which take the Odalisque beyond Port Davey and into the Southern Ocean, including trips to Maatsuyker Island, Mainwaring Inlet & The Shank. These side trips are subject to a $250/hr fuel levy, to be shared between all guests.
Emergency evacuation or emergency search charges.
Additional beer, wine and spirits purchased from our onboard bar.
Specialised activities, such as diving and kayaking.
Any additional charges incurred while on a charter can be paid for upon your return to Hobart.
Our itineraries are as changing as the weather in this remote & wild country. Quite often, we will plan each day’s activities with our guests over dinner the night before. Our guide & skipper will put together a daily itinerary options based on your own interests, whether that be hiking, beachcombing, bird spotting, sightseeing from the jet boat or simply relaxing aboard
The dynamic weather is one of the many attractions of this unique World Heritage Area wilderness. Daytime summer temperatures can range from 10°C to 35°C and at least one day of rain or drizzle is to be expected. Evening temperatures regularly drop below 10°C. Take a look out our ‘What to pack’ section for suggestions as to what you might need to be comfortable in any weather.
Our access to this wilderness area is by light aircraft. These planes cannot operate in extremes of weather or poor visibility. Whilst it is unusual, delays can occur on both inward and outward flights. Due to this
We will not be responsible for any expenses incurred for flight delays that our out of our control.
to cover any expenses associated with such delays.
In the eventuality of a delayed departure we will endeavour to provide a complete itinerary where circumstances allow. This does however require participants to have flexibility in their own schedule.
However, if a delayed departure means that the number of nights in the trip are reduced, and it is not possible for us to extend the end trip date due to other trip commitments, guests will have the option to:
Transfer their trip payments to another date,
Continue with shortened trip at a reduced rate. In this case, guest’s will be reimbursed the equivalent of the nightly rate of the trip with a 25%
If the weather does not permit travel out of Port Davey and guests are required to stay an extra night(s) aboard
guests will be charged a per night rate at a 25% discount.
We will request details of any onward flights or accommodation upon your return to Hobart, so that in the case of any delays, alternative arrangements can be made on your behalf.
The remote nature of this trip is part of what makes it a great adventure, but it also means that we need to very careful that everyone is prepared for the unforeseen. If you are taking any medications please be sure to let staff know and to include an extra supply. It is also important that you let us know if you have any pre-existing medical conditions or injuries. Our supplies of non-prescription medications are limited. If this is a concern, feel free to bring your own.
Our skipper and all our guides hold either a wilderness or marine first aid qualification. We carry an extensive first aid kit, satellite communication, location beacon, marine radio and flare kits in case of emergencies.
There is no mobile phone coverage in the area where we will be travelling. We see this as an opportunity for complete escape from the hustle and bustle of day-to-day life.
However, we do understand that in some special situations you may need some communication with the outside world. In these circumstances, it is possible for guests to send and receive text messages and to receive calls only via the satellite phone. Please feel free to ask the skipper to use the phone if necessary.
In case of emergency, family and friends can make contact with guests via the satellite phone: 0477 100 119. This phone is tended by Hobart staff, who will then pass on the message to staff in Port Davey.
Power is available on board to charge up any devices.
The minimum age of guests for any overnight charters into Port Davey is 8 years. The parent/guardian is to take full responsibility for the child. In the case where the whole vessel is chartered by a single group of people, the age limit does not apply.
There is no disability access aboard the
Due to space and weight limitations in the aircraft, guests are limited to 12kg of personal luggage only. This luggage will need to fit in the waterproof bag provided to you at Cambridge Airport. The bag is approximately 48cm long with a diameter of 34cm and a capacity of 45L.
Lightweight and sturdy hiking boots (note: some tracks are muddy, rutted and overgrown)
Dry & clean footwear for wearing aboard Odalisque (something that’s comfortable and easy to get on & off eg. Sneakers or ‘boat shoes’)
Warm polar fleece or down jacket & other warm layers
Comfortable clothes suitable for a range of activities – from hiking to cruising in the jet boat – suitable for the range of weather conditions we’ll be exposed to – from hot, sunny and still to cold, windy and wet.
Towels & linen
Wet weather pants & jackets
Small library with a variety of reference books
First aid & emergency safety equipment
Bathroom essentials including shampoo, conditioner & body wash