Typical Camp Itinerary 3 day / 2 night
The itinerary is subject to change without notice.
For 3 days and 2 nights we will show you one of Tasmania’s most amazing and pristine wilderness areas, where there are no roads or signs of civilisation.
0900 departure, Cambridge Airport. Your tour begins with a spectacular scenic flight to the Southwest National Park, a World Heritage listed wilderness of over 4500 sq Kms. The flight follows the coast, past Bruny Island to Cockle creek, and then following the tough South Coast track with its wild beaches, thick rain forests, mountain ranges and moorlands. During the flight you will have the opportunity to see Precipitous Bluff, Mt La Perouse, the 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. At this now abandoned tin mining settlement, we will take to the bird observatory to see the rare and endangered Orange Bellied Parrots. Visit the old tin mine and take a stroll along the Needwonee walk, which tells you part of the story of the original inhabitants of this sometimes harsh wilderness area. After some morning tea we head by boat to our fully set up camp located in the rainforest on the shores of Bathurst Harbour.
After lunch, we will head out to Bathurst Harbour and visit the untouched Celery top Islands for a forest walk and stroll around these remarkable islands. 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. Afterwards, if time permits, we will stop at Claytons in Forest Lag for a walk up TV hill and a look at Clyde & Win Claytons’ house. We then head back to camp and settle in for the evening.
After breakfast we will take you by boat through the Bathurst Narrows with its 800 metre mountains rising from the sea, our destination is Bramble cove. We have the option of walking up Mt Milner (2 hours return), which is graded easy to moderate. This walk offers wonderful views of Port Davey and the Bathurst Narrows.
After lunch we head out to the Breaksea Island, cruising along the protected side, where we see the bird life and the mouth of Port Davey and the Caroline and Shanks Islands. On the return journey to the camp, we will show you an ancient aboriginal ochre cave at Schooner cove, visit the grave site of Critchley Parker junior and take a stroll along beautiful Balmoral beach.
After breakfast there is the option of taking a walk up Mt Beattie (2.5 hours return). This walk is graded easy to moderate and offers amazing views of the whole area. Another option, if the tide and weather permits, is a visit to an ancient Huon Pine forest found on the shores of the Old River. It’s then 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. Your return flight takes you 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 back to Hobart.