Escape after Christmas to 5 days in the amazing wilderness Tasmanian wilderness. These 5 days will be an unforgettable expedition with challenges, rewards and remote landscapes.
A spectacular flight deep into the World Heritage Area wilderness of southwest Tasmania - paddling to remote and beautiful destinations in protected waterways – possibly paddling into the swell of the Southern Ocean - camping at remote campsite - enjoying camping with a splash of comfort at the standing camp in the rainforest – these are some of the highlights of this special 5-day sea kayak expedition.
One Day 1 we meet at the Cambridge Airport, near Hobart, at 8am. Our pilot decides whether to fly along the remote beaches of the South Coast, or over the wild Eastern Arthur Ranges. We land on the gravel strip at Melaleuca, load the boats and paddle down Melaleuca Inlet to the beautiful Bathurst Harbour. This is the only part of your adventure we can descrive in detail as we will plan the rest of the expedition after discussion with the group and careful assessment of the weather conditions.
These are some of the destinations you may experience during your 5-Day adventure:
On the eastern shore of Bathurst Harbour, Moulters Inlet is a quiet bay where waterbirds gather in large flocks. Old River flows into the harbour from the rugged Eastern Arthur Range – the tannin-stained water first fell as rain on Federation Peak.
The summit of Mt Rugby towers above the harbour, guarding The Narrows – it’s a steep climb but the splendid views make it worth the effort. North River enters North Inlet after running through some of Tasmania’s most remote and rarely-visited wilderness.
Westward towards the ocean, the harbour squeezes between two slender peninsulas at The Narrows, where walkers on the Port Davey track cross by rowing dinghy. Beyond, the Bathurst Channel is dotted with forested islands and rimmed with hills and inlets.
Opening from the Channel, Joe Page Bay extends north to the mouth of the Spring River – the Port Davey track follows its low-lying valley towards Scotts Peak, and the end of the nearest road, 5 days’ walk way.
Close to the Bathurst Harbour entrance, Bramble Cove is a sheltered haven with excellent camping. Walks from the cove climb to the heights of Mt Stokes and across to the untrodden sand of this remote beach.
These rugged islands face the awesome power of the ocean, although the eastern coast is often quiet. On the right day, a circumnavigation of the Breaksea Island is a highlight of the sea kayaking journey.
Tucked away to the south, the flat waters of Hannant Inlet lead to a short walk across dunes and coastal heath to Stephens Bay, with its wild and magnificent beach. While walking along Stephens Beach you will have the opportunity to participate in our Green Guardians program, working alongside the Parks and Wildlife Service and Birdlife Tasmania to identify threatened and vulnerable shorebird species. Some of the migratory shorebirds have migrated over 25,000km each year to reach this remote beach! Find our more about the Green Guardians program here.
The exposed waters of Port Davey open the way north to Payne Bay, James Kelly Bay and Bond Bay, all named for pioneers who navigated these coastlines and sought the precious Huon pine that grew along the region’s wild rivers.
We’ll aim to camp at the Forest Lagoon standing camp, within easy reach of Melaleuca airstrip. Our flight out is at 4 pm, so after a leisurely breakfast there’s time to visit Claytons Corner and Mt Beattie, for a panoramic view of the waterways we’ve explored over the past days. We return to camp for lunch before the return paddle to the airstrip.
Transfers between Hobart and Cambridge Airport, scenic one hour return flight to Melaleuca, all meals (with an emphasis on fresh Tasmanian produce) and refreshments, a glass of wine each evening, one night accommodation at a permanent standing camp, good quality camping equipment for the remaining nights, two highly-experienced kayaking guides, comfortable and stable double sea kayaks, all specialist paddling equipment (good-quality paddle, paddling jacket, spray deck, buoyancy vest,duffel bag, and dry-bags) and national park entry fees.
2017 - 26th Dec to 30th Dec