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Frequently Asked Questions

Southwest Tasmanian Sea Kayaking Expeditions

What gear do I need to bring?

A full gear list is provided in our Trip Essentials brochure which you can download for 7-day expeditions here or 3-day explorations here, but basically you need clothing for the length of your trip, including thermals, quick-drying outer layers, rain jackets and pants and a sleeping bag.

All other equipment is supplied including tents, sleeping bags, sleeping mats, cooking equipment and utensils, paddling jacket and pants, 2 x dry bags, buoyancy vest, paddles and all other relevant paddling equipment.

You will also be supplied with a 70-litre gear bag at Cambridge Airport. Due to weight and space limitations in both the aircraft and kayaks it is important that your entire personal luggage fits into this gear bag. We can store any remaining luggage for the duration of your trip.

What does the trip package include?

All trip packages include 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, two nights accommodation at a permanent standing camp (or one night for our 5-day expeditions), good quality camping equipment for camping trips including tents, Xped 7cm sleeping mats and sleeping bags, 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.

What is not included?

Flights to Hobart and travel insurance. We highly recommend travel insurance in case of cancellations or delays.


On our 7-day expeditions we will be wilderness camping for four to five nights. We will supply you with a good-quality spacious tent, sleeping bag and sleeping mat, or if you prefer you can bring your own.

On the remaining nights of our 7-day expeditions and both nights on our 3-night explorations we will camp with a touch of luxury at a permanent standing camp tucked away on Bathurst Harbour. The standing camp has 5 x two person platform tents, a dinning/kitchen shelter and communal amenities. Each tent has a double or two single beds and is high enough for you to walk around.

Bringing outdoor equipment into Tasmania

The greatest threat to Tasmania’s land plants is an introduced plant disease called root rot. The disease is caused by a microscopic soil-borne pathogen (Phytophthora cinnamomi), which lives inside a plant’s roots and gradually kills its host. Root rot is spread on the muddy boots and camping gear of visitors. Once root rot infects an area, it cannot be removed.

We ask that all participants ensure their shoes and any camping equipment they may bring has been cleaned before they leave home. A wash-down station is also provided at the Cambridge Airport for an additional clean before your flight.

How far/long will we paddle each day?

On a typical day though we aim to paddle for approximately 2-3 hours in the morning and 2-3 hours in the afternoon. Sometimes we may spend an afternoon or morning enjoying a short walk instead of paddling. Paddling speed is relaxed i.e. it is like going for a relaxed walk rather than a sprint.

Do you have a set itinerary?

Due to the unique nature of this area and the variability of the weather that it experiences we have no fixed route or schedule. Whilst we do our best to fulfil the wishes and aspirations of our participants our first priority is participant safety. The number of days paddling and the number of hours in the kayaks on each of those days is highly variable and dependent upon both participants and conditions. Our guides are highly experienced at optimising the route to make the most of prevailing conditions.

What weather can I expect?

The dynamic weather is one of the many attractions of this unique World Heritage Area wilderness. Daytime summer temperatures can range from 10° to 35°c and at least one day of rain or drizzle is to be expected; evening temperatures regularly drop below 10°C. In this moist maritime environment, quality wet-weather gear and thermal garments are a necessity for your safety and comfort. Follow our gear list and you will be comfortable and prepared to enjoy the many variations of weather we may encounter.               

What safety equipment is provided?

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 your guide know and bring an extra supply. It is also important that you let us know if you have any pre-existing medical conditions or injuries.

All Roaring 40s Kayaking’s trip leaders hold sea kayaking and wilderness first aid qualifications. We carry an extensive first aid kit, satellite phone, location beacon, marine radio, flare kits and towing equipment in case of emergencies. We are proud to say that over the years Band-Aids have been the only safety items used.

Will my mobile phone work whilst I am on the trip?

No! This trip is located in a remote area of Tasmania’s Wilderness World Heritage Area and there is no mobile reception anywhere. You will be able to enjoy your time in the wilderness with no electronic interruptions! We will have with us a satellite phone with us for emergency use only.

What meals are provided?

All meals, snacks and drinks are provided from dinner on day 1 to lunch on the last day. We can cater for most dietary requirements, for example vegetarians, vegans, lactose/gluten intolerant. If you have a dietary requirement please let us know when you book. If you are unsure, please contact us to discuss.

We recommend you have a light snack prior to arrival at Cambridge Airport on day 1 as we do not supply lunch on the first day. We will however supply an afternoon snack after your arrival at Melaleuca.

A glass of wine is provided with dinner each evening. If you would like to bring additional alcohol, please do not bring any glass and remember that everything you bring must fit into the 70 litre gear bag you will be supplied at Cambridge Airport.

Where do I meet the tour?

On day 1 we meet at Hobart’s Cambridge Airport at 12.30pm. We are able to pick up participants in Hobart City or at the Hobart airport for transfers to Cambridge Airport.

What time do I need to be in Hobart?

We recommend participants plan their arrival in Hobart ideally the day prior, but at a minimum 2 hours prior to the tour departure (we can pick you up at the airport for transfers to Cambridge Airport).

We highly recommend participants do not arrange onward travel for at least 24 hours after our scheduled finish date & time, as our access to this wilderness area is by light aircraft, which cannot operate in extremes of weather or poor visibility. Roaring 40s Kayaking will not be responsible for any expenses incurred due to flight delays that are out of our control. We highly recommend that you purchase travel tickets that can be rebooked and obtain travel insurance to cover any expenses associated with such delays. In the eventuality of a departure delay we will endeavour to provide a complete expedition itinerary but this requires participants to have flexibility in their schedule.

Do I need to make a deposit to secure a place?

For all bookings made more than sixty (60) days prior to the scheduled trip date, a non-refundable deposit ($400 per person for our 7-day and 5-day expeditions and $300 per person for our 3-day expeditions) is required to reserve your place. The balance is due sixty (60) prior to the departure date.  For reservations made sixty (60) days or less from the departure date, full payment must be made at the time of booking.

What is the cancellation policy?

The following cancellation policy applies:

  • Bookings cancelled more than 60 days prior to departure will forfeit the deposit.
  • Bookings cancelled between 60 to 30 days prior to departure will be charged 50% of the trip cost.
  • Bookings cancelled inside 30 days prior the departure will be charged the full value of the booking. No refund will apply

Roaring 40s Kayaking requires full payment sixty (60) days prior to departure and reserves the right to cancel expeditions up until this date if there are insufficient numbers. In such a case, participants will be given a choice of:

  • Transferring payments towards another trip date; or
  • The payment of an additional fee to have the trip run as scheduled; or
  • Receiving a full refund.

In the event of such a cancellation, Roaring 40s Kayaking cannot be held responsible for any losses incurred by participant’s i.e. non-refundable airlines tickets and Hobart accommodation. Please be aware that if for any reason whatsoever a participant cancels less than four weeks prior to the trip departure they will forfeit all payments. For this reason, we highly recommend purchasing travel insurance that covers losses due to unforseen events that result in cancellations.