Melissa Findley

South Coast Cruise

This intimate four-night expedition tracks Tasmania’s rugged, rarely-seen southern coastline, from Hobart to Port Davey

Journey with us along Tasmania’s wild southern edge, a notoriously exposed stretch of coast normally reserved for the hardiest of bushwalkers and most fearless of fishermen. Cruise from Bruny Island to South East Cape, Maatsuyker Island to South West Cape, and into the sheltered waters of Port Davey. Take in dramatic landscapes from the viewing decks and soft lounges aboard Odalisque.

Ashore and afloat, the experience is wild, tailored and immersive

The weather shapes the itinerary, daily activities and the evenings’ anchorages - which may mean overnight anchorages on the south coast, or full-steam ahead to Port Davey. Whatever the route, there’s endless opportunity for picnics on untracked beaches, hikes to wilderness peaks and soaking up spectacular scenery. Tender and shore excursions into Port Davey, Bathurst Harbour and south coast wilderness are about “getting your feet wet”, as skipper and founder Pieter van der Woude says. So pull on your boots, grab a jacket and step On Board for an unforgettable experience. 

Emilie Ristevski

INCLUSIONS:

  • Tender and shore excursions
  • Tailored itinerary including walking, historic sites, birdwatching, photography, beachcombing...
  • Intimate wilderness experience and accommodation onboard boutique-cruiser Odalisque
  • Expert skipper, interpretive guide, host and chef
  • All meals featuring gourmet Tasmanian produce
  • Selection of fine Tasmanian wine and local boutique beer
  • National park entrance fees
  • Weatherproof rain poncho for tender excursions
  • Flight from the south west to Hobart (or vice versa)

EXPEDITION DATES

Departures on this bi-annual cruise are strictly limited.

14-18 May 2023 - Cruise route: Port Davey to Hobart
2-6 December 2023 - Cruise route: Hobart to Port Davey
17-21 May 2024 - Cruise route: Port Davey to Hobart

All tours depart from Hobart. Best suited to travellers who have some flexibility, in case wind and swell dictate a slight shift to departure date.

FARES

4-night South Coast Cruise $11,000 $14,700

Fares are per person, based on twin share.

Encounter Wild
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Cruise Cape to
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Go Beyond the
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South Coast Cruise Highlights

Encounter wild Islands

See the wind-battered islands and ragged rocks which stretch along the exposed south coast. Pass Maatsuyker Island, home to Australia’s most southerly lighthouse, and part of a group of islands renowned for rich marine life and wild weather conditions.

Cruise cape to cape

Between South East Cape and South West Cape lies an extraordinary coastline woven with hidden bays, rugged mountain ranges and remote stretches of untrodden beaches. It’s a wet and wild kind of beauty here. Swells regularly reach six metres, wind gusts peak at 176km/h and there are 249 rain days/year on average.

Go beyond the beyond

Say goodbye to phone reception, roads and civilisation as you know it. Beyond South East Cape lies true wilderness, only experienced by a privileged few. We’ll have the ocean to ourselves, bar the odd fishing vessel and a lonely yacht on the horizon.

On Board Dining Experience

Meals are an indulgent culinary experience made from fresh seasonal Tasmanian produce

Our specialist chefs have been borrowed from some of Hobart’s top restaurants. Expect perfect picnics, freshly-baked cookies pulled from the oven just as hungry hikers return, and flavoursome feasts in what is quite possibly the most remote restaurant in Tasmania.

Choose from a splendid selection of cool climate wines, crisp craft beers and slow-sipping spirits. Drink in hand, sink into a soft lounge and take in the everchanging view. 

Port Davey Expedition Map

Map your journey of discovery to or from Tasmania’s secluded south west. The special cruise around the south coast either starts or ends in the Port Davey region. Depending on wind and weather, time and tide, and guest interests, our itinerary may allow for days to explore this safe harbour before taking flight or voyage back to Hobart. From sea cave to mountain top, ocean beach to river gorge, rainforest to button grass plain, here are the highlights of the harbour.

Be guided by local experts

Head into the wilderness with our all-star crew. From the skipper, to the host and the hand-picked expert guides, our talented and passionate team are the heart of this unforgettable experience. Their intimate knowledge of Tasmania will connect people to place. Plus, they’re funny and love to share a story (or three).

Emilie Ristevski

Port Davey & the South West

The sequestered Port Davey region of southwest Tasmania is one of the most breathtaking landscapes on the planet, with wild rivers, quartzite peaks and extensive waterways

Whilst it’s on the edge of the earth, it is far from the end of the world. There’s an endless possibility of adventures to have, creatures to meet and tales to tell.

Magic - pure magic

The captain and guide were extremely generous sharing their passion for the land and their knowledge of, well, literally everything we saw. To be invited so intimately into their love of place was an honour. They were engaging, welcoming and simply fun to spend time with. I have not felt so relaxed in many, many years.

Lorna P

Trip Advisor

Join the ranks of the privileged few

For those who like their adventures wild but their beds soft and showers hot, it’s the perfect way to join the ranks of the privileged few to see one of the world’s most magnificent wilderness areas.

Audi Magazine.

Other ways to discover the South West

Port Davey Expeditions

Explore a remote and spectacular harbour at the edge of the world. This Wilderness World Heritage-listed area is inaccessible by road and only experienced by a privileged few each year. Over four to six nights, venture into untouched lands of majestic quartzite mountains, mirror-calm waterways and wave-battered coastlines.

Port Davey Photography Expedition

Led by experienced wilderness photographer and guide Peter Marmion, capture the wild seas, reflective waterways, craggy cliffs and scenic sunsets of the south west in magic Autumn light. This annual floating workshop provides panoramic access to every angle of Port Davey’s captivating landscapes.