Luxury expeditions in the Tasmanian wilderness

On the rugged southwest coast of Tasmania, in a place barely touched by time, there's a luxurious new way to experience the wilderness

Explore the remotest corners of Tasmania’s World-Heritage-listed wilderness on an intimate, exclusive expedition cruise. Odalisque III is a purpose-built boutique vessel, built and launched in Tasmania in 2023 by On Board.

Adventures on the new expedition catamaran feature exclusive access to wilderness areas, with daily walks and adventure boat excursions with expert local guides via bespoke itineraries. All departures are strictly limited to 12 guests only.

Privileged access to remote lands rich with stories and adventure

On Board's signature 5-day experience is to Port Davey, a vast, fragile and spectacular harbour in Southwest Tasmania, inaccessible by road. A protected marine reserve, national park and UNESCO Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, brushed by the westerly winds of the Roaring Forties, it is one of the world’s last places of raw, untamed beauty.

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"This is Tasmania showcasing the best of what it does, from this untamed wilderness to great wines, from leading-edge marine technology to nightly feasts of lobster."

Scenic wilderness seaplane flight

The Tasmanian-owned family-operated experience begins and ends in Hobart with a 40-min scenic seaplane transfer to the floating lodge in the wilderness, Odalisque III. The flight sets set the scene for an epic adventure to come with birds-eye views over wild green valleys and wave-battered coastlines.

In the Southwest National Park

Guests spend their days’ adventuring across the calm, reflective waters of Bathurst Harbour and its surrounding ancient rainforests, buttongrass plains, and quartzite mountain peaks. Beyond Port Davey’s entrance, explore the untracked sands of wild Southern Ocean beaches and the islands that protect the harbour, the last land contact between Tasmania and Antarctica. Along the way, spy rare and endangered wildlife, and learn of Tasmania’s Aboriginal people at a significant cultural living site.

Floating Luxury Lodge in the Wilderness

Back onboard, the reward for the day’s adventure includes a feast of Tasmania’s finest seafood, wines, and whiskies under a thousand stars, lodgings with all the soft luxuries, with expansive, ever-changing views of untouched waterways, peaks and forests through large-picture windows.

Special offer: Save 25% on limited departures

To celebrate the arrival of our new seaplane, receive 25% off selected Port Davey expedition cruises between December 2023 to May 2024

Complete the form below to receive privileged access to departure dates and special fares on selected Southwest Tasmania-based cruises.

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What an absolutely privilege it was to discover the Southwest Wilderness aboard this elegantly appointed expedition catamaran

This custom built vessel comes with all the stylish mod cons and awesome views from every aspect, providing incredible vistas of a spectacular landscape. Cruising through this remote and rugged region was such an adventure and it was all the more special thanks to the expert knowledge and hospitality from the On Board crew.  Super impressive meals complemented by Tasmanian wines & spirits made this experience extra memorable.

Karen Fitzgerald

Tourism Australia

Port Davey in the Tasmanian Wilderness World-Heritage Area
is one of the most precious places in the world

Businesses like On Board, who immerse guests in this incredible wilderness, providing luxury but with a care and passion for the place, are pioneering the future of Tasmania’s tourism.

Dick Smith AC

Australian conservationist and entrepreneur