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On Board Partners with Saffire Freycinet in New Coast-to-Coast Luxury Tasmanian Adventure

Tasmania’s leading luxury lodge Saffire Freycinet has partnered with luxury expedition cruise operator On Board in a select series of exclusive expeditions – Coast to Coast Luxury - combining small ship adventure through the remote southwest corner of Tasmania’s Wilderness World-Heritage Area with a stay at Saffire Freycinet on the east coast’s spectacular Freycinet Peninsula.

Exclusive round-trip transfers by seaplane link the three-night luxury expedition cruise in the southwest with a three-night stay at Saffire in the east, from the Hobart base, offering seamless connections and a breathtaking aerial perspective to the island state and its rugged wilderness and sparkling coasts.


With accommodations for only 12 guests in six luxury suites onboard and at the lodge, the Coast-to-Coast Luxury six-night package is available over just three set departure dates from Hobart. Inaccessible by road, guests will travel to Port Davey by air to join On Board before flying to Saffire Freycinet and returning to Hobart over seven glorious days:

  • December 12 – 18, 2023
  • March 29 – April 4, 2024
  • May 4 – 10, 2024
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Ideal to join an intimate group of likeminded guests, an unforgettable corporate retreat or for family and friends celebrating a special occasion, the itinerary offers a deep dive into Tasmania’s spectacular wilderness with an all-inclusive luxury base complete with world-class Tasmanian culinary fare and personally guided experiences.

The Coast-to-Coast Luxury adventure takes in the vast, untouched waterways of Port Davey, a precious harbour on the edge of the world protected by a marine reserve, national park, and the UNESCO Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. From On Board’s brand-new expedition vessel, guests are immersed in wilds few will ever reach on daily walks with expert local guides, and tender excursions exploring ancient rivers and remote bays brimming with bird and marine life. The experience taps into new interest from travellers for Tasmania’s wild west made famous recently by TV series Alone Australia, The Bridge and Bay of Fires.

After flying with a spectacular view direct across the state to Freycinet National Park in the east, guests will relax into pure luxury at Saffire Freycinet, where daily tasting menus showcase abundant local produce including seafood from the bay and resident honey as well as premium Tasmanian wines. All-inclusive experiences include taking in the Saffire bee-keeping experience, tasting oysters straight from the bay, or discovering the First Nations heritage on a guided Connection to Country walk.

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Saffire Freycinet General Manager Patrick Barrie said the partnership with On Board in the Coast-to-Coast Luxury departures was a rare chance for guests to celebrate Tasmania’s breathtaking and diverse natural beauty in one seamless venture.

“We’re so pleased to partner with our contemporaries at On Board and really deliver an exceptional experience of Tasmania’s wild reaches for our guests,” Mr Barrie said. “Each coast of Tasmania is unique and none no more so that the east and west. We are thrilled to extend the Saffire experience to an area of Tasmania rarely ventured and spectacularly beautiful.”

On Board Founder Peter van der Woude said the family-owned-and-operated business was thrilled to reveal Tasmania’s wild southwest coast to guests.

“For guests looking for a once-in-a-lifetime Tasmanian adventure, this guided luxury gives guests the opportunity to experience the very best of Tasmania in one week. Our new boutique catamaran Odalisque III serves as a luxe launching pad to explore the UNESCO World Heritage Wilderness Area of Port Davey, whilst the Saffire Freycinet lodge seamlessly connects guests with the dramatic Hazards and coastal environment,” Mr van der Woude said.

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Rates on the all-inclusive six-night Coast-to-Coast Luxury package are priced from AU$27,000 and feature all dining and on-package drinks, three seaplane transfers and guided experiences with On Board and Saffire Freycinet. Bookings for each departure date must be confirmed 45 days prior, when the expedition is closed.

For more information, see here.

For bookings, contact Saffire Freycinet directly.