In May 2023, On Board hosted photographer Lean Timms and journalist Faith Campbell on a 4-night Port Davey Escape expedition cruise in the wildly remote, wildly beautiful Southwest Tasmania for the September issue of Qantas Travel Insider.
Here's an excerpt from the story, accompanied with a selection of Lean Timms images.
"From the seaplane on the one-hour flight from Hobart (nipaluna), I watch as the built world disappears. First towns, then homes, then farms, then roads. Gradually, the landscape begins to stir: steely water ripples, wind tousles the scrub and skipper Pieter van der Woude waves from the tinnie. Our party of four climbs out of the small plane and into the small boat then we whizz across the bay to Odalisque III, the six-cabin, 24-metre catamaran on which we’ll be cosseted from the wilds of Port Davey and Bathurst Harbour for four nights.
…I sleep with the blinds up so I don’t miss any of the quiet lilac dawn. When light subsumes dark, views of Mount Rugby, russet-stained rocks and water that matches the mood of the sky compel me out of my cabin cocoon.
…“It’s a landscape rich with stories,” [Guide Peter] Marmion tells us on one of our daily trips to shore. He shares yarns as my boots crunch over quartzite that’s more than a billion years old and when we peer into caves that sheltered First Nations people long before wayward seafarers arrived.'"
We'd like to give a heartfelt thanks to Faith and Lean for telling our story so beautifully and with so much heart.