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4-Day Cruise Expedition of Southwest Tasmania's World Heritage wilderness On-Board MV Odalisque from Hobart provided by Tasmanian Boat Charters

4-Day Cruise Expedition of Southwest Tasmania's World Heritage wilderness On-Board MV Odalisque from Hobart

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Explore Southwest Tasmania’s World Heritage Area on an all-inclusive expedition cruise. Ashore and afloat, discover this pristine wilderness on daily guided excursions lead by people who know this wilderness intimately. Offering tailored itineraries, accommodation aboard a boutique floating hotel and gourmet fare prepared by guest chefs, it’s perfect for those eager for adventure, but not so keen on roughing it.
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Departure Point
Par Avion, 115 Kennedy Dr, Cambridge TAS 7170, Australia
4 days
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Return flights from Hobart to Bathurst Harbour
  • 3 nights accommodation aboard Odalisque
  • Expert skipper, interpretive guide and guest chef
  • Menu featuring gourmet Tasmanian produce
  • Fine Tasmanian wine and local boutique beer
  • Tailored itineraries – jet boat excursions, walking, birdwatching, photography, beachcombing
  • Travel & medical insurance
  • Extra fuel levies (for charters where opportunities arise and the vessel travels a further distance)
  • Specialised activities, such as diving and kayaking
  • Emergency evacuation or emergency search charges
  • Additional beer, wine and spirits purchased from our onboard bar
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Additional Info
  • Available only February – May
  • TRIP ESSENTIALS - Everything you need to know about your cruise expedition
  • is a fly in / fly out experience departing from Cambridge Airport, located at 115 Kennedy Drive, Cambridge (follow the signs to Par Avion). Staff will meet you at the airport at the start of your tour. For 4-day tours, the start time of your expedition will vary. Start times are
  • Usually 11.00am. Please check your confirmation email for the start time for your tour.
  • As our flight into the South West is on a light aircraft, weight & size limitations apply to baggage. Guests will be provided with an
  • waterproof bag at the airport which is to be used to transfer your personal luggage during our expedition. You will be given time to transfer personal items into this bag at the Airport. Any items you are not taking with you on your trip, including travel luggage and any other personal items, can be stored with us for the duration of your adventure. For further details on baggage, refer to ‘What to pack’ section.
  • Guests should allow 25 minutes to drive from Hobart CBD to Cambridge Airport and 5 minutes from Hobart Airport to Cambridge Airport. Check in time is 7:30am for an 8.00am departure, or 11.00am for an 11.30am departure. The spectacular flight from Cambridge to Melaleuca takes approximately 1 hour.
  • If you are driving to Cambridge Airport, there is free unsecured parking available at this airport. If you would like secure parking there are the following nearby options:
  • Airport Undercover Parking – (03) 6248 5882
  • Taxis from the Hobart CBD are available for approximately $50.00, and an Uber is approximately $30.00.
  • Your experience with us ends when we return to Cambridge Airport. Our time of return will vary depending on the length of trip you have booked.
  • On the final day of your cruise, we expect to return to Cambridge Airport by:
  • Either 2pm or 7pm, depending on trip length and start date.
  • Return scenic flights
  • from Cambridge Airport to Melaleuca, Bathurst Harbour
  • Accommodation aboard Odalisque
  • Our expedition cruise vessel is designed for your comfort and safety, purpose built by Tasmanian owner and operator Pieter van der Woude for this Southwest experience. Small group touring at its best,
  • has three private cabins, a comfortable entertaining and dining area and a spacious outside deck.
  • Skipper
  • Skipper Pieter van der Woude, who is also the owner of the business, will be your host on the majority of our cruises. His lifetime of experience and passion for Tasmanian waters and marine life makes him the perfect skipper for guests wanting to explore the remote Tasmanian South West and Southern Ocean coastline.
  • Expert Guide
  • Expert guides with an intimate knowledge of the area will be your personal, walking encyclopaedias throughout your time with us. We’ll pair you with a guide whose areas of expertise match your own interests.
  • Chef
  • Guest chefs provide top-notch, modern Tasmanian fare. We borrow our chefs from some of the best restaurants in Hobart, and you can expect meals as inspiring as the landscapes in which we dine.
  • All meals
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner and all snacks are provided for you by our onboard chef. Please let us know of any dietary requirements in advance.
  • Beverages
  • A house selection of top-notch Tasmanian wine & beer is included in your package. Additional beverages can also be purchased from our list of premium Tasmanian wine, boutique beer & local spirits. Non-alcoholic drinks are freely available.
  • Wet weather gear & other handy items
  • The
  • is stocked with lots of useful items. See ‘What to pack’ section for full details of our supplies.
  • Odalisque waterproof bags
  • Provided at Cambridge Airport for transportation of your personal luggage during your expedition. See ‘What to pack’ section for further details.
  • National Park entrance fees
  • There are some activities or items during your trip which will incur additional charges. These include:
  • Fuel surcharges for cruises which take the Odalisque beyond Port Davey and into the Southern Ocean, including trips to Maatsuyker Island, Mainwaring Inlet & The Shank. These side trips are subject to a $250/hr fuel levy, to be shared between all guests.
  • Emergency evacuation or emergency search charges.
  • Additional beer, wine and spirits purchased from our onboard bar.
  • Specialised activities, such as diving and kayaking.
  • Any additional charges incurred while on a charter can be paid for upon your return to Hobart.
  • Our itineraries are as changing as the weather in this remote & wild country. Quite often, we will plan each day’s activities with our guests over dinner the night before. Our guide & skipper will put together a daily itinerary options based on your own interests, whether that be hiking, beachcombing, bird spotting, sightseeing from the jet boat or simply relaxing aboard
  • The dynamic weather is one of the many attractions of this unique World Heritage Area wilderness. Daytime summer temperatures can range from 10°C to 35°C and at least one day of rain or drizzle is to be expected. Evening temperatures regularly drop below 10°C. Take a look out our ‘What to pack’ section for suggestions as to what you might need to be comfortable in any weather.
  • Our access to this wilderness area is by light aircraft. These planes cannot operate in extremes of weather or poor visibility. Whilst it is unusual, delays can occur on both inward and outward flights. Due to this
  • We will not be responsible for any expenses incurred for flight delays that our out of our control.
  • to cover any expenses associated with such delays.
  • In the eventuality of a delayed departure we will endeavour to provide a complete itinerary where circumstances allow. This does however require participants to have flexibility in their own schedule.
  • However, if a delayed departure means that the number of nights in the trip are reduced, and it is not possible for us to extend the end trip date due to other trip commitments, guests will have the option to:
  • Transfer their trip payments to another date,
  • Continue with shortened trip at a reduced rate. In this case, guest’s will be reimbursed the equivalent of the nightly rate of the trip with a 25%
  • If the weather does not permit travel out of Port Davey and guests are required to stay an extra night(s) aboard
  • guests will be charged a per night rate at a 25% discount.
  • We will request details of any onward flights or accommodation upon your return to Hobart, so that in the case of any delays, alternative arrangements can be made on your behalf.
  • 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 staff know and to include an extra supply. It is also important that you let us know if you have any pre-existing medical conditions or injuries. Our supplies of non-prescription medications are limited. If this is a concern, feel free to bring your own.
  • Our skipper and all our guides hold either a wilderness or marine first aid qualification. We carry an extensive first aid kit, satellite communication, location beacon, marine radio and flare kits in case of emergencies.
  • There is no mobile phone coverage in the area where we will be travelling. We see this as an opportunity for complete escape from the hustle and bustle of day-to-day life.
  • However, we do understand that in some special situations you may need some communication with the outside world. In these circumstances, it is possible for guests to send and receive text messages and to receive calls only via the satellite phone. Please feel free to ask the skipper to use the phone if necessary.
  • In case of emergency, family and friends can make contact with guests via the satellite phone: 0477 100 119. This phone is tended by Hobart staff, who will then pass on the message to staff in Port Davey.
  • Power is available on board to charge up any devices.
  • The minimum age of guests for any overnight charters into Port Davey is 8 years. The parent/guardian is to take full responsibility for the child. In the case where the whole vessel is chartered by a single group of people, the age limit does not apply.
  • There is no disability access aboard the
  • Due to space and weight limitations in the aircraft, guests are limited to 12kg of personal luggage only. This luggage will need to fit in the waterproof bag provided to you at Cambridge Airport. The bag is approximately 48cm long with a diameter of 34cm and a capacity of 45L.
  • Lightweight and sturdy hiking boots (note: some tracks are muddy, rutted and overgrown)
  • Dry & clean footwear for wearing aboard Odalisque (something that’s comfortable and easy to get on & off eg. Sneakers or ‘boat shoes’)
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Warm polar fleece or down jacket & other warm layers
  • Personal medications
  • Comfortable clothes suitable for a range of activities – from hiking to cruising in the jet boat – suitable for the range of weather conditions we’ll be exposed to – from hot, sunny and still to cold, windy and wet.
  • Bathers
  • Camera
  • Book
  • Journal
  • Day pack
  • Odalisque,
  • Towels & linen
  • Wet weather pants & jackets
  • Life jacket
  • Small library with a variety of reference books
  • First aid & emergency safety equipment
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Bathroom essentials including shampoo, conditioner & body wash
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
Cancellation Policy
All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
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Harvey Cuthill wrote a review Mar 2020
1 contribution2 helpful votes
Wonderful trip Great knowledge , food and company. Parks loss .... Odalisque gain. Great food and adaptive crew Cheers and thanks .
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from TasBoatCharters, General Manager at 4-Day Cruise Expedition of Southwest Tasmania's World Heritage wilderness On-Board MV Odalisque from Hobart
Responded 4 Mar 2020
Thank you both for taking the time to share with us your thoughts, it is greatly appreciated. We're glad to hear that you enjoyed your time with us in the Southwest and hope that we can accommodate you again in the future. Kind regards, Ella and the Tasmanian Boat Charters team
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Lorna P wrote a review Feb 2020
Toronto, Canada40 contributions29 helpful votes
Our group of 6 was a number of firsts for Tasmanian Boat Charters - first family group (3 generations ranging in ages from 20-60), first Canadians and youngest guest. We boarded and basically took over :) It was a perfect place for a mini-family reunion - spacious and
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from TasBoatCharters, General Manager at 4-Day Cruise Expedition of Southwest Tasmania's World Heritage wilderness On-Board MV Odalisque from Hobart
Responded 4 Mar 2020
Lorna, what kind words! Thank you so very much for taking the time to express your thoughts on the expedition, it means the world to us. You're correct in saying it was a number of firsts having you aboard our Odalisque, however we hope we get many more groups like yours! It was a privilege to be part of your mini family reunion and we look forward to hosting you all again in the future. Thanks again and best wishes, Ella and the Tasmanian Boat Charters team
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FredaB187 wrote a review Feb 2020
Mildura, Australia135 contributions20 helpful votes
From the flight from Hobart and the return journey, it was one amazing experience after another. the scenery was amazing, the staff on board the boat looked after us so well, the food was pretty good and lots of it, as was the wine and beer.
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Date of experience: February 2020
Response from TasBoatCharters, Manager at 4-Day Cruise Expedition of Southwest Tasmania's World Heritage wilderness On-Board MV Odalisque from Hobart
Responded 18 Feb 2020
Thank you for your lovely review. It was an absolute pleasure hosting the both of you in our magical Southwest and we’re very pleased to hear you enjoyed it. We wish you all the best, The Tasmanian Boat Charters Team
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John and Sandra T wrote a review Feb 2020
1 contribution
We had a wonderful experience exploring the stunning Port Davey and Bathurst Harbour area in the comfort of the custom made Odalisque cabin cruiser. The Skipper, Guide and Chef were all experts in their fields and worked co-operatively at all the other tasks like washing up,
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Date of experience: February 2020
Response from TasBoatCharters, Manager at 4-Day Cruise Expedition of Southwest Tasmania's World Heritage wilderness On-Board MV Odalisque from Hobart
Responded 18 Feb 2020
We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed our magnificent Southwest as much as we do! It was our absolute pleasure having you aboard the Odalisque and hope we are able to do so again the future. Kindest regards, The Tasmanian Boat Charters team
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Jonathan C wrote a review Feb 2020
Egham, United Kingdom816 contributions63 helpful votes
It's easy to run out of words when describing our trip - amazing, beautiful, wonderful, unique, exceptional. How best to describe it. Pretty much all of the above. This was truly a 5 star experience from start to finish. The crew were professional and knowledgeable. The food
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Date of experience: January 2020
Response from TasBoatCharters, Manager at 4-Day Cruise Expedition of Southwest Tasmania's World Heritage wilderness On-Board MV Odalisque from Hobart
Responded 12 Feb 2020
Thank you for such a perfect summary of our Southwest experience. We like to believe that Port Davey, in all its moods, is an extremely special place, and we're so happy to be able to share this with explorers such as yourselves! We are so glad to hear that your got the most out of your experience and truly hope you'll join us again in the future to explore more hidden corners. Best wishes, The Tasmanian Boat Charters team.
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Sally C
So good we extended our stay.
The remote, beautiful, serene south west wilderness World Heritage area of Tasmania is difficult to access and the
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Escape to ... the unspoiled wilderness
A year in the planning after wanting to explore the far corner of the South West National Park and a recommendation
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Port Davey
If you want to experience amazing walks, stunning scenery, unsurpassed history and local knowledge with top qualit
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A Hens Party On The Derwent - The Most Perfect Day!!
This day was truly an experience we will never forget! 30 girls aboard the Odalisque for a friends Hens Party, crui
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Staff party
A Truly faultless experience... Nothing was a problem for Peter,Matthew and Bonnie... 3 hours out on the beautiful
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Fantastic day on Derwent River
Odalisque is a magnificent vessel, perfect for hosting a small gathering, cruising the river. We had a Group of 40
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Last stop before the Antartic
One of the best holidays I have had so very different and quite a humbling experience to be part of such a special
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Port Davey with friends
A great way to explore the South West wilderness area of Tasmania which is generally only accessible to yachties an
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It's hard to even describe this trip. Pieter the skipper and Peter the guide were like encyclopedias with their ama
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boating ,walking and swimming in tasmanian south west wilderness.
A memorable trip in a place few people get to. Difficult to put into words the majesty and rawness of Port Davey.O
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Very special
I have travelled far and wide, but this tour was one of the best. The scenery, the remoteness, the friendliness, th
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Peter S
Wonderful Port Davey
Had a wonderful 4 days with Pete and his crew. Everything went well right from the moment we arrived in Hobart to f
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Wilderness without the worries
Great experience exploring the remote Southwest with a professional team learning about the history, flora and faun
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Outstanding Wilderness Experience in Port Davey/Bathurst Harbour
We have just finished a 5 day/4 night cruise on the Odalisque in the Tasmanian South West Wilderness in Port Davey/
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Bathurst Harbour as I've never seen it before
From the flight in, to the greeting, the trip out to the Odalsique, the skipper Pieter, the Chef Tim and the Guide
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Key Details
  • Duration: 4 days
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Hotel Pickup
  • Languages Offered: English
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