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3-Day Southwest National Park Wilderness Camping Tour

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    Travel in comfort into the Southwest wilderness, located in the heart of remote Tasmania. Spend three days in Southwest National Park, soaking up the beauty of this pristine region and seeing the sights with an expert guide. Stay at a comfortable camp with five private 2-person huts. The camp is exclusively for the use of your tour, without public access.
    Located in the trees along Bathurst Harbor, your boutique camp hut comes equipped with a comfortable queen size bed, luxurious linens and warm blankets. Bathroom facilities with flush toilets and hot showers are located in a communal area. Enjoy delicious meals cooked by your guide, including two breakfasts, three lunches, and two dinners, accompanied by Tasmanian wines, beer, juice, water, tea and coffee. All transportation, including scenic flights, boat trips and hotel pickup and drop off, is included.
    Take in the spectacular surroundings for three glorious days, exploring this UNESCO World Heritage-listed region by boat and on foot with relaxing evenings back at camp. The typical itinerary follows, however it may change at the guide’s discretion due to weather conditions and group requirements.
    Itinerary
    Day 1: Hobart to Southwest National Park (L, D)
    After morning pickup from your Hobart hotel, head to Cambridge Airport for a spectacular 1-hour flight over Bruny Island and along Tasmania’s rugged south coast to the small hamlet of Melaleuca. A short walk takes you to the Deny King Memorial Hide, where you see the endangered orange-bellied parrot (October to March) and other birds. Then visit the home of the legendary local, Deny King. Have morning tea before an interpretive walk that tells the story of the Aboriginal Needwonee people.

    At mid-day, board your boat that takes you to your exclusive remote camp, located on the shores of the Bathurst Harbour Marine reserve. Have lunch then go explore the waterways and wilderness of Bathurst Harbour. Visit the pristine Celery Top Islands, follow your guide on a rainforest stroll, and hike to the top of Mt Beattie for panoramic views. Return to camp in the late afternoon for a relaxing evening in this remarkable wilderness.

    Overnight: Deluxe hut at private camp

    Day 2: Southwest National Park (B, L, D)
    After breakfast, explore the Bathurst narrows by boat and admire the 2625 foot high (800m) mountains that jut out of the sea. Land at Balmoral Beach and take a morning stroll to Balmoral Hill. Then continue by boat to Parker Bay and hear the story of the explorer Critchley Parker Jr, who died in the wilderness while researching the region. In the afternoon, head to Bramble Cove for a gentle walk up Mt Milner, where you can see the white quartzite cliffs of Port Davey. Then cruise in your boat along the spectacular Breaksea Islands and Schooner Cove. Visit an ancient Aboriginal ochre cave before returning to camp for the evening.

    Overnight: Deluxe hut at private camp

    Day 3: Southwest National Park to Hobart (B, L)
    Choose from several options for your day. Energetic hikers can climb Mt Rugby, a five hour round trip walk along a trail with a moderate grade. The 2539 foot (771m) mountain rises from the Bathurst Narrows and features amazing views of the entire South West. Or opt for a more leisurely walk to Cox Bight beach, along a mostly flat trail that takes five hours round trip. Alternatively, skip the long walks and visit an ancient Huon pine forest located on the Old River. Huon pine is native to Tasmania and is favored for timber.

    In the late afternoon, board your return flight to Hobart, flying over the Federation Peak and the Western Arthur Range. Upon arrival in Hobart, you are returned to your hotel to end your tour.
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    Reviewed 3 April 2019

    This place had been on my bucket list forever but now I have to trust someone I have never met with my diet as I have coeliac disease.So Par Avion was the way to do it. Its almost impossible to rate an experience that is...More

    Date of experience: March 2019
    Thank apulorraine
    Reviewed 1 April 2019

    We’ve just returned from 3 days at Melaleuca staying in the camp with Greg and Peter as our hosts. It was a great trip and experience in so many ways. The friendliness and professionalism was great and this applied to our pilots, and Gina in...More

    Date of experience: March 2019
    Thank JFY1967
    ParAvionManagement, Manager at Par Avion, responded to this reviewResponded 2 April 2019

    Thanks for taking the time to write a review, thrilled that you had a great trip

    Reviewed 10 March 2019

    We had three days/two nights with Greg and Pete. They took us to amazing places, including up two mountains, lunch on a pristine beach, into water systems and into Port Davey Marine Reserve. These guys love where they live and have been part of the...More

    Date of experience: February 2019
    Thank Karen M
    Reviewed 21 February 2019

    What an experience from the flight in along the coast to the tripping around the harbour to visit picturesque wilderness. It is not often we have the oppurtunity and priviledge to visit such an unexpectedly beautiful and untouched environment. Our friendly guides Greg and Dave...More

    Date of experience: February 2019
    Thank PaulaCM66
    Reviewed 20 February 2019

    Went with 3 friends on a bucket list trip. Par Avion is professional, friendly, informative, and supportive company who gave us a most amazing experience. For anybody travelling to Tasmania or who lives in the state this is a must do trip. Seeing the enormity...More

    Date of experience: February 2019
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