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Tasmania Wilderness Experience: Southwest National Park by Air with Bush Walk and Harbor Cruise

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  • Location: Hobart, Australia
  • Duration: 8 hours (approx.)
  • Tour code: 5968DIW_SWS
Fly to Southwest National Park, Tasmania’s largest national park, in a small airplane and discover the beauty of this Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. Enjoy views of Hobart and Tasmania’s remote southwest on your flight to the national park, and take a scenic cruise on Melaleuca Inlet and Bathurst Harbour. Choose from full-day, half-day and wintertime tour options, with flight numbers limited to six to 10 passengers, and experience Tasmania’s remote Southwest National Park, accessible only by air or by boat.
Departing from Hobart Airport at Cambridge aboard your small plane, fly over Hobart's eastern suburbs and the Derwent River. Your route also takes you along the D'Entrecasteaux Channel and over Recherche Bay to Tasmanian’s most southerly point, South East Cape.

Entering Tasmania's vast southwest wilderness area, follow the route of the South Coast Track to land at Melaleuca Inlet. On the ground, visit the Deny King Bird Hide at Melaleuca and see the rare and endangered orange-bellied parrot.

Then board a boat to cruise along Melaleuca Inlet and into Bathurst Harbour, an untouched waterway the size of Sydney Harbour. Photograph views of the remote Celery Top Islands, and breathe the cleanest air in the world.

Your return flight to Cambridge takes you over Federation Peak, Mt Picton, Huonville and the Hobart city center.

On the full-day wilderness tour, available year-round, spend approximately six hours at Southwest National Park. Have lunch in a spectacular remote location, a world away from civilization, and take short guided bush walks through the wilderness.

The half-day option operates from November to April, with a choice of morning and afternoon departures. Enjoy around two hours in the Southwest National Park on the half-day tour, with morning or afternoon tea included in the park.

Operating only in winter, from May to October, the five-hour wintertime tour highlights the beauty of Tasmania’s wilderness dappled with snow, and includes lunch plus an hour extra on the ground at Claytons Corner on Bathurst Harbour.

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Hobart hotels
Departure Time:
8 hours (approx.)
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Returns to original departure point

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Full Day Tour
Code: DIW

Departs Hobart at 9am, returns at 5pm. Approximately 2 hours flying and 6 hours spent in Southwest National Park. Includes lunch

USD $325.67
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Half Day Morning Tour

Departs Hobart at 9am returning at 1pm. Approximately 2 hours flying and 2 hours spent in Southwest National Park. Includes morning tea

USD $285.86
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Half Day Afternoon Tour

Departs from Hobart at 1:30pm returning at 4:30pm. Approximately 2 hours flying and 2 hours spent in Southwest National Park. Includes afternoon tea

USD $253.30
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Half Day Winter Tour

Departs from Hobart at 10am returning at 3pm. Approximately 2 hours flying and 3 hours spent in Southwest National Park. Includes lunch

USD $285.86
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Tasmania Wilderness Experience: Southwest National Park by Air with Bush Walk and Harbor Cruise

Southwest National Park

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Local guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Meals as per tour option selected
  • Gratuities (optional)
Additional Information:
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability 
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
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Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: Jeff S, February 2016

Incredible adventure! Michael our pilot and guide did a wonderful job! The group was small and we got a chance to get to know one another. Great photo opportunities! Quiet, peaceful, beautiful. Terrific plane ride over mountains, blue/turquoise waters and white sand beaches! A must trip in Tasmania! JS

Reviewed by: Tiffany U, February 2016

My husband and I booked our own shore excursions instead of going on those offered by Holland America on our November 2015 NZ/Australia cruise, and this tour turned out to be the highlight of our trip. Our excellent pilot, Nick Hoyle, with Paravion Wilderness Tours, changed our itinerary to avoid some possible weather problems, and how grateful we were to have smooth flying conditions. It was a thrill to land on an open field on Maria Island, and then Nick led us on a walk and provided a picnic of hot drinks and some snacks. We got within a few feet of a calmly grass-munching wombat. On our flight back to Hobart, Nick spotted some whales, which we would have completely missed, and took us right over them for a closer look. Wineglass Bay and the cliffs of Pillar were magnificent. It was a splurge well worth it.

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Tour code: 5968DIW_SWS