5 star rating: Highly Recommended 16 Reviews

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  • Location:Hobart, Australia
  • Duration:8 hours (approx.)

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

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.


  • Tasmania’s Southwest National Park by scenic flight from Hobart
  • Explore the wilderness of Tasmania’s largest national park
  • Enjoy a cruise on Melaleuca Inlet and Bathurst Harbour
  • Take a bush walk through the Southwest National Park
  • Choose from full-day, morning, afternoon and winter tours

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

This is a day you will always remember - an opportunity to discover Tasmania's remote Southwest National Park by both air and land. It's an area of pristine and untamed natural beauty. In order to appreciate this special and unique part of Tasmania. I highly recommend the full-day option

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What You Can Expect

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

Southwest National Park

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.

Customer Reviews

Jeff S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 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

Tiffany U

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 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.

Richard A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Outstanding adventure

Colin United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

This is an experience few get to see, the Park is just about as unspoilt by humans as it gets so this is one trip you must do if visiting Tas, remember to leave nothing there, to take nothing away only the memories. The whole day was great and everyone involved made it a day to remember, the knowledge of the pilot about the park, the history and the habit and how it needs to be protected was appreciated by all.

Glenda I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

The southwest wilderness is awesome. The colours were magnificent. The tour guides were perfect gentlemen. I really felt that I was being looked after which is what a holiday should be about!

Sandra F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Absolutely amazing trip. Fantastic location. A must on everyone's list. The knowledgeable staff made the trip.

Ingrid G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

The pilot picked me up at the hotel, flew the plane, drove the boat, made coffee and tea and drove me back to the hotel! What service! Plus a great flight with spectacular views. Tasmania is beautiful!

Christopher T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

A good and adventurous trip. Good insulation clothes should be provided. When it in the boat, too cold to enjoy.

Robert V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

This trip is a long day but the pilots/guides/food preparers are excellent and the scenery on the way, there and on the way back is worth the effort.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

A wonderful day.

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