Tour code: 5968DIW_SWS
Visit Tasmania’s Southwest National Park by air on this half-day or full-day tour from Hobart. Part of the Tasmania Wilderness World Heritage Area, the park is known for its untouched, remote wilderness setting and is mostly accessible only by plane or boat. Admire views of Hobart and southern Tasmania during the flight, and the land in the park for a boat cruise on Bathurst Harbour. You’ll spend from two to six hours inside the park, depending on option selected when booking. This tour is limited to 10 people to provide an intimate small-group experience.

Highlights

  • 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

As you take off from the airport in Cambridge in your small plane, cruise over Hobart and the River Derwent, and follow the D’Entrecasteaux Channel over Recherche Bay to South East Cape, the southernmost point of Tasmania.

Soar over the remote wilderness area of UNESCO World Heritage–listed Southwest National Park, marveling at the vastness of its untouched setting, and touch down inside the park at the Melaleuca Inlet. After getting off the plane, enjoy the chance to see an orange-bellied parrot, an endangered species, at the Deny King Bird Hide. Then embark on a boat ride across the inlet and into Bathurst Harbour, a pristine body of water that’s similar in size to Sydney Harbour. While you soak up the fresh air, some of the cleanest on Earth, admire views of the Celery Top Islands.

Return to your plane for the flight back to Cambridge, flying over Mt Picton, Federation Peak, Huonville and central Hobart before landing at the airport to end your tour.

Full-day tour (8 hours):
If you select this option when booking, you’ll spend about six hours in Southwest National Park. Lunch is included at a scenic location, a world away from the city, and you’ll enjoy brief bush walks with a guide.

Half-day tour (4 hours):
On the shorter adventure, which operates as both a morning and afternoon tour (your choice), you’ll spend about two hours inside the national park. Morning or afternoon tea is included.

Winter tour (5 hours):
Operating from May to October, this 5-hour option shows off the park’s natural beauty in the winter months, when snow dapples the wild landscape. Lunch is included, and you’ll spend an additional hour in the park at Claytons Corner on Bathurst Harbour.

Customer Reviews

Frances M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

It was outstanding, one of the best tours we ever did, spectacular scenery during the flight.

Carsten H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

We had a great trip into the Southwest Wilderness and it was one of the highlights of our 3,5 week tour in Tasmania. Nick and Thomas did a wonderful job and were the perfect pilots/guides/hosts!!!

Chantal W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

This was a trip worth doing, just to be able to gaze upon the unspoilt areas without having to put on my hiking boots. My mother and i are still waxing lyrical about the tour and our guide/pilot/captain continually gave us as much information as we could want and remember. Thank you for an absolutely awesome afternoon.

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!

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