Rare experiences, new horizons, life-long memories – and all in just three brilliant and unforgettable days. This 3-day exploration is an ideal way to experience the majesty of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area if your time is at a premium, or you are new to paddling or wilderness camping.
A spectacular flight deep into the World Heritage Area wilderness of southwest Tasmania - paddling to remote and beautiful destinations in protected waterways – enjoying camping with a splash of comfort at a standing camp in the rainforest – these are the highlights of our 3-Day Sea Kayak Exploration.
Bathurst Harbour, in Tasmania’s Wilderness World Heritage Area, offers a combination of sheltered wilderness harbours, remote islands and wild rivers. There are no roads and no settlements. Discover spectacular destinations in the best way possible - by water, at paddling pace.
Our guides know this pristine wilderness intimately – all the sheltered bays and open beaches, the peaks and islands and every hidden corner. After a spectacular flight to the remote airstrip at Melaleuca your days will be spent exploring one of Tasmania’s most remote and beautiful wilderness waterways, paddling through perfect reflections in the tannin-stained waters, beneath mountains that rise from the shore and stopping in at sandy beaches.
Previous kayaking experience is not necessary, but it is important to have a sound level of fitness, and, most of all, a sense of adventure.
Our kayaking experiences take place in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. We are privileged to be the only kayaking guides with permission to operate in this unique and special place and we are committed to sustainable and responsible environmental practices.
The Forest Lagoon wilderness camp is carefully designed to sit lightly on the land and have minimal impact on the environment. At the same time, the camp offers an enjoyable, sheltered and comfortable base in the wilderness. The spacious platform tents are set above the ground and have real beds! After a day’s paddling, you’ll sleep soundly. There’s a covered area where we meet for meals and group gatherings – perfect for planning the day’s exploration in the morning and discussing the highlights of the journey in the afternoon. There are also environmentally-sensitive toilet facilities. The setting is beautiful, in a remote forest clearing on the banks of Melaleuca inlet.
Transfers between Hobart and Cambridge Airport, a scenic one hour return flight to Melaleuca, all meals (with an emphasis on fresh Tasmanian produce) and refreshments, a glass of Tasmanian wine each evening, two nights accommodation at the Forest Lagoon standing camp, sleeping bag, cotton sleeping bag liner and pillowcase for use at the camp, two highly-experienced kayaking guides, comfortable and stable double sea kayaks, all specialist paddling equipment (good-quality paddle, paddling jacket and pants, spray deck, buoyancy vest, duffle bag, and dry-bags) and national park entry fees.
Click on the “Trip Essentials” button at the top right-hand corner of this page for a full equipment list – but basically, you need similar gear to what you would carry on a bushwalking trip – although when you travel by kayak the weight isn’t on your back.
Thermals and fleece clothing is ideal as it is light and warm. You will need walking boots or comfortable shoes for exploring ashore and a change of dry gear for the evening. A waterproof and windproof jacket, sun hat, warm hat and gloves are all essential.
And most of all – your sense of adventure!