Port Davey and Southwest Wilderness 8 day expedition
Board the Windeward Bound for an intimate sailing experience into Port Davey in the pristine Tasmanian Southwest Wilderness World Heritage area.
Our unique 8 day expedition travels through Tasmania’s beautiful World Heritage area of Port Davey, an untouched waterway full of natural wonder. Let us take you to some of Tasmania’s most spectacular and inaccessible places, including Melaleuca, the gateway to the southwest and South East Cape where our early settlers turned north to establish Hobart. You will be immersed in jaw-dropping scenery, incredible pioneer history and abundant nature and wildlife.
The Windeward Bound is an authentic traditional square rigged Tall Ship and replicates early vessels that explored and worked in this area. Your sailing experience is enhanced by beautiful Tasmanian food and wine, the comfort of hot showers and restful bunks after an exciting day exploring.
Our exclusive expeditions are run twice a year and are open to a maximum number of ten people. This is an all inclusive package including all food, drinks and activities for AUD $4250.
1st - 8th March 2019 - fully booked.
15th - 22nd March 2019 - only 2 berths left.
6th - 13th November 2019 - berths still available.
The itinerary below is a guide only. Most of the activities will happen, but are subject to weather and will happen in no specific order. Other activities in Port Davey may be substituted if weather conditions in the South West require it.
Day 1 – Departing Hobart, meander down the D'Entrecasteaux channel, past Bruny Island and into the Southern Ocean.
Day 2 – Arrive in spectacular Port Davey to enjoy the uninhabited surrounds. Weather permitting, activities could include an expedition to Davey Gorge.
Days 3 to 5 – Discover the amazing history and scenery of this pristine part of the world. Activities could include kayaking and exploring incredible destinations such as Melaleuca, Bathurst Harbour, Spring River and a walk up Mount Beattie.
Day 6 – A walk up Mount Parry (staged climb, according to your fitness) to view the entire Port Davey area.
Day 7 – Begin the sail back by rounding the dramatic South West Cape and turning East for South East Cape before turning north for Hobart. Possible stop at Recherche Bay, a significant former settlement and early French scientific site from 1792.
Day 8 – Following a leisurely breakfast in Recherche Bay, make our way into Hobart in the late afternoon, under sail if wind conditions permit.
Our friendly staff can help you with accommodation options in and around Hobart as well as transfers to Hobart International Airport if required. Guests are advised to book return travel arrangements, such as flights, at least two days post-due voyage return date; as weather in the Southwest has been known to impact on the sailing schedule.
The Windeward Bound Trust is a registered charity and proceeds from operations are used to ensure the continuing provision of personal development Sail Training and maritime career training opportunities for deserving young Australians.