You’d be surprised how accessible our wilderness areas can be. You don’t have to be a super athlete or marathon runner – just bring your taste buds, your camera and your sense of adventure. Take your pick from these four wild ideas.
Tasmanian Seafood Seduction
Rob Pennicott, Tasmania’s eco-cruising pioneer and multi-award winning sustainable tourism entrepreneur, has introduced a unique new experience for visitors to southern Tasmania. His latest venture is the Tasmanian Seafood Seduction, a full-day guided on-water gourmet experience with a real hands-on flavour.
After enjoying a scenic cruise from the Hobart docks down the River Derwent and into the D’Entrecasteaux Channel, guests will hook a feed of flathead, shuck a few oysters, pull a craypot, inspect a salmon farm and watch your guide snorkel for sea urchins and abalone. It doesn’t get much more hands-on than that!
Then, of course, there are the rewards for all the hunter-gathering – a delicious seafood lunch aboard the boat in a sheltered Bruny Island anchorage.
With a maximum of 12 guests on a specially-designed cruise boat, it’s an intimate and authentic way to experience the best of southern Tasmania’s seafood, waterways, marine wildlife and unforgettable landscapes.
Bruny Island Long Weekend
There’s plenty of variety on this exciting new three-day exploration of Bruny Island’s waterways, beaches, forests, coastlines – not to mention its wines, seafood, meats, wood-fired breads, cheeses, olives, summer berries and even fudges.
Young Tasmanian adventurer Robert Knight has created an experience that begins with a voyage from Hobart by high-speed catamaran – and ends with a spectacular seaplane flight back to the city.
In between, the Bruny Island Long Weekend rolls out coastal bushwalks, oyster harvesting, birdwatching, wildlife observation, wine-tasting at Australia’s most southerly vineyard and a Pennicott Wilderness Journeys eco-cruise.
Each day ends with a hot shower and a glass of wine by the fire, followed by a delicious dinner of island specialties. Then it’s time to sink into a king-size bed with fresh white linen in a comfortable tent on a platform above the forest floor.
Three Capes Track
When it’s completed, this 65-kilometre, multi-day outdoor experience will be Australia’s best coastal bushwalk. Showcasing three of the great landmarks and landfalls of the Tasman Peninsula – Cape Raoul, Cape Pillar, Cape Hauy – the Three Capes Track runs along the crest of the country’s highest sea cliffs, winds its way through coastal forests and explores remote rocky shorelines. Overnight sites will be established at strategic points along the track.
The eastern section of the route, from Fortescue Bay to Cape Hauy, has recently been upgraded with outstanding new trackwork and work is continuing in other areas.
Par Avion wilderness tours
Experienced southern Tasmanian charter-flight operator Par Avion offers three memorable ways to explore the World Heritage wilderness of Southwest Tasmania, including half-day and full-day flight/cruises and a three-day, two-night camping experience based in a luxury private camp, in a secluded forest location on the shores of Bathurst Harbour. All the trips include a spectacular flight by twin-engined aircraft over the remote peaks of the Arthur Ranges and along the wild South Coast; a landing deep in the wilderness at Melaleuca; a boat cruise down Melaleuca Inlet into Bathurst Harbour; and the chance of spotting a rare and endangered orange-bellied parrot from the Melaleuca bird hide. Guests on the Port Davey Wilderness Camp trip are ferried to the camp by private vessel and will voyage deep into Bathurst Harbour to explore this magnificent waterway. Gourmet meals, local wines and good company are other highlights of the three-day experience.
Chris Viney is a writer and Independent Marketing & Advertising Professional