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Out­door in­spi­ra­tion

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WHO: Lee Atkin­son WHERE: Bathurst Har­bour, South­west Na­tional Park, Tas­ma­nia PHO­TOG­RA­PHER: Lee Atkin­son www.ozy­road­trip­

Mer­cu­rial, un­tamed and won­drous, there are no roads to Bathurst Har­bour and Port Davey, deep in­side one of the largest tracts of World Her­itage ar­eas in the coun­try. It’s a place very few – be­yond a hand­ful of hardy souls pre­pared to lug a back­pack full of camp­ing gear for eight days and hike in– ever see. Un­til now. Last sum­mer Tas­ma­nian Boat Char­ters started run­ning three, five and seven-day cruises through the area aboard a cus­tom-made abalone boat, open­ing up this iso­lated world to trav­ellers keen on ex­plor­ing one of Aus­tralia’s hard­est-to-reach places but no so ea­ger to sleep in a tent or eat re­hy­drated ra­tions out of an alu­minium pot. Tai­lor-made for those that want to ex­pe­ri­ence the wilder­ness rather than just look at it, days are spent bush­walk­ing to moun­tain-top van­tage points where it feels like you can see over the edge of the world and through beau­ti­ful rain­forests and across but­ton­grass plains lit­tered with wild­flow­ers to iso­lated beaches where few, if any, Euro­peans have ever trod. Nights are spent toast­ing the sun­set with a glass of wine or craft beer while a chef cooks din­ner. For those that like their ad­ven­tures wild, but their beds soft and show­ers hot, it’s the per­fect way to join the ranks of the priv­i­leged few to see one of the world’s most mag­nif­i­cent wilder­ness ar­eas.

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