WHO: Lee Atkinson WHERE: Bathurst Harbour, Southwest National Park, Tasmania PHOTOGRAPHER: Lee Atkinson www.ozyroadtripper.com.au
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.