Port Davey Track

Highlights

  • Remote trekking in the heart of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area
  • Pristine river systems and cool temperate rain forest remnants
  • Experience the tranquility and remoteness of the Lost World Plateau and surrounding mountain ranges
  • Cross the magical Bathurst Harbour by row boat within the Port Davey Marine Reserve
  • Opportunity to summit Mt Hesperus in the Western Arthur Range

Tour description provided by World Expeditions

A seven day challenging bushwalk in the remote south west of Tasmania’s World Heritage Area. Trekking out from Scotts Peak Dam we skirt the imposing Western Arthur's. Surrounded by the ancient peaks of the White Monolith Range, we camp on the banks of the mystical Crossing and Spring Rivers. Rare pockets of rainforest with ancient Celery Top Pines and Sassafras are a contrast to the open skies of the Lost World Plateau. A boat crossing of Bathurst Harbour at the Narrows leads to a walk to the isolated outpost of Melaleuca where we prepare for an exhilarating flight back into civilisation. This tour can be combined with our 9 day South Coast Track trip, creating one of the world’s greatest wilderness experiences, a 16 day traverse of the entire south west of Tasmania.

What's included

  • 2 professional wilderness guides
  • 6 nights camping
  • 6 breakfasts, 7 lunches & 6 dinners
  • Transport by private minibus
  • National park fees
  • Tent and inflatable sleeping mat
  • Group camping equipment including all cooking & eating equipment
  • Emergency communications & group first aid kit
  • Scenic flight from malaleuca to hobart

Itinerary

Day 1 Launceston to Scott’s Peak Dam, walk to Junction Creek
Following an early morning drive from Launceston we get ready to begin our walk from Scott’s Peak Dam and the green shelter of the Huon campsite. Leaving our transfer vehicle, we begin our journey south through small pockets of rainforest and button grass plains. The trail undulates over a series of ridges before we cross Junction Creek and a Phytophthora (root rot) wash down station. Our camp for the evening is located on a protected knoll close to here and Junction Creek. Walking Distance 7Km Walking Time 4 Hours
Day 2 Junction Creek to Crossing River via Mt. Hesperus
Today we are provided with great views of the western extreme of the Arthur Range. In good weather the optional side trip up Moraine Alpha (A) towards the high peak of Mt. Hesperus (1098m) is offered. Packs will be hidden behind glacial erratics and a scramble to the top will reward us with expansive views of the Frankland and White Monolith Ranges. Returning to our packs, we continue to skirt along the western rim of the Arthurs. We trek through open country of Swamp Melaleuca and Buttongrass and climb through a broad saddle with the White Monolith Range to our west. Tonight we make camp at the southern side of the Crossing River. Walking Distance 9Km + 6Km side-trip Walking Time 5 Hours + 4 Hours side-trip
Day 3 Crossing River to Watershed Camp
Today’s trek takes us around imposing Mt. Robinson and along the vast Crossing Plains with its large water catchment – we traverse up to eight different creeks, which in wet weather can extend this days walking immensely. Small pockets of resilient south west rainforest are encountered and we arrive at camp approximately two hours after the last major creek crossing. Camp is spread between two sites with great towering rainforest dominating the immediate area to the west. Walking Distance 11Km Walking Time 5-8 Hours
Day 4 Watershed Camp to Spring River
Today is a long day with relatively easy trekking and expansive views along the course of the Spring River, Bakers Ridge and Mt. Braddon. A distinctly Tasmanian quartzite track leads us up onto the Lost World Plateau after negotiating several creeks. The phrase ‘being in the middle of nowhere’ definitely rings true here. The group may have to choose between two campsites depending on the level of the Spring River and if a safe crossing can be attempted. Walking Distance 14Km Walking Time 6-8 Hours
Day 5 Spring River to Joan Point or Farrell Point
Today commences by climbing on top of a spectacular ridge just after gaining the high peak of Border Hill. We continue along the ridge and descend steeply into Paper Bark Forest and into a deep rainforest gully. This gully harbours the densest and most biodiverse rainforest along the entire track. Lunch is often enjoyed in this refuge of shade before climbing back up onto the exposed ridgeline, around Lindsay Hill exposing Mt. Rugby to our east. Depending upon the tidal update from our Tasmanian Expedition base and current weather conditions, the Bathurst Narrows are crossed late this afternoon in rowboats. If a crossing is not possible, we make camp at Farrel Point on the northern side of the Narrows. Walking Distance 10Km Walking Time 5-7 Hours
Day 6 Joan Point or Farrell Point to Melaleuca
After a relative sleep-in we begin our last days trek to the tiny post tin mining era outpost that is Melaleuca. Your guides may offer an excellent side trip down to the waters of Bathurst Harbour affording expansive views north and into the harbour. We walk into Melaleuca mid-afternoon and reflect on the journey behind us and the present beauty at hand! Walking Distance 12Km Walking Time 4-6 Hours
Day 7 Melaleuca to Hobart and Launceston
After a hearty breakfast there is sufficient time to explore the historic mining and conservation surrounds of Melaleuca. Spend some time bird watching and catch a glimpse of the rare and endangered orange bellied parrot or walk up to the inlet and go for a swim. The scenic 1 hour flight to Cambridge Aerodrome is scheduled for 12 noon.