Port Davey and Bathurst Harbour
Reviewed Dec 2016
With our yacht based in Geelong we have visited this location twice, initially in 2007 and again in 2010, both on slow circumnavigations of Tasmania. This is the best cruising destination that we have experienced between Tasmania and Thailand. We spent a month each trip exploring and enjoying this serene waterway, exploring each of the rivers by dinghy, climbing Mt Rugby and the adjacent hills, hiking, swimming and relaxing. There are numerous anchorages that suit all weather conditions, holding is good, and there are lots of shore based activities, including observing the orange bellied parrot in one of its remaining habitats. Bathurst Harbour is isolated but there is a steady procession of visitors by boat around South-west Cape from the D'Entrecasteaux, or from Macquarie Harbour, 20 hours sailing to the north, so lots of new friends to make. We had a newspaper delivered weekly by one of the ex-fishing boats that regularly visited with tourists. Weather forecast are available on HF from Coast Radio Hobart, who will also take position reports, updates and messages (if required) from you. If you are provisioned up you can stay for as long as the food lasts, needing to wait for a weather window before heading back to Hobart, or northwards to Macquarie Harbour where you are rewarded with the charms of Strachan, and the etheral Gordon and Franklin rivers.
This is a magical location, isolated and remote.