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South West National Park captures the essence of wilderness, and amongst its rivers, mountains, button grass plains and rainforests is the only breeding site of the endangered orange-bellied parrot.

Part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, the park offers remote spectacular landscapes and encounters with wildlife, and is far removed from the distractions of modern life. Even so, most of this wilderness is accessible by car and on foot, with some of Australia’s finest bushwalks - from the more demanding South Coast Track and Port Davey Tracks, to less energetic walks, such as the Creepy Crawly Trail. The drive into the park from the north, via the Gordon River Road, is one of Tasmania’s most magnificent drives, amongst myrtle, sassafras and celery top pine.

The shallow waters of the Bathurst Channel, in the Port Davey region, are home to an enticing number of sea dwellers, including sea pens, animals usually found in deeper water. From here the seven day walk to Melaleuca, also accessible by air, rewards with an opportunity to see the colourful orange-bellied parrots. 

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: orange-bellied parrot, black-headed honeyeater, fame robin, Tasmanian thornbill, Tasmanian scrubwren
  • Where: South West Tasmania, Australia

Wildlife trips

This wildlife location is featured in the following itinerary:

Tasmania’s Wilderness Coast

Join us on a wildlife cruise along the southern coast of Tasmania, visiting five national parks and two world heritage areas, as we explore the pristine landscapes and spectacular coastlines of this fascinating island in the hope of seeing its 12 species endemic birds and mammals.

  • When to go: Nov-Feb
  • Duration inc. flights: 12 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £4,795 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour
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Coral Expeditions I & II

Coral Expeditions I & II are fully equipped for the ultimate expedition cruising experience in Australian coastal waters, and are the ideal choice for discovering the natural wonders of the Great Barrier Reef, Western Australia’s remarkable Kimberley region, Cape York, Arnhem Land and Tasmania.