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TASMANIA

South West Wilderness World Heritage Area

Flying from the capital, Hobart, in a 10-seater plane, the colours of the Tasmanian coast start almost immediately on the 50 min scenic flight

Stunning Recherché Bay, the eastern gateway to the Tasmanian Wilderness WHA, and 1.6 million hectares of outstanding natural beauty

Cockle Creek, on Recherché Bay, is the most southern point you can drive in Australia. It is also the start point for the challenging 6 day, 85km, South Coast Track

The southern coast of Tasmania weathers harsh storms, courtesy of the mighty Southern Ocean - next stop from here is Antarctica

Louisa Bay, with a sandy low-tide natural bridge to Louisa Island. In the distance, De Witt Island, a seabird haven

The only settlement in the SW Wilderness, Melalueca has aboriginal heritage dating tens of thousands of years, and more recently small scale tin mining. Also has the only air strip in the region - it's gravel, and very short

Melalueca Inlet connects the settlement to the expansive Bathurst Harbour - triple the size of Sydney Harbour

Once in Bathurst Harbour, you'll come ashore on one of the Celery Top Islands where a gourmet lunch of Tasmanian fare is served

The tea coloured water is from natural tannins, absorbed from the extensive button grass plains. The dark layer reduces sunlight from reaching the clear salt water layer below

Don't forget to take some snaps to capture this wonderful experience. Mt Rugby dominates the views

Returning to Melalueca for the flight back to Hobart, there's more reflections to admire

The mighty mountain ranges of the South West are craggy, rugged and majestic - and unlike anywhere else in Australia

This SW Wilderness experience is provided by Par Avion Wilderness Tours, based in Hobart, Tasmania, following strict regulations to operate in this pristine wonderland. It's also an awesome day out!

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