On Board’s multi-day Tasmania cruise offers the ultimate combination of adventure and indulgence.

Arriving in January 2023, the brand-new expedition-cruiser Odalisque III has been custom-built to offer a new level of boutique accommodation taking you to Tasmania’s wildest and most remote areas. All in utter luxury.

Cruise Tasmania’s coastal charms with itineraries tailored to your tastes over 5 to 7 days from On Board’s sustainable-designed expedition catamaran. The 5-day Port Davey Escape will take you deep into the World Heritage Wilderness of Tasmania’s southwest. If you love the outdoors yet like a bit of luxury, it is the optimum way to cruise Tasmania, one of the last wild frontiers.

Cruise Tasmania in luxury in 2023

The new expedition-cruiser Odalisque III has been custom-built to offer a new level of luxury boutique accommodation. It provides unparalleled design made for just 12 guests. Six luxe cabins all feature Queen sized beds with private ensuites. Grand windows offer panoramic views, meaning you, literally, wake each day to a different view of Tasmania’s coast. While décor is a nod to the dramatic colours of the southwest or the soft, sandy hues of the east coast. With bed linen screen printed with Tasmanian botanicals like kelp and a rare flowering holly, lomatia Tasmanica.

Discover World-Heritage Wilderness

On Board’s exclusive Port Davey mooring offers unique access to remote Wilderness World Heritage locations inaccessible by road. Port Davey is part of the Southwest National Park, Tasmania’s most extensive, filled with a stunning rugged landscape between the Southern Ocean and Bathurst Harbour. During a 4- or 6-night expedition, a tailored itinerary exploring the wilderness on foot and by boat includes daily guided walks, shore excursions, and return scenic wilderness flights from Hobart to Port Davey.

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On Board offers unique access to remote locations © Mark Daffey

From day to night

By day, explore the rich and rugged landscapes with guided walks across the mountain peaks of Balmoral Hill, filled with local wildlife. Discover the sea caves, serene rivers, and estuaries of breathtaking Bathurst Harbour. Take a tender vessel to Davey River Gorge and wander through an ancient forest of Huon pine. Kick off your shoes and walk the fine sands of the Southern Ocean by Stephens Bay. Activities cater to all your nature and adventure-seeking tastes.

Come nightfall, reward yourself after a day of activity with sundowners on the boat deck. Or relax in the elegant Wheelhouse Lounge with a glass of sparkling wine. Before feasting on Tasmania’s finest produce created by a private chef. All complimented with fine wines and whiskies.

Sustainable and self-contained

Built in Hobart with a focus on using local materials and designed to have a low impact on the environment, Odalisque III is fully self-contained, including black water holding tanks working to Australian Maritime Safety Authority and Parks and Wildlife Service standards. Artisan makers crafted much of the furniture, including handmade ceramics, tableware, and artwork, in Tasmania. Tinted glass avoids excess air-conditioning, and cruises avoid single-use plastic. All just some of the sustainable practices on board.

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Odalisque III is fully self-contained © On Board

Wine and dine as you cruise Tasmania

After a day (or an hour) of hitting the hiking trails, return to your floating oasis at the Wheelhouse Lounge. With sumptuous soft seating and surrounded by books and artworks by talented Tasmanian artists, including Michaye Boulter, it’s an elegant spot to end an active day.

The bar is fully stocked with local sparkling wine, award-winning Tasmanian Pinot, and four Tasmanian beers on tap. Its open helm creates a relaxed feel to mingle with other travellers and dive deep into conversation with the skipper. With expansive water views, multiple lounges and outdoor dining spaces, and a sun deck, Odalisque III is the crème de la crème of catamarans that doesn’t compromise comfort.

Bathurst Harbour

Bathurst Harbour © Jason Charles Hill

Sensational sea-to-plate dishes

Head chef Courtney Drew creates fine dining dishes that celebrate the best of Tasmanian produce, working with local suppliers and the seasons on tantalising recipes. The intimate dining room is made for a casual dinner party with plush leather bench seating and more of those stunning panoramic views.

Sea-to-plate dishes with Tasmanian seafood like crayfish, oysters, and abalone are freshly plucked from the sea to make seafood risotto or a bowl of delicate Spring Bay mussels. Plus, a decadent selection of dishes from the land – Wallaby shanks and slowly braised beef cheek – are just a few current menu favourites.

Oyster image © Dearna Bond

Bespoke Tasmania cruise itineraries

Signature experiences are tailored to you including a 3-hour river cruise up the wide, tree-lined bends of the Davey River. To delving into the sea caves of the Breaksea. Or visit the remote, ex-tin-mining settlement of Melaleuca and tread the Needwonnee Walk to uncover the tales of the traditional custodians of Tasmania. Excursions are led by an experienced local crew who shares their insightful knowledge to bring each location to life.

Locally owned and family-operated since 1998, On Board knows the Tasmanian waters intimately. To create the most indulgent Tasmania cruise adventures on its southern coast.

Book now for 2023 to be the first to experience On Board’s luxury new expedition-cruiser Odalisque III. With departures on the Port Davey Escape expedition cruise between January to May 2023.

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