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Wednesday 27 July 2022

Meet Tasmania's newest wilderness tourism attraction

Exploring the wilderness regions of Tasmania will take on a new dimension with the launch of a new luxury vessel.

On Board/Tasmanian Expedition Cruises will launch a new custom-designed boat, Odalisque III, at the end of this year.

Pieter van der Woude, On Board founder and skipper, said the new Odalisque will provide an intimate wilderness experience in remote Tasmanian waters.

“Hitting the water in January 2023, Odalisque III will take a maximum of 12 guests in luxury on the trip of a lifetime in Tasmania’s wilderness,” he said.

“The 24-metre expedition catamaran features six cabins with indoor and outdoor lounge and dining areas.

“Odalisque’s sole purpose is to provide small groups access to some of Tasmania’s most remote waters and wilderness areas, led by local experts.”

Van der Woude said the new vessel will cruise into the wilds of Port Davey and Bathurst Harbour in south-west Tasmania between January and May each year.

Odalisque will then cruise the beaches and islands of Tasmania’s east coast from June to December. The boat will will also be available for private charter.

Odalisque III will offer suites with walk-around queen beds, ocean views and en-suite bathrooms; chefs seconded from some of Hobart’s top restaurants, serving local Tasmanian produce and cool-climate wines, craft beers and spirits with an emphasis on the best of Tasmania.

Van der Woude said Port Davey is a remote and spectacular harbour on the edge of the world, inaccessible by road and visited by just a privileged few each year.

Port Davey highlights include: the sea caves of Breaksea Islands, hiking to wilderness peaks to take in views over the harbour and national park; and cruising the Davey River looking out for the critically-endangered orange-bellied parrot.

Odalisque III is the only expedition vessel that On Board will operate and will replace their current cruiser, Odalisque II.

On Board is taking bookings for Port Davey Escape expeditions between January-May, and East Coast Expeditions from June-November 2023. See

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