juts up from Bathurst Harbour to nearly 750m: the highest in the Rugby range. By all accounts the view from the top is utterly amazing, and it's now on my bucket list. However, getting to the top is not simple. The primary difficulty is that it’s remote… really remote. The closest “infrastructure” is at Melaleuca
, about 5km from the base, on the other side of Bathurst Harbour (twice the size of Sydney Harbour).
Getting to Melaleuca is not easy either. You have three options: a serious multi-day walk, fly, or a long sea voyage around the exposed waters of southern Tasmania. I’ve flown in twice, which was fantastic (if you’re OK with small aircraft, surreally beautiful mountain peaks so close you would think you could touch them, and turbulence). For what it’s worth, Par Avion
, are terrific, and travelling with them is a reminder of what it was like to fly when carriers cared about their passengers, rather than treating them like cattle.
Once you’re at Melaleuca, getting to the base requires either a motor boat, or a long walk down the notorious Port Davey track, and a row across to the other side of Bathurst Harbour. Next time I hope to take my wife and go stay a little more civilised in the Par Avion wilderness camp
, on the banks of the harbour, and which include the mountain walk.