TASMANIAN AIR ADVENTURES

Is there a better destination anywhere in the world? We'll be staying at Pumphouse Point. Yes, in that little building at the end of the causeway.

Landing strip below! Is there a better destination anywhere in the world? We’ll be staying at Pumphouse Point. Yes, in that little building at the end of the causeway.

It was our first trip by seaplane. We hope it won’t be our last.

We were very lucky indeed to be invited to fly up to lovely Lake St Clair in Tasmania’s famous world heritage national park. While there we’ll be staying in the newly-opened Pumphouse Point wilderness retreat.

But getting there was half the fun.

Boarding was most conveniently at Constitution Dock in the centre of Hobart.

Ladies and gentlemen, your flight is now ready for boarding.

Ladies and gentlemen, your flight is now ready for boarding.

The weather being kind, we had a wonderful view of the city spread out below.

Leaving Hobart, with the Tasman Bridge below.

Leaving Hobart, with the Tasman Bridge below.

The co-pilot looks a little in the dark.

The co-pilot looks a little in the dark.

It all looks a bit complicated in the cockpit. Jethro seems to have it under control.

It all looks a bit complicated in the cockpit. Fortunately pilot Jethro seems to have it under control. I just have to remember not to touch anything and to keep my feet away from the pedals.

From Hobart it was a spectacular ride of about an hour, up the Derwent Valley and into the mountains.

Lake St Clair up ahead.

That’s Lake St Clair up ahead.

The ride was smooth, the touchdown (or is it ‘splashdown’?) perfect and Simon was there with the dinghy to ferry us across to what will be our accommodation for the next couple of nights. We world citizens are sometimes in danger of getting a little blasé about flying. There’s no chance of that happening on this outing!

And here's what Pumphouse Point looks like from ground level.

And here’s what Pumphouse Point looks like from ground level. There’ll be a pot of gold around somewhere, though I suspect we’ve found it already.

The writer was the guest of Tourism Tasmania, Pumphouse Point and Tasmanian Air Adventures.

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2 responses to “TASMANIAN AIR ADVENTURES

  1. This should really be the way for us all to travel! Amazing stuff – Alison

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