This southern corner of Tasmanian is a maze of hidden bays, private beaches and cool, crystal clear waters. From Recherche Bay, a quiet, idyllic bay in the far south of Tasmania (famous for being the first landing place of French explorer Bruny D’Entrecasteaux) to the stunning Bruny Island, there are countless swimming and surf beaches, good ocean and freshwater fishing and beautiful walking tracks.

Highlights of Bruny Island and Recherche Bay

D’Entrecasteaux Channel
In this magnificent stretch of water between Bruny Island and Southern Tasmania, there are a vast array of small bays and anchorages to be discovered. There are also many towns and communities to visit, with restaurants where you can enjoy the local fare.

Quarantine Station – Barnes Bay
The station was originally set up in 1884 as to accommodate incoming boat passengers until they were given the ‘all clear’ from infectious disease. The site houses soldiers returning from WW1; and during WW2 it was used for the interment of German nationals. In later years it was used for plant quarantine.

Get Shucked Oyster Farm – Great Bay
A visit to this farm is a chance to see how oysters are grown and to enjoy the succulent produce along with some local wines and beer.

Recherche Bay
This secluded bay is the last protected anchorage before South East Cape, the most southern cape in Australia. It has a long whaling history and is the starting point for the 4-5 hour return walk to the remote South Cape Bay. Recherche Bay is the site of the 1792 French Garden, planted as a scientific experiment by the Baudin expedition.


Butlers Beach – Lighthouse Bay Beach
The Labillardiere Peninsula walk can be accessed by boat from either end of the circuit and we can meet you at the other end. The full circuit is a six-hour walk. Abundant birdlife, coastal heaths, beaches, forests and spectacular views are highlights of the walk

Jetty Beach to Cape Bruny Lighthouse
The seven-kilometre, 2.5 hour return walk follows a bush track then joins the gravel road to the lighthouse, which provides vast views over the Southern Ocean and the remote coastline of south-east Tasmania. On a clear day, Tasmania’s most southerly rock, Pedra Branca, can be seen.

Mickeys Bay to Cloudy Bay
This three-kilometre, 1.5 hour return walk leads through eucalypt forest and along a gravel road to the lagoon entrance and beach.

Water Activities

Beach combing 

The beautiful coastline of Bruny Island. 

Adventure Bay

Adventure Bay, Bruny Island.

Sample 5-day cruise expedition itinerary

Day 1

After leaving Hobart we enjoy a casual cruise through the D’Entrecasteaux Channel with options to go ashore and inspect the old Quarantine Station in Barnes Bay before stopping for lunch at Get Shucked oyster farm in Great Bay. After finding a quiet spot for the night we can go ashore at The Neck to see the penguins return from the sea at dusk. Then it’s back to the Odalisque for dinner.

Day 2

We leave after breakfast for Great Taylors Bay and decide on a walk – the choices are Butlers Beach to Lighthouse Bay (3 hours) Lighthouse Bay to Cape Bruny Lighthouse and return (2 hours), or Mickeys Bay to Cloudy Bay Lagoon and return (1 hour). We continue sailing further south to Recherche Bay to finding a sheltered anchorage.

Day 3

Today you can relax on board or take the five hour return walk to South Cape Bay and Lion Rock, to see the power of Southern Ocean swells, picnic on the beach and maybe even swim or surf, if conditions are right.

Day 4

Explore the ‘French Garden’ in Recherche Bay, where Nicolas Baudin’s scientific expedition planted experimental crops on their visits in 1802 and 1803. In the afternoon, take a walk on the remote and deserted beach at the mouth of Southport Lagoon, catch fish for dinner or snorkel for abalone.

Day 5

Cruise back up the Channel via the various coastal towns, inspect a salmon farm and lunch at Peppermint Bay before docking in Hobart in the late afternoon.


Please note, all cruise expeditions are tailored to your interests and preferred destinations. Get in touch today for your tailored itinerary. 


May to January

Minimum guest capacity

Minimum of 1 guest

Maximum guest capacity

10 guests maximum

Home port for departures and returns

Hobart, Tasmania


Please contact us for your personalised quote. 



  • Accommodation aboard Odalisque
  • Expert skipper, guide & guest chef
  • Menu featuring gourmet Tasmanian produce
  • Fine Tasmanian wine & boutique beer
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