See Hobart from the River Derwent

Cruising the River Derwent and Hobart Harbour has been a pastime for visitors to Tasmania for over 100 years. The Harbour was credited by many explorers and writers, including Neville Shute (Rainbow and the Rose), as being one of the most beautiful in the World.

You can Discover Tasmania and Hobart Harbour on a variety of vessels from sailing boats to the most modern cruisers and even by kayak if you wish.

The Port of Hobart is a working port, one the most picturesque ports in the world with a wide and deep waterway navigable by Cruise Ships right to the very doorstep of the City of Hobart and back-dropped by the magnificence of Mount Wellington. Operators include the following;

MR-1 Fast Ferry
The MONA experience begins at Brook Street Pier every day except Tuesday with 8 return trips each day starting at 9.30am and running until 5:30pm. A return trip starts at $20 and a VIP experience is available for $50 including canapés and a tour of Moorilla Winery.
bookings and more info at or phone 03 6223 6064
notes: this is one of the best experiences in Hobart, combining a terrific view of Hobart from the river and interesting commentary about Hobart. Occasionally a night opening at MONA allows the trip to be done between twilight and midnight. On cool winter evenings don't miss the very special hot chocolate drinks served from the on-board bar.

Seaplane tours from the Hobart waterfront
This adventure is relatively new having commenced in 2012. Central to the city and all the waterfront hotels and a stones throw from Salamanca Market, the seaplane terminal operates at Macquarie Wharf No 1 and Kings Pier Marina.
see or phone 1300 359 822
notes: certainly a popular way to quickly get a birds-eye view of Hobart or even places further afield such as Freycinet and Wine Glass Bay, Port Arthur and even Port Davey. Its also the most exciting way to arrive at MONA. If your time is limited and the budget allows, this is the way to see as much of Tassie as you can in the shortest possible time.

Meanwhile if Tasmanian maritime history is your thing check out the Maritime Museum of Tasmania at 16 Argyle Street. see or phone 03 6234 1427
See Mawsons Hut Museum at the corner of Argyle and Morrison Streets and Annicks Antiques in Kent and Kent at 3 Morrison Street to find something to take home. The Tourism Information Centre is on the same block, just one block from the GPO.

Paddle to your hearts content with Roaring 40's Kayaking. Based in Hobart with tours to the World Heritage Area, Tasman Peninsula, Peppermint Bay and Tinderbox Marine Reserve.
see or phone 0455 949 777

Cruise River Derwent and Hobart Harbour on the Iron Pot Cruise
Every day at 8.30am and 2pm Pennicott Wilderness Journeys runs a cruise from the City of Hobart to the mouth of the Derwent River. Called the "Iron Pot Cruise" after the at the mouth of the river named the Iron Pot which has the oldest lighthouse in Australia. You will see Betsy Island on the edge of famous Storm Bay, scene of all sorts of disappointment and unexpected events in the early days of settlement 200 years ago and up to the present day as Sydney to Hobart yacht race contenders battle for victory in the final stages of the race. The cruise takes 2 1/2 hours and you see all sorts of wild life in comfort with up to 12 people, toilet on board. see or phone
notes: dress warmly, bring camera, operates 1 October until 31 May. $125 per adult. Tours can be customized to your requirements subject to notice and availability.

Peppermint Bay Cruise
The 23 metre catamaran, Peppermint Bay II leaves Brooke Street Pier every morning December through March traveling approximately 75 kms on the round trip from Hobart through the lower reaches of the Derwent River and upper D'Entrecasteaux Channel to the village of Woodbridge, ancestral home of the 'Prince of Bush Travellers', Alexander McKay. Peppermint Bay is the old Woodbridge Hotel, significantly gentrified and home to The Stackings restaurant and a casual Bar and Terrace dining. see or phone 1300 137 919
notes: half day trip, see wildlife, fitted with under-water camera, observe crayfish etc, seals, connect with Tasmanian history.

Hobart Yachts - Chart your own course
If you muster 3 to 18 people enjoy a custom cruise on the river from Kings Pier in the city. Three hours, gourmet refreshments and all the beauty of one of the finest harbours in the world on a former 61 foot pocket-maxi and Sydney to Hobart contender, Helsal IV, from $140 per person. Extended cruises available. see or phone 0438 399 477.
notes: conscientious service and attention to detail; exceptional hosts.


Rosefield B&B; Please check availability here or phone 0407099747


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This site was updated on 07 January, 2014 by Kelvin Markham Ph 0419 152 612.
It is a condition of use of this website that the reader accepts that while the information is correct at the time of original publication that the current details, offers and information is subject to change by the operators promoted here. Please contact the business listed to ensure that your requirements can be met. KM