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
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
www.tasmanianairadventures.com.au 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
Meanwhile if Tasmanian maritime history is your thing check out the
Maritime Museum of Tasmania at 16 Argyle Street. see
www.maritimetas.org or phone 03
See Mawsons Hut Museum at the corner of Argyle and Morrison
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 www.roaring40skayaking.com.au 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
www.pennicottjourneys.com.au 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
www.peppermintbay.com.au 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
www.hobartyachts.com.au or phone 0438 399 477.
notes: conscientious service and attention to detail; exceptional