SV Rhona H
Historical & Heritage ToursBoat ToursEco ToursPrivate ToursDay Trips
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Heritage Sailing Tasmania showcases SV Rhona H Gaff rigged Ketch. She is an historic vessel: built in 1942 by the famous ship wright Ned Jack. We offer a range of tours from private trips, public sails, cruises in the River Derwent and further afield with an all volunteer crew. Our regular schedule is to sail Saturdays and Sunday's and in summer offer twilight excursions as well! All proceeds gained from the boat go back into the maintenance of the vessel and keeping the "Head Waves" philosophy alive. Head Waves: 1. Traditional sailing and nautical skills on an authentic historic vessel 2. Conservation and environmental awareness 3. Health promotion with an emphasis of "mindfulness" and being in the moment as part of a great team. We feature Tasmanian products on all our trips: every sail includes refreshments! Contact us to discover all the opportunities available. Please be aware that our numbers are more restricted during COVID for your and the crew’s wellbeing.
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

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Caz S
Sydney, Australia1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
My husband and I did an afternoon tea cruise while recently on holiday in Hobart. It was an awesome experience with an amazing crew of volunteers. Julie provided an excellent afternoon tea and I got to experience being at the helm under Charles' supervision. We would definitely recommend this trip to anyone visiting Hobart.
Written 12 December 2023
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Thanks Caroline for sailing with us and posting your lovely review. It’s great to hear you enjoyed being at the helm and the afternoon tea; it is quite special and an experience we love to share. Looking forward to welcoming you onboard again on your next visit to Hobart. Best wishes, Julie, Charles and the crew.
Written 13 December 2023
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Geoff H
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
We had a delightful two hours cruising on the Derwebt under full sails. We were able to take the helm (under supervision!) for much of that time. The owner Julie and the volunteer crew were amazingly welcoming and helpful. We absolutely recommend their cruises and will definitely sail with them again when we are next in Hobart (hopefully for a full day cruise, schedule and weather permitting). Thank you so much to Julie and all her crew 🥰
Written 30 October 2023
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Thanks Geoff for coming along on Sunday and posting your review. It was a delightful day and we look forward to having you onboard again on your next visit. We’ll be sure to pass on your kind comments to the crew, too. Fair winds always, Julie, Charles and the SV Rhona H crew.
Written 31 October 2023
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Wander25213672798
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Solo
Such a friendly atmosphere on board. I've been on several Rhona H trips. I love that it's a real historic Tasmanian ketch, gaff rigged like all the Derwent traders were, so you're really immersed in the island's past. You can even actually have a go at the helm! Julie and Charles and the crew are all very welcoming and do a great job of explaining the historic sites along the river. I plan on going again!
Written 5 June 2023
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Thanks for sailing with us and sharing your experience. The all volunteer crew are fabulous and we are delighted you had a such a great time that you’ve sailed several times. We look forward to welcoming you back again.
Written 5 June 2023
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Michelle J
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
We had a really great experience on this amazing tall ship. Very friendly & knowledgeable staff. Learnt a lot about the history of Hobart & sailing. My husband was very interested in how these wooden boats are rigged. The finger foods were a great touch. The experience was great value for money. Thoroughly recommend it.
Written 26 March 2023
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Thanks Michelle for coming aboard and then posting your kind review here. We love the photo, too! Pleased you enjoyed your Rhona H experience; it’s great we can share our love of classic and wooden boats and also great your husband got to learn a bit more about the rig. Best wishes. Julie, Charles and the Rhona H crew.
Written 28 March 2023
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GayleJP
Brisbane, Australia527 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Friends
Wonderful two hour afternoon sail around the Derwent. Very interesting commentary, small group, wonderful volunteers who let you take part in the sailing ( if you wish) or just sit back and enjoy.
Much more than an afternoon tea was provided, even a cake for one of our group’s birthday.
Highly recommend if you are in Hobart.
Written 11 March 2023
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Thanks Gayle for sailing with us and posting your review. We like to give the best Rhona H experience possible, rather than just a trip on a sailboat, and personalise it for each day where possible. Delighted you had a lovely time and enjoyed the birthday, too. Best wishes, Julie and Charles for the Rhona H crew.
Written 13 March 2023
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Kathryn H
Launceston, Australia48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
Absolutely fantastic trip with a great team of volunteers. The refreshments are delicious, the trip is fun, and sailing under the bridge is brilliant, seeing it from a different perspective. Charlie and Julie are great hosts, and the team are fascinating to watch whilst in action hoisting sails. They'll even let you take the wheel and steer the ship.
Written 19 February 2023
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Thanks for sailing with us Kathryn. Delighted you were able to sail under the Tasman Bridge and had a lovely time. We’ll be sure to pass your review onto the crew. Thanks again and hope to see you again soon!
Written 20 February 2023
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Rowena B
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
Simply the best experience! Under sail on the Derwent and harbour during the Australian Wooden Boat Festival and in an historic Tasmanian wooden boat. Wonderful attention from the crew, the opportunity to have a go at the helm or on the ropes and the stunning scenery - wow! Would thoroughly recommend this as a must do.
Written 15 February 2023
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Thanks for sailing with us Rowena and then posting your review. The AWBF was quite an event and we are delighted you had such a fabulous time. Hope to see you onboard again one day!
Written 16 February 2023
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Wendy B
Melbourne, Australia11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Friends
We had a very wonderful sail for friends’ 40th wedding anniversary. The staff and crew went above and beyond to make it very special. Faultless service on just a perfect day and a very reasonable price. I would highly recommend SV Rhona. Thanks!
Written 21 January 2023
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Thanks so much Wendy. It was a lovely day and delighted you had such a wonderful time. We’ll be sure to pass your comments onto the crew. Best wishes, Julie, Charles and the SV Rhona H
Written 23 January 2023
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Jenny T
Curra, Australia19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
Sailing with all sails up under the Tasman Bridge was an amazing experience. Being able to take the helm was great. The crew were very helpful, friendly and informative. Our afternoon tea made with Tasmanian produce was very tasty. We went as a family and close friend group of 13 to celebrate an occasion and the crew certainly helped make it a day to remember.
Written 8 January 2023
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Thanks Jenny for joining us. It was a lovely afternoon and we are delighted you enjoyed the experience. We will be sure to pass your kind words onto the crew, too. Best wishes and fair winds, Julie and Charles for the Rhona H crew.
Written 9 January 2023
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Rosemary R
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
Together with some friends - both local and visiting - I had a fantastic 3 hour afternoon sail out on the Rhona H watching the King of the Derwent race. The boat is a historic beauty and Julie, Charles and their crew are the most gracious of hosts. The complimentary refreshments were a real treat as was the opportunity, for those who wanted to, to take the helm. It was exciting to get close to the race action to see some of the Sydney-Hobart as well as local yachts in action and to learn more about sailing on the Derwent and the vessel itself. Even without the distraction of the race, a sail on this boat - the oldest and smallest operating tall ship in Hobart - is an experience not to be missed.
Written 2 January 2023
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Thanks for sailing with us Rosemary and it’s great you enjoyed seeing some of the King of the Derwent. It’s a highlight of the Hobart sailing calendar. Thanks for your kind words, too. We will be sure to pass them onto the crew. Very best wishes and fair winds, hope to see you onboard again. Julie, Charles and the Rhona H crew.
Written 3 January 2023
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