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Hobart is situated on the spectacular Derwent River Estuary on the northern edge of Storm Bay. The eastern side of the bay is fringed by the Tasman Peninsula, to the west by Bruny Island and to the south by the Southern Ocean. The surrounding coastlines feature spectacular dolerite cliffs and pinnacles, blowholes and abundant wildlife.
Derwent Estuary (Hobart Harbor)
For a trip on the peaceful upper Derwent Estuary from Hobart Docks in a vintage ferry, try Hobart Historic Cruises. They also do dinner cruises.
Or for more luxurious trips including lunchtime cruises from the Hobart docks, but on more modern catamarans, there's Navigators. Navigators also operate the regular ferry trips to the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) at Berriedale.
On weekends, the replica square rigged vessel Lady Nelson runs 90 minute harbour cruises with square sails set. It operates from the docks near the Elizabeth Street pier in Hobart.
Hobart Water Taxis have a wide range of services available in Hobart and surrounds and operate a water taxi service to several locations on the Derwent as well they have a morning and evening commuter ferry service between the Eastern and Western shores. They specialise in private sightseeing charters.
For a day cruise along the western edge of the estuary to the d'Entrecasteaux Channel between Bruny Island and the mainland, including lunch, in a modern catamaran, try Peppermint Bay Cruises.
Southern Isle Charters - Private Boating Tours. Conveniently located at Kings Pier Marina, Sullivans Cove, Hobart. Spacious and exclusive 46ft Riviera fly-bridge cruiser. Catering for up to 20 passengers, specialising in private charters, corporate events, cruise and dine, sunset cruises, beach picnics, fishing, scuba diving, filming, photography and transfers, the opportunities are endless!
Food and beverage options available or BYO welcome.
Or for a little exercise, try Hobart Kayak Paddle operating from Hobart docks during the summer months.
For a glamorous yachting charter or cruise, try Hobart Yachts. They also do afternoon and evening foody cruises of the Derwent River.
To see the sealife and spectacular coastal scenery of the Tasman Peninsula in a fast boat, try Pennicott's Cruises who operate a fast boat trip around the Tasman Peninsula from a base near Port Arthur. 7.45am pickups at their base in Hobart can be arranged. This trip can be combined with a tour of Port Arthur.
Wild Ocean Tasmania conducts daily boat trips from Eaglehawk Neck along the Tasman Peninsula coastline between October and June. The trips include underwater viewing stops along the way.
Pennicott's also operate a fast boat cruise around Bruny Island. The tour travels by bus to Kettering, across to Bruny Island on the ferry then onto their fast boat base on the island. Lunch included. You can also join the tour at Kettering or the fast boat base.
If you want to venture further afield, East Coast Cruises offer a day trip around World Heritage listed, convict era Maria Island. There's a connecting bus service from Hobart.