Cruises and Boat Tours

Board a boat and see some of Tasmania’s most beautiful landscapes and geological features.

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The Tasmanian Seafood Seduction is a new gourmet seafood cruise from Hobart to Bruny Island from the multi-award winning Pennicott Wilderness Journeys.
Image thanks to: Tourism Tasmania & Peter Aitchison

East Coast Cruises - Cruise the renowned coastline of Maria Island and Tasmania's stunning East Coast.
Image thanks to: Tourism Tasmania & East Coast Cruises

Gordon River Cruises - Experience an award winning, unique wilderness experience in the World Heritage Area
Image thanks to: Paul Fleming

Wineglass Bay Sail Walk
Image thanks to: Tourism Tasmania & Supplied Courtesy of The Tasmanian Walking Company

Lady Nelson located on Hobart's Waterfront - Enjoy the tall ship sailing experience on the Derwent River.

Cruises and Boat Tours

Tasmania, Australia’s southern island state sitting in the mist of the Roaring Forties, has always been shrouded in mystery. Captain Tobias Furneaux blessed the Bay of Fires with its name while sailing by at night during a 1773 expedition. Aboriginal bonfires raged on the beach which led the captain to mistakenly assume that Tasmania’s population was abundant. And you can tour the coastal features of the Natural State to marvel at the same mysterious and pristine landscapes that the captain experienced back in the 18th century. After all, Tasmania is committed to preservation and it protects its coastal landmarks more than any other municipality on earth. Board a boat to see for yourself. Image thanks toTourism Tasmania & Alice Hansen.

Why Board a Boat?

Pull up a map of Tasmania and you’ll see large swaths of protected lands. In fact, let your eye run down to the southwest of the island where an entire quarter of Tasmania is off-limits to vehicles. Some of Tasmania’s most beautiful landscapes and geological features are simply inaccessible to overland travel. From the Tasman Peninsula’s Devils Kitchen to the utterly remote Port Davey, you’ll have to board a boat to see some of the wildest reaches of the Tasmanian island.

In actuality, Tasmania is a collection of islands. The indomitable dolerite cliffs of Bruny Island and the white sand beaches of Maria Island are only accessible by sea, and you’ll have to experience the thunder of Waterfall Bay’s rapids from the deck of a boat to get up close and personal with its defining feature. Tasmania is simply synonymous with water, so plan a boat tour to get the most out of your visit.

The Best Places for Boat Tours

Bruny Island Cruises - Pennicott Wilderness Journeys , Tasmania, AustraliaBruny is a massive island off Tasmania’s southern coast. It’s a short drive from Hobart to the town of Kettering where you’ll have to board a 15-minute vehicular ferry to access the island. The southern edge of the island is within the boundaries of South Bruny National Park which is defined by towering dolerite sea cliffs. Many of the national park’s coves and beaches are inaccessible on foot, so you’ll have to board a boat to see the park’s hidden features. And being on the water gives you a chance for an up-close encounter with the Southern Right Well as well as the world’s smallest penguins. Image thanks to Tourism Tasmania & Joe Shemesh.

Wineglass Bay almost seems out of place in Tasmania. You can see dark patches of reef underneath the shimmering azure blue waters. It’s as if somebody transplanted a tropical beach to the temperate island of Tasmania. And you’ll find this incredibly impressive Bay sitting right in the heart of Freycinet National Park on Tasmania’s east coast. A boat puts you right in the middle of this sultry-shaped bay giving you 360° views of its curvy beauty.

Maria Island is a popular destination. You’ll have to board a boat at the nearby holiday town of Orford. The journey takes you through the crystal-clear Prosser Bay out into the open ocean before landing on this protected wildlife sanctuary. A boat ride around the island will reveal towering cliffs, sweeping bays and an abundance of birdlife. In fact, 11 of Tasmania’s 12 endemic bird species can be spotted on a boat tour around the island.

The Tasman Peninsula boasts some of the most dramatic geological features that Tasmania has to offer. From the Tessellated Pavement to the Tasman Arch and the Devils Kitchen, the Tasman Peninsula is a must visit on any trip to Tasmania. A boat tour takes you out of Hobart where you can marvel at the peninsula’s towering cliffs while spending very little energy inside comfy confines. Be on the lookout for humpback whales, dolphins, ferry penguins and sea lions.

Gordon River Cruises, Tasmania, AustraliaThe Gordon River is one of the wild rivers that make up the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park in the heart of Tasmania. There’s a winding road that can take you a fair bit into this park, but there’s nothing like the adventure of a boat tour down the Gordon River. Most of the park is an accessible by vehicle and by foot, so you’ll be cruising by lands untouched by man. This boat tour departs from the west coast town of Strahan. Image thanks to Paul Fleming.

Hobart and River Derwent are especially beautiful from the deck of a boat. Tasmania’s biggest city can be explored on a leisurely dinner cruise that takes you through the upper Derwent estuary. Longer day cruises can sail along the western edge of the estuary to the incredibly beautiful D’Entrecasteaux Channel where you can see the rolling hills and orchards of southern Tasmania.

Types of Boat Tours

Tasmanian Seafood Seduction, Tasmania, AustraliaThere are a variety of boat tours available all over the Tasmanian island. For the adventurous, jump on a raft to experience some of Tasmania’s wildest settings while challenging yourself on white water. Or you can choose to slow down with a scenic dinner tour from the comfy interior of a large boat exploring the river Derwent or the Tasman Peninsula. Image thanks to Tourism Tasmania & Peter Aitchison.

You can also arrange for a personal charter to take you up close to some of Tasmania’s most jaw-dropping geological features. The Nut, a volcanic plug rising over 100 metres out of the ocean in the small peninsula town of Stanley, is the boundary feature of the stunningly beautiful Rocky Cape National Park which is an absolute pleasure to explore by boat.

Tasmania is uniquely situated for a seafood tour. You get to board a boat to enjoy some of Tasmania’s freshest seafood all while touring some of the island’s most beautiful features. You’ll even be able to see where your fresh seafood was caught on this type of informative tour.

What to do

Cruises and Boat Tours

Tasman Island Cruises Full Day Tour from Hobart

Hobart - Tasman Peninsula

Itinerary

07:30am – Check in at Pennicott Wilderness Journeys Centre
07:45am – Bus departs
09:15am – Arrive on Tasman Peninsula, Morning Tea
10:00am – 3 Hour Wilderness Cruise
01:00pm – Cruise concludes
01:15pm – Lunch, followed by local sightseeing
04:30pm – Bus departs
06:00pm – Arrive Hobart, hotel drop-off

Departure Point

The Full Day Tour departs from the Pennicott Wilderness Journeys Booking Centre.  This is situated on Hobart’s waterfront on Franklin Wharf, next to the Constitution Dock Lifting Bridge.  Please check-in by 7.30am for an 7.45am departure.

Morning Tea & Lunch

Your day includes morning tea and lunch served at local restaurants on the Tasman Peninsula.

Things To Bring

Make sure you dress warmly for the cruise – warm jackets, scarves, beanies and gloves are recommended. And don’t forget your camera!

Book Tasman Island Cruises Full Day Tour from Hobart
AU$225

1 Day Tour

AU$225

1 Day Tour

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Tasmanian Seafood Seduction

Bruny Island Cruise

Enjoy oysters shucked straight from the water, rock lobster and see your guide dive for abalone and sea urchin. Be delighted as your catch is turned into a delicious seafood feast accompanied by gourmet local produce, wines, beer and cider.

AU$685

Full day cruise

AU$685

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Tasman Island Cruises Full Day Tour from Hobart + Devil Park

Hobart - Tasman Peninsula

Take a Full Day Tour and spend a day on the Tasman Peninsula, incorporating return guided bus tour from Hobart, our award-winning cruise, morning tea, lunch and a visit to the Tasmanian Devil Conservation Park.

AU$245

1 Day Tour

AU$245

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Full Day Cruise from Hobart + Port Arthur Historic Site

Hobart - Tasman Peninsula

This is the ultimate Tasman Peninsula day tour. Your day includes return guided bus tour from Hobart, our award-winning 3 Hour Cruise, morning tea and lunch as part of three hours at the Port Arthur Historic Site.

AU$260

3 Hour Tour

AU$260

3 Hour Tour

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Bruny Island Cruises Full Day Tour from Hobart

Hobart - Bruny Island

Take a Full Day Tour and spend a day on Bruny Island, including return guided bus tour, morning tea, lunch and our award-winning 3 Hour Wilderness Cruise.

AU$225

1 Day Tour

AU$225

1 Day Tour

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Iron Pot Cruises (2pm)

Hobart - Derwent River

Iron Pot Cruises is a 2½ hour cruise exploring the renowned waterways that influence Hobart's lifestyle. Visit Australia's oldest lighthouse, circumnavigate Betsey Island and discover the city's rich maritime past.

AU$125

3 Hour Cruise

AU$125

3 Hour Cruise

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Iron Pot Cruises (10am)

Iron Pot Cruises is a 2½ hour cruise exploring the renowned waterways that influence Hobart's lifestyle. Visit Australia's oldest lighthouse, circumnavigate Betsey Island and discover the city's rich maritime past.

AU$125

AU$125

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Bruny Island Cruises Afternoon Cruise (2.5hrs)

Adventure Bay - Bruny Island

Self drive to Adventure Bay and join our Afternoon Cruise. See towering sea cliffs, explore caves and sea stacks. Encounter wildlife such as seals, dolphins and seabirds.

AU$120

2.5 Hour Tour

AU$120

2.5 Hour Tour

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Bruny Island Cruises 3 Hour Wilderness Cruise

Adventure Bay - Bruny Island

Self drive to Adventure Bay and join our award-winning 3 Hour Wilderness Cruise. See towering sea cliffs, explore caves and sea stacks. Encounter wildlife such as seals, dolphins and seabirds.

AU$135

3 Hour Wilderness Cruise

AU$135

3 Hour Wilderness Cruise

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Tasman Island Cruises 3 Hour Cruise - Morning

Tasman Island

Check in by 9.15am at our Booking Centre in Port Arthur to join our award-winning 3 Hour Wilderness Cruise. See Australia's highest sea cliffs, explore caves and archways. Encounter wildlife such as seals, dolphins and seabirds.

AU$135

3 Hour Cruise

AU$135

3 Hour Cruise

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Tasman Island Cruises 3 Hour Cruise -- Afternoon

Tasman Island - Tasman Peninsula

Check in by 1.15pm at our Booking Centre in Port Arthur to join our award-winning 3 Hour Wilderness Cruise. See Australia's highest sea cliffs, explore caves and archways. Encounter wildlife such as seals, dolphins and seabirds.

AU$135

3 Hour Afternoon Cruise

AU$135

3 Hour Afternoon Cruise

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Vista Lounge - Wineglass Bay Cruise

Freycinet Peninsula - Wineglass Bay

Experience the exquisite beauty of Wineglass Bay aboard the Schouten Passage II. Relax and enjoy the spectacular journey around the Freycinet Peninsula and a delicious Tasmanian Ploughman’s lunch served at anchor in Wineglass Bay.

AU$140

Wineglass Bay Cruise

AU$140

Wineglass Bay Cruise

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Sky Lounge - Wineglass Bay Cruise

Wineglass Bay Cruise

Experience the exquisite beauty of the Freycinet Peninsula aboard the Schouten Passage II. Relax in the Sky Lounge and enjoy morning tea, all beverages, a Tasmanian Ploughman's lunch and local seafood served at anchor in Wineglass Bay.

AU$210

One Day Cruise

AU$210

One Day Cruise

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Morning cruise

For the morning cruise, we will travel up the river going inland, passing Botanical Gardens, Government House, under Tasman Bridge, crossing over the river to Rose bay, then coming back from Montagu Bay

AU$28

AU$28

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Dinner cruise

This provides a full three course meal together with two glasses of free wine (Minimum 6 people to run, please give us a ring to confirm)

AU$59

AU$59

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Lunch cruise

Customers can spend an enjoyable 1 ½ hour seeing the sights and having a proper one course meal.

AU$38

AU$38

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Bruny Island Cruises 3 Hour Cruise with Kettering Bus Pickup

Australia's Best Tourist Attraction 2015. Self drive to Adventure Bay and join our award-winning 3 Hour Wilderness Cruise. See towering sea cliffs, explore caves and sea stacks. Encounter wildlife such as seals, dolphins and seabirds.

AU$150

AU$150

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Cruise Ship Shore Excursion - Bruny Island Tour 9am - 6pm

Bruny Island Foods, Sightseeing & Lighthouse Tour. Meet the islands finest food producers, see the amazing coastlines and National Park. Includes lunch, all food tastings, park entry & CAPE BRUNY LIGHTHOUSE TOUR.

AU$149

AU$149

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Cruise Ship Shore Excursion 2 - Bruny Island Tour 7am - 5.30pm

Bruny Island Foods, Sightseeing & Lighthouse Tour. Meet the islands finest food producers, see the amazing coastlines and National Park. Includes lunch, all food tastings, white wallaby in the wild, park entry & CAPE BRUNY LIGHTHOUSE TOUR.

AU$149

AU$149

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Leven River Cruise

Leven River Cruise

Leven River Splendor; viewing the river and its features for approx 2 hrs. A fun, relaxing river cruise with a running commentary on the natural environment and cultural history, a Tasmanian experience of Ulverstone, North Central Coast.

AU$60

2 Hour Cruise

AU$60

2 Hour Cruise

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