Travelling To Hobart: By Sea
Tasmania is linked by sea to the mainland view the car and passenger ferries Spirit of Tasmania I and II, which ply the waters of Bass Strait every night (duration: 10hrs 30 minutes), and during daylight hours in the summer months. Getting on and off with a car is an easy, painless experience; the only delay is likely to be going through the quarantine check at Devonport which is slow in peak periods. Once that is behind you, there's something magic about heading along the coastal road to Devonport to Burnie just after sunrise with the road to yourself, with cows grazing on the lush green grass beside the shoreline. The Spirit of Tasmania operates daily from Station Pier, Melbourne to Devonport in Tasmania, running overnight, with additional trips in daylight hours during peak travel periods (mainly Summer); duration approx. 12 hours. The drive from Devonport to Hobart is 285 km (allow 4 hours). Hobart is 285 km or just under 4 hours drive south from the Devonport ferry terminal.
Spirit of Tasmania
An increasing number of cruise ship operators are including Tasmania on their schedules cruises. Most visits are for a 24-hour period. Being a deep-water port, Hobart can handle cruise ships of any size. Vessels berth near the city centre in the heart of the historic Salamanca area within walking distance of the city centre and historic Battery Point. Burnie, on Bass Strait in Tasmania's North West, is also a port of call for cruise ships. Burnie's port services Tasmania's major West Coast mines and handles most types of bulk shipping including, minerals, fuels, woodchips and logs, as well as containerised consumables. The export of forest products is an important operation of the port.
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From protected anchorages, scenic uncrowded waters and soaring sea cliffs to the wild waters of the Great Southern Ocean, Tasmania is a sailing paradise and offers great journeys for seafarers and passengers alike. Hobart's excellent deep water port is the arrival and departure point for many sailing expeditions, with berths at central docks just a short stroll from historic Salamanca and the CBD. There's also a selection of skippered sailing journeys, ranging from short trips to full-day and multi-day adventures. In summer, the Derwent River comes alive with sailing boats and thousands flock to the finish line of the world-famous Sydney to Hobart yacht race. Tasmania's maritime heritage is also celebrated in Hobart in February with the biennial Australian Wooden Boat Festival.
Sailing In Tasmania