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Half-Day Sailing on the Derwent River from Hobart

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  • 3 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English
  • Good for avoiding crowds


Experience Hobart from the water on a 3-hour sailing tour by ocean-racing yacht. As you glide along the River Derwent, admire the city’s coastal scenery, look for wildlife and help the crew with tasks like trimming the sails or grinding the winch. Or, simply relax and enjoy the fresh air. Gourmet snacks will be served while you listen to tales about sailing on the high seas.
  • 3-hour sailing tour on the River Derwent from Hobart
  • Admire the coastal scenery
  • Enjoy morning or afternoon tea
  • Feel the power of an ocean-racing yacht under full sail

What's Included

  • 3-hour sail on Hobart Harbour by luxury ocean racing yacht
  • Gourmet treats for morning or afternoon tea
  • Professional skipper and crew
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure & Return

Departure Point

  • Kings Pier Marina, Kings Pier Marina, 2 Franklin Whrf, Hobart TAS 7000, Australia

    King's Pier Marina is right across the road from Mure's Seafood Restaurant. Helsal IV and Magic Miles are the last two boats on the far left of the marina. Meet us there about 10 minutes before sailing (the map doesn't show the marina but satellite photos do).

Return Details

This activity will end right where it started.

What To Expect

Your Hobart sailing tour starts as you hop aboard your sleek racing yacht and set off along the River Derwent. While you witness what it takes to operate an ocean yacht like this, you can help the crew trim the sails and grind the winches, if you wish. Or just relax and admire the passing scenery, from the Hobart cityscape to views of Mt Wellington.

Head toward the Iron Pot lighthouse, and watch for wildlife like seals and dolphins. Then enjoy stories from your skipper about previous sailing adventures over morning or afternoon tea featuring gourmet Tasmanian items. Your tour ends when you return to the departure point.

When booking, select either the morning tour, which operates from October to March, or the afternoon tour from April to September.

Hobart (Pass By)

Sailors will see the beautiful city of Hobart, its historic docks and surrounding mountains and forests from the large sheltered harbour. Sometimes there will be other yachts racing on the harbour and sometimes we will be visited by curious dolphins and seals. Very occasionally we will see whales and orca. Sailors will experience what it is really like sailing aboard a large ocean-going yacht, and they can take turns on the winches or even try their hand at the wheel if they like.

Mount Wellington (Pass By)

See Mt. Wellington and the surrounding forests and hills.

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there is not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Please wear flat soled shoes. Sneakers are ideal
  • A maximum of 18 people per sailing trip
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 18 travelers
Operated by Hobart Yachts

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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86 reviews
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sylvia_n, May 2022
A beautiful boat. Friendly professional crew. We had a lovely time. It is great way to travel the beautiful Derwent river. Highly recommend.
Response from Host, May 2022
Great to hear Sylvia! Thanks for taking the time to do the review. We hope to see you again sometime : )
Fabulous day with great weather, give it a go.
Jan_F, May 2022
Fantastic crew, great information, tasty scones jam and cream and also cheese platter. Lots of laughs, shame the wind was a bit light on. But a truly great Time.
Response from Host, May 2022
Thanks Jan. Sorry about the wind. We do like to dip that rail : ).
A great morning on the harbour!
Linda_G, Apr 2022
Beautiful boat. Knowledgeable skipper (Mark)who didn't mind sharing some sailing knowledge with me and got to watch the spinnaker set up. Shout out to Jimmies freshly baked scones.
Response from Host, May 2022
You're welcome anytime Linda. Scones baked onboard while you sail ... now that is fresh. : )
Hobart Sail on the Derwent
Terese_H, Mar 2022
A relaxing and fun way to spend time experiencing sailing in a yacht on the Derwent River with great crew and great refreshments. Join in sailing or simply take it all in.
Response from Host, Mar 2022
Thanks for taking the time to send in your kind review. See you again sometime I hope : )
Beautiful views, local...
Karen_B, Feb 2022
Beautiful views, local knowledge and history, an experienced crew, tasty snacks on a spacious comfortable boat. 👍🏼
Response from Host, Mar 2022
Thanks very much Karen. Glad you enjoyed your sail.
Windy day
Kevin_P, Feb 2022
Learning how to recognise that a wind squall is about to hit the boat by looking at the shadows and turbulence on the water. Learning about the weather patterns coming down from Mt Wellington to Hobart and the Derwent River. Having a turn at steering the sailing boat and learning how to adjust and allow for lag to keep the boat heading straight into the wind. Enjoying the experience socialising with crew and others out on the water.
Response from Host, Feb 2022
Sounds like you had a good time mate : ) Thanks for taking the time to write your review.
Sailing around the bay
Lindsay_A, Feb 2022
A lovely half day sailing around the bay. Fab scones and cheese. The weather was tame for our trip but this yacht would be stable and safe for all in a high wind. Thanks to Captain Finn and his crew for an enjoyable trip.
Response from Host, Feb 2022
Thanks for the kind review Lindsay. Hopefully we can get you out one day when the winds are a blowin.
We had a lovely afternoon...
JULIE_J, Feb 2022
We had a lovely afternoon on the water. Wonderfully relaxing with scones jam and cream followed by cheese and biscuites. The crew were great with lots of interesting information about the river. It was the best thing we have ever done whilst in Hobart.
Response from Host, Feb 2022
Thanks Julie. We really love to hear that your sail with us has hit the spot : )
Excellent crew and very experienced
Ian_B, Dec 2021
Was just a great energy on the boat and had the opportunity to watch the Sydney Hobart race boats finish
Response from Host, Jan 2022
So glad you had a good time : ) And thanks for taking the time for a review; much appreciated.
Great experience. ...
Simon_P, Sep 2021
Great experience. First time sailing they made it such a fantastic experience Fantastic crew very knowledgeable
Response from Host, Sep 2021
Thanks Simon. It was good fun sailing with you : )
Rhonda_J, Jun 2021
The men loved the experience of helping with the sailing and all the information about how to sail Hospitality was fantastic scones and cream with tea/coffee then wine beers and a cheese platter Fabulous morning
Response from Host, Sep 2021
So sorry, your review went under the radar. Thanks for taking the time. I'm glad you enjoyed yourself and hope to see you again some day.
Thomy_S, May 2021
Beautiful weather, fun group, friendly crews! What else can I ask? Yes, drinks and cheese were fantastic...! Homemade scones and tea... Amazing!! It was total of 5 of us in the session: Us, one more couple and a solo. They all were so lovely and definitely added more fun to the session. Strongly recommended if you are looking for extraordinary/ spontaneous/ something different experience. Thanks heaps, Mark and the Crews!!
Response from Host, May 2021
Thanks for taking the time to write such a kind review. Maybe we can get you out for an overnighter next time : )
Don’t miss this! Well worth it!
Ongelique_T, May 2021
Awesome arvo out on the water. The crew are fantastic and extremely knowledgeable. Got a chance to take to the helm as well. Just a great afternoon all round
Response from Host, May 2021
Thanks Ongelique. It was great having you onboard and we look forward to sailing with you again sometime : )
first timer
heather_m, Apr 2021
Skipper owner Mark was extremely informative, genuine and I loved the fact that he told us about his and his wife's living on the yaght, about the harbour, how to sail and was generous to people who wanted to try the sailing. Barry, assistant but also a Skipper was great. I loved the fact that people have different parts to their lives, I found this inspiring and would recommend this sail to anyone. I had not been on a yaght before let alone one that has done 3 Sydney to Hobart races. I would love to sail from Hobart to Queensland but I didn't win the jackpot! Thanks for a great sail and scones and cream.
Response from Host, Apr 2021
Thanks Heather. It was a pleasure having you on board. It was good that you got to experience the full range of conditions from burying the rail to dead calm : )
Marvelous Racing Yacht Experience
Benita, Apr 2021
Mark and his crew offered a great sailing experience, serving up some great local cheese platters along with expert knowledge of the local sites along the way. It was fun to take part with the crew in this racer yacht! Highly recommend this sail!
Response from Host, Apr 2021
Thanks Benita. We had a good range of conditions didn’t we : ). Hope to see you back again one day.
Sandra_L, Apr 2021
It was a nice relaxing adventure. Beautiful views. Great crew. The Scones were so light and fluffy and cheese platter towards the end was a nice surprise
Response from Host, Apr 2021
Thanks for your kind review. We are glad you enjoyed yourself : )
A great sailing experience
Heather_M, Apr 2021
A wonderful day out on the water. The crew were very friendly and I had an amazing day. We are keen to head our sailing again and would recommend this crew to any considering spending an afternoon out on the water in Hobart.
Response from Host, Apr 2021
Thanks so much for taking the time to give us a review. It’s great to hear you enjoyed yourself. Hopefully we will get you out sailing again sometime soon.
Windy but fun.
Tracey_B, Mar 2021
Was fun, however the winds were approximately 50 knots and we probably should not have been taken out in hindsight. But was still a fun experience.
Response from Host, Mar 2021
Thanks Tracey. Yes the winds did get to about 50 kts at one point and we would not have proceeded with a forecast that predicted those winds, but we started out at about 10 kts with a forecast of up to 20 kts (a normal day on the harbour) and ended up with about 5 kts by the time we got back to port ... hard to predict that kind of inaccurate forecasting. But in a boat like Helsal IV with our highly experienced crew it isn't a drama, in facts, as you say, it's fun : ).
Awesome sailing experience
Simon, Feb 2021
Being involved in sailing the Yacht was awesome. We sailed on the Magic Miles with Baz, , Patrick and Dave, they were laid back and good fun. Great local cheese platter and wine topped off the experience. Highly recommend
Response from Host, Mar 2021
Thanks Simon. It's great to hear the Magic Miles crew continue to deliver on the Hobart Yachts promise : )
Sailing the Derwent River Hobart
Michael_M, Feb 2021
Mark the Skipper was a great host along with the rest of the crew. Mark let's you sail yacht while sailing the Derwent River. A great three hours.
Response from Host, Feb 2021
Great to hear you had a good time : ) I hope you can sail with us again sometime.


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