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Take a Hobart sightseeing cruise to admire coastal scenery and learn about the maritime history of Tasmania’s capital city. As you travel along the River Derwent to Betsey Island and Iron Pot Lighthouse, one of the oldest lighthouses in Australia, you’ll enjoy sights like Hope Beach, Mt Wellington and Shot Tower. Listen to stories from your guide about life on the sea, from shipwrecks to settlers, on this small-group tour limited to 12 people. 

Highlights

  • 2.5-hour Hobart cruise on the River Derwent and into Storm Bay
  • Learn about Hobart's maritime history from a knowledgeable guide
  • Cruise past Iron Pot, one of Australia's oldest lighthouses
  • Snap photos of Hobart and towering Mt Wellington from the water
  • Travel along the final leg of the famous Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
  • Look for the white-bellied sea eagle and other seabirds as you circumnavigate Betsey Island
  • Small-group tour limited to 12 ensures a more personalized experience

What You Can Expect

Hobart Sightseeing Cruise including Iron Pot Lighthouse

Hobart Sightseeing Cruise

Your cruise starts at Hobart’s Franklin Wharf, where you’ll hop aboard your motorboat, a custom-built vessel with leather seats and an enclosed cabin with large windows to take in the views. Then set off down the River Derwent, passing by landmarks like Battery Point, Wrest Point Casino and 160-foot-tall (49-meter) Shot Tower.

When you reach the mouth of the Derwent, take a look at Iron Pot Lighthouse, which stands on a small rock island, guarding the entrance to Storm Bay. Constructed in 1832 after several shipwrecks on these waters, the lighthouse is one of Australia’s most historic. Listen to tales from your guide about Hobart’s early settlers, including lighthouse keepers and their families, and hear about the annual Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, in which the lighthouse is the final turn.

Then head into Storm Bay toward uninhabited Betsey Island, where white-bellied sea eagles and other marine birds live, and enjoy a view of Hope Beach, a secluded stretch of coastline whose offshore winds and large breaks make it a popular surf spot. As you move closer, you’ll feel the swelling surge of the ocean before turning around to cruise back to Hobart, watching for marine life along the shore.   

Customer Reviews

Geoff D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Great host great trip. Highly recommend

Lynette N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

A fantastic cruise. Our host was Hugh and he was such a wealth of knowledge and information. A very entertaining afternoon.

Rein B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Rob was an outstanding guide. His local knowledge and passion for his home made this one of the best tours we've done.

acdale

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

Excellent - recommend to ALL

Lynda H

4 star rating: Recommended March 2015

Great pilot. Finn had lots of good stories and a good sense of humor.. Interesting lighthouse!

Chezannehopkins

1 star rating: I do not recommend this April 2015

Viator sent the voucher for the wrong day so we didn't get to go, what a way to wreak someone's holiday

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