Hobart Water activities

Our most recommended Hobart Water activities

Hobart: Bruny Island Wilderness Coast Eco Cruise with Lunch

1. Hobart: Bruny Island Wilderness Coast Eco Cruise with Lunch

Experience Bruny Island on a full-day eco-adventure from Hobart. Discover the main highlights of the island, marvel at the coastline, impressive sea cliffs, and more by a combined bus, cruise, and ferry ride. Get the chance to see seals and dolphins before savoring a local lunch. You will start the tour with a scenic bus tour from Hobart to Bruny Island. After the ferry crossing, enjoy sightseeing and morning tea on Bruny Island. Morning tea is a freshly baked blueberry muffin and a hot or cold drink. Listen to live commentary on the bus on the way to the cruise departure point at Adventure Bay. Embark on a 3-hour wilderness cruise on a custom-built boat. Explore the rugged coastline, cruising beneath high sea cliffs and entering deep sea caves. Encounter seals, dolphins, and whales. At the end of your cruise, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before a sightseeing bus tour of Bruny Island. Savor homemade pumpkin soup and a gourmet salad roll with your choice of Tasmanian Salmon or local ham. After the ferry crossing, relax on the return journey to Hobart and be dropped off back at your hotel.

From Hobart: Bruny Island Wilderness Cruise

2. From Hobart: Bruny Island Wilderness Cruise

Choose to begin your tour on Bruny Island or from Hobart. Cruise by some of Australia's highest sea cliffs and drift up close to listen to the awesome Breathing Rock. Enter deep-sea caves, pass through the narrow gap between the coast and The Monument, and feel the power of nature where the Tasman Sea meets the might of the Southern Ocean. On this activity, search for wildlife such as seals, dolphins, migrating whales, and sea birds with an interpretive guide. At the Friars, drift quietly past rare nesting seabirds and a large haul-out home to thousands of seals. The custom-built yellow boats feature open-air tiered seating providing excellent all-round views. When the cruise finishes, disembark and have time to explore Bruny Island. After, enjoy a guided bus tour as you return to Hobart (if option selected).

From Triabunna: Maria Island Cruise & Guided Walk with Lunch

3. From Triabunna: Maria Island Cruise & Guided Walk with Lunch

Embark on an immersive and educational guided tour of Maria Island National Park and the Ile Des Phoques Nature Reserve. Enjoy a scenic cruise with lunch in a remote bay, a guided walk among historic buildings, and a visit to Maria Island to spot wombats, kangaroos, wallabies, and Cape Barren geese. After departing Triabunna, see fascinating geological sites, mountain-fed waterfalls, secluded bays, sea caves, and white beaches on your way to the Fossil and Painted Cliffs. Enjoy expert commentary from the crew as you cruise to Maria Island's isthmus for a lunch stop on the anchored boat.  Take in the views of Maria Island, the cliffs, waterfalls, limestone sea caves, cliff-top stalactites, and mountains. On the way to the remarkable granite island, Island of Seals, see if you can spot albatrosses, dolphins, fur seals, and whales. Swim and dive alongside the island’s marine life. Dock at Darlington in the afternoon. Stretch your legs and enjoy a guided tour through Darlington’s collection of preserved buildings that once belonged to the convict population. Learn about the town’s remarkable history and come face-to-face with Maria Island’s resident wombats.  If history is not for you, then simply soak up the sun on Darlington’s white sandy beach or swim and snorkel in the waters of Maria Island’s marine reserve.

Hobart: Luxury Yacht Scenic Sailing Tour with Snacks

4. Hobart: Luxury Yacht Scenic Sailing Tour with Snacks

This is a 3-hour morning or afternoon cruise sailing on one of the largest and most beautiful natural harbours in the world, with spectacular views of Hobart and Mt Wellington. Depending on the wind, the cruise will typically take you to the gateway to the Southern Ocean and return crossing the Sydney to Hobart finish line. You will sail aboard a fast and comfortable 62-foot luxury ocean racer/cruiser where you will be encouraged to participate as much as you like - take the helm, work with the winches, or sit back and enjoy the ride. The best Tasmanian fare will be provided as refreshments along with tea, coffee, water and non-alcoholic beverages. A selection of fine Tasmanian wine and beer is available at our cash bar - and at regular bar prices.

Hobart: 2.5-hour Iron Pot Lighthouse Cruise

5. Hobart: 2.5-hour Iron Pot Lighthouse Cruise

Travel aboard a brand new vessels in a small group of up to 12 passengers. The spacious enclosed cabin contains comfortable leather seats. Large awning windows provide a great view and allow you to immerse yourself in the surroundings. Cruising down the Derwent River you'll pass historic Battery Point, now one of Tasmania's premium residential addresses. You'll see well-known landmarks like the iconic Wrest Point Casino and the Shot Tower. Further south, you'll truly appreciate the scale of Mount Wellington as it towers over the city. Arrive at the Iron Pot, Australia's oldest lighthouse, you'll be immersed in the fascinating history as your guide shares stories of Hobart's early settlement. Cruising into Storm Bay, you'll reach Betsey Island. This uninhabited island is home to a variety of seabirds, including gulls, cormorants and the majestic white bellied sea eagle. As you circumnavigate Betsey Island, Hope Beach comes into view. This isolated beach is known for its large breaks and offshore winds. You'll cruise close in to the shore and feel the swell surging straight from the Southern Ocean; these conditions make this a favorite spot with local surfers. After 2.5 hours on the water you'll return to Hobart refreshed, with a newfound appreciation for this beautiful harbor city.

Hobart: Historic Lunch Cruise

6. Hobart: Historic Lunch Cruise

Starting from Murray Street Pier, the cruise heads south to Battery Point and Sandy Bay, passing by the oldest casino in Australia. You'll then cruise across the Derwent River to the Eastern Shore, Bellerive, and Kangaroo Bluff, before travelling under the Tasman Bridge. You'll head back via the Royal Botanic Garden and Government House. The boat trip will take about 1.5 hours, with the captain providing an interesting live commentary to tell you what to look out for. Onboard, you'll enjoy a one-course meal. Choose from steak, crumbed fish, chicken schnitzel or a veggie patty.

Tasman Peninsula Day Trip with Cruise & Devils from Hobart

7. Tasman Peninsula Day Trip with Cruise & Devils from Hobart

Experience the highlights of the Tasman Peninsula on a day trip from Hobart. Journey 1.5-hours from Hobart to Port Arthur by a comfortable coach. Enjoy morning tea on the Tasman Peninsula. Climb aboard a custom-built boat for an unforgettable 3-hour wilderness cruise. Explore the spectacular coastline between Port Arthur and Eaglehawk Neck, from rugged sea cliffs to waterfalls, rock formations, archways, and deep-sea caves. You might see seals, migrating whales, seabirds, or even a pod of playful dolphins surfing the boat's bow wave.  At the end of your cruise, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before heading to the Tasmanian Devil Conservation Park. Spend part of the afternoon at the Park before the returning journey to Hobart. Be dropped back to your hotel around 6 pm. 

Hobart City 2.5-Hour Kayak Tour

8. Hobart City 2.5-Hour Kayak Tour

On this 2.5-hour tour you’ll be able to enjoy Hobart’s iconic waterfront from a different perspective, as you paddle along in a sea kayak. Departing from Sandy Bay with a local guide, you’ll pass historic Battery Point, now one of the most prestigious neighborhoods in Hobart. Glide under fishing wharves before entering the bustling Hobart docks area. Get up close to sleek yachts, elegant tall ships, working fishing boats, modern cruisers and possibly even a cruise ship. After working up an appetite, you’ll get to enjoy Hobart’s legendary fish and chips from the comfort of your kayak as your guide entertains you with some local stories. No kayaking experience is necessary and the tour is suitable for younger participants who can team up with an adult or one of the guides.

Hobart: Full-Day Tasmania Gourmet Seafood Cruise

9. Hobart: Full-Day Tasmania Gourmet Seafood Cruise

This full-day cruise begins on Hobart's vibrant waterfront, amongst the fishing boats moored at Constitution Dock. Cruise aboard custom-built vessels, featuring a spacious enclosed cabin and leather seats. Travel down the Derwent River and into the sheltered waters of the D'Entrecasteaux Channel that surround Bruny Island. As you voyage south, you'll leave all traces of civilization behind.  Your guides know these waters intimately. They've grown up in this wilderness environment, with its picturesque landscapes and beautiful deserted beaches. Throughout the day they'll provide an entertaining insight into the surrounding landscapes and animals. Such local knowledge only comes from spending years in and around these clean blue waters. Your first taste of the day is oysters. Slurp the succulent, salty oysters straight from the shell. Pause at the edge of one of Bruny Island's secluded bays so that your guide can jump in and snorkel for abalone and sea urchin. Look around you and take in the pristine surroundings – the clear blue water, clean air, deserted beaches, and beautiful bays are the source of this delicious fresh produce. Back on board the boat, join your guide as they prepare a bountiful seafood feast of rock lobster, abalone, sea urchin, mussels, oysters, sashimi, salmon. This is paired with a delicious gourmet spread of fresh local breads, salads and artisan cheeses, and matched with Bruny Island Premium Wines, Jansz Sparkling, boutique Moo Brew beers, Willie Smiths & Frank's cider, and local organic juices.

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What people are saying about Hobart

The crew catered to every need. Provided morning tea and a delicious lunch. We saw a pod of dolphins and they circled around our boat. The boat was able to reach along the coast and show some amazing rock formations you would only be able see on board. We visited Maria Island and had a guided walk, learning history and about the wildlife surrounding. Lucky enough to interact with some adorable wombats on the island who were not camera shy. Would recommend to everyone and definitely travel with them again.

The crew were amazing, the commentary was excellent and we are very happy we did this cruise. The geology of the island is a revelation and if you are a geologist then it’s paradise. Lunch and onboard refreshments were delicious. Wildlife was all around us both in the water and on land. Highly recommend this tour of Maria Island as a high point of Tasmanian Tourism.

The boat tour was so fun! we saw sea lions, whales, and pods of dolphins.

Fantastic relaxing activity, very informative & lunch was yummy

Captain’s commentary was insightful and interesting