Hobart Sightseeing cruises

Our most recommended Hobart Sightseeing cruises

Bruny Island Wilderness Coast Eco-Tour from Hobart

1. Bruny Island Wilderness Coast Eco-Tour from Hobart

Experience Bruny Island on a full-day eco-adventure from Hobart. Experienced guides will make your adventure fun, entertaining, and informative. The meeting point is quite central, just a short walk or taxi ride from most Hobart hotels. Check in and enjoy a scenic bus tour from Hobart to Bruny Island. After the ferry crossing, savor 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 (gluten-free & vegetarian options available). After the ferry crossing, relax on the return journey to Hobart and be dropped off back at your hotel.

Hobart: Historic Lunch Cruise

2. 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.

Port Arthur Tour & Cruise Day Trip from Hobart

3. Port Arthur Tour & Cruise Day Trip from Hobart

Depart Hobart on a full-day tour exploring Tasmania’s ruthless convict past and experience the rugged landscapes of the Tasman Peninsula. Start with a visit to the well-preserved colonial village of Richmond. Admire sights like Australia's oldest bridge that is still in use. Head south to the Tasman Peninsula and enter the Tasman National Park for some amazing views of the coastline and sea. Upon arrival at the Port Arthur Historic Site, learn the story of the convict settlement. Listen to stories about the chilling realities of life as a prisoner amid the preserved jail ruins on a guided tour. Hear more about the penal colony's terrible past. Take a cruise of the harbor to see the site from a different perspective, and get a look at the Isle of the Dead where those who died at the prison were laid to rest in mass graves. Return to Hobart and benefit from the opportunity to stop by the remarkable geological formations of the Tasman Arch, Devil's Kitchen and Blow Hole. Get dropped off in Hobart in the early evening.

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.

Tasman Peninsula Day Trip with Cruise & Devils from Hobart

5. 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. 

Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area: Day Tour

6. Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area: Day Tour

Depart Cambridge Aerodrome, located 20-minutes drive from central Hobart, for an unforgettable tour by air to a remote area of Tasmania’s South West coast. It is one of only two places in the world that have 7 out of 10 criteria for world heritage listing. Fly over Hobart’s eastern suburbs and the Derwent River along the D’Entrecasteaux Channel.  On the 50-minute scenic flight, fly past Recherche Bay to Tasmanian’s most southern point, South East Cape. Leave the city behind as the aircraft enters the vast south-west west wilderness following the South Coast Track to Melaleuca. Land in Melaleuca and board a boat for a short cruise into Bathurst Harbor.  See the remote Celery Top Islands and take a short bush walk in the wilderness. Experience untouched landscape while breathing the cleanest air in the world. Enjoy a delicious lunch of Tasmanian produce and wine in a special remote location. Returning to Melaleuca, explore the area, visit the Deny King Bird Hide, and enjoy the Needwonnee Aboriginal Walk, an interpretive boardwalk. Later in the afternoon, board the aircraft for the return 50-minute scenic journey to Hobart.

Hobart: 2.5-hour Iron Pot Lighthouse Cruise

7. 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.

From Hobart: 4-Day Guided Freycinet National Park Walk

8. From Hobart: 4-Day Guided Freycinet National Park Walk

Day 1 Depart from the Old Woolstores Apartments in Hobart at 8 AM and transfer to sustainably built Friendly Beaches lodge. Begin your Freycinet National Park adventure in Coles Bay by boarding the Naturaliste for a spectacular sea cruise down to Schouten Island, the southernmost part of Freycinet National Park (weather permitting). On the way, keep a lookout for pods of playful dolphins. After a picnic lunch and swim, choose between a short but steep climb up Bear Hill for expansive views of the Freycinet Peninsula, or fish for flathead in Schouten Passage. The Bear Hill walk is of moderate difficulty, takes 2 hours, and covers 3 kilometers (1.9 miles). Return to Coles Bay by boat, then transfer to Friendly Beaches Lodge for an evening meal of fresh fish and great local wine. Day 2 On the second day, there are 2 walks to choose from. The first option is to take a 7-hour, 14-kilometer (8.7-mile) moderate coastal walk from Bryan’s Beach journeys through sclerophyll forests and along beaches to the renowned Wineglass Bay. Along the way, encounter unforgettable up-close moments with local Australian wildlife. Alternatively, if you're seeking a serious challenge, opt for the climb from Cook’s Beach to the top of Mt Graham (579 meters/1,900 feet above sea level) where you’ll enjoy wonderful views of The Hazards’ dusky pink rock outcrops, before descending to Wineglass Bay via spectacular Quartzite Ridge. This is a difficult 16-kilometer (almost 10-mile) hike that takes about 8 hours. The two groups rejoin at Wineglass Bay in the late afternoon – the perfect time to swim, enjoy a cup of tea, and exchange stories about the morning’s adventures. Feeling refreshed, take the climb to Wineglass Bay Lookout for iconic views, before descending to the waiting vehicle to transfer you back to the Lodge. Day 3 Today, discover the secluded Bluestone Bay, and explore the fascinating geology of White Water Wall and little Bluestone Bay on an easy to moderate 14-kilometer (8.7-mile) hike for about 6-7 hours. Follow an ancient track through sacred bushland once followed by the Oyster Bay Tribe. The headland is home to a stunning array of native plants, including the giant Xanthorrhoea (Grass Trees). Continue along the white sands of Friendly Beaches, and enjoy a swim before you arrive back at the lodge where cool drinks and homemade afternoon tea await. Day 4 Rise early and head to the beach for morning coffee. After breakfast, there’s an optional walk along the fossil-rich ridgeline of Mt Mary and a descent to Saltwater Lagoon before taking a final stroll along Friendly Beaches to Isaac’s Point. In total, this easy walk lasts 3 hours and is 6 kilometers (3.7 miles) long. Finally, transfer back to Hobart to arrive at 5 PM on the last day. If you’re booked on a flight after 5:30 PM, a Hobart Airport drop-off can be provided.

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What people are saying about Hobart

This all day tour to the Tasman peninsula and Port Arthur was fabulous. Our guide Justin was amazing, hilarious and very knowledgeable. There was a long bush walk to one site on the way which we weren’t expecting but still very well worthwhile. Very much recommend this tour and company. Great communication.

Excellent tour, brilliant guide who was v informative and funny keeping energy levels up all the way. Weather was rain but even so tour was worth it. Learning about convict life was both fascinating and disturbing.

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