Hobart Ferry Services

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Hobart Ferry Services
Locale Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Waterway Derwent River
Transit type Commuter boats, ferries and tourist/leisure services
Owner Private
  • Hobart Ferry & Water Taxi Service
No. of vessels 30 Passenger H2O Express
No. of terminals Hobart <> Lindisfarne <> Montagu Bay <> Bellerive <> Wrest Point
Website http://www.hobartwatertaxis.com.au/

Hobart Water Taxis provide a major alternative public transport service for commuters and tourists in the City of Clarence and City of Hobart, located on the Derwent River, Tasmania.


Since the earliest times of settlement in Hobart, river transport has been used to allow people to move around the city. Prior to the construction of the Hobart Bridge, and its replacement the Tasman Bridge, ferry services were far more important, and previously called at more locations. Following the reconstruction of a public jetty at Opossum Bay in December 2006, calls were being made for a more organised and regular commuter ferry service similar to the one which operates in Sydney.

Current Services[edit]

There are currently three operators that run ferries upon the Derwent River. They are Hobart Cruises, Navigators and Hobart Water Taxis.

Ferry services operate daily by Hobart Water Taxis;Departing Motor Yacht Club of Tasmania at 7.55am, Departing Montagu Bay at 8.00am Departing Bellerive Wharf at 8.15 am; Departing Watermans Dock in Hobart at 5.15 pm; express river crossing services for commuters in morning and evening rush hour from Motor Yacht Club of Tasmania Montagu Bay Jetty Bellerive Wharf to Sullivans Cove, Watermans Dock and return. The trip takes approximately 10 minutes. The trip allows commuters from Clarence to arrive just a five-minute walk from the CBD from Monday to Friday Excluding public Holidays. Between the express commuter there are departures on request between Hobart, Lindisfarne, Montagu Bay, Bellerive and Wrest Point The Bellerive Quay jetty provides an excellent transport method for visitors to Bellerive Oval for cricket and Australian football matches, as Bellerive Wharf is a short 5-minute walk from the ground.

Hobart Water Taxis also transfer passengers between Wrest Point, Sullivans Cove, Salamanca Place, Battery Point and Moorilla/Mona and many other sites along the River Derwent and D'entrecasteaux Channel

Longer ferry services take passengers to visit the D'entrecasteaux Channel and stop at Woodbridge and Kettering.

Hobart Water Taxis provides an on call water taxi and tour service all year round.

Hobart Cruises operate fast catamaran services which show off the Derwent River and D'entrecasteaux Channel.

Navigators operate all around the river estuary, Bruny Island, Storm Bay, and also visit the Moorilla Estate.


Further reading[edit]

  • O’May, D. G. (1988) Ferries of the Derwent : a history of the ferry services on the Derwent River Hobart: Govt. Printer. ISBN 0-7246-2360-4
  • Sargent, John R. (2004) Derwent River connections : an historical snapshot of vehicular access across the River DerwentBellerive, Tas. John R. Sargent. ISBN 0-9751514-1-X

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