Ferries in Hobart
Ferries in Hobart provide a major alternative public transport service for commuters and tourists in Hobart and other localities in and around the Derwent River in Tasmania. Services at the present time focus on tourism services.
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 made for a more organised and regular commuter ferry service.
There are a number of operators that run ferries upon the Derwent River out of Hobart which include: Hobart Historic Cruises (Spirit of Hobart), MONA (Mona Roma 1 or MR1 and Freya or MR2), Navigators (Peppermint Bay II and Peppermint Bay 1 or MR0) and Pennicott Wilderness Journeys.
The majority of these services are for tourism related purposes.
Other Ferry Services in Southern Tasmania
Port Arthur for the Three Capes Walk (The Blade),
Port Arthur harbour cruise including small islands (MV Marana),
Tasman Bridge disaster
- Metro Tasmania to run passenger ferries in Hobart under Government plan ABC News 18 May 2018
- New terminals for ferries on three weeks Canberra Times 11 January 1975 page 1
- When Hobart's bridge fell down Afloat Magazine December 2010
- 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