Ferries in Hobart

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A historic ferry 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.

Current Services[edit]

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.

Short services include Derwent Harbour cruise, Moorilla Estate, Iron Pot, Bruny Island and Storm Bay

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

Jet Boat services operate out of Hobart, New Norfolk and Huonville.

Other Ferry Services in Southern Tasmania[edit]

Ferry Services operate out of Triabunna to Maria Island,

Kettering to Bruny Island (Mirambeena, Bowen,Moongalba),

Adventure Bay,

Port Arthur for the Three Capes Walk (The Blade),

Port Arthur harbour cruise including small islands (MV Marana),

and Port Arthur to Eaglehawk Neck

Future services[edit]

In May 2018, it was announced that the State Government would introduce legislation to allow Metro Tasmania to introduce a service from Bellerive to Sullivans Cove.[1]

Tasman Bridge disaster[edit]

Following the Tasman Bridge disaster in 1975, services across the Derwent River were operated by Bob Clifford while the Public Transport Commission loaned the Kosciusko and Lady Wakehurst.[2][3]


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