Hobart cruises

Preconceptions about Australia will be all but forgotten on a cruise to Hobart. With a distinctly European look and feel, and a unique local character, this quaint city on the island of Tasmania is a picturesque reminder that there is more to Australia than its many stereotypes.

After Sydney, Hobart is the second-oldest capital city in the country, having been established in 1804 as a penal colony. Its location in the estuary of Tasmania’s Derwent River means it is sheltered and calm, although its southern latitude means it often experiences cooler climates than on mainland Australia. 

Hobart may be a small city, but it is tightly packed with history, culture, art and an emerging food scene that is quickly gaining national attention. 

Hobart’s cultural heritage

Known originally as Hobart Town or Hobarton, Tasmania’s capital city was named after the Colonial Secretary at the time of the town’s settlement, Lord Hobart.

Before Europeans arrived in Tasmania, the region was inhabited by indigenous peoples known as Muwinina, and in their language, the mountain that towered over the area was called kunanyi. Today it is known as Mount Wellington.

Although convicts were some of the earliest European settlers in Hobart, local opposition to the transport of more prisoners began in the 1840s. By 1853, no more penal colonies were brought to Tasmania, then known as Van Diemen's Land.

Hobart is the home port for Australian and French Antarctic activities, with nearly 2,000 tons of cargo leaving the port for Antarctica each year.

Discover Hobart

One of the first sights that will greet Hobart cruise passengers is Mount Wellington, the city’s natural backdrop and an incredible viewpoint to see Hobart from a bird’s-eye perspective. The mountain towers over 4,000 feet above the harbour its peak dusted in snow in winter and covered in lush greenery for the rest of the year. Shuttle buses regularly make the 25-minute journey from the centre of Hobart to Mount Wellington.

The Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens offer visitors 14 hectares of landscaped natural beauty, made up of flora from all over the world. It is a tranquil escape from the city, and ideal for a romantic stroll or some quiet reflection.

Get a feel for Hobart’s European influences at Battery Point, where Georgian and Victorian architecture dominate the historic streets. There are plenty of cafés and boutiques to explore, but to learn more about the area’s history and culture, take a walking tour of Battery Point. Led by a local guide, these tours allow visitors to take in the picturesque surroundings of the historic precinct while learning about its inhabitants and heritage.

If you are visiting Hobart on a Saturday, head straight to Salamanca Place, where you will find the bustling Salamanca Market. Beginning life as just 12 stalls in 1972, the popular street market now has over 300 vendors, and over 25,000 visitors each week. It is the ideal place to pick up some fresh local produce or locally-made handicrafts as a souvenir.

The Museum of Old and New Art, or the MONA, is located on the grounds of the Moorilla Winery in Hobart, and is home to over 400 works of art from founder David Walsh’s private collection. As a highly acclaimed attraction in a small city, Hobart’s MONA has been likened to Bilbao’s Guggenheim Museum.

Excursions

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

  • Bonorong & Historic Richmond

    Experience the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and discover the historic town of Richmond.

    Bonorong & Historic Richmond

    A scenic drive from the port will take you to the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary. During your 1½ hour visit, you’ll have the opportunity to see some of the local wildlife, from native wombats and lovable koalas to the infamous Tasmanian Devil. Knowledgeable Park Rangers are also on hand to provide information about the many unique animals.

    After your wildlife experience, you will head to the town of Richmond. Richmond is acclaimed as one of the country's most important historic towns that has virtually unchanged since its founding over 120 years ago. The town boasts fine Georgian buildings, cobbled streets, galleries and unique craft shops, as well as cafés and restaurants. You’ll have around 45 minutes’ free time to explore the town independently, before the return drive to Hobart.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Some walking is required over varying terrain including rough and uneven ground at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary. Walking in Richmond is at guests’ own discretion. Comfortable, flat footwear is recommended.

    Tour code

    HBA_005

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Huon Valley & Airwalk Adventure

    Admire the Huon Valley and take a walk on the Tahune Airwalk, the longest treetop walk in the world!

    Huon Valley & Airwalk Adventure

    Sit back and relax, as you take a picturesque drive to the Huon Valley. Upon arrival, you’ll head to a local café to enjoy a light selection of snacks, and a tea or coffee.

    Your drive will continue through the valley and on to the engineering and ecological marvel of The Tahune Forest Airwalk. Walk high up amongst the treetops, up to 30 metres above the forest floor. Breathe in the fresh forest air as you peer over the forest canopy. The very last section of the walk, the cantilever, stands at an impressive 50 metres above the river below. It’s a glorious view that will leave you in awe. At the visitors centre, there will be an opportunity for you to purchase luncheon or refreshments.

    Your return drive will take you along the Derwent River, allowing you to admire more lovely scenery.

    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The drive to Huon Valley is around two hours each way. This tour involves some walking over varying terrain. There are approximately 100 concrete steps over 700 yards at the Airwalk. The steps are gradual and there are places to sit in between. Comfortable, flat, non-slip shoes are recommended and a waterproof jacket is advisable. In the case of adverse weather, some forest trails may be closed and the itinerary may change without notice.

    Tour code

    HBA_002

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    8 hours

  • Port Arthur

    Walk in the footsteps of English ancestors during a fascinating visit to the historic site of Port Arthur.

    Port Arthur

    Enjoy a scenic drive through the rolling countryside and quaint townships on the way to Port Arthur, located on the Tasmanian Peninsular.

    Port Arthur is a former convict settlement and one of Australia's most significant heritage areas. From 1833, until 1853, it was the destination for the hardest of convicted British criminals, those who were secondary offenders having re-offended after their arrival in Australia. Rebellious personalities from other convict stations were also sent here, a quite undesirable punishment. In addition Port Arthur had some of the strictest security measures of the British penal system, with more than 10,000 English convicts being sent here over a turbulent forty-year period. Today, this fascinating open-air museum is a World Heritage property consisting of 11 remnant penal sites.

    Upon arrival, a knowledgeable Park Ranger will accompany you on a 40 minute guided walking tour through the carefully restored Port Arthur site. View the penitentiary, the convict-designed church, the hospital and the model prison, which was a radical design experiment for the times.

    Discover more about the convicts on a harbour cruise by the Dockyard, Point Puer Boys’ Prison and the Isle of the Dead Cemetery. The Dockyard is an evocative and fascinating part of the Port Arthur Historic Site; it houses an 84 foot long ship sculpture in one of the Dockyard’s slips, evoking visions of the scale of the ships that the convicts made here.

    During the day, a light luncheon will be provided along with free time to explore independently before returning to Hobart.


    This excursion will operate by coach, boat and on foot. The journey to Port Arthur is approximately 1¾ hours. This tour involves some walking over uneven ground, including cobbles, grass and steps. Comfortable, flat footwear is recommended. There are also some narrow doorways to be negotiated within the ruins.

    Tour code

    HBA_004

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    8 hours

  • Hobart Highlights

    This delightful tour will reveal why Hobart is known as the 'Jewel of the South'.

    Hobart Highlights

    Discover the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, Australia's second oldest botanic garden. The sheltered, landscaped grounds feature historic plant collections, 19th century trees and native Tasmanian species. Enjoy a stroll around the gardens and its wonderland of nature.

    You’ll take a scenic drive to Rosny Hill lookout and capture spectacular sweeping views of the city and harbour. Continue to the heights of Mount Nelson. This location offers a breathtaking view of Tasmania’s southeast coastline and the impressive vistas of the city.

    You’ll drive through the historic warehouse complex of Salamanca Place, which now houses many of the area’s best shops and restaurants, and is considered to be the heart of Hobart’s lively atmosphere and spirit. You’ll continue to Battery Point and view the elegant 19th-century mansions and quaint cottages and also pass by Tasmania’s oldest brewery, before returning to the ship.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Some walking is required over varying terrain, including some slight hills and steep inclines at the Botanical Gardens. Comfortable, flat footwear is recommended.

    Tour code

    HBA_001

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    3½ hours

  • Best of Tasmania

    Discover the best that Tasmania has to offer; from stunning scenery and National Parks to quaint towns and native wildlife.

    Best of Tasmania

    Embark on a panoramic journey through scenic countryside to see the best of Tasmania including Richmond, Salmon Ponds Trout Farm, Mount Field National Park and Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary.

    Richmond is a historic town with cobblestoned streets and Georgian-style buildings. You’ll have around 30 minutes to stretch your legs and explore this quaint town.

    Salmon Ponds Trout Farm boasts a trout hatchery, museum and fish feeding facility. The stunning surrounds will be the setting for a delicious fresh salmon luncheon.

    Mount Field National Park is part of the Tasmania Wilderness World Heritage Area. The Park is known for its enormous fern forests, waterfalls and having some of the tallest trees in the world. You’ll have 45 minutes’ free time to relax in the park or take the stunning 15 minute walk to the tranquil Russell Falls.

    Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary is a rehabilitation and conservation sanctuary for orphaned and injured animals. The sanctuary nurtures native wildlife back to good health and prepares them for eventual release. You’ll have around 1¼ hours’ free time to explore the sanctuary independently, whilst keeping an eye out for the native Tasmanian Devils, kangaroos and koalas.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Any walking is at each guests' own discretion. The terrain ranges from boardwalks, gravel pathways and grass. Chicken is also available for luncheon for those who do not eat salmon. The pathways at Mount Field National Park can be very uneven and slippery in parts. Comfortable, enclosed footwear is recommended.

    Tour code

    HBA_003

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    8 hours