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Situated at latitude 40° south in the island State of Tasmania, Hobart is Australia's second oldest city.

The city is rich in character and history, nestling alongside one of the most beautiful natural harbours in the world and at the base of majestic Mount Wellington which rises 1,270 metres above sea level.

The working harbour is home to Antarctic supply vessels and fishing boats from the Southern Ocean.

This panorama is complemented by the constant array of cruise ships arriving from November to April, berthing to the warm welcome of the Lord Mayor and Town Crier.

Voted by Dream World Cruise Destinations as winner of the Most Receptive Destination category, and runner-up in the Best Destination for the Rest of the World Region in the 1997 Awards, Hobart continues to be regarded by cruise ship passengers as one of the region's most friendly, exciting and diverse destinations.

Hobart boasts a myriad of attractions for visitors, including the unique Antarctic Adventure, bustling Salamanca Place and the city centre all within a stone's throw of the wharf. The city is a vibrant place that cherishes its past, yet looks forward to the challenges of the future.

Hobart & Surrounds, Tasmania - Secrets

Hobart's cruise ship berth is positioned right at the city's doorstep enabling the passenger to take advantage of both full-day and half-day tours.
Our prime attractions include -

Salamanca Place/Salamanca Market

Salamanca Place is located on Hobart's waterfront and set amidst historic Georgian sandstone warehouses dating back to the 1830's. It plays host to the famous Salamanca Market held every Saturday between 8.30 am and 3.00 pm. Quality Tasmanian arts and crafts, fresh fruit and vegetables, flowers, clothing, jewellery, books and lots more all jostle for space on over 300 stalls.

Sunday through to Friday, Salamanca Place is home to a myriad of arts and crafts shops, theatre companies, galleries and restaurants.

City Sights and Mount Wellington (half-day)

Take in the spectacular views of Hobart and its surrounds from the Mount Nelson Signal Station, 10 km from the city centre, or the pinnacle of Mount Wellington, 22 km from the city centre.

Battery Point (half-day)

Return to Hobart and take a leisurely stroll through the streets of Battery Point, discover Arthur Circus, St George's Church and Kelly's Steps. Enjoy Hobart's heritage buildings and maritime history.

Bonorong Wildlife Park (half-day)

Bonorong Wildlife Park is set in rural Tasmania, yet only 25 km from the Hobart city centre. The Park offers tourists a unique opportunity to view Tasmanian and Australian wildlife in their natural habitat. Come and see the koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, emus and the renowned Tasmanian Devil. Tourists can experience a real bush treat of billy tea and damper or a traditional barbecue lunch.

Par Avion Wilderness Tours (half-day)

Par Avion offers scenic flights to Tasmania's South West World Heritage National Park. The scenic flights allow you to witness some of the most remote and pristine wilderness to be found anywhere in the world. Full day tours offer a beach landing and gourmet lunch at a wilderness camp. All tours take in features such as Federation Peak, the Western Arthur Range and Tasmania's rugged southern coastline, known as “World's End”.

Richmond Town (half-day)

Only 25 km from Hobart, the historic town of Richmond is Australia's finest Georgian village. It boasts world-famous attractions such as the country's oldest preserved colonial convict gaol, Bridge and Catholic Church. Visit Hobart as it was in the 1820's at Old Hobart Town historical model village and browse in Richmond's antique shops, art and craft galleries.

Make a day of it… visit Richmond and then the boutique wineries of the nearby Coal River Valley - the new Meadowbank Estate is a great place to start.

Southern Forests (full-day)

Experience first hand the famous Southern Forests by visiting the newly-opened Tahune Forest Airwalk. The height of the airwalk ranges from 20 metres to 45 metres above ground level offering a unique insight into life in the canopy of a rainforest. Stand amidst the 80 m tall eucalypts, Huon pine, myrtle, blackwood and sassafras and take in the spectacular views of the Huon River and its confluence, the Picton River.

Port Arthur Historic Site (full-day)

Port Arthur Historic Site, located on the Tasman Peninsula and just one and a half hours drive from Hobart. It is one of Australia's premier heritage sites and Tasmania's most visited tourist attraction. The remains of the remote penal settlement serve as a sometimes chilling reminder of a rich and colourful chapter in Tasmania's colonial past. Port Arthur began operating in 1830 as a timber station but in 1833 it became a prison settlement for male convicts and quickly established a reputation as ‘hell on earth'.

Today, the Port Arthur Historic Site encompasses over 40 hectares and features a large number of stabilised ruins and restored buildings from the convict era.

Best Restaurants

  • Mures Upper Deck Restaurant
  • Ball and Chain Grill
  • Revolving Restaurant (Wrest Point Hotel Casino)
  • Meehan's (Hotel Grand Chancellor)
  • Sisco's on the Pier


Hobart has pristine ocean beaches within 30 minutes of the city including:

  • Seven Mile Beach
  • Clifton Beach
  • Carlton Beach


All four private metropolitan clubs are within a 20 minute drive from the city.

  • Tasmania Golf Club
  • Royal Hobart Golf Club
  • Kingston Beach Golf Club
  • Claremont Golf Club

Other Sporting Activities

  • Domain Tennis Centre
  • Hobart Aquatic Centre

Best Shopping Areas

  • Salamanca Place (100 metres from wharf)
  • Hobart City Centre (500 metres from wharf)
  • Sandy Bay(designer label shopping, 1 km from wharf)


Working hours

Customs Officers 24 hours
Quarantine Officials 24 hours
Immigration Officials As for Customs

Customs and Immigration

Passenger Manifest Three copies at the first port of call with one copy to Immigration with the passengers card one copy to Customs and the third copy to remain on board the ship.
Embarking Passenger Manifest 3 copies - 1 to Customs 1 to Port 1 stays
Crew Manifest 2 - 1 at first port to Immigration 2nd stays.
Stores List 2 (Aust. Customs Service and Sydney Ports Corporation
Customs Declaration (Ship) 1 (Australian Customs Service)
Customs Declaration (Crew) 2 (Australian Customs Service)
Forms Comments All forms listed above are produced at the first Australian port of call and then one copy of each form travels on board the ship to be produced at subsequent ports.
Customs Declaration (Passengers) One at first Australian port of call only.

Port health

Health Declaration One (pratique) at first Australian port of call only


The following Ground Handlers are CDU members and supply superior ground handling services throughout Australia.


Arrival Departure Restrictions No
Tidal Variation LAT/HAT range: 1.7m, Spring range: 1.2 m, Neap range: 0.2m
Prevailing Currents 0.5 to 1 knots, subject to prevailing wind and tidal state

Prevailing Winds 


Length of Channel

Typically NW F5/F6, occasionally gusting to F8+ associated with passing frontal systems. Warm summer days can precipitate a S’ly sea breeze F5-F7

Hobart PBG approx. 8nm from entrance to River Derwent. PBG to Macquarie Wharf berths: 3.2nm. Least width of River Derwent: 2.1nm.

Depth of Channel

14.5m at entrance to River Derwent, else generally 22m to berths


Port of Hobart has two main berths to accommodate cruise ships. A dedicated cruise terminal is adjacent Macquarie No. 2/3.Available towage: 1 x ASD BP 42T, 1 x ASD BP 22T. FW available: 80 tph

Depth and breadth of turning basin

Location of Turning Basin Vessels typically swing off the berth, within the River Derwent with River width 0.5 – 1.0 nm
Diameter 0.5-1.0 nm
Depth 22m


Pilotage Name Tasmanian Ports Corporation
Pilotage Address

Attn: Hobart Pilots, G.P.O. Box 202 Hobart TAS 7001. Port Control Building, 18 Hunter St, Hobart, 7001

Pilotage Phone No + 61 3 6380 3013 or +61 3 6380 3075
Pilotage Fax No + 61 3 62346116
Is Pilotage Compulsory Yes
Position of Pilot Pickup

Lat: 42 deg 55.4 min S, Long: 147 deg 23.0 min E. Blinking Billy Pt Beacon brg 125 deg (T) x 0.9 nm (Aus 171)

Distance from Berth 3.2 nm to Macquarie Wharves
Pilot VHF Channel

VHF Ch 12: Port Listening/ Calling;

VHF Ch 8: Primary Pilotage;

VHF Ch 6: Secondary Pilotage.

Call: Hobart Pilot/ or Hobart VTS.
Description of Pilot Boat

Vessel name: Paringa; Call sign VHN7201. Black hull, International orange cabin, GRP, LOA: 13.2m. AIS B fitted. Boarding speed 7kts

Pilot Hours 24 hours
Pilotage Fees As per Tasports' Schedule of Charges: www.tasports.com.au


Shipping Agents:

Shipping agents

The following CDU members offer superior service throughout the region.

Port Operations/Services

Barwil Agencies Oceania
Address 9/189 Kent Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Telephone +61 2 9439 7223
24 hour contact +61 416 189 760
Fax +61 2 9439 8587
Website www.barwil.com
Email sydney@barwil.com.au
Services Contact: Greg Coopman.
Beaufort Shipping Agency Company
Address Level 8, 120 Sussex Street, Sydney NSW 2000
  GPO Box 3988 SYDNEY NSW 2001
Telephone 61 2 9364 8960
24 hour contact +61 411 123 013
Fax +61 2 9364 8999
Website N/A
Email operations@beaufortshipping.com
Services Contact Ian McAllister
Information on other Shipping Agents can be obtained from the Port Authority (see Port Operator).


Are tugs available Yes
Are tugs compulsory No
Tug operator`s name Tasports Towage
Tug operator`s fax + 61 3 6222 6122
Ship or tug lines Tugs
Tug working hours 24 hours


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Port Officials

Working hours 0830 to 1630
Overtime Yes


Stevedoring Name For details of suitable stevedores, please contact the Shipping Agent


For details of several quality, competitively priced provedores please contact the Shipping Agent.


Telephones Yes
How many Multiple
Notice required Yes


Fuel Grades All
Quay or barge Road tanker
Suppliers n/a


Fresh Water Yes
Exquay or barge No
No of hoses As requested
Capacity per hose/hour 150 tonnes max per hour
Tonnes per hour guaranteed 75 tonnes per hose per hour
Type of connect Standpipe male - hoses
Connect size in inches 4

Dry garbage

Dry garbage Yes
Barge alongside No
Containers available Yes
Size of containers 5 metres by 3 metres
Number available 1
Incineration or dump Incinerator or deep buried
Facilities to transport Truck

Wet garbage

Wet garbage Yes
Ship or shore pump Shore
Sludge disposal No
Sludge details n/a


Port charges as per Tasports' Schedule of Charges: www.tasports.com.au

Repair facilities

Nearest dry dock Hobart (Sydney for larger vessels)
Length 55 metres
Maximum Tonnage 1200 tonnes
Divers Available Yes
Engineering facilities Yes


Dredging undertaken No
Dredging when n/a


Port operator

Name Tasmanian Ports Corporation
Address Level 13, Trafalgar Building, 110 Collins street, Hobart TAS 7001
Telephone 1 300 366 742
Facsimile + 61 3 6222 6122
Web Site http://www.tasports.com.au
Email Address hobart@tasports.com.au

Berth details

Berth Macquarie No. 2/3 Berth
Maximum draft 10.0 metres (minimum)
Tidal variation LAT/HAT range: 1.7m, Spring range: 1.2 m, Neap range: 0.2m
Berth length

Macquarie No. 2/3 total length of berth is 328m (max vessel length 348m LOA)


Guaranteed berthing for cruise ships Yes
Are other ships able to dock Yes
Cargo ships at dock Yes
Security fences Yes
Berth Macquarie No. 4/5 Berth
Maximum draft 10.5 metres (minimum)
Tidal variation LAT/HAT range: 1.7m, Spring range: 1.2 m, Neap range: 0.2m
Berth length Macquarie No. 4/5 total berth length 379m
Guaranteed berthing for cruise ships No
Are other ships able to dock Yes
Cargo ships at dock Yes
Security fences Yes

Nearest ports

Australia Melbourne
Nearest Overseas Port Wellington


Terminal facilities

Terminal Building Yes - Macquarie Wharf No. 2 Cruise Terminal
Meet and Greet Facilities Yes
Toilet Facilities Yes
Telephones In the vicinity
Availability of Maps and/or Brochures Yes
Souvenir Shopping Yes
Money Exchange Yes
Is the US Dollar Accepted? No


Closest Airport to Pier Hobart
Distance to Airport 17 km
Transport to Airport Charter Coaches, limousines, hire cars or taxis
Can Passengers Walk to Town Yes
Drive Time from Pier to Shuttle Stop n/a
Distance from Pier to Town Centre 800 metres
Are Shuttle Buses Necessary No
Suggested Shuttle Stop in Town Elizabeth Street Mall, Salamanca Place
Availability of Taxis at Pier Yes
Availability of Public Transport at Pier

Taxi rank outside Macquarie Wharf No. 2 Cruise Terminal

Other Forms of Transport at Pier Yes

Tour buses

Distance from Ship to Tour Buses 30 metres
What is the Normal Coach Capacity Up to 50 passengers
Are Tour Buses Air Conditioned Yes
Are Refreshments Provided on Buses Yes
Are Cold Towels Provided on Buses Upon request
Are Step Stools Provided on Buses Yes


News / Events


The five-day Hobart Tall Ships program will include ship tours, river


Hobart’s waterfront celebration, the Taste of Tasmania is over for another


Hobart comes alive every January for the wonderful and unique Mona Foma (