Tasmania From the Water

Being an island, there is plenty of water around us to provide some great marine based experiences in Tasmania.

From coastal seawater to freshwater rivers, Tasmania provides an abundance of choices for those who love to get wet or be on the water in their exploration of a holiday destination.

Regardless of what your excitement level is there is something to enjoy – from adrenaline pumping eco-boat rides through to cruising in untouched, pristine Tasmanian wilderness, Tasmania has got it covered.

The other great thing about seeing Tasmania from the water is that you get a different perspective of the place, a fresh and inspiring outlook that you may not see on all the postcards.

To start with, let’s keep it serene and start with gentle cruises. There are plenty of choices here, and in different parts of the state so if you are touring around, you can find something new to experience.

World Heritage Cruises

World Heritage Cruises offers some of the best wilderness views you are ever likely to see in your life. A big call maybe, but the serenity of the Gordon River is something you need to experience to truly understand and a true Tasmanian secret to be unlocked. Imagine stepping back in time, to a place that is barely touched by humans and where the power of nature takes your breath away. If this is what you are after, then a trip on the Gordon River is most definitely for you. Located at Strahan on Tasmania’s west coast, this journey will immerse you in world heritage wilderness, open your mind and give you stunning memories to treasure for a lifetime.


In Hobart, there are a number of great cruises to enjoy that will show you the capital city from one of the deepest ports in the Southern hemisphere. There are great options for a day trip to experience MONA on the MONA ROMA ferry or check in at 10.30am for a lunchtime venture to Peppermint Bay south of Hobart. These are both great options for seeing the River Derwent and Hobart suburbs from the water.


In Launceston, Tamar River Cruises can take you exploring the Cataract Gorge, the Tamar River and through to the Tamar Valley under the Batman Bridge and past vineyards on the banks of the river. There is a selection of options available and the tours are a great way to take time out and watch the world go by.

Wineglass Bay Cruises

Wineglass Bay Cruises operate a once in a lifetime experience into the world renown Wineglass Bay, listed as one of the top ten beaches in the world. This fantastic cruise on Tasmania’s east coast gives you a view of the bay that you will not see any other way all while sipping on premium Tasmanian bubbles or beers with fresh seafood at your fingertips. Not a bad day out in one of the world’s most iconic locations.

Stepping things up a notch in the physical stakes, why not take to the water in a sea kayak and explore some of Tasmania’s scenic coastline. Freycinet Adventures on Tasmania’s east coast offer a variety of adventures including shorter 3 hour guided tours of the region through to multi-day expeditions in incredible locations such as Freycinet, Maria Island, and the Tasman Peninsula.  The longer expeditions offer a true hands-on experience in the Tasmanian wilderness. You can also experience the Hobart harbour from kayak on a two hour guided tour of the wharf area concluding with lunch or dinner straight from the fish punts on the docks. This is a fun way to see the sights and sounds of the capital city from the harbour.

Another choice for those wanting to live it up is a charter tour aboard the MV Born Free. This luxurious 60 foot fly-bridge cruiser can carry up to 22 people for a tailored tour of the Derwent River or can be used as multiple night stay with its 3 separate suites allowing plenty of space for guests. Locations on offer include the South West National Park, Freycinet and the east coast and Maria Island.

Bruny Wildlife Adventure

Want to feel the sea breeze in your hair and power of 900hp in a boat? Welcome to the Bruny Wildlife Adventure – an unforgettable eco tour that takes you from the historic streets of Hobart to the wilderness of South Bruny Island and the Southern Ocean for an amazing one day cruise experience, without a doubt, the best Bruny Island tour from Hobart.

This tour, which includes two separate Bruny Island cruises encompassing both North and South Bruny Island, is a fully-guided, full-day eco tour that blends the exhilaration of touring Bruny Island with the excitement of one of Tasmania’s best wildlife cruises.

Your adventure begins with the cruise from Hobart on the luxurious Peppermint Bay II catamaran and then onward for a fascinating eco tour of Bruny Island’s remote southern coast aboard state-of-the-art expedition vessel Adventure. From the comfort and safety of Adventure’s decks you will be able to get close to the amazing variety of wildlife that lives along Bruny Island’s pristine coastline.

After completing the cruise component of the tour, you will then experience Bruny Island’s gourmet delights at our expedition retreat. Set in private gardens with sweeping views along Bruny Island’s magnificent coastline, you will sample Bruny Island’s own fresh ‘Get Shucked’ Pacific Oysters as well as some Bruny Island artisan cheese. Also included in your eco tour package is a delicious, individual lunch platter of fresh regional produce.

Following lunch you can discover the home of Bruny Island Fudge and sample sweet treats, learn about the fudge making process or perhaps browse the Bruny Island Providore.

Your Bruny Island Wildlife Adventure ends back on the Peppermint Bay II for the return cruise to Hobart, reflecting on one of Tasmania’s best eco tours and a day of exhilaration and adventure, luxury and relaxation.

Bruny Island Cruises could be the answer you are looking for. These purpose built eco-boats take you on a sea adventure around Bruny Island exploring areas you simply could not access any other way. The highly manoeuvrable boats allow the pilot to explore sea caves and get up and close to the cliff faces. Tours can range from three hours right through to full day experiences.

Tasmanian Air Adventures

Lastly, how about a water and air experience? That’s right, double the fun on the one experience. Tasmanian Air Adventures provide their DeHavilland DHC-2 Beaver sea plane for those wanting a sea and air tour of Hobart including first class views of MONA, Tasman Bridge and the Botanical Gardens as well as the city and its backdrop, Mt Wellington.

No matter where you are in Tasmania, there are so many recreational activities to enjoy on the water. Just remember to bring warm clothing, a hat, sunnies and your sunblock to cover Tasmania’s four seasons in one day!

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