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Half-Day Sailing on the Derwent River from Hobart

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Hobart, Australia
Half-Day Sailing on the Derwent River from Hobart
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icon3 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


Experience Hobart from the water on a 3-hour sailing tour by ocean-racing yacht. As you glide along the River Derwent, admire the city’s coastal scenery, look for wildlife and help the crew with tasks like trimming the sails or grinding the winch. Or, simply relax and enjoy the fresh air. Gourmet snacks will be served while you listen to tales about sailing on the high seas.
  • 3-hour sailing tour on the River Derwent from Hobart
  • Admire the coastal scenery
  • Enjoy morning or afternoon tea
  • Feel the power of an ocean-racing yacht under full sail
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3-hour sail on Hobart Harbour by luxury ocean racing yacht
Gourmet treats for morning or afternoon tea
Professional skipper and crew
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Kings Pier Marina , Kings Pier Marina, 2 Franklin Whrf, Hobart TAS 7000, Australia

King's Pier Marina is right across the road from Mure's Seafood Restaurant. Helsal IV and Magic Miles are the last two boats on the far left of the marina. Meet us there about 10 minutes before sailing (the map doesn't show the marina but satellite photos do).

This activity will end right where it started.
Your Hobart sailing tour starts as you hop aboard your sleek racing yacht and set off along the River Derwent. While you witness what it takes to operate an ocean yacht like this, you can help the crew trim the sails and grind the winches, if you wish. Or just relax and admire the passing scenery, from the Hobart cityscape to views of Mt Wellington.

Head toward the Iron Pot lighthouse, and watch for wildlife like seals and dolphins. Then enjoy stories from your skipper about previous sailing adventures over morning or afternoon tea featuring gourmet Tasmanian items. Your tour ends when you return to the departure point.

When booking, select either the morning tour, which operates from October to March, or the afternoon tour from April to September.
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Sailors will see the beautiful city of Hobart, its historic docks and surrounding mountains and forests from the large sheltered harbour. Sometimes there will be other yachts racing on the harbour and sometimes we will be visited by curious dolphins and seals. Very occasionally we will see whales and orca. Sailors will experience what it is really like sailing aboard a large ocean-going yacht, and they can take turns on the winches or even try their hand at the wheel if they like.
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Mount Wellington
See Mt. Wellington and the surrounding forests and hills.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there is not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Please wear flat soled shoes. Sneakers are ideal
  • A maximum of 18 people per sailing trip
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 18 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Hobart Yachts
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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  • "Don't be misled, Derwent River is actually the Hobart harbor (just tradition)." See review


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Fabulous day with great weather, give it a go.
, May 2022
Fantastic crew, great information, tasty scones jam and cream and also cheese platter. Lots of laughs, shame the wind was a bit light on. But a truly great Time.
A great morning on the harbour!
, Apr 2022
Beautiful boat. Knowledgeable skipper (Mark)who didn't mind sharing some sailing knowledge with me and got to watch the spinnaker set up. Shout out to Jimmies freshly baked scones.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
You're welcome anytime Linda. Scones baked onboard while you sail ... now that is fresh. : )
Hobart Sail on the Derwent
, Mar 2022
A relaxing and fun way to spend time experiencing sailing in a yacht on the Derwent River with great crew and great refreshments. Join in sailing or simply take it all in.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Thanks for taking the time to send in your kind review. See you again sometime I hope : )
Beautiful views, local...
, Feb 2022
Beautiful views, local knowledge and history, an experienced crew, tasty snacks on a spacious comfortable boat. 👍🏼
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Thanks very much Karen. Glad you enjoyed your sail.
Windy day
, Feb 2022
Learning how to recognise that a wind squall is about to hit the boat by looking at the shadows and turbulence on the water. Learning about the weather patterns coming down from Mt Wellington to Hobart and the Derwent River. Having a turn at steering the sailing boat and learning how to adjust and allow for lag to keep the boat heading straight into the wind. Enjoying the experience socialising with crew and others out on the water.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2022
Sounds like you had a good time mate : ) Thanks for taking the time to write your review.
Sailing around the bay
, Feb 2022
A lovely half day sailing around the bay. Fab scones and cheese. The weather was tame for our trip but this yacht would be stable and safe for all in a high wind. Thanks to Captain Finn and his crew for an enjoyable trip.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2022
Thanks for the kind review Lindsay. Hopefully we can get you out one day when the winds are a blowin.
We had a lovely afternoon...
, Feb 2022
We had a lovely afternoon on the water. Wonderfully relaxing with scones jam and cream followed by cheese and biscuites. The crew were great with lots of interesting information about the river. It was the best thing we have ever done whilst in Hobart.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2022
Thanks Julie. We really love to hear that your sail with us has hit the spot : )
Excellent crew and very experienced
, Dec 2021
Was just a great energy on the boat and had the opportunity to watch the Sydney Hobart race boats finish
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
So glad you had a good time : ) And thanks for taking the time for a review; much appreciated.
Great experience. ...
, Sep 2021
Great experience. First time sailing they made it such a fantastic experience Fantastic crew very knowledgeable
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Thanks Simon. It was good fun sailing with you : )
, Jun 2021
The men loved the experience of helping with the sailing and all the information about how to sail Hospitality was fantastic scones and cream with tea/coffee then wine beers and a cheese platter Fabulous morning
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
So sorry, your review went under the radar. Thanks for taking the time. I'm glad you enjoyed yourself and hope to see you again some day.

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