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icon2 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
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Overview

Take a Hobart sightseeing cruise to admire coastal scenery and learn about the maritime history of Tasmania’s capital city. As you travel along the River Derwent to Betsey Island and Iron Pot Lighthouse, one of the oldest lighthouses in Australia, you’ll enjoy sights like Hope Beach, Mt Wellington and Shot Tower. Listen to stories from your guide about life on the sea, from shipwrecks to settlers, on this small-group tour limited to 12 people. 
  • 2.5-hour Hobart cruise on the River Derwent and into Storm Bay
  • Learn about Hobart's maritime history from a knowledgeable guide
  • Cruise past Iron Pot, one of Australia's oldest lighthouses
  • Snap photos of Hobart and towering Mt Wellington from the water
  • Travel along the final leg of the famous Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
  • Look for the white-bellied sea eagle and other seabirds as you circumnavigate Betsey Island
  • Small-group tour limited to 12 ensures a more personalized experience
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Pennicott Wilderness Journeys , Dock Head Building, Franklin Wharf, Hobart TAS 7000, Australia

Meet at our booking office, Dock Head Building, Franklin Wharf, Hobart (near lifting bridge).

2:00 PM
This activity will end right where it started.
Your cruise starts at Hobart’s Franklin Wharf, where you’ll hop aboard your motorboat, a custom-built vessel with leather seats and an enclosed cabin with large windows to take in the views. Then set off down the River Derwent, passing by landmarks like Battery Point, Wrest Point Casino and 160-foot-tall (49-meter) Shot Tower.

When you reach the mouth of the Derwent, take a look at Iron Pot Lighthouse, which stands on a small rock island, guarding the entrance to Storm Bay. Constructed in 1832 after several shipwrecks on these waters, the lighthouse is one of Australia’s most historic. Listen to tales from your guide about Hobart’s early settlers, including lighthouse keepers and their families, and hear about the annual Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, in which the lighthouse is the final turn.

Then head into Storm Bay toward uninhabited Betsey Island, where white-bellied sea eagles and other marine birds live, and enjoy a view of Hope Beach, a secluded stretch of coastline whose offshore winds and large breaks make it a popular surf spot. As you move closer, you’ll feel the swelling surge of the ocean before turning around to cruise back to Hobart, watching for marine life along the shore.   
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Pennicott Wilderness Journeys
Your guide will meet you at our Hobart office and walk with you to our Franklin Wharf jetty to commence your 2.5 hour cruise.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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Pennicott Wilderness Journeys - Iron Pot Cruises
Your 2.5 hour cruise explores Hobarts' famous waterways, beaches, cliffs and caves. See iconic landmarks such as Mt Wellington, Wrest Point Casino and the Shot Tower. Cruise the River Derwent to the Iron Pot, Australia's oldest lighthouse. Travel to Storm Bay, the same water as the final leg of the famous Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. Circumnavigate Betsey Island, explore its sea caves and search for a variety of sea birds.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • A maximum of 12 people per tour
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Pennicott Wilderness Journeys
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.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Hobart Sightseeing Cruise including Iron Pot Lighthouse?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by Hobart Sightseeing Cruise including Iron Pot Lighthouse.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Hobart Sightseeing Cruise including Iron Pot Lighthouse?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Hobart Sightseeing Cruise including Iron Pot Lighthouse.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Hobart Sightseeing Cruise including Iron Pot Lighthouse?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Hobart Sightseeing Cruise including Iron Pot Lighthouse.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Hobart Sightseeing Cruise including Iron Pot Lighthouse?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Hobart Sightseeing Cruise including Iron Pot Lighthouse.

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star-5
Derwent River surprises!!
patricia_c
, May 2022
The whole tour was terrific. Getting close up to caves and other landmarks with the boat was fantastic, tour guide was very knowledgeable & enthusiastic. He really catered to the tourists requests. Derwent River is awesome!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Dear Patricia We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your Iron Pot Cruise. It is such a wonderful way to explore Hobart. Cheers Melinda
star-5
Was a great time, the...
Milena_M
, May 2022
Was a great time, the places was amazing and beautiful, my friend and me enjoyed a lot, we took photos and we breathed peace
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Dear Milena Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback on your Iron Pot Cruise experience with us. It is such a lovely way to see Hobart. Cheers Melinda
star-5
Scenic View Awesome
Herman_C
, Apr 2022
The trip was awesome, I learned a little bit of the journey the guide was fantastic, was safely and confortable
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thank you so much for taking the time to provide feedback, we really appreciate it. Cheers Melinda
star-5
Great afternoon
Scott_C
, Apr 2022
Tomas was very informative and great local history enjoyed his humour and handled the boat very well
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Dear Scott We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your Iron Pot Cruise with us. It's a great way to explore Hobart. Cheers Melinda
star-4
Andrew our skipper was...
Graeme_B
, Mar 2022
Andrew our skipper was very informative, told us lots of history about the harbour, we only had a couple of people onboard so had plenty of room to move about the boat
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Dear Graeme Thank you so much for your terrific feedback on your Iron Pot Cruise. It is a great way to explore Hobart. Cheers Melinda
star-3
beautifully run but not much to see
Liz_M
, Mar 2022
The guide was very good, friendly and well informed there just wasn't much to see, interesting if you haven't done a boat trip before. Even though we witnessed a seal eating a mantra ray, which was amazing, otherwise it was viewing suburbs and rocks not of much interest to me.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Dear Liz Thank you so much for your feedback on our Iron Pot Cruise. We appreciate you taking the time. Cheers Melinda
star-5
Fun cruise
Barbara_S
, Mar 2022
Very informative great scenery small group very comfortable boat even in the choppy seas knowledgeable skipper
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Dear Barbara Thanks so much for your wonderful feedback on your Iron Pot Cruise experience. Cheers Melinda
star-5
Awesome birthday trip thanks
Kaz_K
, Jan 2022
This trip made my birthday even more special, thanks for an excellent day. Amazing brilliant and more
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Dear Kaz We are so glad to hear you had an amazing birthday trip. Cheers Melinda
star-5
A cruise to put on your itinerary
Annette_W
, Dec 2021
Learning all the history along the way. Made us want to visit more areas of Hobart :) best cruise ever
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
Dear Annette Thank you for your wonderful feedback on our Iron Pot Cruise. It is a great way to explore Hobart. Cheers Melinda
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Hobart cruise. ...
Maree_R
, Oct 2021
Hobart cruise. Great tour guide, very informative. Comfortable boat and great views Wild life was amazing, even saw humpback whales!
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Dear Maree Thank you for your lovely feedback on your Iron Pot Cruise. How amazing to see whales in the River Derwent. Cheers Melinda

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