From protected anchorages, scenic uncrowded waters and soaring sea cliffs to the wild waters of the Great Southern Ocean, Tasmania is a sailing paradise and offers great journeys for seafarers and passengers alike.
Tasmania has a rich maritime history and even today has more boats per head of population than any other state. But don't worry, our relatively small population ensures that you can easily find a secluded nook and go ashore where there's no road access and you're the only one around.
The sailing journeys in Tasmania are as diverse as the island itself and can be enjoyed in your own craft or on a chartered sailing experience. Up north, Bass Strait is regarded as one of the toughest stretches of water on earth because of its shallow depth and strong westerly winds, with King and Flinders islands provide rewarding stopovers. The picturesque Tamar River has several anchorages inland to Launceston.
The East Coast is also a popular route for sailing, with protected anchorages in small coastal towns and the beautiful scenery of the Bay of Fires, Freycinet Peninsula and Maria Island. Further south, the Tasman Peninsula provides spectacular views of sea cliffs, and the D’Entrecasteaux Channel near Hobart is a popular cruising destination with sheltered waters, stunning scenery and access to the fishing villages of the Huon River.
Port Davey in the state's south-west is a wild, remote and beautiful destination and the high winds and big seas of Tassie's wild west coast make for an exhilarating sailing adventure.
In Tasmania's south, Hobart's excellent deep water port is the arrival and departure point for many sailing expeditions, with berths at central docks just a short stroll from historic Salamanca and the CBD. There's also a selection of skippered sailing journeys, ranging from short trips to full-day and multi-day adventures.
In summer, the Derwent River comes alive with sailing boats and thousands flock to the finish line of the world-famous Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. Tasmania's maritime heritage is also celebrated in Hobart in February with the biennial Australian Wooden Boat Festival.