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Tasmania offers boating enthusiasts an array of landscapes and weather conditions.

From the sunny beaches of the east coast to the wilds of the west and the sea cliffs of the south, Tasmania promises glassy bays, windswept coastlines and the vastness of a night sky. 


Best sailing

Wilderness by water

Explore the wilderness of your choice: cruise around Bruny Island, meander in Wineglass Bay, and gaze from sea level at the cliffs around Tasman Island and Turrakana / Tasman Peninsula. Or charter your own expedition and explore secluded bays and white-sand beaches, fuelled by chef-prepared local food and wine.

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race

It’s one of the world’s great ocean races. Every Boxing Day, competitors in this bluewater classic sprint out of Sydney Harbour and battle their way across 630 nautical miles of open ocean to Hobart. At the finish line, visit the city’s waterfront village, chat with the sailors and imagine yourself crossing Bass Strait.

Wooden Boat Centre
Wooden Boat Centre
Tourism Tasmania & Adrian Cook
Tourism Tasmania and Rob Burnett
Fair winds

If the sea is calling, charter a yacht with crew and go where the wind blows. Choose sailing experiences, ranging from a half day spin on the River Derwent, a week in Southwest National Park, or a leisurely cruise along the east coast.

River runs

Shielded by rainforest, Tasmania’s west-coast rivers are like mirrors on the wilderness. Cruise through perfect reflections on the Gordon River with Gordon River Cruises and World Heritage Cruises. Out of Corinna, cruise to the heads of the Pieman River on the Arcadia II, the world’s only Huon-pine cruiser still operating. Arthur River Cruises offers a peek into the northern edge of takayna / Tarkine. In the state’s south, explore the Huon River aboard the historic fishing ketch Kerrawyn, or on a 1948 Tasmanian-built motor cruiser with Huon River Cruises.

By land and sea

Bring hiking boots and swimmers for a four-day combined walking and sailing trip by yacht, taking in the spectacles of Wineglass Bay, Maria Island and more.

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