Tasmania's Maritime History
Since first settlement, Tasmania has depended on the sea for its survival. Sailors, whalers and fishermen are all part of Tasmania's past and you'll still find evidence of this sea faring way of life in our coastal cities and towns today.
Last century, shipping was the life-blood of the Tasmanian colony. It was the only way local goods and people could reach the mainland and the only way the necessities of life, as well as luxury goods, could find their way to Tasmania.
The Maritime Museum of Tasmania in Hobart explores the island's strong maritime heritage through a collection of presentations, ship models, artifacts, paintings and images.
Visitors with an interest in maritime history will also find some beautiful early lighthouses in Tasmania. These include the highest and second highest in Australia at Cape Wickham and Cape Sorell.
There are also over 1000 ships known to have been wrecked in Tasmanian waters, many of which are now popular dive sites.
At the mouth of the Tamar River in Tasmania's north is Australia's oldest pilot station dating from 1806 and now a maritime museum. If you're around on a Sunday come and hear the weekly 12 noon test-sound of the Low Head Foghorn, audible over 30 km away.
This rich maritime heritage is celebrated every two years with the Australian Wooden Boat Festival, the second largest wooden boat festival in the world.