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Hobart is situated on the spectacular Derwent River Estuary on the northern edge of Storm Bay. The eastern side of the bay is fringed by the Tasman Peninsula, to the west by Bruny Island and to the south by the Southern Ocean. The surrounding coastlines feature spectacular dolerite cliffs and pinnacles, blowholes and abundant wildlife.
Derwent Estuary (Hobart Harbor)
For a trip on the peaceful upper Derwent Estuary from Hobart Docks in a vintage ferry, try Captain Fell's Historic Ferries. Capt Fells also does dinner cruises. Note: as at December 2013 Captain Fells has ceased business, but may return.
Or for more luxurious trips including lunchtime cruises from the Hobart docks, but on more modern catamarans, there's Navigators. Navigators also operate the regular ferry trips to the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) at Berriedale.
On weekends, the replica square rigged vessel Lady Nelson runs 90 minute harbour cruises with square sails set. It operates from the docks near the Elizabeth Street pier in Hobart.
For a short, budget tour, try Hobart Yellow Water Cabs. They operate a water taxi service to several locations on the Derwent, and provide a 5½-hour tour to New Norfolk Wednesday to Friday and Sundays.
For a day cruise along the western edge of the estuary to the d'Entrecasteaux Channel between Bruny Island and the mainland, including lunch, in a modern catamaran, try Peppermint Bay Cruises.
Or for a little exercise, try Hobart Kayak Paddle operating from Hobart docks during the summer months.
For a glamorous yachting charter or cruise, try Hobart Yachts. They also do afternoon and evening foody cruises of the Derwent River.
There's also a Derwent River Cruise from Hobart upriver to New Norfolk. It departs Watermans Dock Hobart at 1000 on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays.
To see the sealife and spectacular coastal scenery of the Tasman Peninsula in a fast boat, try Pennicott's Cruises who operate a fast boat trip around the Tasman Peninsula from a base near Port Arthur. 7.45am pickups at their base in Hobart can be arranged.
This trip can be combined with a tour of Port Arthur.
Simlar to the Tasman Peninsula Tours, a fast boat cruise around Bruny Island is operated by Bruny Wildlife Adventure. The tour starts at Hobart docks and travels to Bruny island by modern catamaran, then by bus on the island to the high speed boat base at the southern end of the island. Lunch and gourmet food tour included.
Pennicott's also operate a fast boat cruise around Bruny Island. The tour travels by bus to Kettering, across to Bruny Island on the ferry then onto their fast boat base on the island. Lunch included. You can also join the tour at Kettering or the fast boat base.
If you want to venture further afield, East Coast Cruises offer a day trip around World Heritage listed, convict era Maria Island. There's a connecting bus service from Hobart.