The Southern Trove is home to secluded bays, peaceful rivers, and wild ocean swells. There are many ways to explore the stunning and varied waterways of Southern Tasmania—choose from scenic cruises, fun kayaking adventures, thrilling jet ski or jet boat tours, or luxurious chartered trips. We’ve put together some tips to help you plan your visit.
The Channel & Bruny Island
The relaxing Peppermint Bay Cruise departs from (and returns to) the Brooke Street Pier on Hobart’s historic waterfront. Glide through the Derwent Estuary to the d’Entrecasteaux Channel, admiring stunning scenery and points of interest along the way, including ancient rock formations. Keep an eye out for sea eagles, dolphins and seals. Jump off at Woodbridge for a tasty lunch at the Peppermint Bay Hotel. Gaze across to Bruny Island as you devour dishes inspired by home-grown and local produce.
If you’re feeling adventurous, join Tasmanian Jet Ski Adventures at Coningham to explore spectacular coastline, beautiful beaches, and spot winsome wildlife. Choose from three tours: a leisurely 30-minute run to North Bruny Island; a 1-hour adventure including Bruny Island’s tranquil ‘Duck Pond’; or a 90-minute run to the glass-like waters of Simpsons Bay (The Neck).
SailTas offer relaxing sailing holidays and cruises onboard their spacious yacht, with an experienced skipper and gourmet Tasmanian produce. Discover magnificent scenery and spot a variety of wildlife as you explore the stunning waters around The Channel and Bruny Island. SailTas are based at Kettering, and visitors can choose from twilight sails, day-long sailing adventures, or overnight sailing trips.
Zippy yellow boat
Catch the ferry across to Bruny Island, head to Adventure Bay, and join Bruny Island Cruises for a thrilling 3-hour eco-cruise. Zip-around the rugged coastline of Bruny Island, gaze up at the epic sea cliffs, peer inside deep-sea caves, watch the ‘Breathing Rock’, and speed by ‘The Monument.’ Keep an eye out for dolphins, seals, migrating whales (in season), and seabirds.
If you are into snorkeling or diving, explore a magical underwater world at the Tinderbox Marine Reserve, which incorporates the beach and foreshore at Tinderbox Bay. There’s an underwater snorkel trail suitable for a range of skill levels. It’s also a great spot to head out in the kayak!
The Huon Valley & Far South
Traditional wooden ketch
Join Yukon Tours at Franklin for a relaxing 90-minute Calm Water Cruise on the Huon River. Sit back and relax on board the Yukon or help hoist sail and become part of the experience. Below deck, learn more about the vessel’s restoration and adventures on the high seas. Group bookings and overnight cruises (including to Bruny Island and Port Davey) are also available.
While at Franklin, pop into the Wooden Boat Centre and learn all about the heritage craft of wooden boat building.
Experience the thrill of jet boating on the Huon River with Huon Jet at Huonville. The tour includes a good mix of tricks and thrills (360-degree spins!) as well as time to enjoy the magnificent reflections in the tannin-stained water. If you’re feeling less adventurous, try out their relaxing pedal boats and aqua bikes.
Join Peninsula Cruising for a 45-minute tour of Port Esperance at Dover. Discover fascinating history, enjoy beautiful scenery (hello Adamsons Peak), and gain an insight into Tasmania’s aquaculture industry. Choose from a leisurely cruise around Dover’s beautiful bay or charter the luxurious Indian Coast vessel to take you further afield through the southern-most waters of Australia.
Explore the stunning waters of the Huon Valley and Far South by kayak with Esperance Adventures. All kayaking tours are easy flatwater paddles suitable to all levels of experience (families with children under 10 are best suited to the fun Treasure Hunter Tour). Choose from tours of the Huon River, Lune River, Port Esperance Bay, and Recherche Bay.
If you’re up for an epic adventure, join Roaring 40s Kayaking on a challenging multi-day sea kayaking expedition exploring the wilderness waterways of Bathurst Harbour and Port Davey. Discover sheltered wilderness harbours, rugged ocean coastlines, remote islands, and wild rivers in the magnificent Southwest National Park.
Charter a boat into the Southwest National Park for the trip of a lifetime. Hobart Yachts offer sailing charters from Hobart into Port Davey, with a stop over at Recherche Bay (7 days / 6 nights, but can be customised), while SailTas are available for tailored adventures into Port Davey on their Catalina 42′ yacht. Alternatively, fly into Melaleuca and join Tasmanian Boat Charters on an all-inclusive, guided expedition onboard the Odalisque, a boutique floating hotel.
- Download the Huon Valley app: your own pocket-sized travel guide.
- Pop into the Huon Valley Visitor Centre at Huonville or the Geeveston Visitor Centre for a chat with the friendly locals, insider travel tips, and assistance with bookings.
- Browse things to do, where to stay, eat and drink, the events calendar and our blog.
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