Hobart is Tasmania's main cruise port, having Australia's deepest harbour. The port is located on Derwent River, while the city's background is dominated by Mount Wellington. Hobart is the country's capital city located on Tasmania Island. The state is part of the Commonwealth of Australia and is approx 240 km (150 mi) south of mainland Australia.
The city has population around 220,000 and attracts bouth Australian and international tourists with its unique environment, rich heritage, numerous galleries and museums, festive events and festivals. Among the most popular is the annual "Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race". The race starts in Sydney NSW (on Boxing Day / the day after Christmas Day) and finishes in Port Hobart. The distance is approx 1170 km (730 mi). The yacht race is sponsored by Tasmania's Royal Yacht Club and is considered one of the world's most difficult ones.
- Port's statistics for season 2013-2014 showed a total of 64 ship calls. The cruising season starts in October and ends in April. During season 2016-2017, Tasmania ports served a total of 236,794 cruise ship tourists, which was a 45% increase over season 2015-2016. TasPorts handled a total of 95 cruise ship calls, including 22 in Port Arthur, 17 in Burnie, 6 in Wineglass Bay (located near Hobart, ranked among the world's top 10 beaches) and 1 at Flinders Island (in Bass Strait, located to the northeast of Tasmania).
- During season 2016-2017, Tasports did an USD 2,9 million port upgrades buildingh new marine fenders (on the quay walls) and bollards (mooring posts) allowing large liners to dock in port. In December 2016, Port Hobart was visited by its largest cruise ship so far - RCI's Ovation of the Seas.
- For season 2018-2019, a total of 125 cruise liners were booked at ports Hobart and Burnie, another 29 in Port Arthur, and 6 to anchor off the island's east coast (Wineglass Bay / Freycinet National Park).
Hobart cruise terminal
Port Hobart's cruise ship terminal is located at Macquarie Wharf, with 3 dedicated berths. The passenger terminal has waterfront location in downtown Hobart (Hunter Street), on the eastern docks. Most of the city's main sights are within an easy walking distance.
The cruise port's closest to the city center berth is "Pier 1". The most distant berth is "Pier 3". The terminal's area is historically known as "Constitution Docks". Today, the area is well developed and has many shops selling gifts, souvenirs, hand-made crafts and arts, clothing, also several food and drinks venues.
The cruise terminal facilities were last renovated in 2013. The refurbishment project's budget was AUD 7 million. The new "Macquarie Wharf 2" terminal building was inaugurated in October 2013. The first ship call was by the Sea Princess ship.
- The new Terminal 2 offers as amenities and services waiting hall, visitor info services, retail shops (including locally-made crafts, gifts, duty-free jewellery), currency exchange.
- The Hobart port's re-development project transformed the under-utilised wharf into a modern cargo facility plus a modern cruise passenger terminal. The project was based on extensive consultations with port customers, cruise companies and Australia's Antarctic logistics community.
- The project included the installation of new internal walls, creating 3 sections for cruise terminal, Antarctic cargo handling areas, offices. New entry ramp was constructed. The old asbestos roof was removed and replaced with a new. A new road network manages better the cruise passenger traffic and includes 15 new bus bays.
- Among the project's innovations were the use of natural light and ventilation in the terminal building,
The cruise ship terminal's waterfront location and the facility size allow it to be used for various public events on non-ship days.
Hobart tours, shore excursions, hotels
City Tours and Shore Excursions
- Wellington Park: all Tasmanian nature in one. The park offers a lot of opportunities for different activities including mountain bike trials, horse riding, four wheels driving, rock climbing and much more.
- Louisa’s Walk: history tour (won several awards) that will surely fascinate and touch you. Interesting for children too.
- Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary: interact with many sheltered animals.
- Cascade Brewery: join some of the tours and taste the beer. The menu offers also gourmet food. You can also have your own beer personalized with photo and label.
- Salamanca Market: located at the Salamanca Place streets. You can buy clothing, crafts, gourmet food, coffee, stalls and much more. The market is every Saturday.
- Battery Point: wander among small cafes, historical and architectural sights that date since the begging of the 19th century.
- Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) : the newest museum in the city.
- Royal Tasmania Botanical Gardens: close to the city center is located the beautiful botanical garden. You can just spend some time walking in the amazing gardens or have a picnic with your company.
- ZooDoo Fun Park: see many exotic animals, join the safari or feed kangaroos by hand.
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