Visiting Tasmania, Australia - A Sailing Journey

Tasmania is renowned for its uncrowded waters, unparalleled sea views and rich maritime history. With paradise awaiting you out in the ocean, no visit to Tasmania is complete without undertaking a sailing journey. With premier multihulls, catamarans and motor yachts for sale, taking to the seas of Tasmania is an essential activity for any traveller that is drawn to the call of the water.

Where to Set Sail

Tasmania offers a diverse range of sailing journeys, ranging from multi-day to single day trips. Read on to find our tips of Tasmania’s most beautiful sea journeys, and how to conquer them!

Bass Strait: The notorious Bass Strait, known by some as the ‘Terror of the South’. The Bass Strait is the body of water that separates mainland Australia and Tasmania. Due to a shallow depth, various currents and unstable weather systems, Bass Strait is known as one of the most difficult bodies of water to cross in the world. This makes it the top of the list for advanced sailors to conquer!

D’Entrecasteaux Channel: The D’Entrecasteaux Channel provides sailors with secluded havens and incredible scenery just two hours away from the mainland of Hobart. The D’Entrecasteaux Channel is a popular choice for travellers who wish to check out some of Tasmania’s most popular fishing villages. Stopping over in the villages of Dover, Port Cygnet and Southport is a must when travelling along the D’Entrecasteaux Channel.

Macquarie Harbour: Macquarie Harbour is Australia’s second-largest natural harbour, and is abundant with anchorages to explore. One of the most popular stops on the Macquarie Harbour journey is the small town of Strahan, a picturesque village with plenty of history from the pioneering days.

Tamar River: The Tamar River runs from Launceston through to the Bass Strait, flowing alongside the world-famous Tamar Valley. The Tamar River is a popular choice for those who wish to enjoy a slow, cruisy sailing journey and stop at the abundance of villages and sights the Tamar Valley has to offer. From shopping districts to world-famous vineyards, there is no better way to see the Tamar Valley than to sail along this famed river. 

Wineglass Bay: Sailing to Wineglass Bay on the Freycinet Peninsula is one of Tasmania’s most calm and scenic sailing journeys. In fact, Wineglass Bay was awarded the impressive 48th place in the ‘100 amazing places you haven’t been to yet’ list by  Australian Traveller. Sailing along the Freycinet Peninsula gives you access to moor at the Freycinet National Park, renowned for its secluded surrounding bay and dramatic pink granite mountain peaks.

Sailing Tours

If you are unable to sail or simply wish to sit back and relax, there are many popular and affordable sailing cruises available in Tasmania. Run by experienced skippers, sailing cruises are a great way to enjoy the stunning scenery that Tasmania has to offer, and to dine on local gourmet produce. Boat and sailing cruises can be easily booked online, and depart daily from Tasmania’s most popular mainland cities.

When to Start Your Journey

The most popular time to set sail through Tasmania’s waters is during the summer months of December to March. December is also a popular time for sailing aficionados as they can catch a glimpse of the world-famous Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.

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Exploring and embracing the surrounding waters has long been an important part of Tasmania’s culture. In fact, Tasmania has more boats per person than any other Australian state or territory.

Sailing enables travellers to experience some of Tasmania’s most beautiful hidden sights. When you visit Australia, take the ‘road’ less travelled and explore Tasmania’s wide open waters.


Posted By JenniferA

Updated : 21st October 2021 | Words : 601 | Views : 713

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