Ferrying your way around Tasmania

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Where would we be without ferries?

As an extremely popular island destination south of mainland Australia, Tasmania relies on ferries more than most.

And fortunately the state also possesses an efficient and comprehensive system whereby visitors can cruise and reach spectacular scenery and well known locations by ferry.

The most significant route is between Port Melbourne and Devonport in Tasmania’s north, as it connects the two and represents an easy and adventurous alternative to air travel – it is also Australia’s only significant overnight ship journey.

With the Spirit of Tasmania ferries you and your vehicle are able to journey overnight in order to save time and accommodation costs. During peak time there are also daytime sailings.

Once you arrive in the beautiful state it is time to start exploring – there are historic ferries such as the Emma Lisa from Hobart waterfront to Bellerive on the eastern shore. Another ferry serves Bruny Island from a base at Kettering. Cruise upriver from the Waterfront as an enjoyable way to reach the MONA museum complex.

One of Tasmania’s most idyllic ferry journeys is from Cynthia Bay, at the southern edge of picturesque Lake St Clair, to Narcissus Point at the end of the renowned Overland Track.

There is a ferry punt across the Pieman River, near Corinna on the way to the awe inspiring Tarkine region.

Spirit of Tasmania at Station Pier in Port Melbourne

Emmalisa ferry in Hobart Harbour arrives from Bellerive

Bruny Island Ferry

Loading up the Bruny Island Ferry

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  • admin says:

    Thankyou – you are entirely correct. We will correct and remove the historic image. Thanks for pointing this out to us.

  • admin says:

    Thankyou – you are entirely correct. Confused it seems between the Arthur and the Pieman; we will correct and remove the historic image. Thanks for taking the time to point this out to us.

  • Murray says:

    I note that you say that there is a ferry punt at the Arthur River. The photo depicts the ferry about 40 to 50 years ago. A bridge replaced ‘the punt’ maybe 35-40 years ago.

  • Rober says:

    You probably mean the Pieman river, not the Arthur river. The ‘Fatman’ is the ferry across the Pieman river at Corrina. Arthur River has a bridge.

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