Ship / Boat., Hobart
If you are a visitor to Tasmania the only practical way to get to and from Bruny Island is by ferry. The ‘mainland’ ferry terminal is located on Ferry Road, Kettering – about 45 minutes drive south of Hobart city. Perhaps I should explain ‘mainland’ – it is the term used by those living on Bruny to describe the main island of Tasmania.
Prices are for vehicle irrespective of the number of occupants, so to save money maybe cram as many in as possible – LOL. The cheapest price for a visitors car is $20 pensioner (note various state and territory seniors cards are not acceptable for discount – only a Commonwealth Seniors Card). That price is for OFF PEAK, Dearest price is for a vehicle over 15 metres during peak time and is $105. Note all prices are for return.
Ferry times are shown on web site below and the crossing takes around 15 minutes – and you are free to leave your vehicle and go to the top deck for a better view. I did notice that many of those who regularly use the ferry just sat in their vehicles listening to radio etc. I am informed that during the peak times there can be long queues to get onto the ferry. On our return crossing we had a wait of one hour as we’d just missed boarding by 3 vehicles. I have also been informed that in busy times the ferry operates a shuttle and may return sooner than the published timetable.
The ferry terminal is approx 1 km along Ferry Road from Channel Highway and is well sign posted. Note there are no EFTPOS or credit/debit payment options - cash only.
If you have not heeded my warning about visiting MONA (separate tip) and still want to go and see for yourself – it is a free country and if that’s what you want to do well I really can’t stop you – then IMHO the ideal way to get to there and the BEST way to escape MONA is on the MONA ROMA ferry.
The ferry ride is spectacular and with commentary too – unless you are sitting facing astern in which case it is what you are GOING to see.
While waiting for ‘takeoff’ of the fast ferry I bought Lady Gaw and myself a coffee (photo of sign) and then sat back and waited – as did the cormorant nearby (photo).
The twin hulled ferry whisked us past the spectacular Hobart city skyline and docks with Mount Wellington looming in the distance (photo) before passing under the gracious Derwent Bridge (photo) and then up the majestic river with suburbs and some industrial plants nudging the shores of the wide river.
The trip to MONA is around 30 minutes and costs $20 return. Not sure if you can stay on board the ferry for a return trip without disembarking – but IMHO that is a great option and avoids visiting MONA.
If you're looking to book some guided tours in and around Hobart (including to other parts of Tasmania), you can walk over to the piers and there are at least two tour companies operating from there. They have boat tours and bus tours. If you're one to prefer those types of tours, this is the place to go. It's right on the waterfront.
Its easy to forget that the next stop south of Hobart is Antartica. The kids pointed out the artic expiditionary ships in the port and they knew where they were from too, this one ,i am reliably informed, is french.
Either by airplane from Melbourne/Sydney, or by ferry (take your car if you have one) to Devonport, and then car or coach down through the state.
The Spirit of Tasmania I & II ferries sail daily from Melbourne, and there will soon be a Spirit of Tasmania III sailing from Sydney!
A rental car would be the best idea - buses also run every 20 mins or so along the busier routes.