Bruny Island Cruises (tel.03/6293 1465; www.brunycruises.com.au) offers a full-day tour from Hobart, leaving Franklin Wharf at 8am, returning at around 5:30pm daily. A bus and ferry take you to Bruny Island, where (after morning tea) you then take a three-hour boat trip along the coastline to a seal colony and a memorable (but sometimes wet; warm shower-proof coats are provided) foray into the wild Southern Ocean. On returning to the bus, you are delivered to a scenic setting for an elegantly boxed lunch, before returning to Hobart. It’s a pleasant day out, but for the hours spent, serious wildlife fans might be disappointed. The trip costs A$195 for adults, A$140 for children 3 to 16.
Brooke Street Pier, Sullivans Cove (tel. 03/6223 1914; www.navigators.net.au), offers cruises to Port Arthur on Sundays and Fridays. The cruise leaves at 8:15am and costs A$159 for adults, A$128 for children 13–18, free for children 12 and under. The boat cruises down the harbor giving a good chance to see the coastline and cliffs at Cape Raoul and returns by coach. It includes morning tea, lunch, entry to the Port Arthur Historic Site and a walking tour of the site. A premium package, A$229 for adults and A$204 for children 5–18, also includes a guided tour of Port Arthur’s Isle of the Dead (well worth doing).
Grayline (tel. 1300/858 687 in Australia; www.grayline.com.au) offers a range of sightseeing tours of Hobart and Mount Wellington by coach. A 3-hour tour costs A$44 for adults, half price for kids. It also runs tours as far afield as Port Arthur and Cradle Mountain.
Hobart Historic Tours (tel. 03/6231 4214; www.hobarthistorictours.com.au) runs a fascinating 90-minute walking tours of Hobart. It departs at 9:30am from outside the Hobart Travel Centre on Sundays and at 3pm on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. A Historic Pub Tour (not recommended for children), departing at 5pm runs on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, takes you to two waterfront pubs and will enthrall you with stories of alcohol-fueled shenanigans. The company also runs a Battery Point Walk past small artisans’ cottages and grand houses. It departs at 1pm on Saturdays and 5pm on Wednesdays from Kelly’s Steps in Salamanca Place. All tours run between December to April, and cost A$30 for adults, A$14 for kids ages 8 to 16, and A$75 families of four. Kids under 8 are free.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.