Hobart and surrounding area berthing
Reviewed Jul 2016
This review may be biased because this is home territory for me. However, Hobart is the hub for visitors intending to travel to the SW (Port Davey/Bathurst Harbour), Norfolk Bay, Nubeena, Port Arthur, Maria Island & Schouten Passage.
For the mainlanders our warmest months are February-early April. The city is lively during the Sydney Hobart race week and it is difficult to obtain berths, especially at the Royal YC. There is a marina about 3 miles up-stream from the Tasman bridge at Price of Wales Bay, (http://www.princeofwalesbaymarina.com.au/) and there are itinerate berths are available at the Oyster Cove (Kettering) marina (http://www.oystercovemarina.com.au/) at the northern end of D'Entrecasteaux Channel. However if easterlies are forecast, make sure you are not on the eastern side of the attenuator wall. It bears the brunt of a 6 mile fetch.
There are weekend and twilight races during the week both in the city area and conducted by the Kettering YC in the "Channel".
The Cruising YC of Tasmania (http://cyct.org.au/), conducts multiple weekend only and some longer "cruise in company" events throughout the season and all visitors are welcome. This is an excellent way to discover good anchorages and network with local boaters.
Hobart provides excellent berthing
Lots of events throughout the year
Berthing can be difficult during event periods.
Bring a heater in winter!