From Montagu to Maria, Strahan to St Helens and from Dover to Devonport, there are plenty of options for those wishing to do some cruising and you don’t need a 40 footer!

There are many places you can enjoy a night away on your trailer boat, whether it be a half cab or an open tinnie.

However, even with careful planning you should also have a “plan B” just in case the weather does not allow the preferred anchorage to be visited.

In the pages to follow you will find some useful information should you want to explore some of Tasmania’s great coastline. There are time and distance tables, videos and photos of some of the anchorages and photos of ramps. Areas covered are Macquarie Harbour, West Coast Tasmania, Bruny – D’Entrecasteaux Channel/Huon River, Tasman Peninsula, East Coast Tasmania, Northern Tasmania (Flinders Island and Deal Island) and North West Tasmania.

Remember, the secret behind every successful cruise is careful planning.

  • Make sure your boat is suitable for the trip being undertaken
  • Carefully plan your trip with the crew well in advance
  • Familiarise yourself with Marine Charts of the area more than once
  • Obtain regular weather updates and be flexible prior to leaving
  • Ensure you have enough fuel and food – work out fuel per nautical mile or per engine running hours and plan a menu
  • Make sure you have the correct safety equipment for the area of operation. Ensure you and your crew are familiar with operating the gear and that it is stored appropriately and is accessible
  • Have on board a recognised anchorage guide as a “bible” and seek local knowledge
  • Log on to coastal radio and tell someone where you are going

Note : Some areas are National Parks and will require a Parks Pass.

Useful publications include:

  • Cruising Southern Tasmania  – Cruising Yacht Club of Tasmania – available from www.tasmap.tas.gov.au
  • Cruising North East Tasmania – Cruising Yacht Club of Tasmania – available from www.tasmap.tas.gov.au
  • Maritime Tasmania – John Brettingham-Moore
  • Tasmanian Anchorage GuideRoyal Yacht Club of Tasmania
  • MAST Boating Guides – Marine and Safety Tasmania
  • The Shank – Ian Johnston – available from Whitworth’s, Peter Johnstone Ship Chandlers and good bookstores
  • The Shank Revisited – Ian Johnston – available from Whitworth’s, Peter Johnstone Ship Chandlers and good bookstores
  • Tasmania Cruising Guide – Jack and Jude

Advice to mariners travelling to Tasmania – COVID-19

The  Tasmanian Government, with the assistance of Biosecurity Tasmania, Police and several other government agencies, is working hard to ensure the safety of all Tasmanians during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Please be reminded that all crew and passengers arriving into Tasmania from an interstate or overseas vessel must comply with the following:

  • Enter Tasmania through a designated port of arrival
  • Report their pending arrival to Biosecurity Tasmania
  • Have a valid G2G pass authorising their entry to Tasmania
  • Have an inspection from a Biosecurity Officer

Any vessels that arrive to berth at your facility from an overseas or interstate port MUST be reported to Biosecurity Tasmania immediately. Vessels should not be given approval to berth without prior approval from Biosecurity Tasmania (except in emergencies). If a vessel arrives without preapproval from Biosecurity Tasmania you must not allow the vessel to:

  • Disembark passengers, crew or goods
  • Let anyone board the vessel
  • Interact with any other vessels

CONTACT:

Biosecurity Tasmania

  • North-West: (03) 6478 4110 / 0417 560 139
  • North: (03) 6777 2162 / 0418 539 491
  • South: (03) 6165 3750 / 0448 572 733

*Please use mobile numbers for contact of Biosecurity Tasmania outside of normal business hours

For more information please visit:  https://www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au/

Advice to mariners travelling to Tasmania – Restricted Items into Tasmania

Biosecurity Tasmania reminds visitors to Tasmania of the rules regarding bringing restricted items into Tasmania. Those items include fruit, vegetables, seafood, animal products, bees, comb honey, plant material, soil and seeds.

When travelling by sea to Tasmania via Flinders Island, mariners are advised that biosecurity disposal bins are located at various berthing locations around the Island. Those locations include Whitemark Wharf, Allports Beach, Settlement Point, Port Davies Boat Ramp, Killiecrankie Boat Ramp and Lady Barron Wharf.

All mariners are advised that when arriving in Tasmania and there isn’t a disposal bin available at your destination, you are asked to not bring ashore any potentially restricted materials, and to stow them until they are either consumed, or another location on the journey, with a disposal bin, is identified.

The Biosecurity Tasmania website has more information on restricted items.

Thanks to all travellers for their efforts to help protect Tasmania from harmful pests, weeds and diseases.

See below for further information on:
  • MAST Public Cruising Moorings and Berthing Facility at Sullivans Cove
  • Restricted areas on State Jetties
  • Fuel Services
  • VHF Radio
  • Boat Sewage Management Directives
  • Biosecurity Tasmania
  • Vessel Sewage Pump-out Facilities (Hobart and Margate)
  • Customs Border Protection Offices
  • Fish Farms
  • Useful Links

There are 22 public moorings in Tasmania.

Put these into your plotter when next on the boat ready for your next trip. Further details can be found under Moorings in Cruising areas.

These moorings have been funded through the Recreational Boating Fund. Applications close 31 March each year. MAST will always consider further applications for cruising moorings however we would need to know that servicing would not be an issue. Applications for out of the way areas that would be too costly to service may not be considered.

Cruising boats should have appropriate ground tackle.

When using the MAST public moorings, you do so at your own risk. They are serviced every 12 months. Please ensure if using the head rope attached that it is free from chafing on bow fittings or anchors.

Cruising moorings flier February 2021

The Sullivans Cove Public Berthing Facility provides short term berthing for up to five hours.  If needing to stay overnight, you will need to text 0418 145 439 and advise your name, name of vessel and ETD.

For overnight stays at Constitution Dock or Kings Pier in Hobart, contact Tasports:

  • Office – 1300 366 742
  • Port Tower – 6222 6061
  • VHF Ch16

 

Restricted areas have been established at State jetties located at Kettering, Dover, Port Arthur, Nubeena, Dunalley, Bicheno and St Helens.

The introduction of the red restricted area provides fair and equitable use of State jetties for both commercial and recreational boat owners.

The restricted time period currently displayed at State jetties is three days.  If an operator requires a longer period, a written request with justification must be made by emailing [email protected] and MAST will then consider this request.

Exceeding the time limit displayed on a jetty without permission from MAST may incur a fine which totals 2 penalty points.

Also a reminder that the yellow lines on the jetties are strictly for loading and unloading and vessels must not be left unattended on these areas as you risk receiving an on-the-spot fine.

Yellow lines on jetty

 

Area Fuel Type Comments Contact Details
Margate
Marina
Diesel
and
Unleaded 91
New floating fuel pontoon open 24/7. Bowsers operated by credit card only. Non marina customers should ring before arrival. Equipped with spill kits and boom, extinguishers and emergency cut off system. 03 62679600
www.margatemarina.com.au
[email protected]
Dover Jetty Diesel Van Dieman Seafoods (03) 6298 1475
Southport Jetty Diesel Chris Abbott (03) 6298 3267
0427 983267
St Helens Wharf Diesel Georges Bay Diesel 0408 130 226
Triabunna Diesel Available 24 hours a day at the Fuel Triabunna Diesel Berth with credit card or a fuel Z card from Bennetts Petroleum. 0418 374 525
Port Arthur Diesel Bennetts Petroleum
Diesel can be supplied at Port Arthur on a Tueday afternoon. One day’s notice is required.
(03) 6228 0128
Hobart Port Diesel Bennets Petroleum
Diesel can be supplied in Hobart Port Monday to Friday
(03) 6228 0128
Port Dalrymple Yacht Club Diesel Email: [email protected]
Web: www.pdyc.yachting.org.au
Motor Yacht
Club of Tasmania
Diesel and Premium Unleaded New bowser, pumps. System upgraded to meet new Australian standards. The floating facility has spill kits and boom, extinguishers, lights and emergency cut off system on water and onshore.
Can sell to non-Club members from the floating facility. Non members should ring before they arrive. MYCT do not normally supply fuel after dark particularly if it is outside normal operating hours.
(03) 6243 9021
Email: [email protected]
web: www.motoryachtclub.org
Royal Yacht
Club of Tasmania
Diesel and unleaded Available 24/7. Self Serve.
Card operated.
(03) 6223 4599
Email: [email protected]
Web: www.ryct.org.au
Lady Barron Wharf Diesel Michael Withers 0418 524 147
Oyster Cove Marina Diesel and Unleaded Available 24/7. Self Serve. Card operated. (03) 6267 4418

VHF Radio

See the Marine Communications on the MAST Website.

 

The Directive on The Discharge of Sewage from Certain Vessels in State Waters comes under EPA Legislation (not MAST legislation).

When travelling by sea to Tasmania via Flinders Island, mariners are advised that biosecurity disposal bins are located at various berthing locations around the Island. Those locations include Whitemark Wharf, Allports Beach, Settlement Point, Port Davies Boat Ramp, Killiecrankie Boat Ramp and Lady Barron Wharf.

All mariners are advised that when arriving in Tasmania and there isn’t a disposal bin available at your destination, you are asked to not bring ashore any potentially restricted materials, and to stow them until they are either consumed, or another location on the journey, with a disposal bin, is identified.

The Biosecurity Tasmania website has more information on restricted items.

Thanks to all travellers for their efforts to help protect Tasmania from harmful pests, weeds and diseases.

 

Margate Marina Pump-Out Facility

The facility will be free of charge to all recreational vessels and available during office opening hours, Monday–Friday 8:30am-5:00pm, weekends and public holidays 10:00am–4:00pm.

The pump-out is located on the Marina’s fuel dock, accessed via the southern approach to the Marina.  Visiting boat owners should refer to the pump-out instructions (on the unit itself) and the list of requirements to maintain environmental responsibility.  (Vessels with deep drafts should ring the Marina office to check on access until further dredging is completed.)

Margate Marina can be contacted on (03) 6267 9600 (seven days).

Vessel Sewage Pump-Out Facility – Hobart

KPM-Vessel-Sewage-Pump-Out-Facility-pdf

Location-Map Pump out Facility

 

Hobart

1st Floor, MBF Building,

25 Argyle Street,

Hobart TAS 7000

T: 1300 558 287

Postal Address

GPO Box 148B

Hobart  TAS 7001

Burnie

Customs House

24 Wilmot Street

BURNIE  TAS  7320

T : (03) 6430 1900

Launceston

Customs House

89 The Esplanade

LAUNCESTON  TAS  7250

T : (03) 6332 3600

Information on Fish Farms can be found on The Department of Primary Industries, Water and Environment – Marine Resources website and the Marine Farming section of the MAST website.

The location of marine farm leases and marks can be found on the MAST GIS.

Marine and Safety Tasmania

Bureau of Meteorology (Weather)

Tas Maritime Radio (Marine Weather Broadcasts)

Marine Rescue

Clubs

Marinas

Chandleries

Publications / Directories

Port Authority

  • Tasports (Responsible for all Tasmanian Ports)
  • Tasports – King Island – Phone 6461 1155
  • Tasports – Flinders Island – Phone 6359 3502
  • Tasports – Stanley – Phone 6222 6061
  • Tasports – Strahan – Phone 6471 7174
  • Tasports – Hobart – for stays at Constitution Dock or Kings Pier –  Phone: 1300 366 742 | Port Tower 6222 6061 | VHF Ch16

Tasmanian Government Agencies

Australian Government

Councils