Hobart harbour photo essay

Like most capital cities the explorers and pioneers chose the position for ease of access. In the days of sail boats as the main transport that meant a good safe harbour and a reliable source of water from a river.

The Derwent is deep and wide, almost 3 kilometres wide near the estuary and is the widest in Tasmania.

The Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race is an annual ocean yacht race, considered to be
one of the most difficult in the world. It starts at Sydney Harbour on Boxing
Day and finishes a few days later in Hobart, approximately 1,170 kilometres (630
nautical miles) away. Since the inaugural race in 1945, the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race has become one
of the top three offshore yacht races in the world and it now attracts weekend
racers and sleek maxi yachts from all around the globe.

The finish is at the Constitution Dock and thousands gather to cheer the yachts into harbour after the gruelling and some times deadly race, lives have been lost in storms during the race.

But at this time of the year the main vessels are the fishing fleet preparing to head out again for the lucrative crayfish catch.

I spent a very interesting day wandering around the wharves, talking to the fishermen and taking lots of photos.

This is another part of Hobart.




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18 thoughts on “Hobart harbour photo essay

  1. Here via your link on Ruth’s post and I am glad I came for a look. This has to be one of your best photo essays yet! What a lovely gallery of harbour images. I can spend hours in a harbour looking for objects to photograph. Nice one PP 😀


    • So can we Jude and Hobart was a, really unexpectedly, very interesting place to stay for 3 months house sitting.


  2. We were so hoping to get over to Tasmania during our trip Down Under, this past winter, but we never made it. Still, it’ll be top of our list for next time 🙂


    • Tasmania is so compact, compared to mainland Australia and is very scenic but I would recommend being here March/April.


  3. Hi pommepal,
    Absolutely fascinating stuff and your photos are outstanding. Well done. Makes me want to go back there!


    • G’day it is a very interesting place we are enjoying exploring and hope to come back again in the summer time


  4. Great photos and the race sounds thrilling.


    • It certainly is and it would be an exciting time to be in Hobart lot’s of other things happening too at that time


  5. These photos are so beautifully clear, you picked a great day to visit Hobart wharf.


  6. Doris

    Have to say you have a beautiful and interesting life, just by looking at your recent posts I can tell. These photos are just breathtaking, the sea is a great friend ;).


    • Thank you Doris for your lovely comment. Yes we do love to travel and meet people. The sea was very calm and beautiful the day I took those photos but it can be a monster, here is a description from Wikipedia of the 1998 tragedy during the Sydney to Hobart yacht race.
      The 1998 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race was marred by tragedy when, during an exceptionally strong storm (which had similar strength winds to a lower-category hurricane), five boats sank and six people died. Of the 115 boats that started, only 44 made it to Hobart. As a result, the crew eligibility rules were tightened, requiring a higher minimum age and experience. G. Bruce Knecht wrote a book about this race called “The Proving Ground”. (ISBN 0-316-49955-2) A coronial enquiry into the race was critical of both the race management at the time and the Australian Bureau of Meteorology.[
      Here is another link of a first hand account of that day,


  7. I love the photos with the mirror reflection in the water most especially. Gorgeous~


  8. Superb photos, Pommepal. 🙂


  9. Love it – we live in a fishing port, Plymouth in the UK and I could sit and watch them for hours


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