Derwent Ferries is currently contracted (by the Tasmanian Government) to operate a public transport commuter trial service between Bellerive and Hobart. This contract has a timetable and schedule – designed around commuter travel times – that we as the operator must adhere to.
The Tasmanian Government will go out to tender for an ongoing service later in 2023. The details of the tender (including locations and timetables) are not yet known.
We sincerely hope that one day in the future we will be operating a network of ferries on our beautiful river, with accessible infrastructure, and multiple pick-up / drop-off points.
Derwent Ferries is currently contracted (by the Tasmanian Government) to operate a public transport commuter trial service between Bellerive and Hobart. This contract has a timetable and schedule – designed around commuter travel times – that we as the operator must adhere to. Under the current contract we do not operate on Sundays or public holidays.
Other organisations are welcome to charter our vessels, so long as it doesn’t interfere with the public transport trial service that we operate on behalf of the Tasmanian Government.
In the past we have run services to the football and cricket, between Hobart and Bellerive. These services were run in a manner that didn’t interfere with our contractual obligations and were commissioned by organisations other than the Tasmanian Government.
If you’re running a festival or event and you need river transport, you’re welcome to make an enquiry via this link.
Our ‘number 1 priority’ is the safety of passengers and crew. Our crew are trained in all aspects of onboard safety so please listen and obey the instructions given to you by the skipper and crew. The full terms and conditions of travel can be found here.
There is space for 15 bikes (per trip) on our trial ferry the Excella. They are available on a ‘first in, best dressed’ basis. If there is no space on board, it may be necessary to store your bike at the wharf.
Bellerive Pier has a designated bike storage area and the City of Hobart provides parking for bicycles in areas of high demand.
Wherever you store your bike, be sure to bring your own lock and be aware that you are storing your bike there at your own risk.
Bicycle Network have some great information on their website with suggested routes for riding to the ferry.
Bikes, e-bikes and e-scooters come in all shapes and sizes, so whether or not we can take them on board will be assessed by the skipper and crew on a case-by-case basis. As safety is our number one priority, we will take into account the item weight (30kg max), ease of manoeuvrability, and suitability for safe stowage. It may be necessary to lock up your ‘ride’ at the pier before boarding.
All modes of transport (excluding electric wheelchairs and mobility scooters) need to be easily and safely pushed across the gangway – as opposed to being ridden.
Food and drinks are available for purchase on board.
Please use the bins provided or take your rubbish with you.
If required, the crew are willing and able to assist anyone who requires assistance with boarding and disembarking the ferry. Just ask.
There is an accessible toilet onboard the ferry and at Brooke Street Pier.
Only assistance animals are permitted to travel on the ferry – with appropriate accreditation. Accreditation is required to ensure that the animal travelling on the service exhibits the skills and actions to alleviate the handler’s disability on public transport and also meets the standards of behaviour and hygiene appropriate for a public place.
All children must be supervised at all times – onboard the ferry and around the ferry terminals.
Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult, or the child’s sibling who is 15 years or older. They must not travel alone.
Travelling by ferry across the beautiful River Derwent should be an enjoyable experience. Being kind and courteous to other passengers and crew goes a long way to making the trip pleasurable.
Derwent Ferries will make all reasonable efforts to return lost property to the rightful owner. If you report a lost item to us and that item is recovered, you will be contacted and a suitable pick-up time and location will be arranged.