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WorldAustraliaBass StraitTasmania
42°06.382'S, 146°43.345'E Chart icon.png
lat=-42.10637 | lon=146.72241 | zoom=6 | y
Australia Tasmenia.png
Map of Tasmania
Capital Hobart
Language English
Currency Australian dollar (AUD)
Time zone UTC+10 (AEST) , DST: UTC+11 (AEDT)
Calling code +61

Originally known as Van Diemen's Land, Tasmania was set up as a British penal colony in 1803. Through the combination of introduced diseases and conflicts with the new arrivals the full-blooded indigenous population had died out by 1876 when the last of her kind, Truganini, passed away. Fanny Cochrane Smith (1834-1905) also laid claim to this title after Truganini's death, but her claim has been disputed.

Convicts who had served their time could apply for land grants and become farmers. Many had other ideas though, and quite a few ships were seized to be sailed to Chile, China and other places. The influx of convicts became heavier after 1840 when they were no longer being transported to New South Wales, peaking at 5,329 arrivals in the year 1842. In 1846 transportation was suspended for two years and the last convict ship, the St Vincent, arrived in 1853.

It was not until 1913 that the term 'free servitude' was expunged from official documents.


Australian Hydrographic Service (AUS)
4644 Southern Ocean - Cape Otway to Cape Howe including Tasmania (1:1500000)
487 Bass Strait (1:500000)
163 Port of Burnie (1:25000)
164 Approaches to Devonport (1:7500)
172 Port of Hobart (1:5000)
168 River Tamar, Bell Bay to Launceston (1:25000)


Sources for weather information:

Currents & Tides

Give information on tides & currents.



See Australia.


See individual Island, Port, and Anchorage.


There are 334 islands off the coast of Tasmania. Here are some of the more significant ones.

Bass Strait Islands (Northern)
Babel Island
Badger Island
Bass Pyramid Group¹
Big Green Island
Cape Barren Island²
Clarke Island²
Curtis Island Group
East Island
East Kangaroo Island
Flinders Island³
Goose Island
Great Dog Island
Gull Island
Hogan Island Group
Hunter Island
Kangaroo Island
Kent Group
King Island
Little Dog Island
Little Green Island
Long Island
Low Islets
Mount Chappel Island
New Year Island
Ninth Island
North Pasco Island
Penguin Island
Perkins Island
Preservation Island
Prime Seal Island
Puncheon Island
Robbins Island
Rodondo Island Group⁶
Roydon Island
Sentinel Island
Sister Islands⁷
South Pasco Island
Swan Island
Three Hummock Island
Tin Kettle Island
Trefoil Island
Vansittart Island
Walker Island
Waterhouse Island
Wyballena Island

¹ includes Craggy Island and Wright Rock
² Aboriginal owners
³ Furneaux Group
Deal, Dover and Erith Islands — National Park and Marine protected area
⁵ Dairy Farming mainly. Renowned for high quality produce, especially cheese
⁶ includes East and West Moncoeur Islands
⁷ Sheep grazing, muttonbirds. Part of a marine sanctuary

Southern Islands
Actaeon Island
Betsey Island
Bruny Island
Curlew Island
Dart Island
De Witte Island
East Pyramids
Egg Islands
Flat Witch Island
Fulham Island
Garden Island
Hen Island
Hippolyte Rocks
Hope Island
Huon Island
Ile du Golfe²
King George Island
Louisa Island
Maatsuyker Island
Macquarie Island¹
Mutton Bird Island
Needle Rocks
Satellite Island
Sloping Island
Smooth Island
Southport Island
Spectacle Island
Sterile Island
Sugarloaf Rock
Susie Islet
The Images
The Lanterns
Walker Island
Wedge Island
Wendar Island
Woody Island

¹ Subantarctic research station
² Gulf Island

Eastern Islands
Diamond Island
George Rocks
Governor Island
Ile des Phoques¹
Lachlan Island
Lemon Rock
Maria Island
Paddys Island
Refuge Island
Schouten Island
St Helens Island
Tallefer Rocks
The Nuggets

¹ Island of the Seals

Western Islands
Albina Rock
Big Caroline Rock
Black Island
Bottom Rocks
Breaksea Islands
Doughboy Island West
Hay Island
Hibbs Pyramid
Hobbs Island
Ile du Nord (North Island)
Leelinger Island
Lourah Island
Montgomery Rocks
Sloop Rocks
Swainson Island
Top Rocks
Trumpeter Islets
Visscher Island
West Pyramid


See Australia.

Australian Customs only processes private yachts at Burnie, Devonport, Hobart and Launceston.

Ports, Anchorages, and Islands

Key to symbols: |Island icon – island |Port of entry icon – port of entry |Harbour icon – harbour |Marina icon – marina |Anchorage icon – anchorage |Needs data icon – needs data ||
Listed Alphabetically
Bathurst Harbour Bathurst Harbour/wiki/Bathurst_Harbour Harbour icon – harbour |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
Burnie Burnie /wiki/Burnie Port of entry icon – port of entry |Harbour icon – harbour |Needs data icon – needs data |
Devonport Devonport/wiki/Devonport Port of entry icon – port of entry |Harbour icon – harbour |Marina icon – marina |
Flinders Island Flinders Island/wiki/Flinders_Island Island icon – island |Needs data icon – needs data |
George Town George Town/wiki/George_Town Harbour icon – harbour |
Hobart Hobart/wiki/Hobart Port of entry icon – port of entry |Harbour icon – harbour |Marina icon – marina |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
Kent Group Kent Group/wiki/Kent_Group Island icon – island |Needs data icon – needs data |
Kermandie MarinaKermandie Marina/wiki/Kermandie_Marina Marina icon – marina |
KetteringKettering/wiki/Kettering Harbour icon – harbour |Marina icon – marina |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
King Island King Island/wiki/King_Island Island icon – island |Needs data icon – needs data |
Launceston Launceston/wiki/Launceston Port of entry icon – port of entry |Harbour icon – harbour |Marina icon – marina |Needs data icon – needs data |
Macquarie Harbour Macquarie Harbour/wiki/Macquarie_Harbour Needs data icon – needs data |
Port Cygnet Port Cygnet/wiki/Port_Cygnet Harbour icon – harbour |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
Port Davey Port Davey /wiki/Port_Davey Harbour icon – harbour |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
Esperance Esperance/wiki/Esperance Needs data icon – needs data |
Port Latta Port Latta/wiki/Port_Latta Harbour icon – harbour |Needs data icon – needs data |
Port Huon Port Huon /wiki/Port_Huon Harbour icon – harbour |Marina icon – marina |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
Port Sorell Port Sorell /wiki/Port_Sorell Harbour icon – harbour |Needs data icon – needs data |
Recherche Bay Recherche Bay /wiki/Recherche_Bay Anchorage icon – anchorage |Needs data icon – needs data |
Southport Southport /wiki/Southport Needs data icon – needs data |
Spring Bay Spring Bay/wiki/Spring_Bay Harbour icon – harbour |Anchorage icon – anchorage |Needs data icon – needs data |
St HelensSt Helens/wiki/St_Helens_Tasmania Harbour icon – harbour |Marina icon – marina |
Stanley Stanley /wiki/Stanley Harbour icon – harbour |
Strahan Strahan /wiki/Strahan Harbour icon – harbour |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
Margate Marina D’Entrecasteaux ChannelMargate Marina D’Entrecasteaux Channel/wiki/Margate_Marina_D%E2%80%99Entrecasteaux_Channel Marina icon – marina |


For entrance details see Australia.


See individual ports, anchorages, and islands.


Contact details of "Cruiser's Friends" that can be contacted for local information or assistance.


List links to discussion threads on partnering forums. (see link for requirements)



  • Cruising Tasmania - J. Brettingham-Moore
  • Tasmanian Anchorage Guide - ROYAL YACHT CLUB OF TASMANIA
The Anchorage guide is produced to enable passage planning and provides details of possible shelter available around the Tasmanian coast.
  • Cruising Southern Tasmania - Cruising Yacht Club of Tasmania
A guide to the SE Tasmania from Recherche Bay to Wineglass Bay, 4th Edition. 126 pages spiral.


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