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Tasmanian cruise shipping

Tasmania is a popular destination for cruise ship passengers and their crew, with the Tasmanian economy benefiting significantly from cruise ship visits through the state's ports.

Tasports and Tourism Tasmania have worked together to build on Tasmania's unique environmental and eco-tourism reputation to encourage cruise ship operators to use the state as a base to visit its major port cities of Hobart and Burnie as well as unique locations such as the east coast, Port Arthur and the sub-Antarctic Macquarie Island.

Cruise visitors to Tasmania are expected to increase to over 300,000 visitors from 128 port calls during the 2017-18 period, up from 92 port calls during 2016-17.

The 2017-18 cruise season includes an increased number of overnight stops and dedicated Tasmanian itineraries. We also have inaugural visits to Burnie and Hobart by the Norwegian Jewel, part of the Norwegian cruise network that is the third largest cruise operator globally.

To view the full list of scheduled cruise ship visits around the state, please view the Tasports Statewide Cruise Ships Schedule.

For Cruise Lines and Cruise Ship Operators

Australia's island state is the perfect place to cruise; from the world's largest most palatial ships to small luxurious expedition vessels, passengers will love the opportunity to explore Tasmania's vast waterways, calm channels, archipelago of islands and one of the world's deepest harbours, Hobart.

Tasmania is renowned as a place of great natural beauty, intriguing wildlife, fine food and beverages (including award winning whiskey, wines, beers and cider), culture and heritage.

Your passengers can meet a Tasmanian devil, pat a baby wombat and feed wallabies and kangaroos a short drive from Hobart, and in the same day explore one of the world's most talked about Museum of Old and New Art (MONA). Mona is architecturally stunning and Australia's largest privately owned museum; it is a gift to the residents of Tasmania by philanthropist, gambler and art collector David Walsh.

Tasmania has a living heritage found in Australia's most significant historic convict site, Port Arthur on the Tasman Peninsula and the Hobart Female Factory. The rich European history of Tasmania can also be found in many towns and villages, and interpretation of Tasmania's original indigenous population is also there to be explored.

Over one third of Tasmania is protected as either World Heritage Areas, National Parks or State Forests; providing the opportunity for guests to experience true wilderness.

Experiences can be by zodiac on a pristine white beach, a walk in the forest at the Tahune Air Walk, or flying high on a zip line at the Hollybank Treetops Adventure. There is something for all types of cruise passengers.

Agri-tourism, fine produce and beverages are bountiful, making for fabulous on shore activities as well as for provisioning ships. Tasting Tasmania's produce is a preferred activity of tourists; we have festivals around the island to celebrate our flavours, gourmet walking tours and meet the maker experiences.

Around the state there are plenty of activities and tours available for shore excursions, catering to large or small groups. During the day, evening or overnight our tourism operators can assist in developing a program that is just right for you.

For further information on the Tasmanian cruise ship segment please download the Cruising Tasmania prospectus or visit Tourism Tasmania's website.

General public, tour and support services information:

Information for the general public and support services for cruise ships can be found below for the major cruise ship ports of Hobart and Burnie.


Meeting point - relatives and friends

All arriving cruise ship passengers and crew transit through the Macquarie Wharf No. 2 Cruise Terminal located opposite the University School of Arts building on Hunter Street.

Members of the public meeting a passenger or crew member can arrange to meet them inside the Cruise Terminal.

The terminal is surrounded by public voucher parking spaces located around the waterfront. The public are encouraged to park their vehicle in a voucher parking space then walk to the terminal to meet their passengers. Parking vouchers are valid for 2 hours parking.

Macquarie Wharf No. 2 Cruise Terminal
Macquarie Wharf No. 2 Cruise Terminal

Pre booked private tours or passenger transfers

Private operators with a pre-arranged booking from a cruise ship passenger can meet their passengers inside the Macquarie Wharf No. 2 Cruise Terminal. Tour guides are permitted to take in a A4 sheet with the names of the passengers they are collecting to help passengers identify their guides.

Private vehicles for pre booked tours can follow the below guidelines for parking while meeting their passengers:

Vehicles up to 4m:

Voucher space: Should park in a 2P voucher space around the waterfront and walk to the terminal to meet their booking.

5 minute set down area: A 5 minute set down area is available outside the cruise terminal for passenger pick up. This area is available for 5 minute parking only for pre bookings and is available on a first in first served basis.

Vehicles over 4m:

For large bookings requiring greater than 12 seater vehicle, please contact Tasports to make arrangements to collect your passengers. Arrangements are made on a case by case basis dependant on the level of traffic associated with a specific cruise ship visit.

Tourism Operators without bookings

Destination Southern Tasmania manages a set of permit parking spaces on Hunter Street for tourism operators without bookings to offer their tours to passengers. Tourism operators interested in obtaining further information about the permit spaces should contact Destination Southern Tasmania directly.


A Taxi rank is located immediately outside the Macquarie Wharf No. 2 Cruise Terminal with an associated taxi feeder rank located outside the Port Control Tower.

To view a map showing the above parking locations click here.


Meeting point - relatives, friends and private tours

For all passengers and crew arriving on cruise ships visiting Burnie there is a return shuttle bus service that provides transportation from the port to the Information Centre located at the Makers' Workshop.

Due to Burnie Port being a working seaport, it is an extremely busy area and general access to the port cannot be facilitated. 

Members of the public, private tour or limousine operators meeting a passenger or crew member aboard a cruise ship should make arrangements to meet the passenger at the Makers' Workshop and then drop them off at the same point to catch the shuttle bus back to the ship.


Taxi services are operated from Taxi ranks in the CBD but can be booked for collection on arrival at Makers' Workshop. Taxis that are booked by passengers prior to arrival need to have arrangements in place for pick-up at the Makers' Workshop.

There is no provision for taxis to collect passengers from within the Port area due to security and operational requirements. Passengers are not able to exit port gates on foot or disembark shuttle coaches at the port gate.

For more information on cruise ships at Burnie please visit www.discoverburnie.net/cruise-ship-tours.html