Derwent River ferry trial
The Bellerive Ferry provides a fast, safe, and convenient passenger transport option that links the eastern shore with the city of Hobart.
Services will run as a one-year trial (with potential for a one-year extension), to establish demand and promote active transport solutions.
It seeks to attract primary patronage from passengers that choose to walk, cycle, or be dropped off, at the pier. However existing bus public transport does present viable connection options.
Over its first three months the Derwent River ferry service trial has proven to be a success.
With many of the daily services already very near capacity we are extending the trial and adding extra services in December catering for an additional 400 passengers.
The new services will commence on Monday 29 November and operate twice in the morning from Bellerive to the city and twice in the afternoon from the city to Bellerive.
These additional services have been scheduled around the most popular times in the morning and evening. View the extended timetable on the Derwent Ferries website.
A one-way crossing takes about 15 minutes, with multiple services scheduled in weekday morning and afternoon peak periods.
View the Bellerive Ferry trial timetable.
The ferry docks at the Brooke Street Pier in Hobart, and Bellerive Pier in Bellerive.
Passengers that show a Metro Greencard or travel with a bicycle or e-scooter ride for free during the trial.
Otherwise, the following fares apply for one-way travel:
This trial service is operated by Tasmanian owned Derwent Ferries, which is part of the Navigators Group, who have been delivering services on the river for over 70 years.
Visit www.derwentferries.com.au to find out more.
The Excella will be the primary vessel used to deliver the service with potential to upscale to a larger ferry if there is demand. The Excella can carry 107 passengers and 15 bicycles and is fully accessible.
The trial delivers on the Greater Hobart Transport Vision as part of the Hobart City Deal.
The Hobart City Deal is a shared 10-year vision between the Australian and Tasmanian Governments and the Clarence, Glenorchy, Hobart and Kingborough councils.
City Deal Partners will work collaboratively to deliver the Greater Hobart Transport Vision by progressing actions to provide a reliable, sustainable and cost effective transport system, with a focus on active and public transport.