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PIANC Australia & New Zealand – Pre-Conference Seminar September

Crisis Management and Natural Disaster Response

Date:     9 – 10 September 2019, (9.30-17.00)
Venue: Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart
Cost:      PIANC Members $495 (incl. GST), Non-Members $748 (incl. GST)

Most of us will face the impacts of natural events whether they are tsunamis, cyclones, earthquakes or just extreme severe weather at some stage during our professional career. Often, we may not be fully prepared for such an event. After all, these events are not part of our ‘normal’ professional career. Irregular, unexpected, not normal – is precisely why these events can have such a devastating impact on infrastructure and communities.

This is an important seminar for all those working within ports and surrounds. Come and hear international and Australian and New Zealand experts in the field, and build relationships that will be valuable into the future.

The program has been prepared to allow plenty of time for presentation and questions with 40 minute slots.

The full program of speakers has now been set including:

James Dalton – Director of Civil Works, US Army Corps of Engineers
Dr Todd Bridges – Senior Research Scientist, US Army Corps of Engineers
Dr Hiroyasu Kawai – Director, PARI Marine Information and Tsunami Department
Jose Borrero – Director, eCoast NZ
Dr Russell Wise – CSIRO Senior Sustainability Economist-
Dr Ian Cumming – Australian Defence Climate and Security Advisor
Roger Kirk – Acting Harbour Master Port Kembla
Captain Rory Main – General Manager, Fremantle Maritime Simulation Centre
David Taylor – Director, Baird
Kevin Kane – Senior Manager Environment and Planning, North Queensland Bulk Ports
Marcus John – Director, Thomas Miller (Australasia) Pty Ltd
Jamie Storrie – Manager Crisis Preparedness & Response AMSA
Anna Flower – Manager Security, Emergency Management and Business Continuity, Tasmanian Port Corporation
Tom Bishton – Senior Structural Engineer – Transport and Infrastructure, BECA (NZ)
Jared Pettersson – Director, Enviser
Susan Kropman – Director, Australian Government Marine Biosecurity Unit
Dr Ben Popovich – Auckland University

Topics being discussed will be:

  • Environmental impacts and risk reduction – USA perspective
  • Tsunami experiences and future mitigation in NZ ports
  • Australia’s National Disaster Risk Reduction Framework
  • Climate change impacts, prevention rather than recovery
  • Japanese natural disaster management experiences
  • Iron Chieftain fire in Port Kembla
  • Cyclone impacts on NW shelf operations
  • Cyclone and flood impacts on North Queensland ports
  • Insurance implications for ports and natural disasters
  • Response to maritime emergencies
  • The use of ship simulation for emergency response preparation
  • Implementation of crisis and natural disaster risk management – a Tasmania perspective
  • Seismic impacts on port infrastructure
  • Impacts, response and lessons learnt after Christchurch earthquake
  • Biosecurity risks and management
  • Considerations of tsunami loadings

For more information please contact the following:

Chair of the LOC – Chris Carboon – [email protected]
Technical Program – Assoc Prof Ron Cox – [email protected]
PIANC Support – Neil Lawson [email protected]

If you would like to attend the seminar without attending the full conference, please register here.

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Maritime Engineering, Ports and Shipping Pre-Conference Workshop

Date: 9 – 10 September 2019
Venue: Australian Maritime College, Launceston Campus
Cost: $1,155 (incl. GST)

Fee includes transfer from Launceston airport, on-campus accommodation at the Australian Maritime College and bus transfer to Hobart in time for Conference Welcome Reception on 10 September 2019.

AMC Search, the training and consultancy division of the Australian Maritime College is pleased to offer a 1.5 day-long workshop to conference delegates interested in learning about maritime engineering, shipping and its interaction with ports.

Ports and other engineers have helped to design the ports and approaching infrastructure that have put Australia in the top five exporters of dry bulk goods in the world, with 20% of the world’s trade in those products now passing through our ports in ships.

This workshop will provide delegates with a general understanding of how the ports engineers have helped to design are used by the international shipping community, and will cover fascinating topics including:

  • The ships themselves, ballast water management, emissions and slow steaming
  • International shipping regulations, ownership, flags and registries
  • Load lines
  • Managing ship interactions in ports (squat, ship-ship and ship-bank interaction)
  • Berthing and mooring of ships and related shore infrastructure
  • Mooring line loads, fender loads
  • Hydrodynamic resistance
  • Wave interactions

This workshop is hands on and will get conference delegates out of the class room and into the Australian Maritime College’s world-famous training facilities including the:

  • Centre for Maritime Simulations where you will experience managing ship interactions within ports in the full ship mission bridge and tug simulators (see
  • The 100-metre-long hydrodynamic Towing Tank and 35-metre-long-by-12-metre-wide Wave Basin to examine hull resistance and wave interactions with ships in berths (see

This workshop will be delivered by industry and academic experts from the Australian Maritime College including (but not limited to):

  • Master Mariner Richard Pocock who has managed large port logistics businesses and shipping companies during his 50-year maritime career.
  • Shaun Denehy, Research Engineer for the AMCs National Centre for Maritime Engineering and Hydrodynamics.
  • Zhen Kok, Research Engineer for the AMCs National Centre for Maritime Engineering and Hydrodynamics.
  • Captain Richard Dunham, lecturer in Command Operations and AMC Search simulations specialist in ship manoeuvres.

So instead of flying straight to Hobart, add value to your conference experience and fly to Launceston first where you will have the chance to spend some time in the beautiful heritage City of Launceston, the Tamar Valley and Australia’s unique maritime education and training institution.

**Delegates who choose to fly in a few days before the workshop will have to make their own way from the airport to the city and the free accommodation covers the night of the workshop only.**

Coastal Engineering Pre-Conference Short Course

Date: 9 – 10 September 2019
Venue: Harbour View Two, Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart
Cost: $1,210 (incl. GST)

The Local Organising Committee is proud to announce that a Coastal Engineering Short Course conducted by UNSW Sydney’s Water Research Laboratory will be held over the two days prior to the 2019 Coasts & Ports Conference.

It’s the ideal course for:

  • Graduate or recently recruited coastal and maritime engineers
  • Professionals/researchers from other disciplines working in the coastal zone, such as planners or other engineering practitioners
  • Officers from all levels of government involved in regulating our coasts
  • Project managers engaging coastal engineering sub-contractors

This course will cover the following:

  • An overview of coastal engineering fundamentals
  • Beach morphology and coastal hazards
  • Current practice for coastal structures
  • New technologies and state of the art professional practice
  • Physical and numerical modelling
  • Practical case studies

Sessions will be run by industry practitioners and experts including staff from UNSW Sydney’s Water Research Laboratory and other organisations:

  • James Carley (UNSW WRL)
  • Associate Professor Ron Cox (UNSW WRL)
  • Dr Mitchell Harley (UNSW WRL)
  • Dr Tom Shand (Tonkin + Taylor / University of Auckland, NZ)
  • Karen Palmer (UTAS)
  • Ian Coghlan (Course Coordinator, UNSW WRL)

What 2017 delegates said about the short course:

“This course was enlightening!  I was fascinated with each session.  Great introduction for coastal engineering topics.  Presentations were smooth and well-practised.”
“Presenters knew their stuff and were practitioners in this space.”
“Good wide coverage but with the ability to ask specific detailed questions.  Very clear definition of problems I’m currently involved with.”
“I learned the requirements of coastal engineering design and a lot of real problems that engineers face in the design.”
“Very enjoyable course. Good variety.”

Draft Pre-Conference Program Outline

Day 1, Monday 9 September 2019

Start Finish Topic
08:45 09:00  Introduction/Housekeeping
09:00 09:45 Basis of Coastal Engineering Design
09:45 10:45 Water Levels
10:45 11:00 Break
11:00 12:30 Waves and Surf Zone Processes
12:30 13:30 Lunch
13:30 14:15 Wave Hindcasting
14:15 15:00 Beaches and Coastal Geomorphology
15:00 15:15 Break
15:15 16:00 Sediment Transport
16:00 17:00 Coastal Hazards and Management Options

Day 2, Tuesday 10 September 2019

08:45 09:00 Q&A
09:00 10:00 Breakwaters
10:00 10:30 Seawalls
10:30 10:45 Break
10:45 11:30 Runup and Overtopping
11:30 12:30 Submerged Breakwaters and Reefs
12:30 13:30 Lunch
13:30 14:30 Beach Nourishment and Groynes
14:30 15:00 Geotextile Structures
15:00 15:15 Break
15:15 16:15 Physical and Numerical Modelling
16:15 17:00 Q&A

Field Trips

Three tours will be conducted to visit local examples of coastal, port and estuarine engineering issues on Thursday 12 September 2019 between 12.30 – 17.00. The Conference field trips provide attendees with the opportunity to visit interesting port, harbour, coastal and estuarine sites and projects surrounding Hobart.

Date: Thursday 12 September 2019
Time: 12.30 – 17.00
Departs: Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart
Returns: Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart

Field Trip 1: Hobart Port Waterfront, CSIRO Laboratories and Inspect Vessel Aurora Australis

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The modern history of the city of Hobart dates to February 1804 when two ships in an expedition under the command of Lt-Governor Collins landed on Hunter’s Island in the Derwent River near the mouth of what is now known as the Hobart Rivulet, on the Derwent River.  Hobart was settled to reinforce the British colonisation of Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) and is Australia’s second oldest city; it is an incredible waterfront location on a massive estuary with a developed deep-water port.

Hobart Town grew from being a defensive outpost and penal settlement to become a world centre of whaling and shipbuilding. It has grown significantly and is the second oldest city in Australia after Sydney. Whilst export shipping of raw materials and produce has waned Hobart now has a key focus for exporting manufactured products, tourist shipping and polar stevedoring.

Hobart is a major port for Southern Ocean shipping; it is the last port of call for Australian Antarctic Division and French expeditions heading south to Macquarie Island and Antarctica.  Hobart leads the way in Antarctic research with the internationally recognised centre of excellence, the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS), present on the southern edge of the harbour.

This walking tour will visit key features of the Hobart Waterfront, including the working port sited at Macquarie Point, Constitution Dock and Princes Wharf.

TasPorts will provide participants of this tour with an in-depth look at the operations at Macquarie Point, which welcomes tourists aboard the some of the world’s largest cruise ships. The IMAS Laboratories at the opposite end of the waterfront on Princes Wharf will be open for inspection; it is expected that several interesting scientific experiments and equipment used for sampling in harsh marine conditions will be available to view including the ice mechanics laboratory. Next door, the CSIRO will treat delegates to a tour of their laboratories and the extensive National Fish Collection.

Numbers are limited to 75 and tours of the CSIRO and IMAS facilities catered for in smaller groups.

This tour is included in the full registration package and hence no extra charge is payable. However, participants will be allocated on a first-in basis.

Note: This is a walking tour!

Hobart Port field trip 1 old photo


  • Walk to TasPorts at Macquarie Point, where a guided tour will be facilitated by their representative
  • Walk to Princes Wharf along Franklin Wharf experiencing Hobart’s working waterfront
  • Tour of the Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies
  • Tour of CSIRO
  • Return walk to the Hotel Grand Chancellor

Field Trip 2: The Derwent Estuary by Sea


Enjoy a 2 ½ -3 hour cruise exploring the renowned waterways that influence Hobart’s lifestyle. Visit Australia’s oldest lighthouse, circumnavigate Betsey Island and discover the city’s rich maritime past.

Cruising down the Derwent River on a high-speed watercraft with ‘Pennicott Wilderness Journeys’ you’ll pass historic Battery Point, now one of Tasmania’s premium residential addresses. You’ll see well-known landmarks like the iconic Wrest Point Casino and the Shot Tower. Further south, you’ll truly appreciate the scale of Mount Wellington as it towers over the city.

Arrive at the Iron Pot, Australia’s oldest lighthouse, and be immersed in the fascinating history as your guide shares stories of Hobart’s early settlement.  Also discussed on the tour will be the geological features that shape Hobart.

Please note that the Derwent Estuary technical tour is NOT included in the full registration package; a $110.00 (including GST) surcharge will be payable with the registration. Numbers are limited to 35 delegates per boat and participants will be accepted on a first-in basis. Depending upon demand a second boat could be organised.

derwent estuary by the sea


  • Walk to the ‘Pennicott Wilderness Journeys’ berth in Kings Pier Marina via Franklin Wharf
  • Cruise on the Derwent River
  • Walk back to the Hotel Grand Chancellor

Field Trip 3: Estuary and Beaches Tour


The ‘Estuary and Beaches’ tour will travel by bus, visiting some of the beautiful coastal areas around Hobart and nearby regions.

The focus of the tour will be:

  • A panoramic view of the Derwent Estuary and the idyllic setting of Hobart on its shores
  • Coastal erosion hazards and coastal management
  • Estuarine management
  • Bio-engineering techniques

estuary and beaches tour


  • Board bus at Grand Chancellor
  • Travel to Mount Nelson Signal Station (subject to weather) for a scenic view over Hobart and the Derwent Estuary
  • Travel over the Tasman Bridge to Hobart’s Eastern shore
  • Visit Bellerive Yacht club for a look at the beach seawall
  • Head on to Rokeby for an introduction to sewage outfalls
  • Travel to Clifton, Lauderdale, and Roches Beaches, and discuss the myriad of investigations and coastal management solutions completed, including:
  • Coastal Hazard Studies
  • Beach Scraping
  • Dune Shaping
  • Travel back to the Hotel Grand Chancellor

This tour is included in the full registration package and hence no extra charge is payable.


Invited speakers are internationally recognised experts in their field, promising delegates an exciting and challenging program.

Official Opening

Her Excellency Professor the Honourable Kate Warner
Her Excellency Professor the Honourable Kate Warner AC
Governor of Tasmania

Tasmania’s 28th Governor, Her Excellency Professor the Honourable Kate Warner AC, was sworn to Office at Government House on Wednesday 10 December 2014.

Previously she was Professor, Faculty of Law, at the University of Tasmania and Director of the Tasmania Law Reform Institute.  She had also in her career at the University held the positions of Dean, Faculty of Law, and Head of School.  Following her appointment as Governor, she was made a professor emeritus.

On 26 January 2017 she was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) for her eminent service to the people of Tasmania through leading contributions to the legal community, to law reform, to higher education as an academic, researcher and publisher and as a supporter of the arts and environmental and social justice initiatives.

Her teaching interests included Criminal Law, Evidence, Criminology and Sentencing, and her research interests included Sentencing and Criminal Justice.  Since her appointment as Governor, she has continued her research in Sentencing, in particular.

She has received a number of awards and fellowships, including Foundation Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law in 2007; Visiting Fellow All Souls College Oxford in 2009; the University of Tasmania Distinguished Service Medal in 2013; and the Women Lawyers Award for Leadership in 2013. She has been nominated as a finalist in the Tasmanian Australian of the Year Awards for her contributions to the law, law reform and legal education. In December 2016 she was made a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology.

She has published numerous journal articles, book chapters and law reform reports. She first published Sentencing in Tasmania in 1991, which has since become an indispensable tool for judges and magistrates.

Keynote Speakers

James Dalton Speaker
James C. Dalton, P.E.
Director of Civil Works
Headquarters, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Washington, D.C.

James C. Dalton serves as the Director of Civil Works, Headquarters, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Washington, D.C.  In this position, under the policy guidance of the Chief of Engineers and the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works), he leads, manages and directs the policy development, programming, planning, design, construction, contingency operations and emergency response, operation, and maintenance activities of the Army Civil Works Program, a $6 billion annual program of water and related land resources of the United States and oversees the work of over 25,000 civilian employees.  He also represents the USACE in the United Nation’s Advisory Board High-Level Experts and Leaders Panel on Water and Disasters, and serves in several national and international water resources Committees.

Mr. Dalton was selected to the Senior Executive Service in January 2005.  From May 2007 until August 2016 he was Chief of USACE’s Engineering and Construction (E&C) Division, responsible for policy, program, and technical expertise in the design and construction programs for the U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, Department of Defense, other Federal agencies, and over 60 foreign nations.  He also served as the Corps’ South Atlantic Division and South Pacific Division Regional Integration Team (RIT) team leader, USACE Climate Change Adaption Committee Chair, and lead for USACE on Resilience.

From July 2005 to May 2007 Mr. Dalton was Regional Business Director for USACE’s South Atlantic Division in Atlanta, GA.  For the six months prior to that he was Director of Business Management for USACE’s Gulf Region Division in Baghdad, Iraq. There he provided executive leadership and direct supervision of the project management and technical functions in executing the GRD construction program.  Mr. Dalton managed the Regional Operating Budget and provided executive leadership in executing the financial management program.

Mr. Dalton spent several years working in the Middle East where he began as Office Engineer for the Utilities Resident Office in 1981 as part of the Saudi Arabia construction program. During his assignments in Saudi, he also served as project and resident engineer in various other offices.  He was the project manager for the Bosnia project to support Operation Joint Guard and other projects for the Transatlantic Program Center.

Mr. Dalton is a native of North Carolina and has been employed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers since 1978. He began his career as a cost engineer in USACE’s Wilmington, NC District after completion of the training program.

Ron Cox
Associate Professor Ron Cox
Honorary Associate Professor
Civil and Environmental Engineering, UNSW
Specialist consultant Water Research Laboratory UNSW
Board Member, PIANC Australia
Convenor ACCARNSI (Australian Climate Change Adaptation Research Network for Settlements and Infrastructure)

Ron has over 45 years’ experience across many areas of water, environmental and coastal engineering:-

  • teaching at university and training a large number of today’s practicing coastal and port engineers
  • working and undertaking research with industry and government, (local, state and federal ) both within Australia and overseas.

Ron is a longstanding member and previous Chair of EA NCCOE (National Committee of Coastal and Ocean Engineering) – he is also a longstanding board member of PIANC Australia. In these roles he was successful in bringing the international conferences of ICCE and PIANC to Sydney in 2000 and 2002.

In 2008 Ron was awarded Engineering Australia’s prestigious Sir John Holland Award for Civil Engineer of the Year, in recognition of his contribution to the profession particularly in coastal engineering.

Since 2009 Ron has lead the Australian Climate Change Adaptation Research Network for Settlements and Infrastructure ACCARNSI with a focus on coastal settlements and infrastructure.

In recent years Ron has provided advice on flood and coastal policy to Commonwealth and State governments.

Ron has actively participated in the recent NSW Coastal Policy reforms – he is at present a member of the Coastal Panel and the independent NSW Coastal Council.

Karen Rees
Karen Rees
Director Antarctic Tasmania & Regional Economic Development
Department of State Growth

In her current role Karen is responsible for the implementation of the State Government’s Tasmanian Antarctic Gateway Strategy. She is also the immediate past Chair of the Tasmanian Polar Network, a 70 member strong incorporated industry association representing the Antarctic and Southern Ocean sector.

The is a former tourism operator and board director of the Tourism Industry Council of Tasmania and the Tasmanian Logistics Committee. More recently she has been working with cruise tourism, Antarctic logistics, shipping and aviation at Hobart Airport and Tasports. In her spare time Karen is a Civil Marriage Celebrant, dances Argentine tango, bush walks and has driven a tractor across the Antarctic ice cap as part of the French Antarctic program’s logistics team.

Robb Clifton
Robb Clifton
Operations Manager
Australian Antarctic Division (AAD)

Robb has been involved in Antarctic operations for 18 years as a Station Leader, Field Expedition Leader, Voyage Leader and, since 2010, as the AAD Operations Manager. His current role involves management of the Australian Antarctic Program shipping, boating, aviation, station and field operations, operational planning and emergency management operations. Robb has also served in the Australian Defence Force and worked for the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service.

Stewart Frusher

Professor Stewart Frusher
Director, Centre for Marine Socioecology
Theme Leader, Climate Change
University of Tasmania

Professor Stewart Frusher started his career as a member of Australian Volunteers Abroad working for the Department of Primary Industries in Papua New Guinea. On returning to Australia he worked at the Australian Institute of Marine Science in coastal systems dynamics and aquaculture before joining the Tasmanian Department of Primary Industries in 1992. In 1998 he joined the Tasmanian Aquaculture and Fisheries Institute at the University of Tasmania. Over the past couple of decades his research portfolio has shifted from leading programs focused on developing methods for sustainable assessment of key commercial species, to programs evaluating the effects of fishing on marine ecosystems as fisheries moved towards ecosystem based fisheries management (EBFM) and to understanding the impacts of climate change on marine resources. Since the start of his research career in Papua New Guinea, Stewart was exposed to the human side of fishing and has subsequently championed the need to integrate the human and biophysical systems and has been instrumental in the development of inter- and trans-disciplinary research teams. He is Director of the Centre for Marine Socioecology (, a joint initiative between the University of Tasmania, CSIRO and the Australian Antarctic Division.

Irene Penesis

Associate Professor Irene Penesis
Lead, Marine Renewable Energy Research Group
Bid Director, Blue Economy CRC
Associate Professor, Mathematics & Hydrodynamics
Maritime Engineering and Hydrodynamics
University of Tasmania

Irene Penesis was awarded a PhD in Mathematics in 2002 from RMIT University, Melbourne Australia. Her PhD in the field of tribology examined the pressure field and load-carrying capacity in specialised non-smooth gas-lubricated bearings used in industrial drilling machinery. Irene developed mathematical models to solve the complex elliptic partial differential equations analytically and numerically that governed the pressure field. Before joining the Australian Maritime College, specialist institute of the University of Tasmania, Irene was a lecturer at RMIT University in the School of Mathematical and Geospatial Sciences, and served a short postdoctoral research role modelling shape changes of red blood cells in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Melbourne.


Social Program

Welcome Reception

Date: Tuesday 10 September 2019
Time: 6.00pm – 8.00pm
Venue: Federation Ballroom, Hotel Grand Chancellor

A Welcome Reception will take place amongst the Conference exhibition the evening prior to the first day of the Conference. The function will provide the perfect opportunity for delegates to catch up with colleagues, renew past acquaintances and make new contacts in a relaxed atmosphere.

Cost: Included in Full Registration
Additional Tickets: $100 per person

Women in Coastal Geoscience and Engineering Networking Function

Date: Wednesday 11 September 2019
Time: 6.00pm – 7.30pm
Venue: Post Street Social, 11-13 Franklin Wharf, Hobart
Cost: Included in Full Registration; Additional Tickets: $90 per person

This function will bring together colleagues of all genders to discuss how our profession can move positively forward in promoting equal opportunity for all.

PIANC Australia/New Zealand Young Professionals Function

Date: Wednesday 11 September 2019
Time: 7.00pm – 8.30pm
Venue: Post Street Social, 11-13 Franklin Wharf, Hobart
Cost: Included in Full Registration; Additional Tickets: $90 per person

As a proud co-host of the Coasts and Ports Conference series, PIANC ANZ has held a networking event on the first night of the conference since 2011. Led by PIANC’s Young Professional Commission (YPCom – 40 and younger), this year’s networking event is linked with the Women in Coastal Geoscience and Engineering Event. All are welcome however registration is required.

Conference Dinner

Date: Thursday 12 September 2019
Time: Pre-Dinner Drinks: 7.00pm – 7.30pm
Dinner: 7.30pm – 11.00pm
Venue: Grand Ballroom, Hotel Grand Chancellor

Enjoy a fabulous dinner in the Grand Ballroom of the Hotel Grand Chancellor. This evening is the perfect opportunity to get acquainted with other Conference delegates, whilst being entertained, wined and dined – a night not to be missed!

Cost: Included in Full Registration
Additional Tickets: $150 per person

Optional Activities

The Agrarian Kitchen

agrarian kitchen

Days Please refer to the website calendar to see when classes are available
Time 0900 – 1630
Location 650 Lachlan Road, Lachlan
Cost From $385 per person
Web Site
Bookings Book direct with the Agrarian Kitchen on 03 6261 1099

A sustainable farm-based cooking school situated in a 19th century schoolhouse. The Agrarian Kitchen is committed to reconnecting the kitchen with the land. Their aim is to create a place where people can rediscover the simple pleasures of gathering and cooking with produce as close to its source as possible.

The Agrarian Kitchen is a working farm that grows and uses heirloom varieties of fruit, vegetables and rare breed animals in its cooking classes and also sources ingredients from local farmers, fishermen, gardeners and artisanal producers.

This paddock-to-plate cooking experience is suitable for all – those who are qualified chefs, home cooks, those who do not usually cook or just for those who would like to experience our agrarian way of living.  The day includes foraging, harvesting, cooking, learning, eating and drinking.

Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary

bonorong wildlife sanctuary

Days Daily
Time Tours at 1130, 1400 and 1530
Location 593 Briggs Road, Brighton
Cost Standard entry: Adults $30, children $16
Bookings Book direct with Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary on (03) 6268 1184 or [email protected]

Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary is a rescue service for orphaned and injured wildlife. Only 30 minutes from Hobart, get up close and personal with Tasmania’s special species. Come and see active Tasmanian devils and learn about this incredibly unique species and its fight for survival. Hand feed our huge mob of free ranging kangaroos with a complimentary bag of kangaroo food on entry. Join a tour and meet orphan wombats and koalas.

Bruny Island Cruises

Days Daily
Time 1100 – 1400
Location Ferry departs from 1005 Adventure Bay Road, Bruny Island
Cost $135 per adult, $85 per child
Web Site
Bookings Book online with Bruny Island Cruises

This multi-award winning three-hour eco-adventure cruise takes you through some of Tasmania’s unspoilt coastline like nobody else.  Safe, fast and comfortable boats ensure you’re right in the adventure – seeing everything up close, feeling every thrill and experiencing nature first hand.

Bruny Island boasts stunning natural cliff formations, among the tallest in the world. The awesome ‘Breathing Rock’, the towering ‘Monument’ and the lush emerald green forests of South Bruny – you will fall in love with this island paradise. The impressive array of sea and coastal wildlife rivals many national parks throughout the world. Meet the Bruny Island seals, dolphins, whales, albatross, eagles, gannet, shearwater and petrel who live in this delicate ecosystem.

Highly trained interpretative guides love what they do – they’ll make your experience fun, enjoyable, entertaining and informative.

After an unforgettable three hour 50km journey, you’ll return you to shore knowing you’ve been involved in a remarkable voyage of discovery – not just Tasmania’s best, but simply one of the world’s great environmental travel experiences.

Cascade Brewery

Days Daily
Time 1.5 hour duration. Tours operate daily at 1100, 1230 and 1415
Location 140 Cascade Road, South Hobart
Cost $30 per person
Web Site
Bookings Book direct with the Cascade Brewery on 03 6224 1117

It’s been called a must-do Hobart experience. Here you’ll learn about Australia’s oldest brewery, its finest beers, the brewing process and a little something our brewers call ‘The Feel”.

Intertwine it with some of the brewers’ stories and the beautiful ‘Woodstock’ gardens, before topping it off with a real taste of history – a fresh one directly from the taps.

Gourmania Food Tours

Days Monday, , Friday, Saturday
Time Please refer to the website for available times
Location Please refer to the website for locations
Cost $95 – $170 per person
Web Site
Bookings Book online with Gourmania Food Tours

Gourmania Food Tours Tasmania was established in 2011 by pastry chef and sixth generation Tasmanian, Mary McNeill. Whether you’re a local or a visitor to Hobart, Gourmania can introduce you to some of the people whose passion and talent stirs the pot of our blossoming food scene.  We visit great local businesses, many that are off the tourist trail, tucked away in the city. We create an experience that enables individual connections to the places we explore together.  Be prepared to be generously catered for!

MONA Museum & Art Gallery

Days Wednesday – Monday
Time 1000 – 1700
Location 655 Main Road, Berriedale
Cost $28 per person (no charge for Tasmanian residents and children under 18 years)
Web Site

The Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) is an art museum located within the Moorilla winery on the Berriedale peninsula, only a 15 minute drive from the centre of Hobart. It is the largest privately funded museum in Australia. The museum presents antiquities, modern and contemporary art from the David Walsh collection. Walsh has described the museum as a “subversive adult Disneyland.”

Mount Field National Park

Days Daily
Location 60 kilometres (1 hour dive) north-west of Hobart
Web Site

Mount Field is the location of what must be the most photographed waterfall in Tasmania – Russell Falls. Its three elegant tiers, framed by lush vegetation, have attracted visitors for well over a hundred years.

The diversity of Mount Field’s 16,265 hectares (40,191 acres) is remarkable. Striking as the falls are, if you confine yourself to the area near the Visitor Centre at the bottom of the mountain you’ll miss an accessible and extraordinarily beautiful alpine experience – the Tarn Shelf above Lake Dobson.

Mount Field National Park is distinguished by its wide range of popular short, medium and longer walks. If you are an avid trekker intending to return to the park a number of times, a book on Tasmania’s bushwalks would be very useful.

Most of Tasmania’s land mammals are present in the park, and there’s a good chance you will see a small marsupial on one of the walking tracks or near the Visitor Centre.

Mt Wellington Descent

Days Daily
Time Bike tours depart at 1000 and 1300
Location Departing from Brooke St Pier, Hobart
Cost $85 per adult, $65 per child
Web Site
Bookings Book direct with Mt Wellington Descent on 03 6274 1880

Depart Hobart and drive 21km by minibus to the summit of Mount Wellington. On the way, a guide will provide some interpretation giving an insight into the Mountain itself. Rising to a height of 1270 metres, Mt Wellington is a spectacular and panoramic backdrop for the city of Hobart. From the top you’ll see magnificent 360 degree views – the Derwent Valley, down to the Southern Ocean and across to the Tasman Peninsula. The inlets, bays and hills of this beautiful city are spread out in a stunning panorama, detailed at the observation deck.

Take in the views of the distant mountain ranges of the southwest to the sprawling city of Hobart below. Your guide will then fit you with a bicycle, helmet and safety vest followed by a detailed cycle safety briefing. After a practice ride at the summit, regroup and follow your guide on a downhill descent of the mountain. Cycle past the historic Female Factory and through South Hobart and Battery Point. Enjoy cruising beneath the tree-lined streets filled with Georgian and Federation architecture completing the journey back at the vibrant Hobart Waterfront.

Peppermint Bay Cruise and Lunch

Days Daily
Time 1030 – 1530, check website for available dates
Location Departs Brooke Street Pier at 1030
Cost $118 per person
Web Site
Bookings Book direct with Peppermint Bay Cruises on 1300 137 919

The Peppermint Bay cruise takes in harbour and city views as it slices its way through the River Derwent. As you enter the d’Entrecasteaux Channel, dolphins will usher you into the pristine waters of Peppermint Bay.

Overlooking the picturesque Bruny Island, the hotel boasts the perfect setting to enjoy your delicious lunch on the water’s edge.

With a focus on fresh produce from their gardens and local producers, the food is as stunning as the views. Delicious Tasmanian wines, locally crafted beers and stellar service.

Ratho Golf Course

Days Daily
Location Highland Lakes Road, Bothwell
Cost Rounds cost $40 per person
Web Site
Bookings Book direct with the golf course on 0497 644 916

The arrival of golf in the Australian colonies is interwoven with the early development of the game in Scotland. Today, the Ratho golf links remain one of the world’s best preserved, ancient golfing grounds. Ratho is in Bothwell, situated in the Clyde River Valley at the southern gateway to the central Highlands approximately 1 hrs drive form Hobart along the Midlands Highway.

Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens

Days Daily
Time Open 7 days a week (refer to website for seasonal opening hours)
Location Queens Domain, Hobart
Cost No entry fee
Web Site
Bookings No need to book

Tasman Island Cruises

Days Daily
Time Tours operate 7 days a week, 0745 – 1800
Location Full day tours collect from Hobart waterfront office on Franklin Wharf
Cost Adults $225, children $165
Web Site
Bookings Book direct with Tasman Island Cruises on 03 6250 2200

This award-winning wilderness cruise takes you along the spectacular coastline between Eaglehawk Neck and Port Arthur. One of the highlights of the cruise is Tasman Island, a great landmark of the Southern Ocean – its slender white lighthouse is still a beacon for seafarers entering Storm Bay including during the famous annual Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.

Few places on Earth have such a rich variety of marine wildlife and seabirds. The Continental Shelf runs close to Tasman Island and an upwelling of nutrient from the ocean’s depths creates a smorgasbord for all the creatures in the complex food chain of the sea, from plankton and birdlife such as albatross to sharks, dolphins and southern right whales.

Highly trained, informative, entertaining and enthusiastic guides will take you on a full day tour from Hobart, which includes a three hour Wilderness Cruise, a return guided bus tour, morning tea and lunch.