Hobart Cruise Tours - Hawthorn Lodge

Hobart Cruise Tours

We specialise in Hobart Cruise tours and offer the best value Hobart Shore Excursion and excellent service.Please do pre-book our Hobart Shore Excursions as they will fill fast as we only take small groups.

We will meet you in the arrivals area at an agreed time. This is normally about 9.30am (but depends on the cruise ship arrival time)allowing time to have breakfast, let the rush go and still provide plenty of time once we return to enjoy walking around Hobart before you reboard. Or back in time for lunch on your cruise ship.

After each shore excursion we are able to drop you where you would like to go in Hobart. This could include MONA and you then catch the ferry back to Hobart, maybe the Cascade Brewery or Botanical Gardens. We know the places and will be very pleased to help maximise your time in Hobart.

Please do contact us and we will be able to plan for you a great tour in Tasmania.



03 6286 1240


0438 730204


Why book your Hobart Shore Excursion with us:

  • Guarantee to return in time for your cruise departure
  • Small groups
  • Best value prices by far, save so much money by pre booking
  • Wonderful friendly hospitality that Tasmanian’s are known for


Our Hobart Shore Excursions are managed by David Hearle who is a very experienced traveller and well known travel writer. As editor of Tasmania eGuide David knows Tasmania really well. Many of the Hobart Shore Excursions David will lead himself. As an international travel photographer David will be able to help you take some excellent photos.


Private Hobart Shore Excursion

Our popular private Hobart Shore Excursion is perfect if you are a small group and want to be flexible where you go and want to see. If you know what you want to see then all very easy, but is best you tell us before so that we can plan the time well. If not sure we can work out on the day and see what the weather brings. David as editor of Tasmania eGuide knows all the best places in Tasmania to visit.

We might for example drive up Mt Wellington and then head up the Derwent Valley for tea and then Mt Field National Park.We are very much cheaper than using a taxi which would for example cost you $320 one way to Port Arthur, then finding a taxi back can be very difficult on cruise days.

Please do email marie@hawthornlodge.com.au with your cruise details and an idea how long you want and we will confirm and sort out a meeting time at the Hobart Cruise Terminal.

Cost: $80/hour

The vehicle we use has 7 seats but there is more space if you are 5 as allows for 2 on each of the back seats.

Heritage Garden & Cream Tea Tour, Shore Excursion

A very relaxed tour in a small group (maximum 7) driving alongside the beautiful Derwent River to one of Tasmania’s oldest country gardens, Hawthorn Lodge. Built in 1869 to remind Australia’sfirst hop farmer Ebenezer Shoobridge of Kent. We will view the original hop houses in Bushy Park that are part of the biggest hop estate in the Southern Hemisphere.

The gardens are a delight with a mix of old trees, plants and flowers with the largest and oldest magnolia tree in Australia. Theapple tree stockis from the days of Ebenezer who was the first person to export apples to England. Enjoy looking at the produce and the cheeky free range hens.

Tassie’s Best Cream Tea will be served on fine china cups seated on the veranda overlooking the gardens.Freshly baked scones with homemade raspberry jam from the gardens and Tasmanian clotted cream.

We then drive back to Hobart and will be pleased to drop you where you would like to go next before boarding.

Tour duration: Two and half hours

Cost: $55/person (includes cream tea)

Tallest Trees in the World Tour, Shore Excursion

Tasmania has the tallest hardwood trees in the world! They are nearly the same height as the Sequoia trees in California.The very tallest examples have recently been protected and now viewable but rarely visited. This is a secret we are happy to share.Every guest who visits always raves about this amazing experience to see these wonderful trees.

Viewing trees just under 100 metres high is challenging. We do have purpose built viewing platforms where you can lie back and gaze ever upwards. And an enchanting short walk through the forest to view both up and at the forest floor.

Our journey takes us alongside the beautiful Derwent River and then off road into the Styx Forest. After viewing the trees, we return and stop at Hawthorn Lodge for a well-deserved cream tea served overlooking the gardensthat is part of the tour. For tree lovers the Hawthorn Lodge gardens have the oldest Magnolia tree in Australia and even some Sequoia, but these are just 30 metres high.

The group will be restricted to a maximum of 7 persons due to the road conditions and to appreciate the trees as a small group.

Duration: Four and half hours

Cost: $90 person (includes cream tea)


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