Welcome to the Derwent Estuary Program

“I have found a gulf which I explored on the west-side. Near the head are some plains extending to the foot of a large mountain...” British Captain John Hayes, 1793

Captain Hayes named this ‘gulf’ the River Derwent – which is Celtic for ‘clear water’. Since Captain Hayes’ visit the Derwent has changed and a number of environmental issues now compromise its ‘clear water’. Issues include heavy metal contamination, stormwater pollution and loss of habitat and species.

The Derwent Estuary Program was established in 1999 to restore and promote the Derwent estuary. The Derwent Estuary Program is a partnership between State and Local government, industry and the community.

State of the Derwent Estuary 2015

The Derwent's latest five year check up - State of the Derwent Estuary 2015 is a comprehensive summary of environmental data and management actions focusing on this waterway. Prefer a printed copy (it's free)? Please contact us.

Greater Hobart Trails

Greater Hobart Trails logo

In 2010 the Derwent Estuary Program organised a walking tracks forum and the various stakeholders who attended all agreed we needed better ways of letting people know about the fantastic walking and riding opportunities in and around Hobart. Developed by the Derwent Estuary Program in cooperation with local and state government, The Greater Hobart Trails website is the result of those discussions.

Expedition Class ‘Cirque to Sea’

Cirque to Sea

Expedition Class is partnering with the Bookend Trust and the Derwent Estuary Program to deliver it’s major expedition for 2016. ‘Cirque to Sea’ will explore Tasmania’s Derwent River from mountain top right down to the sea. Read more about the program at expeditionclass.com

Seafood safety in the Derwent estuary

Seafood Safety fish

The Derwent Estuary Program is working with its partners to raise public awareness about the potential health implications of eating seafood from the Derwent estuary. Read more about Seafood safety in the Derwent estuary.

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Restoring and promoting the Derwent estuary