Image: Derwent Estuary Program
Community type


Habitat type

Rocky reefs, kelp beds and inter-tidal zone

The Derwent estuary has a very active sailing community with many hundreds of yachts moored at the docks around central Hobart, or in the sheltered bays of the mid estuary. Sailing is a great way to explore the marine environment as you often see little penguins, seals and dolphins when on the water.

Much of the text within the species area of our website was written by Veronica Thorpe, as part of the Derwent River Wildlife Guide (2000).

The DEP has developed a variety of classroom and outdoor activities focused around the key estuary habitats of tidal wetlands, salt marshes and rocky reefs. These include classroom materials, online resources, interpretive walks, games and sensory experiences.