2 hour sailings

The fully restored historic ketch offers 2-hour sailings taking up to 20 passengers out the mouth of the Mersey River and into Bass Strait. 

The aim is to ‘catch the wind’, hoist the sails and experience the workings of this historic vessel.  With a ‘fair breeze’ the vessel heads west toward Mersey Bluff, further west to Don Heads before turning round in the Strait and heading back to Port.  Passengers get a different view of Devonport, the dolerite cliffs of Mersey Bluff and the north-west coastline.

While on board you’ll hear more about the ketch, now the last of the original fishing vessels that plied the seas around the Bass Strait and islands.

Passenger comments

"Very good & most relaxing - Crew very friendly."

"Loved the unique experience"

"Beautiful, I would go again"

"Superb effort to restore & use this ship for future generations! Well done."

"Wonderful view of Devonport. Relaxing afternoon."

"Very competent & friendly crew. The ship was immaculate. Value for $$. Well done."

Sailings : Two-hour sailings are scheduled from October through to the end of June on Sundays subject to weather conditions. Contact the Bass Strait Maritime Centre on (03) 6424 7100 or bookings@bassstraitmc.com.au for bookings and departure times.

Private Charters available upon request.

Departs: Reg Hope Park, East Devonport.  Please be at the mooring 15-20 minutes beforehand.

Duration: 2 hours


Adult: $50.00

Concession: $45.00*

Child (8-16): $20.00**

Family (2 adults, 2 child): $120.00

*concession card must be produced at time of booking.
**children under the age of 8 are not permitted to sail.

Weather dependent: Sailings are weather dependent, so if in doubt, please phone (03) 6424 7100.

Dress: Passengers are advised to come prepared for all weather conditions, wear soft soled enclosed footwear, hat, sunscreen, warm clothing and spray jacket or similar.  Light ponchos are available but your own spray jacket is preferable.   

Julie Burgess Booking and Cancellation Policy 

The Julie Burgess is owned and operated by the Devonport City Council with all administration through the Bass Strait Maritime Centre. The following conditions apply: 

  1. If, in the opinion of the Skipper/Master of the vessel on the day of the sail, the wind or sea state is deemed unsuitable for the safety of passengers, the sail will be cancelled. A raincheck will be issued for another sailing. Rainchecks must be used within twelve months of issue. No exceptions. 

  1. You must be at the JuliBurgess at Reg Hope Park, Tarleton Street East Devonport, ready to board 15-20 minutes prior to departure time. The crew will not wait for latecomers. 

  1. There is a public car park at the northern end of Reg Hope Park, alternatively you can park on the western side of Tarleton Street. 

  1. Please dress for all weather and be aware that weather can change during a sailing. Soft soled, enclosed footwear must be worn 

  1. Passengers will need to use the companionway to access toilets below deck. Companionways are to be climbed up or down face forward. Fully accessible public toilets are also located in the carpark. 

  1. Smoking is not permitted on board the vessel. 

  1. Refreshments are welcome on board. Please dispose of rubbish responsibly. No glass containers are to be brought aboard. 

  1. Some refreshments may be included in your ticket price for special sailing experiences. Please note it is up to the passenger to notify the Bass Strait Maritime Centre of any dietary requirements at the time of booking. 

  1. Devonport City Council will take no responsibility for lost or damaged property.  

  1. All passengers travel on board at their own risk.  

  1. The minimum age for passengers on board the vessel is 8 years. 

  1. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

  1. In the event of an emergency, passengers must follow all instructions of the crew. 

  1. The Skipper/Master of the vessel has the right to refuse any passenger deemed unfit to travel. 

  1. Gift Vouchers must be redeemed by the expiry date on the Voucher. No exceptions. 

  1. Gift Vouchers can be transferred to another person but cannot be refunded. The Bass Strait Maritime Centre must be notified of the name change. 

  1. Cancellation of a booking must be made at least 48 hours prior to the departure date to obtain a full refund unless a medical certificate can be provided. A 15% administration fee will be deducted from the refund if cancelled within 48 hours. 

  1. Tickets are transferable at no extra cost provided the Bass Strait Maritime Centre is notified of the name change in advance. 

  1. Passengers who fail to attend their booking without notification forfeit the full cost of their tickets.