Hotels near Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race

The annual Sydney Hobart Yacht Race starts on the 26th December each year on the waters of Sydney Harbour. The entrants sail down the East Coast of Australia and finish at the mouth of the Derwent River in Hobart several days and around 630 nautical miles later. The event has now been running for over 65 years, with the first race held in 1945.

Due the sometimes treacherous weather experienced during the race, the high winds and rough seas along the east coast of Australia it is considered to be one of the most difficult yacht races in the world. Putting all danger aside, the Sydney Hobart Yacht Race attracts maxi yachts from around the world and is one of the top off-shore yacht racing events. In 1998, crews ran into a low category hurricane and the race was marred by the tragic death of six competitors. Less than half the yachts that started that year made it to Hobart, several vessels sank.

In the early years of the event, the race took more than six days to complete. The current race record of just over one day and eighteen hours was set in 2005 by Wild Oats XI.

Sailors and land-lubbers alike flock to Sydney to watch the spectacular start of the race on Sydney Harbour. Media boats and tourist vessels jostle for prime position to view the more than 100 competitors vie to be at the front of the fleet as they travel towards the Heads and out into the Ocean.

Celebrate with the winners and head to Hobart and the finish line to watch the fleet of exhausted crew sail in on the Derwent River.


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100 Cumberland Street, The Rocks 2000 Australia

With a stay at Australian Heritage Hotel, you'll be centrally located in The Rocks, steps from Susannah Place Museum and Museum of Contemporary Art. This bed and breakfast is close to Sydney Opera House...more

5 star
6 Cowper Wharf Road Woolloomooloo 2011 Australia

When you stay at Blue Sydney in Woolloomooloo, you'll be on the waterfront and minutes from Woolloomooloo Wharf and Art Gallery of New South Wales. This 5-star hotel is close to Sydney Opera House and...more

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34 52 Harrington Street The Rocks 2000 Australia

With a stay at Harbour Rocks Hotel Sydney - MGallery Collection, you'll be centrally located in The Rocks, steps from Susannah Place Museum and Museum of Contemporary Art. This 4.5-star hotel is close...more

4 self rated
55 George Street Sydney 2000 Australia

Located in the historic Rocks district, Holiday Inn Old Sydney boasts a rooftop swimming pool offering views of Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. It offers modern rooms featuring a bathtub...more

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1 Davey Street Hobart 7000 Australia

Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart offers premier facilities, where guests can work out in the state-of-the-art fitness club or indulge in a skyline swim with views of Mount Wellington in the indoor pool....more

5 self rated
Corner of Phillip and Bridge Streets Sydney 2000 Australia

Located in a historic 19th-Century building in Circular Quay, near The Rocks, the 5-star InterContinental Hotel overlooks the iconic Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge. All air-conditioned rooms at...more

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167 Macquarie Street Hobart 07000 Australia

With a stay at Travelodge Hotel Hobart in Hobart, you'll be in the business district and minutes from St. Joseph's Catholic Church and Mona Ferry Terminal. This 4-star hotel is within close proximity...more

4 self rated
20 Runnymede Street Hobart 7004 Australia

Just 2 minutes' walk from Sullivan's Cove and Salamanca Place, this restored mansion in Hobart offers modern accommodation with flat-screen cable TV and panoramic views of the harbour, mountain, city...more

5 star
30 Pitt Street Sydney 2000 Australia

Marriott Sydney Harbour is in the heart of Sydney, walking distance from Museum of Contemporary Art and Customs House. This 5-star hotel is close to Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge.Rooms...more

4 self rated
34 Murray Street Hobart 7000 Australia

Built in 1834, this unique and elegant hotel is located in the heart of Hobart's CBD (Central Business District). Hadley's Orient Hotel is just 5 minutes' walk from Constitution Dock and the Salamanca...more

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96 Bathurst Street Hobart 7000 Australia

With a stay at Quality Hotel Hobart Midcity, you'll be centrally located in Hobart, steps from Playhouse Theatre and State Library of Tasmania. This hotel is within close proximity of 146 ArtSpace and...more

5 star
22 Hunter Street Hobart 7000 Australia

Sitting alongside Hobart's waterfront, the historic Henry Jones Art Hotel offers luxurious rooms offering water or courtyard views. The hotel is set in a row of renovated 1820s warehouses and a former...more

5 star
89-113 Kent Street Sydney 2000 Australia

A stay at The Langham, Sydney places you in the heart of Millers Point, walking distance from Sydney Observatory and Susannah Place Museum. This 5-star hotel is close to Sydney Opera House and Sydney...more

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143a George Street, The Rocks 02000 Australia

With a stay at The Russell Hotel, you'll be centrally located in The Rocks, steps from Museum of Contemporary Art and Susannah Place Museum. This family-friendly hotel is close to Sydney Opera House a...more

4 self rated
410 Sandy Bay Road Hobart 7005 Australia

At Wrest Point, guests can enjoy spectacular views of the River Derwent, Mount Wellington and Hobart CBD (Central Business District). An indoor heated pool, a choice of on-site restaurants and free in...more

5 star
93 Macquarie Street Sydney 2000 Australia

This luxury hotel features an outdoor heated pool and sundeck that overlooks Sydney Harbour and Circular Quay. The award-winning restaurant and bar offers views of the Royal Botanic Gardens. Situated...more

5 self rated
61 Macquarie Street Sydney 2000 Australia

Overlooking Sydney's Circular Quay, Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour is within 5 minutes' walk of Circular Quay Station and 10 minutes' walk of the Rocks district and Sydney Opera House. It boasts lu...more

5 self rated
98 Gloucester Street, The Rocks Sydney 2000 Australia

Quay West Suites Sydney offers 5-star apartments located in the historic Rocks precinct of Sydney. The hotel is a just a 5-minute walk from Circular Quay where you can see the Sydney Harbour Bridge an...more

5 star
176 Cumberland Street, The Rocks Sydney 2000 Australia

Wake up to breathtaking views of the iconic Sydney Opera House, the Harbour Bridge or Darling Harbour each morning. You will be spoiled for choice at the Shangri-La Hotel, with a day spa, fitness cent...more

3 self rated
73 Collins Street Hobart 7000 Australia

Just a 5-minute walk from Hobart CBD (Central Business District) and 600 metres from the picturesque Hobart Waterfront, Central Hotel Hobart is close to many tourist attractions. All rooms include coo...more

4 self rated
Elizabeth Street Pier Hobart 7000 Australia

Housed in a conversion of a 1930's pier building, Somerset on the Pier Hobart offers old world charm mixed with contemporary style accommodation. Located on the shores of Hobart’s waterfront, each ser...more

5 self rated
11 Hickson Road Sydney 2000 Australia

Nestled alongside the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Pier One Sydney Harbour is built on the water with its own private pontoon and panoramic Sydney Harbour views. This unique federation style accommodation i...more

5 self rated
7 Hickson Road Sydney 2000 Australia

At Park Hyatt Sydney guests can spend the day tanning by the heated pool and then treat themselves to a pampering session at the spa and wellness centre. For those more energetic guests, there is a fi...more

4 self rated
1 Macquarie Street Hobart 7000 Australia

This 4-star hotel includes fully-serviced accommodation in Hobart CBD (Central Business District). It is a few minutes away from Hobart's waterfront and some of the best restaurants in Tasmania. Old W...more

5 self rated
199 George Street Sydney 2000 Australia

Overlooking Sydney's historic Rocks area, Four Seasons Hotel Sydney offers free WiFi, a bar, restaurant, fitness centre and swimming pool. Situated in Sydney CBD (Central Business District), it featur...more

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