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
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6 Cowper Wharf Road Woolloomooloo 2011 Australia
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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...more
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55 George Street Sydney 2000 Australia
Located in the historic Rocks district, Holiday Inn Old Sydney boasts a rooftop swimm...more
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1 Davey Street Hobart 7000 Australia
Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart offers premier facilities, where guests can work out in...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-s...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...more
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20 Runnymede Street Hobart 7004 Australia
Just 2 minutes' walk from Sullivan's Cove and Salamanca Place, this restored mansion...more
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30 Pitt Street Sydney 2000 Australia
Marriott Sydney Harbour is in the heart of Sydney, walking distance from Museum of Co...more
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34 Murray Street Hobart 7000 Australia
Built in 1834, this unique and elegant hotel is located in the heart of Hobart's CBD...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, s...more
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8 Salamanca Pl. Hobart 7000 Australia
With a stay at Somerset on Salamanca Hobart in Battery Point (Sullivan's Cove), you'l...more
5 star
22 Hunter Street Hobart 7000 Australia
Sitting alongside Hobart's waterfront, the historic Henry Jones Art Hotel offers luxu...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 dista...more
3 self rated
143a George Street, The Rocks 02000 Australia
With a stay at The Russell Hotel, you'll be centrally located in The Rocks, steps fro...more
4 self rated
410 Sandy Bay Road Hobart 7005 Australia
At Wrest Point, guests can enjoy spectacular views of the River Derwent, Mount Wellin...more
5 star
93 Macquarie Street Sydney 2000 Australia
This luxury hotel features an outdoor heated pool and sundeck that overlooks Sydney H...more
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61 Macquarie Street Sydney 2000 Australia
Overlooking Sydney's Circular Quay, Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour is within 5 min...more
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98 Gloucester Street, The Rocks Sydney 2000 Australia
Quay West Suites Sydney offers 5-star apartments located in the historic Rocks precin...more
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176 Cumberland Street, The Rocks Sydney 2000 Australia
Wake up to breathtaking views of the iconic Sydney Opera House, the Harbour Bridge or...more
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73 Collins Street Hobart 7000 Australia
Just a 5-minute walk from Hobart CBD (Central Business District) and 600 metres from...more
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Elizabeth Street Pier Hobart 7000 Australia
Situated on the pier on Sullivans Cove, Somerset on the Pier Hobart offers modern sel...more
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11 Hickson Road Sydney 2000 Australia
Nestled alongside the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Pier One Sydney Harbour is built on the...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 tre...more
4 self rated
1 Macquarie Street Hobart 7000 Australia
This 4-star hotel includes fully-serviced accommodation in Hobart CBD (Central Busine...more
5 self rated
199 George Street Sydney 2000 Australia
Overlooking Sydney's historic Rocks area, Four Seasons Hotel Sydney offers free WiFi,...more

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