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Waterways of the World - The River Derwent

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Waterways of the World - The River Derwent

Over the coming months, we will be exploring some of our clients’ most loved waterways around the world!

To begin, we are proud to highlight Echoview’s closest; the beautiful River Derwent, where we reside on its banks in the capital city, Hobart.

The River begins at Lake St Clair before descending more than 700 metres (2,300 ft) over 200 kilometres (120 mi), flowing into Hobart and emptying into Storm Bay and then the Tasman Sea.

The River Derwent is considered one of the world’s greatest sailing and shipping ports, housing a multitude of research and education vessels and institutions as well as being the last major stop before Antarctica.

Many of our clients and partners live here including: CSIRO’s Division of Marine and Atmospheric Research, Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre (ACE CRC), Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS), the Commission of the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) and the Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS).

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River facts:

  • The River Derwent was inhabited by the Mouheneener people for at least 8,000 years before British settlement. It is also known by the palawa kani name timtumili minanya
  • In 1793, John Hayes named it after the River Derwent, which runs past his birthplace of Briderkirk, Cumberland
  • The river is an important source of water for irrigation and water supply providing around 60% of drinking water for the greater Hobart area
  • It is home to the finish of the iconic Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
  • There is good chance of seeing seals, dolphins and even whales, depending on the season.

Have a wonderful waterway near you? We’d love to hear from you!

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