HMAS Hobart Freedom of Entry

HMAS Hobart

On Saturday 9 March 2024, HMAS Hobart (III) will conduct a Freedom of Entry in Hobart. The Freedom of Entry ceremony centres on a procession that begins at a suitable staging point within the town or city. The Navy unit marches to the staging point to meet the official party.

The parade starts at 11:15am on Hunter Street and makes its way down Franklin Wharf. Parliament House Gardens will be the best place to view the festivities.

The Freedom of Entry is a long-standing tradition performed by the Royal Australian Navy and all members of the public are welcome to watch. It is the highest accolade a town can bestow upon a military unit and is a mark of trust and respect.

During medieval times, fortress walls afforded cities protection from attacks. The citizens of walled cities refused to allow entry to armed groups, unless they were sure the troops would not attack. Denial of entry caused hardship to troops ‘on the march’. Long detours were often necessary to secure food and supplies. Troops soon saw the benefits of establishing good relations. Freedom of Entry was a privilege not easily won but highly prized.

Freedom of the City was usually granted to naval units in recognition of the defence of seaport cities and towns. Many vessels in the Royal Australian Navy fleet carry the names of land-locked centres and the honour includes several of those as well.



9 March 2024,
11:00 am – 12:00 pm


Hunter Street, Hobart