Located in southern Tasmania, Hobart never fails to surprise travellers. The bustling modern harbour, the nearby slow-flowing, shimmering River Derwent, and the old, traditional pubs shoulder to shoulder with awe-inspiring landscapes make the capital of Tasmania a unique place in Australia.
The scene here is set by museums, festivals, coffee shops, and craft-beer pubs sprinkled along the river. Whether you are all in for a breath-taking hike up the 1,271 metres-high kunanyi/Mount Wellington or prefer a relaxing saunter around the riverfront, Hobart has everything you need.
Walking down the riverfront, the first impression of Hobart is of a shining, ultra-modern, and luxurious town nestled between green hills and the water. However, the history of the city dates back to 1803. Hobart displays its past through the many museums and historic sites sprinkled around the city.
The Port Arthur Historic Site convict complex includes over 30 ruins and intact buildings. On a sunny day, the walking tour of the grounds and the Convict Penitentiary will give you a glimpse of what life was like during the early 1800s.
Alternatively, the Cascades Female Factory Historic Site will show you the same piece of history from a whole new point of view. To end the day on a more positive note, head to the colonial homestead of Runnymede, a beautiful national trust-listed property and its gardens.
Are you looking at escaping the city centre and finally renewing your connection with nature? The towering dual-named “kunanyi/ Mount Wellington” is visible in the distance and just waiting for you to get on your way. Whether you prefer a comfortable ride on board of the Explorer bus or you are fully equipped with a mountain bike, the 21 kilometres that connect Hobart to the summit are spectacular.
Alternatively, if you prefer a more relaxing experience, the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens cover over 15 acres and they are perfect for a picnic or just to soak in the sun.
Activities and Experiences
All the most exciting experiences in Hobart revolve around the 1271 meters high “kunanyi/ Mount Wellington”. Yet, this does not mean that you will ever be short of a new outdoor adventure in Tasmania!
The Wellington Park is blessed with over 75km of fire trails that can be explored either on a horseback or on board of a powerful 4WD, depending on how you prefer to live the natural surroundings. Alternatively, to enjoy your experience in a whole another way, the Lenah Valley Track, Radfords Track, or Fingerpost Track are perfect for bushwalking, with your dog or not!
For the most adventurous travellers, mountain bike circuits and climbing spots are sprinkled across the park.
Dining/Eat and Drink
With the revolutionary wave of innovative, glimmering, and captivating cafes and bars taking over the city, there is always a new treat or cocktail to try in Hobart. Here the focus is all on seasonal, local produce that turns into delicious dishes in the capable hands of arty chefs. Even if you are not into gourmet food, the thousands of craft-beer bars, traditional pubs, aroma-infused cafes, and family-run restaurants will change your mind.
For an out-of-the-ordinary, yet local experience, head to the Constitution Dock. Dotted with floating restaurants, known as fish punts, the waterfront is accessible by kayak. Jump on a canoe and aim for your favourite fish and chips shop!
Art and Culture
Perfect to merge a trip outside the city centre with an educational experience, the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) is located 12km north of Hobart and reachable by ferry. Nestled among the verdant Moorilla Winery grounds on the Berriedale peninsula, this underground museum boats three levels filled with artistic jewels. After exploring the unparalleled collection, don’t miss out on a visit to the wine bar to end the day in the best way!
Alternatively, head to the Art Mob and Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery to explore the Aboriginal and colonial history of the town from the comfort of the city centre.
Wake up early on Saturday and head to the buzzing Salamanca Market. Located right by the waterfront, there is no better place to be in the world on a sunny weekend. Hopping between the over 300 stalls that bring the market to life, you can find local produce, Tasmanian crafts, flowers, jewellery, and even collectables.
Even if you are really not on the lookout for something to buy, the Salamanca Market’s free samples and tasting, the buskers playing blues and folklore tunes, and the orators at the Speaker’s Corner are bound to lure you in!
If you prefer a quieter shopping experience, the city hides marvels such as the State Bookstore, Farm Gate Market, or the Hobart Twilight market.
Tasmania is a paradise for nature lovers and boasts some of the most scenic landscapes of Australia. While in Hobart, you can stay in luxury, state-of-the-art apartments fitted with head-to-toe glass walls to admire the beautiful scenery from the comfort of your living room.
Alternatively, luxury resorts and lodges allow you to experience Hobart in the most relaxing, lavish way. If this seems all a bit out-of-budget for you, the heart of Hobart is kept bustling by the myriads of hostels and camping spaces.
Whether you are a backpacker looking at joining the unique nightlife or a camper looking at finding a quiet camping spot to admire the starry sky, Hobart has it all.
- Bush Walking
- City Sightseeing
- World Heritage
- Food and Wine