Things to do in Hobart

Things to do in  Hobart

Putting Tasmania on the map

Tassie’s coastal capital combines maritime charm, mountain panoramas, and a dynamic foodie scene to great effect. Head up your urban itinerary with a visit to the MONA art museum and a tour of Hobart’s waterfront neighborhoods, then escape to the countryside to hike Mount Wellington and enjoy wine tasting amid the vineyards. Some of the best things to do in Hobart come with a sea view, whether cruising along the Derwent River, riding the ferry to the wildlife-filled Bruny Island, or unraveling Tasmania’s convict history at Port Arthur’s UNESCO-listed ruins.

Top 15 attractions in Hobart

Bruny Island

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Less than an hour from the Tasmanian capital and yet a world away from the busy streets of Hobart, Bruny Island draws a steady stream of weekenders from the mainland. North and South Bruny, joined by a long narrow isthmus, are a wildlife haven of jagged cliffs and golden beaches swirling with seabirds. Both are dotted with sleepy villages and tranquil guesthouses, and offer activities including hiking, fishing, and slurping fresh-from-the-ocean oysters.More

Mt. Wellington (Kunanyi)

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Standing sentinel over Hobart, Mt. Wellington is also known as Kunanyi or simply “the Mountain.” The 4,170-foot (1,271-meter) peak offers unbeatable views over the Tasmanian capital, and the surrounding parklands serve as a popular recreational ground for city dwellers.More

Port Arthur

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A moving reminder of Australia’s harrowing history, the former convict settlement of Port Arthur was a key part of often brutal convict discipline within the colonial system. Today, the Port Arthur historic site is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Tasmania’s most visited tourist attraction, with museums and memorials devoted to telling the area’s history.More

Richmond Village

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Less than 30 minutes from Hobart, amid the lush vineyards of the Coal River Valley, historic Richmond village is among the most picturesque in Tasmania. Lined with elegant Georgian buildings and presided over by the much-photographed Richmond Bridge, it’s also an important piece of Tasmania’s colonial heritage.More

Cape Bruny Lighthouse

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Cape Bruny Lighthouse towers over the dolerite cliffs of Cape Bruny, Tasmania. First lit in 1838, it’s the second-oldest lighthouse in the state. Its lights have been dimmed for more than 25 years, but visitors can now enter the lighthouse on a guided tour, which offers panoramic views of the rugged South Bruny coastline.More

Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary

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Some of Australia’s most beloved animals—including kangaroos, koalas, and Tasmanian devils—call the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary home. As one of Tasmania’s most important sanctuaries, Bonorong’s aim is to rescue, rehabilitate, and preserve some of the island’s rarest and most endangered creatures.More

Russell Falls

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Russell Falls is among the most popular waterfalls in Tasmania, if not the whole of Australia. Located in the Mt. Field National Park, in south-central Tasmania, the three-tiered falls are easily accessible from Hobart. They’re reached after a pleasant short walk on wheelchair-accessible paths through a mossy, fern-filled forest.More

Hobart Salamanca Market

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What was once a rundown warehouse and storage unit on the waterfront of Hobart has since become one of the most-visited destinations in the city. More than 600,000 people visit Salamanca Market for its fresh fruit, organic produce, and handmade craft stalls each year. Its trendy bars, quiet cafes and inventive restaurants attract food-lovers from around the area, making it a uniquely Tanzania experience. Salamanca’s popularity has caused it to grow rapidly from 12 vendors in 1972 to more than 300 in 2010. As a result, there’s something for everyone at this once-a-week market that brings the best of Hobart together.More

Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens

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Amid the hilly suburbs of Queens Domain, the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens offer an idyllic stretch of greenery, dotted with tree-lined walkways, lily ponds, and flower-filled conservatories. Dating back to 1818 and stretching over 35 acres (14 hectares; it’s one of Australia’s oldest botanical gardens.More

Cascades Female Factory Historic Site

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Cascades Female Factory Historic Site is where Hobart’s female convicts were imprisoned and put to work back when Tasmania was a penal colony known as Van Diemen’s Land. Visitors today can explore the haunting site, which, at its peak, held even more prisoners than the much-feared Port Arthur.More

Cascade Brewery

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With a legacy dating back to 1824, Cascade Brewery is Australia’s oldest continually operating brewery, founded by English settler Peter Degraves. The historic brewery, set in Hobart at the foot of Mount Wellington, welcomes guests to its brewhouse and restaurant, and offers tours and tastings.More

Battery Point

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Along the banks of the River Derwent, just south of downtown Hobart, Battery Point is one of the city’s oldest and most picturesque neighborhoods. Named after the battery of guns that once guarded its coastline; Battery Point still feels like a 19th-century fishing village, lined with weatherboard houses, cute cottages, and cozy cafés.More

Mount Field National Park

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The oldest of Tasmania’s 19 national parks, Mount Field offers a nature-filled getaway that’s easy to reach from Hobart. The park is known for its waterfalls, backcountry hiking trails, and abundant wildlife that includes platypus, wombat, and the famed Tasmanian devil.More

Queens Domain

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Just north of downtown Hobart, the hilly bushlands of Queens Domain stretch along the banks of the Derwent River. City dwellers head here to escape the urban bustle and enjoy recreational activities, which take place in the many parks, sporting complexes, and walking trails.More

Hobart Convict Penitentiary

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Nicknamed ‘The Trench’ for its cramped cells and dimly lit tunnels; Hobart Convict Penitentiary is among Hobart’s most notorious convict sites. Built in the 1830s, more than 50,000 male convicts served time at the complex, and a visit to the forner prisons provides a grim insight into Tasmania’s dark past.More

Top activities in Hobart

Hobart Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

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Wineglass Bay & Freycinet NP Full Day Tour from Hobart via Richmond Village
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All about Hobart

When to visit

Because Tasmania experiences a much cooler climate than the rest of Australia, travelers flock to the southern island during the summer (December to February). As a result, Hobart, a gateway to Tasmania and its largest city, gets quite busy, with visitors taking advantage of the Salamanca Waterfront, Royal Tasmanian Botanical Garden, and hiking trails this time of year. Though temps get quite chilly come winter (June to August), the snowy summit of kunanyi (Mt. Wellington) is a magical sight to behold, while the raucous celebrations of the Dark Mofo festival include musical performances and massive light installations.

Getting around

Visitors who stick to Hobart’s city center and waterfront may prefer to walk everywhere, although the hills of the Battery Point suburb can be a bit more demanding. Beyond that, it’s best to make use of Hobart’s city buses and ferries for crossing over to the Derwent River’s east bank or traveling upriver to the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA). A special shuttle bus equipped with a bike rack runs to the top of kunanyi.

Traveler tips

Constitution Dock is the go-to place in Hobart for seafood or fish and chips, with several eateries floating on the Derwent River and moored to the dock. Popular and with good reason is Fish Frenzy on the Elizabeth Street Pier. If you’re planning to drive, you’ll want to do everything in your power to avoid the Tasman Bridge, as it regularly suffers the kind of traffic jams you’d expect from a much larger city.

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What is Hobart famous for?

The capital of Tasmania charms with its waterfront setting—one of the deepest natural ports in the world. Hobart is also at the foot of Mt. Wellington (Kunanyi), which many visit to hike. The mostly underground Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) is a themed around sex and death.

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Which state in Australia is Hobart in?

Hobart is not just in the Australian state of Tasmania, it's also the state's capital city. Tasmania is Australia’s only state to be an island, and it sits off the southern coast of the Australian mainland.

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How can I spend a day in Hobart?

Spend a day in Hobart combining cultural and natural activities. Tour the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) in the morning; it's a short ferry ride from central Hobart. In the afternoon, drive up Mt. Wellington (Kunanyi) for sweeping views. On Saturdays, visit Salamanca Market for breakfast or lunch.

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What can you do in Hobart for free?

There are many free things to do in Hobart. Hike or drive up Mt. Wellington (Kunanyi) for the views; stroll through the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens; enjoy a swim at Seven Mile Beach when the weather’s good; and swap pricey MONA out for the free Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.

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What should I not miss in Hobart?

While visiting Hobart, stop at the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), take a drive or hike up Mt. Wellington (Kunanyi), and tour Cascade Brewery, which dates from 1824. On Saturdays, eat at Salamanca Market. Take a day trip to Port Arthur, the ruins of a convict settlement.

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Is Hobart safe for tourists?

Yes. Hobart—ranked as Australia’s safest city—is safe for tourists. The crime rate is low, tourists are rarely the targets of crime, and gun violence is almost nonexistent. Watch your belongings and avoid walking alone after dark in quiet areas, as you would in any city.

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