There is lots to do in the beautiful and scenic city of Hobart. Here are some of our top picks:
Battery Point is truly one of the most fascinating historic regions in all of Australia. Dotted with colonial-style and stone buildings and various charming little coffee shops and restaurants akin to stepping back in time. Key spots include St. George’s Anglican Church, Arthur Circus and various other high-end houses and hotels that are still in use today. Read more about exploring Battery point here.
Salamanca Place and Salamanca Market Built between 1835 and 1860 on Sullivan’s Cove, the handsome historic sandstone buildings of Salamanca Place are steeped in heritage charm. The Salamanca Centre is a combined arts hub made up of studio space, numerous galleries, performance venues and retail space. The Salamanca market is held every Saturday. It is ranked as one of the most popular tourist attractions visited each year. Read more about exploring Salamanca Place and Salamanca Market here
Royal Tasmanian Botanic Gardens cover an expansive 13.5 hectare area featuring over 6,500 diverse species of plants, flowers and all other aspects of the floral kingdom, with the overall gardens divided up into various individual themed sections highlighting advanced gardening styles from all across the globe. Read more about Botanical Gardens here.
Bruny Island was voted one of the Top 100 Greatest Trips in the World for the years 2008 – 2011. It is the prime spot for various wildlife and sightseeing cruises that allows you to get up close with the likes of seals, dolphins, albatross and even whales during their annual migratory period all set amongst a stunning oceanic backdrop that remains relatively untainted from human influence despite its popularity. The island is home to plenty of attractions such as its iconic lighthouse at Cape Bruny, newly opened art gallery at Dennes Point in the north and the natural rock arch at Moorina Bay. Eating options on the island are limited. Therefore, remember to take refreshments and food along with you.
The Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) is one of the newest and most highly acclaimed additions to the “must-do in Hobart” list. Aside from the many impressive works on display, the overall architecture and theming of the gallery itself is creative, exciting and utterly vibrant. The art on display here can be risqué and controversial, so if you’re the overly conservative or easily offended type you may want to give it a miss. More details on MONA can be found here.
Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery encompasses the state’s oldest public building, the 1808 Commissariat Provision, the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery offers a more traditional counterpoint to the cutting edge MONA. It’s a great one-stop dose of aboriginal and convict heritage, natural history, and art. Interested in TMAG, find out more.
The summit of Mt. Wellington can be reached via a roughly 25 minute drive from the city CBD via its main Pinnacle Road. You’ll be presented with near-360 degree views to form a panorama that’s truly impressive. Mt Wellington sits at an official altitude of 1271m above sea level, and as a result the temperature difference at the summit compared to the base can be drastic. Thus, it’s important to dress appropriately warmly even if you’re feeling comfortable at the base. The greater ranges of Mt Wellington and its surrounding national park also offer a bevy of other outdoor things to do if you’re the active type, and those looking to partake in a spot of hiking, mountain biking, bush walking, or even horse riding will all be presented with such options. Read more about kunanyi here
North Hobart A 30-minute stroll up Elizabeth Street from the city center takes visitors to the restaurant strip of North Hobart. Foodies can travel around the world with their taste buds: Chinese, Indian, Italian, Turkish, and Thai are just some of the cuisines on offer. The State Cinema is a historic local favorite, an iconic venue that has been entertaining audiences for over 100 years. Most movies on offer here differ greatly from standard shooting-and-explosions Hollywood fare. The cinema runs popular summer “Rooftop Viewing” sessions to take advantage of the weather during the warmer months.
The Cascade Brewery is over 150 years old and is the oldest running brewery in Tasmania, with a stunning setting amongst lovely surroundings.
Port Arthur provides a brilliant chance to delve into Hobart’s Convict History and to see the wild Tasman Peninsula. It housed repeat offenders from Australia’s other prison camps from 1833 to 1853. If you dare, Port Arthur is rumored to have one of the spookiest night ghost tours on offer inside the remains of what was once a convict prison. You could also explore the Tasman National Park that houses the Tasman Arch, the Blow Hole, the Devils Kitchen, the Tessellated Pavement, Remarkable Cave and Waterfall Bay.
Richmond A nice little pit stop just outside of Hobart is one of Tasmania’s most quaint and charming towns Richmond. Be sure to stop for some scones in one of the many cafes and walk it off with a wander along Australia’s oldest bridge Richmond Bridge.
Mount Field National Park is one of Tasmania’s oldest national parks. Russell Falls and Lake Dobson are popular favorites.
Hartz Mountain National Park is a World Heritage Wilderness Area and a haven for hikers. The stunning scenery ranges from glacier-carved crags, dolerite cliffs, waterfalls, and glacial lakes.
Eaglehawk Lookout has magnificent views of the coast and surrounding areas. There are also some great walking trails and picnic areas.