Hobart has a historic quality and charm whilst offering modern city activities. Located in the south east, and centred around a picturesque harbour, Hobart is the capital of Tasmania – the only Australian state separated from the mainland by the Bass Strait.
For a small city, the arts scene is abundant, as is the history. The markets, shops and cafes offer visitors boutique and eclectic shopping and eating experiences.
Nearby, enjoy the unspoilt nature of Tasmania’s best national parks and beaches, and get a breathtaking view of Hobart from the top of Mt Wellington.
All of this and more are in close reach in this cultured and friendly city.
Wellington Park is located a short 10 minute drive away from Hobart. From here you can rise to the top of Mount Wellington to take in the breathtaking views of the city.
Along the way you can enjoy the Springs where there are pretty picnic spots. Walk to Sphinx Rock from the Springs to view the Organ Pipes mountain, Hobart and Derwent River.
Also along the way is Fern Tree Bower. Surrounded by large tree ferns you can picnic here and then take an easy walk to Silver Falls to view the small waterfall.
Further up Pinnacle Road is The Chalet. If you’re in need of some warmth, this is the perfect place. A large open fire will warm those toes and provide a relaxing spot among the beautiful gum trees.
At the summit, on a clear day, you may be lucky enough to see across the Tasman Sea, but depending on the weather, you may not be able to see anything! It will be cold at the top, so do not forget to bring warm clothes and a jacket.
Wellington Park is never closed and there is no entry free, so if you’re not lucky with the weather, you can always go back. Pick up a map from the information centre in the Park and explore to your heart’s content. There is also a metro bus from the city centre as well as tour companies that operate trips up the mountain.
You can’t miss the wonderful Salamanca Market if you find yourself in Hobart on a Saturday. It’s located just 5 minutes’ walk from the city centre.
Smell the aromas of freshly baked pastries, baked potatoes, organic veg and roasted coffee. Buskers add to the atmosphere, as does the surrounding sandstone facades of the historic warehouse buildings along the street.
Pick yourself up a unique, locally made souvenir or gift from one of the many hundreds of stalls selling art and craft, Tasmanian timber carvings, fashion and home wares.
The Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) is located in Greater Hobart next to the stunning Berriedale Foreshore Reserve. If you don’t have your own car, you can arrive by ferry or bus, and both depart from Mona Brooke St ferry terminal in Hobart.
Upon arrival the museum itself is dramatic and unusual. The exhibitions and installations inside continue on this theme, so don’t expect the traditional displays like most art galleries!
You will also find a restaurant, cafes, bars, a brewery and winery. If you want to extend your stay further, accommodation is also available at The Pavilions. Each pavilion is fitted out with all the modern facilities and comforts you would expect from a luxury hotel. Guests also have access to a gym, sauna and heated infinity pool.
Originally settled between 1804 and 1811, Battery Point has a long and interesting history. It helped defend Hobart Town’s port, where the Royal Navy established a Pacific base where they shipped timber, flax and rum from the port.
By the mid 1830’s many houses were built, ranging from cottages to Georgian homes. Many of these houses have been beautifully preserved and visitors flock to the town to wander the narrow streets to admire them.
The views from Battery Point also make a drive or walk around this town well worth a visit. You can walk up the hill to Battery Point from Salamanca. You will also find plenty of cafes and bars to rest your feet and soak up the stories of the past.
North Hobart has become home to an array of restaurants to suit any palate. Only minutes away from the CBD, this lively part of town has a cool mix of eclectic shops, cafes, restaurants and bars.
The State Cinema which has retained its beauty for 100 years shows a range of films on its 8 screens. For the Summer months, they operate a rooftop cinema and bar, the only one of its kind in Tasmania. From your deck chair on the roof you will be able to take in the panoramic view of the city and Mt Wellington.
Be guided through Hobart’s convict history at Van Diemen’s Land Prisoners’ Barracks Penitentiary, shortened to ‘The Tench’ by the inmates. The 36 solitary confinement cells were located beneath the chapel floor, later declared inhuman.
The site became the town gaol for over 100 years, and some of the chapel was converted into Supreme Courts. The tour guides bring the place to life with their colourful and ghastly tales. You can even do a separate ghost tour if you are open to having an encounter with a spirit from the past!
Explore 14 hectares of gardens and buildings on display at the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens. Featured gardens include the Greater Hobart Flora garden, Lily Pond, Chinese Collection, Herb Garden, French Memorial Garden and the Japanese Garden, to name a few.
There are many historic structures and buildings to see, including the Friends Cottage, originally known as the Overseer’s Cottage, built for the Superintendent. Originally created in 1845, it’s been used for various functions over the years, but restored to its former glory and is heritage listed today.
The Conservatory is a must-do in your visit to the gardens. The walls are made of sandstone and the contrasting display of colourful flowers and green plants inside are a beautiful sight to see.
As the city is relatively small and not too busy, getting around by car is pretty straight forward and would allow you the flexibility to take short day trips to explore greater Hobart and surrounds as well.
You can also hire a bicycle to take in a lot of the city, as well as explore much of it on foot. There is also the Metro bus service and taxis are also available.