Things to do in Hobart that will complete your trip

Find world-class art, absorbing history, unspoiled nature and award-winning whiskey with these top 10 things to do in Hobart.

Hobart is a compact city brimming with both historical and modern charms. Wander through colonial architecture and absorb the abundant energy of the city. Find unspoiled nature, handcrafted products and contemporary art as well as trendy bars and restaurants.

With a multitude of activities to enjoy in Hobart, we have picked our 10 favourites for you.

Top things to do in Hobart


1. Wander museums in Battery Point

Go back in time at Battery Point, one of Hobart's oldest districts. It is located on top of the hill overlooking Battery Point Harbor, whose name comes from the batteries of cannons that were installed there to protect the city from marine attacks. You can see old European-style houses which are remarkably preserved.

Walking around the neighbourhood, you will find splendid colonial buildings, including Arthur's Circus, Van Diemen's Land Museum and Narryna Heritage Museum (pictured) dating back to 1836. The museums are worth visiting as they showcase a variety of household objects from the time the settlers arrived and settled in Hobart.


2. Surround yourself by beauty at the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens

Covering an area of approximately 14 hectares, the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens was established in 1818 and has over 6,500 species of plants, including over 400 indigenous Tasmanian varieties.

Spend a day in the gardens exploring a large number of trees, some dating back to the 19th century. One interesting part of the gardens is Arthur's Wall, which you can find near the main entrance. This wall used to be heated by fire to prevent the exotic species of plants from freezing in winter.

You will also find a large collection of coniferous plants and medicinal plants as well as Chinese and Japanese gardens in the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens.


3. Climb Mount Wellington

Rising 1,270 metres above Hobart Harbor and Derwent River, Mount Wellington offers one of Hobart's best natural recreational spots, and it’s only 20 minutes from the city.

From the viewpoint at the top of the hill, you will be captivated by stunning views of Hobart, Bruny Island, South Arm and Tasman Peninsula.

Hike through wooded canyons along the Pipeline Track or follow the Lenah Valley Track to Sphinx Rock. On the way up, you will notice a drastic drop in temperature, so don’t forget to take a coat with you. There are many other trails that you can traverse to reach the peak and all of them are remarkable.

You can also drive to the summit for an easier and shorter journey.


4. Watch liquid gold flow at Cascade Brewery

Located at the foot of monumental Mount Wellington, Cascade Brewery was founded in 1824 by Peter Degraves, a former convict.

It is the oldest brewery still operating in Australia and, undoubtedly, the most beautiful thanks to the surrounding landscape.

A variety of award-winning beers and other soft drinks are produced in this factory. You can enjoy a tour of the factory where you will learn all the processes used to manufacture the drinks. It is unlikely that you will want to leave this amazing place early, so stay and sample a wide variety of Mercury ciders and Cascade beers, have lunch and then browse for souvenirs in their store.


5. Spend a day at the zoo

Bonorong Wildlife Park is located just north of Hobart in Brighton and has all the makings of a family day trip.

The park is home to Tasmanian devils, koalas, kangaroos and more. Kids have the opportunity to pet and feed many of the animals and you can opt to join a night tour for a close encounter with its nocturnal creatures. You can book tickets for day entry and night tours online here.


6. Clink glasses at an acclaimed winery

Tasmania might be tiny, but it boasts some big wineries as well as whiskey distilleries. A day trip to Bruny Island will have you tasting some of the best local produce and fine wines in the area.

Other popular wine regions to wrap your tastebuds around include Coal Valley and Frogmore Creek. If you want to stick around Hobart, you can double down on your trip to MONA (Museum of Old and New Art) with a lunch and wine tasting tour at Moorilla Estate.


7. Tour Hobart’s most renowned art gallery

Arguably Hobart’s most popular and most renowned art gallery, the Museum of Old and New Art is a cultural mecca that draws in a wide and diverse crowd.

Located north of Hobart city, you can get there by road or by ferry and is worth a day’s stay for its interactive and unique displays. More often than not, you can find city tours that include admission to MONA, which can make the planning process much easier.

A restaurant and wine bar are attached to the museum for a little respite before heading back to the city afterwards.


8. Explore the island’s beaches

Being on an island, Hobart is not short on beaches. Want to make a day trip of it? Head north up to the famous Wineglass Bay.

For its almost perfect curve of pure white sand bordered by turquoise waters, Wineglass Bay has earned the reputation of being one of the top 10 beaches in the world. This beach, in a perfect arc of dazzling white sands and a sapphire blue sea along with a background of pink and grey granite peaks, is one of the most beautiful natural wonders in Australia.

It also offers opportunities for fishing, sailing, hiking, kayaking, climbing or simply soaking up the spectacular coastal scenery. Wineglass Bay has become a favourite destination for honeymooners where couples can relax and escape from the rest of the world.

With secluded sandy beaches, eco-luxury hotels and excellent Tasmanian cuisine, the Freycinet Peninsula is an adventure filled with pure pleasure.


9. Go shopping at Salamanca Place markets

Immerse yourself in the atmosphere of Salamanca Place where the cultural, creative and historical heart of Hobart throbs.

Once an industrial zone in the 1830s, this picturesque cobbled square has transformed into a key destination for those who wish to enjoy food, art, shopping and music.

Stroll through the galleries and purchase exquisite Tasmanian handicrafts in the famous Salamanca Markets. They’re only open on Saturday mornings, so plan your trip wisely.


10. Take a day trip to Port Arthur

Port Arthur is a perfect destination for a day trip from Hobart. Separated from the Tasmanian mainland by a narrow strip of land surrounded by shark-infested waters, Port Arthur was touted as the "prison where you cannot escape".

Port Arthur was established in 1830 as a small timber station and from 1833 to 1850, some of the most dangerous criminals came to work here. At its peak, it housed 1,100 prisoners.

Today, guided tours take you through the various buildings, ruins and restored houses of the site where you can see the handicraft items that the prisoners learned to make while in jail. Follow the Convict Water Supply Trail past reservoirs, aqueducts, mills and waterwheels left over from flour mills built in 1843. Explore the bedrooms, dining room, library and Catholic chapel, which was a penitentiary in 1857.

You can also see a separate 80-cell prison, where isolated prisoners were kept. Several convicts suffered mental illness as a result of isolation and torture, so in 1864, an asylum was built to house them.

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