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Things to do in Hobart that will complete your trip

World-class art, history, unspoiled nature and award-winning whiskey. Just a snapshot of what to do in Hobart.

The capital of Tasmania, Hobart, is a city overflowing with historical and cultural charm. Wander through colonial architecture and savour the tastes of freshly caught produce. Not moments away you'll find unspoiled nature and contemporary art museums that'll delight and excite.

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

Top things to do in Hobart


1. Wander museums in Battery Point

Rewind back the clock with a trip to Battery Point. It's one of the city's oldest districts and can be found overlooking Battery Point Harbor, which is named after the batteries of cannons installed there to protect the city from marine attacks.

In this suburb, you'll see old European-style colonial houses, including Arthur's Circus, Van Diemen's Land Museum and Narryna Heritage Museum (pictured) dating back to 1836. The museums showcase a variety of household objects from the time the settlers arrived in Hobart.


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

Spanning an area of approximately 14 hectares, the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens was established in 1818 and today features over 6,500 plant species, including over 400 indigenous Tasmanian varieties.

Spend a day in the gardens exploring its trees, some of which date back to the 19th century. An interesting part of the gardens is Arthur's Wall, which is near the main entrance. It used to be heated by fire to prevent the exotic species of plants from freezing in winter.


3. Climb Mount Wellington

Rising 1,270 metres above Hobart Harbor and Derwent River, Mount Wellington offers impressive panoramic views of Hobart, Bruny Island, South Arm and Tasman Peninsula... and it's only 20 minutes drive from the CBD.

Choose to drive up or hike along the Pipeline track or Lenah Valley Track to make your way up. These are just a few tracks that will take you to the peak.

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

4. Explore the Tasmanian wilderness

Hobart's surrounded by pristine nature, with the sea to the south and numerous national parks to the west.

Easy day trips from the city can have you walking among treetops on the Tahune AirWalk or cruising around the rugged Bruny Island.


5. Watch liquid gold flow at Cascade Brewery

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

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

The factory produces award-winning beers which you can enjoy and learn about with a tour of the factory.


6. 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.


7. 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 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.


8. Tour Hobart’s most renowned art gallery

Arguably Hobart’s most popular and most renowned art gallery, the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) 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.

Named after its wineglass-like curve of sand, it's main claim to fame is for for being one of the top beaches in the world.

For somewhere closer to Hobart city, Sandy Bay and Bruny Island are a short drive away and are ideal for that day-trip.


10. Go shopping at Salamanca markets

The Salamanca markets are an institution to the Hobart arts scene and are open every Saturday morning only - so plan your trip wisely.

Set in a former industrial zone, the area comprises of a coblestone square and on market day, welcomes stalls selling everything from handicrafts to artisan eats.


11. Take a day trip to Port Arthur

Port Arthur is an ideal day trip from Hobart. It was established in 1830 as a small timber station but is best known for housing dangerous criminals who were stationed there to work.

Today, guided tours take you through the buildings, ruins and restored houses where you can see the handicraft items the prisoners learned to make while in gaol.

Follow the Convict Water Supply Trail past reservoirs, aqueducts, mills and waterwheels dating back to 1843 and explore the bedrooms, dining room, library and chapel that belonged to the penitentiary in 1857.

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