Australia’s second oldest capital city is a treat to experience. A blend of colonial history, modern attractions and natural splendours, means that there are are plenty of reasons to stick around a little longer.
Here’s a glimpse at what there is to see and do in in the Hobart area.
The City of Hobart
Hobart holds a rich history that still remains alongside its modern features. Its natural surroundings such as towering mountains and scenic waterways, make for a beautiful backdrop when visiting the wide range of attractions, or when sampling some of the city’s world famous produce.
Make sure to stop by the popular outdoor Salamanca Market held every Saturday, where you can enjoy browsing a huge selection of local produce, food, arts & crafts and more. If you’re after a drink, a visit to Australia’s oldest brewery, the Cascade, is a treat.
The UNESCO World Heritage-listed Port Arthur Historic Site, is a significant landmark that brings Australia’s convict roots to life. Wander through over 30 buildings, ruins and restored period homes while hearing the stories of what life was like in the penal settlement during the 1800s.
Choose from multiple tours that range from learning of attempted escapades, to witnessing the cemetery of the Isle of The Dead.
Either catch a ferry or take a short drive to visit Australia’s largest private museum, the Museum of Old and New Art. Featuring stunning architecture within its three levels of underground galleries, this gallery is constantly changing its works so you never know what you might find.
Alongside the museum are plenty of wineries, bars and restaurants, making MONA the perfect place to satisfy your mind and taste buds.
A trip to this picturesque town located in the Coal River Valley wine region, brings the atmosphere of an early Australian colonial village. Richmond is a short drive away from Hobart and is full of historical delights.
Some of Australia’s oldest structures reside here, such as the popular Richmond Bridge and the Richmond Gaol. both built by convicts in the 1820s.
Enjoy a stroll down the main streets of Richmond, passing over 50 preserved Georgian buildings, or visit Hobart Town Historical Model Village to see what life was like in the time of settlers.
Just a 20-minute drive from Hobart, Wellington Park makes for a wonderful day trip through sub-alpine flora and glacial rock formations. You can even walk or drive to the summit to take in a stunning view of Hobart and its surroundings.
Make sure to check out the historic bush walks to immerse yourself in the cool forest climate too.
Spot fur seals and ferry penguins, or try a variety of artisanal delicacies such as cheeses, seafood, wine and fudge on this picturesque island. The stunning nature of Bruny Island can be experienced in all sorts of ways. Try the bushwalks and beach strolls on land, or take to the ocean on an eco-cruise and kayaking, to really soak in the views of the gorgeous coastline.
The island is accessible via a car ferry situated 30 minutes from Hobart, or you can join a tour departing the city.
Tasman National Park
Tasman National Park is an easy trip from Hobart, where the towering forests are met by the spectacular sea cliff formations of the Tasman Peninsula.
Whether viewing its stunning dolerite spires via the many award winning coastal walks, a relaxing ocean cruise, or from high above in a seaplane, enjoy witnessing the dramatic landscape that collides with the cool Southern Ocean waters.
Mount Field National Park
Known as ‘the park for all seasons’ this national park is full of stunning natural sites that shine any time of the year. Witness serene waterfalls, such as the iconic three-tiered Russell Falls, passing some of the world’s tallest eucalypt forests amongst the glaciated landscape.
Expect a range of beautiful colours depending on when you visit. Whether it’s the glistening white snow in the Winter, or the red and gold leaves of Autumn, the flora and fauna shine in what is one of Tasmania’s oldest national parks.
Join a tour from Hobart or drive one and a half hours to get here.
Walk 50 metres above the Huon River Valley on the Tahune Airwalk, which is about an hour and a half drive from the city.
Enjoy strolling amongst the treetops and get a bird’s eye view of the luscious forest and mesmerising Huon River below. Stay a little longer and explore the walking tracks on the ground so you can see this beautiful part of Tasmania from all angles.