HobartAustralia

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Visit Hobart

Once an infamous penal colony, this

waterfront city is now Tasmania's cultural hub, drawing foodies and

nature lovers from all over the world.

Tasmania’s capital city is steeped in history. Settled by the British in 1804, Hobart was mostly populated by convicts and soldiers. Gradually the town developed on the backs of the whaling and boat building industries. The city’s Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian architecture, sandstone warehouses and Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, which date back to 1818, are a legacy of the wealth these industries generated.

Downtown Hobart is based around the original settlement site at Sullivan’s Cove on the Derwent River, and is easy to navigate by bus or bike, or on foot. On a Saturday, catch the free HobartHopper shuttle bus from the city centre and head to the markets at Salamanca Place. Drawing tens of thousands of people, these markets offer fashion, crafts, art, gourmet food and locally grown produce. Salamanca Place is also an arts hub, so on any day of the week there’s always something to see and do in its galleries and theaters.

Gone are the days of meager convict rations; Hobart today offers some of the most innovative cuisine in the country and the quality of its local produce, beer and wine is prized throughout Australia and the Asia Pacific.

The city also has a thriving theater community, with two historic theaters running seasons of plays, opera, live music and cabaret. Tour the Theatre Royal and learn about those who have graced its stage, from Laurence Olivier to Hugo Weaving.

Spend a day exploring history on the waterfront in the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery where the living culture of Tasmania’s indigenous people comes alive through artifacts, stories and displays. Learn about the tragic conflicts between these people and the early settlers, and the lives of indigenous people in Tasmania since then.

Board a vintage ferry and cruise down the incredibly scenic Derwent River. Learn more about city’s connection to the water at the Maritime Museum of Tasmania. You can also get a ferry to the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), renowned internationally for its provocative and imaginative displays.

Discover Hobart’s natural side at Mount Wellington where there are hiking and biking trails, and incredible views over Hobart and the water. Outside Hobart there are other walking tracks following the coastline and river, offering great spots from which to watch the sun go down.

Hobart Travel Guide Video

Where to stay in Hobart

Playhouse Theatre featuring signage, theater scenes and night scenes

Hobart Central Business District

4.5/5Wonderful!(182 area reviews)

The captivating waterfront views and popular shops are just a few highlights of Hobart Central Business District. Make a stop by Salamanca Market or Salamanca Place while you're exploring the area.

Hobart Central Business District

Top Hotels in Hobart

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart
Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart
4.5 out of 5
1 Davey St, Hobart, TAS
¥11,525
per night
Feb 11 - Feb 12

Located in Hobart Central Business District, this luxury hotel is steps from Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery and Constitution Dock. Salamanca Market and Salamanca ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (3,146 reviews)

"all was good, it was our first experience and we enjoyed"…"

Reviewed on Jan 21, 2020

Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart
Wrest Point
Wrest Point
4.5 out of 5
410 Sandy Bay Road, Sandy Bay, TAS
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
¥9,433
per night
Jan 29 - Jan 30

Situated on the waterfront, this luxury hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Salamanca Place, Salamanca Market, and Constitution Dock. Hobart Cruise Terminal and Mount ...

4.2/5Excellent! (2,026 reviews)

"This is a very well managed hotel. Situated on the river, it has a fantastic view. Car parking is excellent and very close to the Riverview Units."…"

Reviewed on Jan 19, 2020

Wrest Point
ibis Styles Hobart
ibis Styles Hobart
4 out of 5
173 Macquarie Street, Hobart, TAS
¥11,184
per night
Jan 27 - Jan 28

Located in Hobart Central Business District, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of St. David's Cathedral, Franklin Square, and Australian Army Museum Tasmania. ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,044 reviews)

"Great place to stay The room we had was very smal, but fun Sraff helpful and restuarant was great"…"

Reviewed on Jan 18, 2020

ibis Styles Hobart

Popular things to do in Hobart

Salamanca Place
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Salamanca Place

4.5/5(58 reviews)

Spend a day in this area where sandstone warehouses are now home to gourmet restaurants, trendy bars, galleries and a busy Saturday market.

Salamanca Market
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Salamanca Market

4.5/5(97 reviews)

You can find the perfect gifts to bring home when you visit Salamanca Market, a favorite shopping spot in Hobart. Discover the fascinating museums in this walkable area, or seek out the local tours.

Museum of Old and New Art
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Museum of Old and New Art

4.5/5(62 reviews)

Hobart’s remarkable Museum of Old and New Art has a surprising mix of thought-provoking installation art, modern paintings, sculptures and ancient artefacts. 

Seven Mile Beach
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Seven Mile Beach

4/5(14 reviews)

Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Seven Mile Beach, a popular beach in Seven Mile Beach.

Constitution Dock
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Constitution Dock

4.5/5(34 reviews)

History seeps from the stones on Hobart’s waterfront, where colonial buildings are now galleries and where you can eat fresh seafood and watch a famous yacht race.

Mt. Wellington
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Mt. Wellington

4.5/5(60 reviews)

Majestic columns of rock rise to the peak of this often snow-capped mountain, providing a playground for nature lovers, and a stunning backdrop for Hobart.

Top activities in Hobart

Bruny Island Premium Food, Sightseeing & Lighthouse Tour
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Bruny Island Premium Food, Sightseeing & Lighthouse Tour

¥11,734

Enjoy a relaxing fully guided tour with all foods, attraction and entry fees included. Discover everything that makes Bruny Island amazing with this outstanding sightseeing, food, and lighthouse tour.

Bruny Island Traveller - Tasting Trail Day Tour from Hobart
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Bruny Island Traveller - Tasting Trail Day Tour from Hobart

¥13,248

Bruny Island is home to spectacular landscapes and local artisan produce, all of which can be experienced on this full-day tour. Savor delicious cheese, oysters, honey, chocolate, wine, beer and bread all grown, made and harvested on the island while touring the native bush and rainforests found here.

Hobart Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour
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Hobart Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

¥2,650

Join the official sightseeing tour of Hobart; choose from 20 different stops featuring the best sights and attractions in and around Hobart.

Full day Port Arthur & Tasman Peninsula Tour from Hobart
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Full day Port Arthur & Tasman Peninsula Tour from Hobart

¥9,463

Take an activity-packed day trip from Hobart that showcases the best of the Tasman Peninsula. Depart Hobart in the early morning to start your Port Arthur day trip with the drive to the stunning Tasman Peninsula, home to Australia’s highest sea cliffs.

Bruny Island Full-Day Tour from Hobart
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Bruny Island Full-Day Tour from Hobart

¥8,639

Arguably Tasmania's best day trip! At the end of this day, you will understand why the tourist numbers have doubled in the past 4 years! Bruny Island has a little bit of everything mainland Tasmania has - world class beaches, national parks, rugged coastline and native wildlife matched with the finest local produce from the ocean and the land.

Hobart Historic Walking Tour
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Hobart Historic Walking Tour

¥2,910

Depart for your walking tour and explore Hobart with your local guide on the Hobart Historic Walk. The Hobart historic walk will provide an introduction to Hobart’s history and orientation of the city today.

Reviews of Hobart

4.7

Top Destination

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4 - Good
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 12, 2020

Salamanca Market was outstanding. Lots of interesting booths and some local made crafts. Taste of Tasmania was also running and very enjoyable. Only drawback was so many people you could hardly move at either event (tour boats in port?).

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 8, 2019

Hobart is a great place to visit, just make sure you bring your appetite. They had a ton of restaurants and bars. Not a lot of shopping.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 4, 2019

I adore Hobart. A brilliant, unique and quirky city. Always a great place to visit.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 25, 2019

I love the whole city Small but pretty & beautiful

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 28, 2019

Mellow town to check out. Enjoyed the bars, Hobart Brewery, and the seafood was to die for. Yum! Overall, a good few days. We maybe could have used one more day, but two nights was sufficient.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 22, 2019

Great boat and seaplane tours!!!

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