Hobart is a small city with fairly quiet roads, making it excellent for pedestrians. Outdoor pursuits are encouraged, so why not make like the locals and get around on two feet? If you fancy getting around a little faster, bikes are reasonably cheap to hire. Be warned, though: the foothills of Mt Wellington may make journeys a little labour-intensive.
All the major car hire companies, including Hertz, Avis, Budget and Europcar, offer cars for hire. Many of them have counters at the airport for your convenience, although you can also head to one of their stations dotted throughout the city. Driving in Hobart is easy, as the streets are fairly quiet and the city is small.
Taxis are plentiful but may need to be booked in advance if you intend to be picked up from or travel to a more remote area of the city. Ensure you write down a few local taxi numbers before you head out, as you may struggle to find one otherwise. Some local companies include Taxi Combined, Yellow Cabs and United Taxis.
Bus services are excellent within the city, and you're sure to find a bus headed close to your destination. Further flung locations may be a little trickier to reach via public transport, but with careful planning and a little timetable studying, most major areas are reasonably accessible by bus. They are also a much cheaper way of getting around.
Hobart isn't as hot as the rest of Australia, but that doesn't mean that UV rays aren't penetrating your skin. Slap on the sunscreen, wear a hat and ensure you stay hydrated in order to avoid any sun-related incidents. There are also several hospitals located throughout the city should the need to visit one arise.
Tasmania takes its reputation for beautiful wildlife and fine agricultural goods very seriously. As such there are fairly strict quarantine regulations. Sniffer dogs greet every flight and ferry that comes to Tasmania to ensure no banned fruits, vegetables, seafood and animal products can enter the state. Anything declared is likely to be destroyed. Carrying prohibited items comes with the risk of a heavy fine.
Outdoor pursuits are one of the most popular ways to pass the time in Hobart. However, you must take the necessary precautions involved in your sport of choice. Stay hydrated, ensure people always know where you are and carry the appropriate equipment, whether you're out at sea or exploring rocky terrain. Hobart's waters contain several species of shark, so stay vigilant if swimming.
As with all other Australian cities, there are no service charges in Hobart. However, a 10 per cent tip is expected in good restaurants – or in venues where service has been exceptional. Similarly, taxi drivers don't expect a tip from customers, but rounding up by a dollar or two is the norm, especially if the driver has given you some helpful tourist tips!
Leave Sydney on one of several daily flights and get there in just 2 hours with Virgin Australia, Jetstar or Qantas.
Fly out of Perth on Jetstar and get into Hobart in around 6 hours, 30 minutes via Melbourne.
Reach Hobart from Melbourne in 1 hour, 15 minutes with Virgin Australia, Jetstar or Qantas.
If you aren't too keen on flying, or simply prefer a more interesting means of travel, reach Tasmania by ferry from Melbourne instead. Spirit of Tasmania offers regular ferry trips across Bass Strait, day or night, and takes around nine hours. Make sure to book as far in advance as possible in order to secure the best deals.
Most major car hire companies have an office in the airport, allowing you to hop off the plane and straight into a car. Hobart and the surrounding areas are easy to drive in and, if you''re considering lots of outdoor adventures, a car is certainly the best way to reach the more far-flung areas.
There are several ways you can get from Hobart Airport into the CBD. Redline Buses is a reputable company that offers shuttle services to and from the airport. They meet all scheduled flights, ensuring you can always get to the city or back to the airport in a cheap and efficient manner.
Whether you are flying domestic or international, you will find a cab rank out the front of the terminal. Taxis will be able to drive you directly to your accommodation and to some of the best sites around the city. While in the CBD, you should have no trouble hailing a cab from the side of the road.
Take a tour to the top of Mt Wellington for fabulous sights of the Victorian houses, pretty boutiques and spectacular greenery on the way. A car will wind you all the way up to the top, where you'll be able to look over the whole of Hobart. A perfect start to your Hobart holiday.
Outdoor activities are all very well, but another pleasant way to spend the day is to sip your way through a host of unique wineries. This award-winning wine region is home to wines including Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc. Just a 20-minute drive out of Hobart, you can easily spend a whole day enjoying this region.
Tasmania's history is well-rooted in its convict past. Known as The Alcatraz of the South Pacific, Port Arthur is a fascinating and chilling slice of Hobart's not-so-pleasant past. Take a tour to make the most of this fascinating spot. The city is 60km south of Hobart, but certainly worth the journey if you are interested in Australian history.
Sadly, Tasmania's native species are under threat, but much is being done to help boost their numbers. Come face-to-face with the furry and devilish critters, and do your bit to help protect them in their rightful homeland with an informative and fun day at the Tasmanian Devil Conservation Park. The park is an hour out of Hobart and a unique experience – especially for the kids.
For the best views of Hobart, Point Revolving Restaurant offers a novel way to get a 360-degree view of the city. On the 17th floor it's high enough that you can cast your eye over the whole city. It may be pricey, but it serves up Tasmanian cuisine and wines to match, making it a must-visit for anyone wanting the full Hobart experience.
Modern Australian cuisine comes at affordable prices at Plum. Sleek and smart, the stylish interior is outshined only by the food, which includes ocean trout ravioli and spatchcock roulade. Everything is made in-house, so expect seriously fresh and creative dishes. Plum is perfect for a light bite in the afternoon and more formal dining in the evening.
Having enjoyed the honour of being voted Tasmania's best Asian restaurant three years running, as well as Tasmania's best overall restaurant, Me Wah is a must. Boasting an extensive menu of Cantonese fare, such as rice and noodle dishes, soups, seafood, wagyu beef, pork, chicken and a full vegetarian selection, Me Wah is well worth considering – not just for special occasions.
Tasmania is known for its excellent seafood. Mures Upper Deck is one of the top venues in the city for serving it up fresh from the sea. Look out over the water while you eat and you may just catch a glimpse of one of Mure's fishing boats catching your supper. Spectacular food and spectacular views go hand-in-hand here.
For late afternoon and early evening drinks, Blue Skies Dining takes some beating. Situated on the pier between Salamanca and the CBD, this glass-sided bar overlooks the water. Making a perfect spot for watching the sunset behind the fishing boats, Blue Skies also offers a tantalising selection of cocktails.
Every bit as cool as it sounds, Onyx is beautifully designed, attracting the cool crowds of Hobart on a nightly basis. Its incredible design and stunning views of the Derwent River make it one of the more eye-catching venues to spend the evening. Signature cocktails include Onyx Envy: a mojito made with kiwi syrup.
Syrup tends to draw an older crowd, and spin retro tunes from the 90s. One of the more popular venues in the city, they also host Ministry of Sound nights and big name DJs on occasion. Head here late to enjoy the finest that Hobart's nightlife has to offer.
In a city filled with hip bars and restaurants, Garagistes has made a name for itself as one of the coolest. Showcasing Tasmania's terrific wine selection, it serves up a huge range of organic and natural wines, as well as incredible international cuisine. Head here for a fun night out without the need for dancing.
Walking around Hobart is a pleasure. Take the day to get your bearings of the city and visit Salamanca Place, where pretty restaurants, galleries and cafes will fill up your morning. Head to nearby Battery Point and Salamanca Market, which is held every Saturday, for a spot of retail therapy. Wind up your day with a stroll around the Old Town and a few drinks along the pretty Derwent River.
Head out early and visit Mt Field National Park. Tasmania is hugely proud of its impressive flora and fauna, and Mt Field showcases it to perfection. Take a camera and see if you can spot the possums, platypuses, wallabies and bats living there. After a full day outside, relax with a well-deserved meal at Wrest Point.
MONA, or the Museum of Old and New Art, is the largest privately funded museum in Australia. The art on display is from millionaire David Walsh's private collection. Compelling and controversial, it's well worth the trek out of town and the $15 ferry journey to get there.
If you're interested in getting to grips with Tasmania's history, Port Arthur makes a fascinating visit. If you're feeling a little subdued after your visit, a quiet drink and dinner in one of Hobart's waterfront restaurants is just the ticket to give you time to reflect.
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