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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 theatres.

Gone are the days of meagre 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 theatre community, with two historic theatres 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 artefacts, 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.


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AU$111
ibis Styles Hobart

ibis Styles Hobart

173 Macquarie Street, Hobart
4.2
of 5, from 23 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Hobart, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of St. Joseph's Catholic Church and Salamanca Market. Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens and Cascade Brewery are also within 3 mi (5 km).

Tynwald - Willow Bend Estate

Tynwald - Willow Bend Estate

1 Tynwald Road, New Norfolk
4.0
of 5, from 5 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated on the riverwalk, this guesthouse is 8.9 mi (14.3 km) from Stefano Lubiana Wines and within 16 mi (25 km) of Claremont House and Myrtle Forest. Museum of Old and New Art and Moorilla Estate are also within 20 mi (32 km).

AU$618
Avalon City Retreat

Avalon City Retreat

152 Macquarie Street, Hobart
5.0
of 5, from 1 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in Hobart Central Business District, this luxury aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of St. Joseph's Catholic Church and Salamanca Market. Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens and Cascade Brewery are also within 3 mi (5 km).

AU$425
Woodbridge on the Derwent

Woodbridge on the Derwent

Bridge Street, New Norfolk
5.0 out of 5.0

Situated in New Norfolk, this luxury hotel is within 16 mi (25 km) of Stefano Lubiana Wines, Claremont House, and Myrtle Forest. Museum of Old and New Art and Moorilla Estate are also within 20 mi (32 km).

AU$126
Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart

Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart

1 Davey St, Hobart
4.4
of 5, from 548 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Sullivan's Cove, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Franklin Wharf and Salamanca Market. Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens and Cascade Brewery are also within 3 mi (5 km).

AU$91
Rydges Hobart

Rydges Hobart

Cnr Argyle And Lewis St, North Hobart
3.4
of 5, from 85 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in the suburbs, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of North Hobart Oval, Penitentiary Chapel Historic Site, and St. Mary's Cathedral. Tasmanian Hockey Centre and Domain Tennis Centre are also within 2 mi (3 km).

AU$138
Best Western Hobart

Best Western Hobart

156 Bathurst Street, Hobart
3.7
of 5, from 200 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Hobart, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of State Library of Tasmania and Salamanca Market. Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens and Cascade Brewery are also within 3 mi (5 km).

AU$158
Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel

Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel

1 Macquarie St, Hobart
4.4
of 5, from 343 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Sullivan's Cove, this luxury apartment is within a 15-minute walk of Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery and Salamanca Market. Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens and Cascade Brewery are also within 3 mi (5 km).

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