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HobartAustralia

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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Where to stay in Hobart

Top hotels in Hobart

Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart
Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart
4.5 out of 5
1 Davey St, Hobart, TAS
The price is AU$159 per night from 29 Nov. to 30 Nov.

Located in Hobart Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery and Hobart Cruise Terminal. Salamanca ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (1,238 reviews)
Extremely helpful staff

"We were there under difficult medical circumstances not arriving until 1.15am. The staff were extremely helpful and the room was faultless. They gave a a complimentary late checkout the next day which was appreciated."…"

Reviewed on 27 Aug. 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
The price is AU$139 per night from 1 Dec. to 2 Dec.

Located in Sandy Bay, this luxury hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Salamanca Place, Salamanca Market and Constitution Dock. Hobart Cruise Terminal and Mount Nelson ...

4.1/5Very Good! (982 reviews)

"The friendly and cooperative staff were great. The room was fantastic with lovely views. Room service food was also very good"…"

Reviewed on 24 Nov. 2020

Wrest Point
Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel
Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel
4.5 out of 5
1 Macquarie St, Hobart, TAS
The price is AU$143 per night from 29 Nov. to 30 Nov.

Located in Hobart Central Business District, this luxury aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Franklin Wharf and Constitution Dock. Hobart Cruise Terminal ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (2,637 reviews)

"Beautiful, heritage rich accommodation. The rooms were really well equipped & the beds were very comfortable. Few minutes walk down to the harbor & we would definitely stay here again."…"

Reviewed on 23 Nov. 2020

Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Holiday Rentals in Hobart

Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel
Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel
4.5 out of 5
1 Macquarie St, Hobart, TAS
The price is AU$143 per night from 29 Nov. to 30 Nov.

Located in Hobart Central Business District, this luxury aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Franklin Wharf and Constitution Dock. Hobart Cruise Terminal ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (2,637 reviews)

"Beautiful, heritage rich accommodation. The rooms were really well equipped & the beds were very comfortable. Few minutes walk down to the harbor & we would definitely stay here again."…"

Reviewed on 23 Nov. 2020

Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel
Somerset on the Pier Hobart
Somerset on the Pier Hobart
4 out of 5
Elizabeth Street Pier, Hobart, TAS
The price is AU$225 per night from 30 Nov. to 1 Dec.

Located in Hobart Central Business District, this aparthotel is steps away from Mona Ferry Terminal, Lark Distillery and Hobart Function and Conference Centre. ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,255 reviews)

"Positioned on a Pier. Water alongside somewhat akin to Venice. Eating and drinking places right on the spot also. Just the best place to be staying."…"

Reviewed on 26 Sep. 2020

Somerset on the Pier Hobart
Salamanca Wharf Hotel
Salamanca Wharf Hotel
5 out of 5
17a Castray Esplanade, Battery Point, TAS
The price is AU$225 per night from 29 Nov. to 30 Nov.

Located in Hobart Central Business District, this boutique aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Salamanca Place and Salamanca Market. Hobart Cruise Terminal ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (641 reviews)

"The staff and location are excellent; the perfect spot for me on a recent work trip, with off street parking and the city within in easy walking distance. Lovely and quiet too, even with a room on the street side. Spotlessly clean. I'm a repeat patron."…"

Reviewed on 9 Sep. 2020

Salamanca Wharf Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Hobart

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23 May 2020

i was surprised when i saw that i was there just for two days as i visited bruny island, mount wellington, hobart city and port harbour. also worth visiting is the oldest bridge in australia (richmond bridge), and village around.

4/5 - Good

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28 Mar. 2020

Hobart was on near lockdown due to covid-19 pandemic. However, we and my wife enjoyed the time there and understand the circumstances, including social distancing and all cafes/restaurants doing takeaway. Had some of the best coffee & banh mi there!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

19 Mar. 2020

So beautiful.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

17 Mar. 2020

Loved it needed more time!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

13 Mar. 2020

Love Hobart. Can't wait to return.

4/5 - Good

Elle

10 Mar. 2020

Lovely people! Great view.

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