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

Sandy Bay, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Sandy Bay

The ample dining options and casino gaming are top of the list for many visitors to Sandy Bay. A stop by Wrest Point Casino or Long Beach might round out your trip.

Sandy Bay
Battery Point which includes street scenes and a house

Battery Point

The ample dining options and captivating waterfront views are top of the list for many visitors to Battery Point. A stop by St. George's Anglican Church or Narryna Heritage Museum might round out your trip.

Battery Point
Richmond

Richmond

Unique features of Richmond include the historical sites and gardens. Make a stop by Richmond Bridge or Pooley Wines while you're exploring the area.

Richmond
North Hobart, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

North Hobart

North Hobart is popular for its abundant dining options, and you can check out North Hobart Oval, a top attraction in the neighbourhood.

North Hobart
New Norfolk

New Norfolk

New Norfolk is noteworthy for its gardens, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Anglican Church of St Matthew and Derwent Cliffs State Reserve.

New Norfolk

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
The price is AU$145 per night

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! (1,330 reviews)

"EVERYTHING WAS PERFECT BEST ACCOMODATION I HAVE HAD IN TASMANIA"…"

Reviewed on 6 Jul. 2020

Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart
Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel
Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel
4.5 out of 5
1 Macquarie St, Hobart, TAS
The price is AU$149 per night

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! (2,616 reviews)

"We really enjoyed our stay. There was a breakdown in communication regarding our pre-paid breakfast. Good location and facilities were excellent."…"

Reviewed on 27 Mar. 2020

Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel
Sullivans Cove Apartments
Sullivans Cove Apartments
5 out of 5
21 Hunter Street, Hobart, TAS
The price is AU$155 per night

Located in Hobart Central Business District, this luxury apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery and Constitution Dock. ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (818 reviews)
Nice Stay

"Nice Stay, car park a bit challenging."…"

Reviewed on 6 Mar. 2020

Sullivans Cove Apartments

Popular places to visit in Hobart

Salamanca Place
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Salamanca Place

4.5/5(1,398 reviews)

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

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

4.5/5(734 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. 

Mt. Wellington
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Mt. Wellington

4.5/5(882 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 Food, Sightseeing & Exclusive Lighthouse Tour
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Bruny Island Food, Sightseeing & Exclusive Lighthouse Tour

AU$175
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Entry Pass to the Port Arthur Historic Site
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Entry Pass to the Port Arthur Historic Site

AU$35
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Bruny Island Wilderness Cruise Day Tour from Hobart
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Bruny Island Wilderness Cruise Day Tour from Hobart

AU$225
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Bonorong Night Tour
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Bonorong Night Tour

AU$165
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Admission to Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
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Admission to Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary

AU$31
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Skip the Line: Mawson's Huts Replica Museum General Entry Ticket
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Skip the Line: Mawson's Huts Replica Museum General Entry Ticket

AU$15
Per adult

Reviews of Hobart

4.6

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

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

Verified traveller

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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