HobartAustralia

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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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Top hotels in Hobart

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Wrest Point
Wrest Point
4.5 out of 5
410 Sandy Bay Road, Sandy Bay, TAS
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
AU$129
per night
Mar 15 - Mar 16

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! (2,070 reviews)

"We were disappointed with an upgrade as not what we were expecting but we were compensated without issue with free drink vouchers and complimentary breakfast. That was great!"…"

Reviewed on 26 Feb. 2020

Wrest Point
Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart
Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart
4.5 out of 5
1 Davey St, Hobart, TAS
AU$149
per night
Mar 29 - Mar 30

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

4.6/5Wonderful! (3,147 reviews)

"Staff were very helpful and knowledgable of Tasmania as a whole. Hotel is absolutely amazing and truely was a pleasure to stay at. Beautiful harbour views and clean, lovely rooms."…"

Reviewed on 17 Feb. 2020

Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart
ibis Styles Hobart
ibis Styles Hobart
4 out of 5
173 Macquarie Street, Hobart, TAS
AU$164
per night
Mar 1 - Mar 2

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! (1,066 reviews)

"Great location. One block from the CBD and a short walk to the harbor, Salamanca Markets. Friendly helpful staff. Fabulous indoor swimming pool."…"

Reviewed on 25 Feb. 2020

ibis Styles Hobart

Popular activities in Hobart

Salamanca Place
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Salamanca Place

4.5/5(1,366 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(719 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. 

Constitution Dock
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Constitution Dock

4.5/5(1,330 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.

Top activities in Hobart

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

92% of travellers recommend
AU$147
Per adult
Bruny Island Traveller - Tasting Trail Day Tour from Hobart
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Bruny Island Traveller - Tasting Trail Day Tour from Hobart

96% of travellers recommend
AU$175
Per adult
Bruny Island Full-Day Tour from Hobart
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Bruny Island Full-Day Tour from Hobart

88% of travellers recommend
AU$115
Per adult
Bruny Island Wilderness Cruise
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Bruny Island Wilderness Cruise

88% of travellers recommend
AU$86
Per adult
Full-Day Wineglass Bay & Freycinet National Park Tour
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Full-Day Wineglass Bay & Freycinet National Park Tour

96% of travellers recommend
AU$115
Per adult
Cascade History and Brewery Experience
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Cascade History and Brewery Experience

AU$31
Per adult

Reviews of Hobart

4.6

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 18, 2020

Royal Hobart Golf Course is excellent. Also, Bothwell (Ratho Farm Golf Course) is unique, and the Golf Museum in Bothwell is well maintained and really worth seeing.

4/5 - Good

David

Feb 13, 2020

A big country town without the hustle and bustle of mainland city life.

5/5 - Excellent

Jude

Feb 12, 2020

We loved Hobart. People in general are just so laid back and friendly and helpful. On the cold side but was a nice relief from our country Victoria home area.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 11, 2020

Do research well before and explore everywhere

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 11, 2020

My disappointing part was staying at wrest point casino, and that was because of the staff. Overall my family had an amazing time will be back down again to see the rest of it.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 11, 2020

Wonderful to see so many of the old buildings. Easy to get around. Lots to do. Easy to make day trips from. very scenic coastline

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