Hobart

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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.

Where to stay in Hobart

Wrest Point
Wrest Point
4.5 out of 5
410 Sandy Bay Road, Sandy Bay, TAS, 7005
The price is AU$139 per night from 31 May to 1 Jun.
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Hobart. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a casino. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the convenient parking in their ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (930 reviews)
"Magnificent views"

Reviewed on 13 May 2022

Wrest Point
Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel
Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel
4.5 out of 5
1 Macquarie St, Hobart, TAS, 7000
The price is AU$159 per night from 22 May to 23 May
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury aparthotel in Hobart. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and 24-hour room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (2,833 reviews)
"I enjoyed my stay at The Old Woolstore"

Reviewed on 8 May 2022

Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel
Allurity Hotel
Allurity Hotel
2.5 out of 5
96 Bathurst St, Hobart, TAS, 7000
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$146 per night from 29 May to 30 May
Stay at this hotel in Hobart. Enjoy free WiFi, on-site parking and a TV. Popular attractions Salamanca Market and Salamanca Place are located nearby. Discover ...
3.4/5 (41 reviews)
"Location was great. Central to everything. Rooms were comfortable"

Reviewed on 20 Mar. 2022

Allurity 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.
Zero Davey Boutique Apartment Hotel
Zero Davey Boutique Apartment Hotel
4.5 out of 5
15 Hunter Street, Hobart, TAS, 7000
The price is AU$135 per night from 29 May to 30 May
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury aparthotel in Hobart. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and room service. Our guests praise the comfy beds in their reviews. Popular attractions ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,242 reviews)
"Location was great"

Reviewed on 22 Feb. 2022

Zero Davey Boutique Apartment Hotel
Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel
Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel
4.5 out of 5
1 Macquarie St, Hobart, TAS, 7000
The price is AU$159 per night from 22 May to 23 May
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury aparthotel in Hobart. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and 24-hour room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (2,833 reviews)
"I enjoyed my stay at The Old Woolstore"

Reviewed on 8 May 2022

Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel
St Ives Apartments
St Ives Apartments
4 out of 5
67 St Georges Terrace, Battery Point, TAS, 7004
The price is AU$140 per night from 30 May to 31 May
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly aparthotel in Hobart. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (2,037 reviews)
"The staff went out of their way to assist us."

Reviewed on 27 Apr. 2022

St Ives Apartments
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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