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Hobart
Travel Guide

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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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Where to stay in Hobart

Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart
Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart
4.5 out of 5
1 Davey St, Hobart, TAS
The price is AU$199 per night from 12 May to 13 May
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 ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (1,099 reviews)
"Friendly service and welcome on arrival"

Reviewed on 19 Apr. 2021

Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart
Wrest Point
Wrest Point
4.5 out of 5
410 Sandy Bay Road, Sandy Bay, TAS
The price is AU$125 per night from 20 May to 21 May
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! (938 reviews)
"The place looks totally renovated and the rooms were so clean and moder. Only thing was that most bars and restaurants weren't open due to Covid. Also the Salamanca Shuttle service is not operating due to Covid but there is no sign advising guests of that."

Reviewed on 15 Apr. 2021

Wrest Point
Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel
Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel
4.5 out of 5
1 Macquarie St, Hobart, TAS
The price is AU$189 per night from 3 May to 4 May
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! (2,686 reviews)
"Nice location walking distance. Clean and friendly staff."

Reviewed on 4 Apr. 2021

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.
St Ives Apartments
St Ives Apartments
4 out of 5
67 St Georges Terrace, Battery Point, TAS
The price is AU$144 per night from 5 May to 6 May
Located in Hobart Central Business District, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of St. George's Anglican Church and Salamanca Market. Salamanca Place ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,961 reviews)
"The rooms were very clean and a good size. The staff were very helpful. The beds were comfortable."

Reviewed on 16 Apr. 2021

St Ives Apartments
Bay View Villas
Bay View Villas
4 out of 5
34 Poets Rd., West Hobart, TAS
The price is AU$174 per night from 12 May to 13 May
Located in West Hobart, this apartment building is within 2 miles (3 km) of Caldew Park, Salamanca Market and Salamanca Place. Cascade Brewery and Hobart Cruise ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (922 reviews)
"Great view from the room. Room had everything, staff friendly."

Reviewed on 24 Feb. 2021

Bay View Villas
Salamanca Wharf Hotel
Salamanca Wharf Hotel
5 out of 5
17a Castray Esplanade, Battery Point, TAS
The price is AU$245 per night from 6 May to 7 May
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! (646 reviews)
"We loved this apartment - it is walking distance to lots of lovely restaurants and to the harbour. The room was very comfortable and spacious. Check in was quick and the staff were friendly and helpful. We would definitely stay here again."

Reviewed on 15 Apr. 2021

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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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.

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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

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19 Mar. 2020

So beautiful.

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17 Mar. 2020

Loved it needed more time!

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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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