Beginning of main content

Hobart

Known for Shopping, Dining and Family-friendly

Once an infamous penal colony, this waterfront city is now Tasmania's cultural hub, drawing foodies and nature lovers from all over the world.

How do you get to Hobart?

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.

Activities in Hobart

Hobart’s remarkable Museum of Old and New Art has a surprising mix of thought-provoking installation art, modern paintings, sculptures and ancient artefacts. 

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.

Step back into the past at the oldest brewery in Australia, a striking Gothic building near Hobart, and try some of the best beers in the country.

See rare and ancient plants, edible landscapes and exotic specimens at one of Australia's oldest public gardens.

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

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.

Immerse yourself in the state’s history and art at these 19th-century waterfront buildings where collections include an exhibit on the fabled Tasmanian tiger.

Tickets & Tours

Choose this entry pass to explore one of Australia's most fascinating historic sites—Port Arthur. Valid for 2 consecutive days, there's plenty of time to venture through the expansive site, which includes more than 30 of Port Arthur's impressive buildings, interesting museums, and colorful gardens.

Tickets & Tours

Discover everything that makes Bruny Island amazing with our sightseeing and food tour. Taste local fresh produce; everything from oysters to cider, chocolate, fudge and artisan cheeses.

Tickets & Tours

On this full-day tour, discover the stunning scenery of the Tasman Peninsula coastline, explore the region's nature and wildlife, and enjoy lunch and attractions back on land. Cruise between Eaglehawk Neck and Port Arthur before heading back to the peninsula for some local sightseeing.

Tickets & Tours

Explore the pristine Wineglass Bay, situated in the gorgeous Freycinet National Park, on this full-day tour. Admire the postcard-perfect Tasmanian views and before your day ends, take a walk along the white sandy beach or explore Cape Tourville and Honeymoon Bay.

Tickets & Tours

Take an activity-packed day trip from Hobart that showcases the best of the Tasman Peninsula. Depart Hobart in the early morning to start your Port Arthur day trip with the drive to the stunning Tasman Peninsula, home to Australia’s highest sea cliffs.

Tickets & Tours

Bruny Island is home to spectacular landscapes and gourmet local produce, all of which can be experienced on this full-day tour. Savor delicious cheese, oysters, salmon, wine and bread all grown, made and harvested on the island while touring the native bush and rainforests found here.

What other places are like Hobart?

Discover similar destinations you might like