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Hobart
Travel Guide

Hobart showing a marina

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

Wrest Point
Wrest Point
4.5 out of 5
410 Sandy Bay Road, Sandy Bay, TAS
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$125 per night from 25 Jul. to 25 Jul.
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 ...
4.2/5Very Good! (937 reviews)
"Great service and very comfortable room"

Reviewed on 21 Jun. 2021

Wrest Point
Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart
Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart
4.5 out of 5
1 Davey St, Hobart, TAS
The price is AU$190 per night from 27 Jun. to 27 Jun.
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! (1,042 reviews)
"Clean, refreshing great room, great pillows staff were very good and reception was great on arrival. Will most certainly stay again. We have had great service with same hotels in Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth, Melbourne."

Reviewed on 21 Jun. 2021

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$179 per night from 27 Jun. to 27 Jun.
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! (2,719 reviews)
"It is a very nice hotel. I have already stayed in this hotel previous week and have provided good comments."

Reviewed on 12 Jun. 2021

Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel
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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 27 Jun. to 27 Jun.
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! (1,975 reviews)
"We had the king size room with balcony and view - loved this option. Huge TV and very comfortable beds. Basic affordable breakfast option which suited us."

Reviewed on 7 Jun. 2021

St Ives Apartments
Salamanca Inn
Salamanca Inn
4.5 out of 5
10 Gladstone Street, Hobart, Battery Point, TAS
The price is AU$206 per night from 19 Jul. to 19 Jul.
Located in Hobart Central Business District, this luxury aparthotel is steps away from Parliament House and Salamanca Market. Salamanca Place and Hobart Cruise ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (1,242 reviews)
"Brilliant location, close to everything in Hobart!"

Reviewed on 24 Apr. 2021

Salamanca Inn
Salamanca Suites
Salamanca Suites
4.5 out of 5
8 Salamanca Place, Battery Point, TAS
The price is AU$195 per night from 11 Jul. to 11 Jul.
Located in Hobart Central Business District, this luxury aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Salamanca Market and Mona Ferry Terminal. Royal Tasmanian Botanical ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (177 reviews)
"There was no communication to explain the key needed to enter the building and room was to be picked up at another building."

Reviewed on 17 Feb. 2021

Salamanca Suites
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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