Find world class art, convict history, pristine nature and award winning whiskey in the Top 10 list of things to do in Hobart
Hobart is a compact city, oozing with both modern and historic charm. Wander through colonial architecture and take in the vibrant energy of the creatives who choose to live here. Find pristine nature and artisanal produce, daring modern art and hip bars and restaurants. Hobart is a very special place. Tap into its eclectic magic.
Be Stunned by MONA and Hobart’s Art Scene
Take the ferry to the Museum of Old and New Art, or MONA, and see what all the fuss is about at this truly daring, eccentric, privately owned museum. Keep the creative juices going at Hobart’s other great galleries, including the Tasmanian Museum and Art Galleryand Salamanca Art Centre, which champion local artists and artisans.
Explore the Shops and Cafes of Salamanca Place
Sip an espresso at Tricycle Cafe in Salamanca Place with its boutiques, eateries and providores. Find a rare book at old world Hobart Book Shop or handmade jewellery at Rebecca Roth Gallery, and cutting-edge fashion at The Maker. Don’t miss the 300-stall Saturday Salamanca Market that sells produce, arts and crafts and homewares.
Delve into Hobart’s Convict History
Drive or take a tour to Port Arthur for the chance to see the wild Tasman Peninsula. Make sure to pick up a convict card and follow the story through the imposing structures. Closer to the city centre, only 30 minutes away, discover Richmond, with convict roots and now gateway to some of Tasmania’s finest wine-growing areas.
Discover Tasmania’s local Whisky and Bars
Tasmania is home to the award winning Sullivan's Cove Whisky, as well as Tasmania’s finest whisky distilleries, Nant Whisky Cellar and Lark Cellar Door. Some local reccomendations are: Small Fry, for a craft beer or a wine, Frank on Hobart’s waterfront, Geronimo Aperitivo Bar and Restaurant and Glasshouse at the Brooke St Pier.
Feast on Boutique Produce on Bruny Island
Take the car ferry from Kettering, a 45-minute drive from the city centre, and drop byThe Tasmanian House of Whisky for ice cream. Nick Haddow’s Bruny Island Cheese Co also awaits. Picnic on Bruny Island Smokehouse delicacies, eat fresh oysters from Get Shucked, tipple on local wines at Bruny Island Premium Wines and join Pennicott Wilderness Journeys to cruise the stunning coast of South Bruny National Park.
Head Offshore in a Kayak or Island Cruise
Explore Tasmania’s pristine, scenic coastline – and more than 300 offshore islands – on a half- or full-day kayak tour. For those who want to take a longer expedition, Roaring 40ºs Kayaking also offers 3 day and 7 day adventures. If you’d rather not paddle, a custom boat cruise with Pennicott Wilderness Journeys can see you entering sea caves, marvelling at spectacular rock formations and spotting wildlife like seals, dolphins or even whales.
Settle in for a Beer at Battery Point
Take the 175-year-old Kelly’s Steps from Salamanca to Battery Point and walk round Hobart’s oldest suburbs, with beautiful sandstone mansions, colonial cottages and impressive river views. Stop by a great place for a drink, the Shipwrights Arms Hotel or “Shippies”, an authentic pub and a perfect place to savour the local Cascade beers.
Be Swept Away by Maria Island National Park
Seventy-five kilometres east of Hobart is Maria Island. Enjoy astonishing pristine beauty – historic ruins, rugged cliff faces, sweeping beaches and unique wildlife – including Tasmanian devils and Bennetts wallabies. Stop to appreciate Bishop and Clark Islets and view the ancient fossils and weather-shaped formations. There are great trails which are also suitable for cyclists.
Dine at Hobart’s Top Restaurants
Tasmania’s great produce means amazing restaurants in Hobart. Head to Elizabeth Street for popular restaurants such as Ethos Eat Drink and Sweet Envy. Try Peacock and Jones in the Henry Jones Art Hotel complex, Franklin for new and innovative dining, Black Footed Pig for amazing tapas and Aloft for spectacular harbour views.
Climb Mount Wellington for the Best Views of Hobart
It only takes a 10 minute drive to reach the bottom of Mount Wellington. From there, choose a short walk, a long hike, a mountain bike ride or scale the 1300-metre sub-alpine rocky summit and reward yourself with incredible views of the city and Derwent Valley. On the way back down, stop in at Cascade Brewery.
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And Wanderlust have a longer list for seeing Tassie in its full glory.