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Hobart

A divergent blend of custom, background, art, music, and literature, with world class events and fascinations nearby is what Hobart offers. Settled amongst the slopes of Mt. Wellington, Hobart chains tradition appeal with a modern régime in a setting of incomparable splendor.

Hobart is Tasmania's capital city and the second oldest capital in Australia, after Sydney. Situated at the entry to the Derwent River, its youthful neighboring bushland grasps nearby to the city centre and beaches streak the river shores and creek beyond.

With its fascinating antiquity, scenic streams, craggy foothills and decadent experiences, the city has something for everyone.

High-quality restaurants offer fine feasting involvements using the finest Tasmanian crop acknowledged by the world's greatest chefs, while on the waterside gambles and fishmongers sell the newest seafood conventional from the Southern Ocean.

Relish the disparity of sophisticated inheritance stonework together with modern structural design. Explore Salamanca Place, a thick walk from the littoral, with its gallerias, playhouses, craftsmanship shops and eateries in 1830s Georgian storerooms and on Saturdays love the food and entertainment of Salamanca Market which is the Australia's best outdoor market.

Take a pace sideways Hobart's iconic waterside, explore the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery or take a ferry up river to MONA for an out-of-this-world contemporary fine art understanding.

It's relaxed to tumble for the many attractions of this gently lively city that hits fever pitch at centenary time.

Hobart is also adjacent to many of southern Tasmania's best tourism involvements, from momentous Port Arthur and the rugged Tasman Peninsula to Bruny Island, the Huon and Derwent Valleys and Mount Field National Park.

Local Tips

  • Go shopping and explore the laneways and hidden secrets of Hobart's CBD
  • Dine at one of the many restaurants in Elizabeth Street, North Hobart, for flavours from around the world
  • Take a guided tour, or self-guided walking tour of Battery Point - within walking distance of Hobart's waterfront - with its many historic houses dating from the first European settlement of 'Hobart Town'
  • Drive or take a tour to the summit of Mount Wellington for spectacular views of the city and harbour and the peaks of the World Heritage Area in the distance and if the weather's no good then try the nearby Mt Nelson Signal Station instead.

Things to do in Hobart

Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery

Top choice museum in Salamanca Place & the Waterfront

Incorporating Hobart’s oldest building, the Commissariat Store (1808), this revamped museum features Aboriginal and colonial relics and excellent wildlife displays. The gallery curates a collection of Tasmanian colonial art. There are free guided tours at 1pm and 2pm from Wednesday to Sunday (hordes of school kids might be a little less interested in proceedings than you are), plus special themed tours at 11am: check the website or call to see what's on. There’s a cool cafe and shop, too. 

Taste of Tasmania

Top choice food & drink in Hobart

On either side of New Year’s Eve, this week-long harbourside event is a celebration of Tassie’s gastronomic prowess. The seafood, wines and cheeses are predictably fab, or branch out into mushrooms, truffles, raspberries… Stalls are a who’s who of the Hobart restaurant scene. Live music, too. Just brilliant.

MONA in Hobart

Top choice museum in MONA & Northern Hobart

Twelve kilometres north of Hobart's city centre, MONA occupies a saucepan-shaped peninsula jutting into the Derwent River. Arrayed across three underground levels, abutting a sheer rock face, the $75-million museum has been described by philanthropist owner David Walsh as ‘a subversive adult Disneyland’. Ancient antiquities are showcased next to contemporary works: sexy, provocative, disturbing and deeply engaging. Don't miss it.

To get here catch the MR-1 ferry or MONA Roma shuttle bus from Hobart’s Brooke Street Pier. Book everything online.

Cascade Brewery

Top choice brewery in Battery Point, Sandy Bay & South Hobart

Standing in startling, gothic isolation next to the clean-running Hobart Rivulet, Cascade is Australia’s oldest brewery (1832) and is still pumping out superb beers. Ninety-minute tours involve plenty of history, with tastings at the end. Note that under-16s aren't permitted on the main brewery tour (take the family-friendly Cascade Story tour instead), and that brewery machinery mightn't be running if you're here on a weekend (brewers have weekends, too). Bookings essential. To get here, take bus 446, 447, 448 or 449.

Farm Gate Market

Top choice market in Central Hobart

The waterfront Salamanca Market has dominated for decades, but this hyperactive foodie street-mart is giving it a run for its money. Trading commences with the ding of a big brass bell: elbow your way in for the best fruit, veg, honey, wine, baked goods, beer, smoked meats, coffee, cheese, nuts, oils, cut flowers, jams… Terrific!