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Hobart

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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Top hotels in Hobart

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel
Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel
4.5 out of 5
1 Macquarie St, Hobart, TAS
The price is SG$129 per night

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! (2,607 reviews)

"Roomy. Comfortable bed. Cheerful, helpful staff. Central location. Prices reasonable and restaurant food very good."…"

Reviewed on 5 Mar,2020

Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel
Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart
Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart
4.5 out of 5
1 Davey St, Hobart, TAS
The price is SG$138 per night

Located in Hobart Central Business District, this luxury hotel is steps away from Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery and Constitution Dock. Salamanca Market and ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (1,357 reviews)

"it was kind of funny - i booked a hotel room and requested high floor and nice view. but they gave me room with city view and as there was a busy street below i had the feeling that cars were driving directly into my room. so i asked for harbour view and concierge said:'certainly, madam, but this ..."…"

Reviewed on 23 May,2020

Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart
ibis Styles Hobart
ibis Styles Hobart
4 out of 5
173 Macquarie Street, Hobart, TAS
The price is SG$123 per night

Located in Hobart Central Business District, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of St. David's Cathedral, Franklin Square and Australian Army Museum Tasmania. ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,113 reviews)

"Hotel was quite nice. Front desk staff was very helpful."…"

Reviewed on 10 Mar,2020

ibis Styles Hobart

Popular places to visit in Hobart

Salamanca Place
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Salamanca Place

4.5/5(22 reviews)

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

Museum of Old and New Art
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Museum of Old and New Art

4/5(10 reviews)

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

Constitution Dock
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Constitution Dock

4.5/5(18 reviews)

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.

Top things to do in Hobart

Hobart Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour
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Hobart Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

88% of travellers recommend
SG$33
Per adult
Full-Day Port Arthur and Tassie Devils Active Day Tour
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Full-Day Port Arthur and Tassie Devils Active Day Tour

94% of travellers recommend
SG$130
Per adult
Full day Port Arthur & Tasman Peninsula Tour from Hobart
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Full day Port Arthur & Tasman Peninsula Tour from Hobart

96% of travellers recommend
SG$120
Per adult
Hobart Hop-On Hop-Off Bus & kunanyi/Mt Wellington Tour
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Hobart Hop-On Hop-Off Bus & kunanyi/Mt Wellington Tour

88% of travellers recommend
SG$60
Per adult
3 Day Tasmanian Tour from Hobart to Launceston
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3 Day Tasmanian Tour from Hobart to Launceston

SG$387
Per adult
Mt Wellington, Mt Field, Bonorong & Richmond Day Tour
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Mt Wellington, Mt Field, Bonorong & Richmond Day Tour

100% of travellers recommend
SG$135
Per adult

Reviews of Hobart

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

5 Mar 2020

Uniquely situated. Lots of options for days out, ideally with a car but there appeared plenty of tour operators and alternative transport as well as many local places of interest. Salamanca market is well worth a visit.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

4 Dec 2019

Plenty of places to visit in the area (with transport).

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

26 Apr 2019

Choice of good restaurants around the harbour

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

26 Apr 2019

The museums, Morsons cabin, port Arthur, mona, fish and chips, fresh air, we will be back. Natalie at Grand Chancellor desk was so helpful.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

26 Apr 2019

Caught the shuttle bus from the TIC to Mount Wellington and it was great value, we also walked down the mountain which was hard work but well worth it. Wear decent trainers or walking shoes though. The Salamanca area was just lovely.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

10 Mar 2019

Our day at Port Arthur was more than we expected. Eye opening.

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