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
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Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart
4.5 out of 5
1 Davey St, Hobart, TAS
SG$111
per night
29 Sep-30 Sep
4.6/5Wonderful! (3,046 reviews)

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

4.6/5Wonderful! (3,046 reviews)

"Great location and views Comfortable stay close to all amenities"…"

Reviewed on 15 Sep,2019

Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart
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Wrest Point
4.5 out of 5
410 Sandy Bay Road, Sandy Bay, TAS
SG$93
per night
22 Sep-23 Sep
4.2/5Excellent! (1,971 reviews)

Situated on the waterfront, this luxury hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Wrest Point Casino, Salamanca Place, and Salamanca Market. Mount Nelson Lookout and Cascade ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,971 reviews)

"The facilities were excellent. Was impressed with the gym & wet area. Staff were friendly & helpful."…"

Reviewed on 14 Sep,2019

Wrest Point
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ibis Styles Hobart
4 out of 5
173 Macquarie Street, Hobart, TAS
SG$119
per night
29 Sep-30 Sep
4.2/5Excellent! (974 reviews)

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! (974 reviews)

"On my second stay at this hotel, I was given a room a the top floor. The view was just amazing."…"

Reviewed on 26 Aug,2019

ibis Styles Hobart

Popular things to do in Hobart

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

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

Mt. Wellington
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Mt. Wellington

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.

Cascade Brewery
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Cascade Brewery

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.

Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens
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Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens

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

Salamanca Place
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Salamanca Place

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

Constitution Dock
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Constitution Dock

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 activities in Hobart

Bruny Island Food, Sightseeing & Lighthouse Tour with Lunch
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Bruny Island Food, Sightseeing & Lighthouse Tour with Lunch

SG$146

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.

Bruny Island Traveller - Tasting Trail Day Tour from Hobart
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Bruny Island Traveller - Tasting Trail Day Tour from Hobart

SG$165

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

Full day Port Arthur & Tasman Peninsula Tour from Hobart
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Full day Port Arthur & Tasman Peninsula Tour from Hobart

SG$118

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.

Full-Day Port Arthur and Tassie Devils Active Day Tour
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Full-Day Port Arthur and Tassie Devils Active Day Tour

SG$128

Join us for a fun and action-packed day out on the Tasman Peninsula. Explore, discover and learn with our guides as we enjoy a variety of activities, walks, sightseeing, history, Tassie Devil Feeding, chocolate tasting and much more! We take an early start from Hobart and head to the stunning Tasman Peninsula, home to Australia’s highest sea cliffs.

Full-Day Wineglass Bay & Freycinet National Park Tour
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Full-Day Wineglass Bay & Freycinet National Park Tour

SG$109

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.

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

SG$33

Join the official sightseeing tour of Hobart; choose from 20 different stops featuring the best sights and attractions in and around Hobart.

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