Hobart

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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
Wrest Point
Wrest Point
4.5 out of 5
410 Sandy Bay Road, Sandy Bay, TAS
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
SG$109
per night
Mar 15 - Mar 16

Situated on the waterfront, this luxury hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Salamanca Place, Salamanca Market and Constitution Dock. Hobart Cruise Terminal and Mount ...

4.2/5Excellent! (2,058 reviews)

"Great venue with spectacular water views. Lots of areas to sit & enjoy the ambience"…"

Reviewed on 18 Feb,2020

Wrest Point
Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart
Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart
4.5 out of 5
1 Davey St, Hobart, TAS
SG$160
per night
Mar 1 - Mar 2

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! (3,147 reviews)

"Staff were very helpful and knowledgable of Tasmania as a whole. Hotel is absolutely amazing and truely was a pleasure to stay at. Beautiful harbour views and clean, lovely rooms."…"

Reviewed on 17 Feb,2020

Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart
ibis Styles Hobart
ibis Styles Hobart
4 out of 5
173 Macquarie Street, Hobart, TAS
SG$140
per night
Feb 23 - Feb 24

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! (1,060 reviews)

"New property, good price, location and clean new rooms"…"

Reviewed on 13 Feb,2020

ibis Styles Hobart

Popular things to do in Hobart

Salamanca Place
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Salamanca Place

4.5/5(21 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 activities in Hobart

Bruny Island Premium Food, Sightseeing & Lighthouse Tour
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Bruny Island Premium Food, Sightseeing & Lighthouse Tour

SG$144

Enjoy a relaxing fully guided tour with all foods, attraction and entry fees included. Discover everything that makes Bruny Island amazing with this outstanding sightseeing, food, and lighthouse tour.

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

SG$162

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.

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

SG$32

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

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

SG$116

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.

Bruny Island Full-Day Tour from Hobart
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Bruny Island Full-Day Tour from Hobart

SG$107

Arguably Tasmania's best day trip! At the end of this day, you will understand why the tourist numbers have doubled in the past 4 years! Bruny Island has a little bit of everything mainland Tasmania has - world class beaches, national parks, rugged coastline and native wildlife matched with the finest local produce from the ocean and the land.

Battery Point Jaunt
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Battery Point Jaunt

SG$76

Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Stop At: St George's Anglican Church, 28 Cromwell Street, Hobart, Tasmania 2004 Australia Once the landmark for sailors entering Hobart, this church took 50 years to build Duration: 2 minutes Stop At: Arthur Circus Park, Runnymeade St, Hobart, Tasmania 7004 Australia The only circus in Australia, this quaint street is surrounded by charming cottages, all beautifully preserved.

Reviews of Hobart

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Top Destination

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Dec 4, 2019

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

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Apr 26, 2019

Choice of good restaurants around the harbour

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Apr 26, 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

Apr 26, 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

Mar 10, 2019

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

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 27, 2019

A trip on tour bus a must let’s you see all the things Hobart has, the Saturday market is good too. We went for 3 days but really needed a week so much to see.

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