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Hobart, a former penal colonies go, the capital city of Australia’s island state of Tasmania is a tourism magnet. Home to almost half the population of the biodiverse island, Hobart is a lively seaport with splendid scenery. Mount Wellington towers over the metropolitan area and the estuary of the beautiful Derwent River snakes through the city.

As the principal city on Tasmania, Hobart has vital commercial importance. Gateway to Antarctica, the seaport is a common stop for international operations on the South Pole. For travelers however, Hobart combines small town charm with world class eco-tourism in close proximity to the city limits. Get involved in natural tours and learn about Hobart history.

The dominant feature of Hobart is “The Mountain” or to be more precise, Mount Wellington. Home to a select ecosystem, the mountain supports a variety of plant and animal life and features great picnic areas. The views of Hobart from the summit are spectacular.

With visible traces of early Aboriginal settlement, the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens is one of the best in Australia. Open since 1818 on Queens Domain, a public area of bushland northeast of downtown Hobart, the Gardens support a vast array of endemic flora to Tasmania. The Queens Domain site also contains the superb Government House, a World War I monument and a number of athletic facilities, including the city cricket ground.

The premier congregation spot for locals and tourists alike in Hobart is Salamanca Place. With shops, cafés, restaurants and bars, the area is popular by day and night. On Saturdays Salamanca comes alive with a busy market.

Elizabeth Street is another major retail strip in Hobart. The street runs past the central business district of the city and down to Sullivan’s Cove on the Derwent River. With malls and good ethnic cuisine, the street is worth a cursory tour.

As a neophyte wine power with a climate conducive to the cultivation of certain grapes inapt to continental Australia, Tasmania is a great place for oenophiles. The best vineyard tours on the island take place near Hobart.

A good portion of Tasmania is under conservation and UNESCO World Heritage protection. Just outside Hobart proper, Mount Field is a diverse national park that features rainforest and dense alpine flora. With scenic picnic areas and trails, popular attractions in the park include the Tall Trees walk and Russell Falls.

The Hobart Summer Festival is the premier event in Tasmania, with much activity on the waterfront, Salamanca and Sullivan’s Cove. The festival takes place over two weeks in early January and features several inherent celebrations and events, from spectacular fireworks to the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, Taste of Tasmania and International Buskers Festival.

Every spring ushers in the Tulip Festival at the Botanical Gardens.

The biennial 10 Days on the Island Festival celebrates the best in performance art and culture from Tasmania, with many events in the capital city.

The Theatre Royal in Hobart is Australia’s oldest, with a regular slate of ballet, drama, musicals and opera.

The excellent Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra plays regular performances at Federation Concert Hall.

With a vibrant live music scene, Hobart has a slew of small clubs that host local bands. The Southern Roots Festival and Hobart Fringe Festival also feature a fine line-up of talent from Tasmania.

Hobart has four seasons, with a mild oceanic climate. Though Mount Wellington may sport a snow cap in winter, the city rarely gets much of the white stuff. The only city in Australia with less daily hours of sunshine on average is Melbourne.

  • Winter (June to August) 4.5-13°C
  • Spring (September to October) 6.5-17°C
  • Summer (November to March) 9-21.5°C
  • Fall (April to May) 7-17°C

Hobart Hotels

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Humble Hobart

Let’s face it, taking the mick out of Tasmania comes just below cricket in terms of national sport. Yet there’s a ring of truth to the postcards sold in Hobart featuring a map of Australia with the mainland renamed ‘North Island’ – and you begin to get the feeling that maybe, just maybe, we’ve got this whole superiority over Tasmania thing the wrong way around. ... Read more »

As the Port Arthur ruins show, Hobart began life as a particularly harsh penal colony, but has now blossomed into a city of beauty, wonder and some damn fine facilities. It’s a quiet cultural achiever, rivalling Melbourne’s somewhat pretentious art scene with the MONA and Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.

In terms of scenery, Hobart has some of the best in the country, with The Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens and Wellington Park showing off the city’s gentle beauty. In terms of shopping, unique boutiques line Elizabeth Street, and no matter where you’re from, Hobart will more than likely kick your city in the gastronomic guts, so vibrant and innovative is the food scene and local produce.

Humble, friendly and unfussed over whether you like it or not, Hobart is a gem hiding in plain sight, if only the rest of the country would take their blinkers off.

Hobart's Top 10

10. Wrest Point Casino Who doesn’t like a little spot of roulette? Not you? Hit up one of the restaurants or cool bars instead.

5. Cascade Brewery It’s a brewery. They make beer. It’s really, really good. They have tastings. They also have a shop that sells said beer. The end.

9. Battery Point This historic district provides some major historical eye candy.

4. Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery This museum/art gallery has the finest art collections and most impressive exhibits in the city.

8. Elizabeth Street This mammoth street hosts the best shopping, eateries and drinking holes in the state.

3. Cadbury Chocolate Factory We’re pretty sure that you need about as much convincing to visit here as you did with the Cascade Brewery, but just in case: lots of free samples.

7. Shot Tower Learn a thing or two at this historic building where old-school ammo used to be made.

2. Peppermint Bay Cruise Take a cruise from Hobart to Peppermint Bay and be blown away by the remarkable surroundings.

6. Salamanca Market This is a Hobart icon and institution. Go to buy fresh produce or arty crafty pieces.

1. Mt. Wellington/Wellington Park views, gorgeous scenery and the freshest air anywhere.

Hobart, History

  • Port Arthur – An old prison town, but now a well-preserved historical site.
  • Penitentiary Chapel Historic Site – Explore the courtrooms, grim cells and gallows by yourself or take one of the nightly ghost tours.
  • Battery Point – This area’s preserved 19th-century churches, houses and pubs recall the colonial times.
  • Old Signal Station – Messages transmitted across the prison colony came from this station.
  • Richmond Village – Just a short distance from Hobart, this area is home to many notable 19th-century buildings.

Hobart Art & Culture

  • Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery – This art museum and gallery is located in the 1808 Commissariat Store.
  • Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra – Hear performances by this orchestra at the Federation Concert Hall.
  • Maritime Museum of Tasmania – Contemporary Tasmanian art exhibits to relics all on display at the Maritime Museum of Tasmania.
  • Coal River Valley – Taste award-winning wines produced amongst the vineyards in this region close to Hobart.
  • Cascade Brewery – Keep the libations going at Australia’s oldest brewery, established in 1832. Tours are available if booked in advance.

Hobart Shopping

  • Art Mob – Buy or admire aboriginal fine art and jewellery here.
  • Recycled Recreation – Load up on secondhand outdoor gear at this Hobart store.
  • Tasmanian Wine Centre – Find and taste a large collection of local wines.
  • Salamanca Place – This area offers unique shops, restaurants, galleries, pubs and cafes set among early-1800s sandstone warehouses.
  • Bathurst St Antique Centre – This store is considered an antique lover's paradise.

Gay & Lesbian Hobart

  • LALALAND – This gay dance party is held the first Saturday of each month at HALO nightclub.
  • Flamingo’s Dance Bar – This nightclub comes alive every Friday and Saturday with gays and lesbians.
  • Blue Velvet – This party venue is host to a bimonthly GLC dance party.
  • The Old Woolstore – This is known to be a gay-friendly, spacious apartment hotel.
  • Corinda’s Cottages – Guest accommodations in this mansion boast a beautiful view overlooking Sullivan’s Cove.

Hobart Outdoor

  • Franklin Wharf – The harbour and dock area is great for strolling and exploring, as well as for getting a snack.
  • Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens – These gardens established in 1818 boast more than 6,000 native plants.
  • Mt Field National Park – Mountain scenery, alpine moorlands and lakes, rainforest and waterfalls, oh my - the Mt Field National Park has it all.
  • Mt Wellington – Mt Wellington attracts bikers, hikers and sightseers.
  • Australian Wooden Boat Festival – This outdoor festival in Sullivan’s Cove in every other February celebrates wooden boats of all shapes and sizes.

Hobart Sport

  • See a series of aquatic competitions at the long-running Royal Hobart Regatta in February.
  • Cheer on the Tasmanian Tigers cricket team at the Bellerive Oval.
  • Watch the winners of the annual Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race sail into the harbour.
  • Visit the Royal Tennis Courts, which date from 1875.
  • Check out a number of sports venues in the Friends Sports Ground.

Hobart Local

This is Hobart’s core and home to some of the most important venues in the state, including Parliament House and the Supreme Court. Make sure you pay the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery a visit for a look at one of the biggest and best art collections in the country, as well as stacks of awesome and inspiring exhibits. If you want to ingest some history and probably get a tad teary, visit the Hobart War Memorial, a monument commemorating the lost soldiers of war.

If you like your history with a marine-flavour, try the Maritime Museum to learn about Aussie maritime history and exploration, ship construction, naval warfare and gaze at shipwrecks and remnants from under the sea. Oh, and shoppers? Elizabeth Street Mall is your #1 destination.

South Hobart

Hobart’s south is home to an eclectic mix of attractions. Start with the MONA (Museum of Old and New Art) for one of the most unique art experiences in Oz. It’s a remarkable venue that puts a lot of effort and thought into its exhibits, so you’d be crazy to miss it. The Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens also finds its home here and has a whopping selection of attractions for flora lovers. You’ll find everything from a Japanese garden to a sub-Antarctic plant house and even a lil ol’ veggie patch (it’s actually pretty big).

Now that you’ve worked up a sufficient thirst, get over to the Cascade Brewery, where all your Tassie beer dreams will come true. Take a tour, have a meal and drink classic, Tassie-made beer like there’s no tomorrow. Make sure you bring along someone boring to be the designated driver.

North Hobart

Hobart’s famous Elizabeth Street continues into the north and provides a great selection of top restaurants and bars, so rest assured that if you’re in this neck of the woods, you’ll be fed well. Speaking of being fed well, you have to hit up the Cadbury Chocolate Factory and Visitors Centre. Learn how chocolate is made, watch them pour it into moulds (try to hold yourself back from jumping into the giant vats) and sample all the goodies. There’s also a shop so make sure you buy up BIG TIME. Everyone knows that Cadbury choccies are amazing, and you can buy huge bags of discounted chocolates that aren’t quite the right shape to be sold in stores. Nothin’ wrong with the taste, though!

Ferntree

This is one of the most scenic areas in the city, so make sure you bring some sturdy shoes and your camera. Get over to Mount Wellington and Wellington Park for magnificent views, great walking trails and plenty of native wildlife. If you’re up for a short bus ride, the 22-acre Inverawe Native Gardens at Margate are a treat. Stroll through the blissful, landscaped gardens on your own or take a themed, guided tour. If you’re a bird enthusiast, don’t forget to bring your binoculars, too, because hundreds of bird species call Inverawe their home. There are also a number of wineries scattered around the area.

Hobart Eat & Drink

Catch Fresh seafood, anyone? The bouillabaisse is worth its weight in gold.

Maldini This local fave does Italian food to a T. They also have an awesome wine list!

The Boathouse A classic-style venue juxtaposed with modern Aussie-Euro fusion.

Syrup Stay downstairs for funky, retro classics or go upstairs for some epic, reach-for-the-lasers electronica.

Drunken Admiral This awesome sea-and pirate-themed eatery does some of the best seafood in town. It’ll be hard to choose just one dish, though.

Ball and Chain Grill This place does seafood and meat on a charcoal grill. *drool* We’ll take two of everything, thanks.

Cargo Bar Pizza Lounge Chilled and funky place for fantabulous pizza and great drinks.

IXL Long Bar Lives in the Henry Jones Art Hotel and is one of swishest bars in town. Kick back with a cocktail and soak in the surroundings.

the lowerhouse This slick restaurant/bar with the trendy lowercase lettering is perfect for a sexy, after-hours chillout or an elegant dinner (or both).

Garagistes This communal-style eatery is simple yet stylish, welcomes chic and cool clientele on a daily basis and is one of the best in the city.

Hobart Events

The Royal Hobart Show provides four days of epic entertainment for all ages every October. Whether you’re all about rollercoasters that take you to the point of puking, showbags full of games and edible goodies, cute animal shows or just some great food and art exhibits, the show will satisfy.

Thousands of beer fans unite at The Tasmanian Beerfest every November. The largest beer festival in Oz sees breweries from all over the state, country and even overseas come together to put their best on show. If you like your amber ale, live music and great food, you can’t pass up this epic, beer-fuelled fiesta.

Hobart (and the entire country) always gets pumped for the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, starting on Boxing Day every year. Park your cabooses around the Derwent River/Sullivan’s Cove for the exhilarating and emotional finish a few days later

Great food and plonk – is there anything better? The Taste festival (late December to early January) transforms Hobart into food and alcohol heaven by celebrating the city’s great local produce. Go and stuff your faces and sink a few too many beers (or wines) while enjoying a variety of musical and cultural performances. If you’re up for learning a few tricks and tips, head over to one of the workshops and classes held by world-renowned master chefs.

When To Go

OK, everyone thinks Hobart is freezing and, compared with much of the rest of the country, it is. Snow is reasonably common on Mount Wellington in winter and from June to October you’re likely to experience more wet days than dry ones.

But, the temperatures aren’t as bad as all that, averaging 8°C in winter, 16°C in spring, 22°C in summer and 13°C in autumn. Dress appropriately and you’ll still have a ball.

What To Miss

If you’re up for a bushwalk, make sure to wear sensible clothing and closed shoes as Tassie is home to some of deadliest critters in Oz.

Some suburbs including Moonah, Derwent Park, Gagebrook and Clarendon Vale can be a little unsafe at night, so it’s best to keep away if you’re alone and unfamiliar with the area.

Getting There And Around

Being an island, you’re limited to two options – flying directly into Hobart or taking the Melbourne to Launceston ferry and driving down. Many mainlanders choose the latter option because of the freedom it gives them, but Metro Tasmania provides great bus services if you prefer to go public.« Hide
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Grand Chancellor Hotel Hobart
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1 Davey Street Hobart TAS 7000

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Travelodge Hobart
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167 Macquarie Street Hobart TAS 7000

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Travelodge Hobart Airport - Previously Quality Hotel Hobart Airport
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1 Holyman Avenue, Hobart, TS 7170

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Salamanca Inn All Suite Hotel Hobart
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4.5
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10 Gladstone Street Hobart TAS 7000

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Zero Davey Boutique Apartments Hobart
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15 Hunter Street Corner Of Hunter & Davey Streets Hobart TAS 7000

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Lenna Of Hobart Hotel
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Corner Runnymede Street & Salamanca Place Battery Point Hobart TAS 7004

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Best Western Hobart
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156 Bathurst Street Hobart TAS 7000

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Mayfair Plaza Motel
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4.5
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236 Sandy Bay Road TAS 7005

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The Brunswick Hotel
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67 Liverpool Street Hobart TAS 7000

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Hotel Collins Hobart
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58 Collins Street Hobart TAS 7000

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