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What travelers to Hobart are saying

We only stayed 3 days but a few more days would have been better. We went to Port Arthur which we enjoyed a lot. The football, we were happy to get a free bus to the ground. Salamanca market was nice and the smart ideas at Princes Wharf Shed No 1...
Joe M. 18 Aug 2015
Locals are very easy going and it is a very relaxed place. I was there with my wife last October for a trip and there with one of my sons last August to see the Mighty Kangas play. Hadleys is the best place I've stayed over there, central location...
Doods 12 May 2015

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.

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!


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.

Hotels in Hobart

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Recommended hotels

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1 The Brunswick Hotel

3 stars
3.1 / 5 9 reviews

67 Liverpool Street Map

Offering traditional cosy accommodations without a hefty price tag, The Brunswick Hotel creates an ideal starting point for travellers looking to explore this Tasmania capital. This inviting Hobart... More

Holiday in Hobart
The staff was very helpful. They even offered to help me with getting my luggage to my room.
5 May 2015
From US$22

2 Backpackers Imperial Hotel

3 stars
Not yet reviewed

138 Collins St Map

Backpackers Imperial Hotel offers well-maintained and comfortable accommodations for travellers visiting central Hobart. While in this side of Tasmania, visitors at this cosy hotel can marvel at... More

From US$87

3 Grand Chancellor Hotel Hobart

4 stars
4.6 / 5 170 reviews

1 Davey Street Map

Explore the capital of Tasmania island with ease by booking a stay at Grand Chancellor Hotel Hobart offering plush spaces set stone's throw away from transport station, central business district... More

Great Hotel
Great Location, comfortable rooms. good breakfast we enjoyed our stay and will be back
28 Sep 2015
From US$23

4 Hobarts Accommodation & Hostel

4 stars
Not yet reviewed

41 Barrack Street Map

Stay 5 Nights & Save 15%

Providing value-for-money accommodations in the heart of the Tasmanian capital, Hobarts Accommodation & Hostel makes for a good base for budget travellers exploring the city. Tourists learn more... More

From US$95

5 Quest Trinity House Hobart

4 stars
4.1 / 5 8 reviews

149 Brooker Ave, Glebe Map

Quest Trinity House Hobart Hotel is a quality four star rated alternative to traditional accommodation, offering guests a spacious apartment for the price of a hotel or motel room. GeneralBusiness... More

Excellent for a family
Excellent for a family. Quiet in Unit 25. Fantastic space. Excellent parking. Nice and central
15 Mar 2015
From US$99

6 Grosvenor Court Apartments

4 stars
4.8 / 5 12 reviews

42 Grosvenor Street Map

Whether you are on holiday, travelling on business, attending a conference or just looking for a quiet getaway with the family, the Grosvenor Court Apartments with its friendly hospitality, modern... More

good location hotel
good bedroom, location near hobart saturday market and shopping centre. cooking tools and facitlies are not very good and looking for improvement
1 Oct 2014
From US$94

7 Hadleys Orient Hotel

4 stars
4.2 / 5 27 reviews

34 Murray Street Map

Advanced Purchase, Stay 2 Nights & Save 15%

Hadleys Orient Hotel features top-notch self-contained apartments within convenient distance from corporate hubs and local must-see sites ideal for discerning travellers visiting Hobart.... More

Comfortable stay near hafbour
Great modern classy rooms in a Victorian hotel. Close to restaurants and shopping and Salamanca Pl
2 Oct 2015
From US$109

8 Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel Hobart (The)

4 stars
4.5 / 5 76 reviews

1 Macquarie Street Map

Book 45 Days In Advance, Stay 2 Nights & Save 10%

Whether in this part of Tasmania for business or leisure, travellers find ideal base at The Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel Hobart. This value-for-money property in Hobart offers comfortable... More

Excellent Accommodation
I thoroughly enjoyed staying at the Woolstore. The one bedroom suite was very large and comfortable and very well laid out. It certainly made for an enjoyable and comfortable stay. I can recommend...
9 Sep 2015
From US$104

9 Mantra Collins Hotel

4 stars
4.4 / 5 54 reviews

58 Collins Street Map

Stay 2 Nights & Save Up To 10%

Mantra Collins Hotel boasts of stylish and contemporary accommodations fused with personalised services and top-of-the-line facilities right in the central business district. Corporate guests in... More

Great experience
Location was fantastic.. within walking distance to most places. Hotel staff were friendly and very helpful.
22 Apr 2015
From US$91

10 Motel 429 Sandy Bay Road

4 stars
4.4 / 5 31 reviews

429 Sandy Bay Road Map

Located on the water front in beautiful Sandy Bay, the Motel 429 Sandy Bay Road Hobart offers immaculate accommodation, convenient facilities and easy access to all the area attractions that this... More

Was a very comfortable stay
Was a great place to stay, clean, comfortable and staff were accommodating. Do need a car as a little out of the main city area.
21 Aug 2015
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