This riverfront city might be small, but it has plenty to offer visitors
Hobart’s city centre is a mix of colonial architecture and industrial buildings; in between there’s a lot of charm to be found at the city’s museums, restaurants and popular Salamanca Markets. The city and its surrounds have undergone something of a revival over the past few years thanks to the well-loved Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), which is home to a quirky collection of thought-provoking art and artefacts. It also supports festivals throughout the year, drawing visitors from near and far.
A short distance outside Hobart, follow the whisky or cider trail to sample the creations of local producers or drop by one or more of the many cellar doors and food production facilities where the wares are typically sold at onsite cafés.
Nature is never far away here and Hobart is a great place for hikes or leisurely walks.
Things to do
Tasmania’s whisky industry is young but it’s already collecting awards, with Sullivan’s Cove this year winning best single malt in the world. Many distilleries along the Whisky Trail can be visited independently or as part of a whisky tour. Follow the Cider Trail south to visit cider producers, including Willie Smiths and Pagan cider companies.
Garden of eatin’
Hobartians are serious about their food and beverages. Head to Salamanca Markets on a Saturday from 8.30am to 3pm – many producers (think cheese, preserves, beer, desserts…) set up stalls where punters can sample and buy. Visit the historic Cascade Brewery for a tour and tastings. Wursthaus Kitchen offers some of the best picnic food in town. Just outside of Hobart, you’ll find many cellar doors.
Hit the road
Explore the rich heritage of Hobart’s surrounds: south-east of the city you’ll find convict sites such as Port Arthur. Head north and follow the Heritage Highway through many towns that have been preserved largely as they were, such as Richmond Village. The route will eventually take you to Launceston.
Isle be there
Head south of Hobart and take the ferry to Bruny Island for a mix of culinary and wilderness experiences. If you’re in the market for some top-drawer eats, check out Bruny Island Cheese Co, the berry farm, the smokehouse and the oyster farm or set out on a cruise, walk or nature tour around the island to get active.
The rest is history
Hobart is Australia’s second-oldest capital city after Sydney and has plenty of culture on offer. Visit the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) to browse a broad range of history-, culture- and science-themed collections. The nearby Mawson’s Hut replica traces the city’s links with Antarctica, and MONA, located upriver, is home to a compelling collection of antiquities and new art.
Travel time 20 minutes
Taxi Approx AUD $40
Bus Tasmania Redline Airporter meets all flights. One-way AUD $17 (adult), AUD $13 (child, 3-15 yrs); return AUD $30 (adult), AUD $23 (child).Back to top
When to go
Hobart is a great place to visit at any time of the year, though the mercury drops significantly in the winter months. The most temperate time to come is during the summer months (September-April). Still, dress in layers as evenings can be cool. The winter months (May to August) are also the quieter months, when the days are shorter and temperatures can range from 4°C to 8°C.
There are festivals throughout the year, with MONA’s summer MONA FOMA summer festival of music and art (January) and kooky DARK MOFO winter festival being (June) the most highly anticipated. Hobart buzzes in summer, especially around New Year’s Day with the arrival of the Sydney to Hobart yacht fleet and the Summer Festival of theatre, jazz, food and wine.Back to top
Many attractions in Hobart are within easy walking distance of the CBD. If you prefer to ride, Metro buses ply routes linking north, east and south Hobart. The free Hobart Hopper shuttle bus stops at sites in the CBD, Salamanca and the waterfront, running on a continuous 10-minute loop between 8.30am and 4pm. Visitors can also take a water taxi up the Derwent River or hop on the MONA Ferry from the marina.Back to top