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.
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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 4ºC to 8ºC.
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.
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Jetstar offers direct flights to Hobart from Sydney, Melbourne (Tullamarine) and Brisbane. Connect via these cities from Jetstar’s other ports.
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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.
Taxi fares run to about A$40.
A$3–$20 (10 min–24 hours). “Saver” parking is available at a day rate of around A$14.