5 best things to do in Hobart on a budget

Heading down to Hobart for the weekend and looking for some budget-friendly activities? Our 5 top tips for getting the most out of your weekend.

Hobart gallery of state historic architecture on the waterfront
  • Jetstar
  • January 2018

Hobart has blossomed into an exciting destination in its own right. Cutting-edge galleries and historic districts bump up against craft breweries and an enticing gastronomy scene, with Tassie’s jaw-dropping landscapes just a stone’s throw away. Here are our top 5 things to do in Hobart when you have to consider the budget! 

Oysters on Bruny Island is must on your things to do in Hobart.
The famous oysters are a great reason to jump on the ferry across to Bruny Island for the day.

Sample local produce at the Farm Gate Market

The Saturday Salamanca Market is a long-standing Hobart shopping tradition, but locals are more inclined to mosey around the pop-up Farm Gate Market that takes place each Sunday. Live buskers ignite the strip and it’s a great place to soak up community spirit while enjoying complimentary tastings. From artisan bread to Tassie honey and freshly shucked oysters, the market showcases locally-sourced, seasonal produce, with an ethos of connecting the public directly with producers. Taste the island’s famous cool-climate wines and boutique spirits, or sample home-made preserves and hand-blended teas.

Location: Bathurst Street - between Murray and Elizabeth Streets.
Open: Sunday 8.30am - 1.00pm (and in all weather!) 

Russell Falls in Mount Field National Park
Russell Falls in the Mount Field National Park near Hobart.

Hit the trails of Mount Field National Park

Tasmania is a natural paradise and you don’t have to venture far from Hobart to see why. Head to the rainforest-draped waterfalls and striking alpine scenery of Mount Field National Park, which is a scenic one-hour drive along the Derwent River, which is a sight in itself. The route hugs hillside vineyards and cherry orchards, with the option to stop and ramble in the antique shops of New Norfolk along the way.

Enjoy an easy walk to the graceful cascades of Russell Falls, with a circuit trail continuing beneath soaring swamp gums, the tallest flowering plant on Earth. Keen trekkers can follow the winding road that leads to the shores of Lake Dobson, where you can experience the bizarre alpine species and glacier-carved landscapes of the Tarn Shelf.

Location: 66 Lake Dobson Rd, Mount Field

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Mt Wellington lookout
A view from the top! Mount Wellington's famous lookout is a must on your list of things to do in Hobart.

Indulge your ears at MONA

Even if you've already been, be sure you add MONA to your list of things to do, as the Museum is regularly offering free live music along with weird and wonderful events/exhibitions. If you’re visiting during the height of summer (or the depths of winter) during the free MONA FOMA and Dark Mofo festival activities, you can experience MONA’s reputation for the weird and wonderful on Hobart’s waterfront. If you want to take the experience up a notch and blow your budget trip (it's worth it), stay in one of the pavillions at MONA - each are named and inspired by an influential artist/architect.

If you're lucky to be born in the beautiful state, don't forget your birth certificate or ID - Tasmanian residents get free entry (including those returning from the mainland). 

Location: 655 Main Rd, Berriedale - though we recommend taking the ferry from the Brooke St Pier as the museum was designed to enter from the water. 

Ride the ferry to Bruny Island

A much-loved getaway for Hobartians, Bruny Island has it all: breathtaking beaches, delightful wildlife and plenty of gourmet delights. It’s a 35-minute drive from Hobart to the picturesque harbour at Kettering, then a 20-minute cruise across the D’Entrecasteaux Channel.

Take in the sweeping panoramas from The Neck lookout where little penguins can be seen waddling to shore in the evenings and stop in at Bruny Island Cheese to see their artisan produce being hand-made. Bruny is an adventure-lover’s playground, with southerly swells bringing waves to the wind-swept shores of Cloudy Bay and coastal walking trails where Bennetts wallabies, echidnas and wombats can be spotted.

Location: Take the ferry from Kettering across the D'Entrecasteaux Channel (approximately 20 minutes)

Stroll the historic streets of Battery Point

With early 19th-century architecture clustering in its leafy streets, Battery Point sits propped above the waterfront warehouses of Salamanca. Discover its colonial history along the Battery Point Sculpture Trail, with sweeping views of the lower Derwent Estuary. The main strip of Hampden Road is lined with historical houses and one-of-a-kind boutiques, while Arthur’s Circus boasts some of the cutest cottages in the country. Be tempted by the culinary creations at locally beloved bakery Jackman and McRoss, then soak up the waterfront views while enjoying a picnic in Princes Park.

Location: Take Kelly’s Steps from the Salamanca waterfront

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