A riverfront city with historic charm and a breath of fresh air

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.

Some of Tasmania’s most celebrated wine regions are a stone’s throw from Hobart, including the Derwent and Huon valleys – hunt down an award-winning pinot noir or riesling at one of many welcoming cellar doors. A short distance outside the city, follow whisky or cider trails to sample the creations of local producers, or drop by small farms where local produce like honey, berries and organic vegetables are sold direct or served at onsite cafés.

Nature is never far away here and Hobart is a great place for hikes or leisurely walks.

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Things to do

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Airport information

Hobart Airport (HBA)

Distance to city centre 17km

Taxi A taxi into Hobart will take around 20 minutes and cost about AUD $50.

Shuttle The Hobart Airporter opens in new window meets all flights from the mainland, and costs around AUD $20 one-way to the city centre.

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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 winter. The warmest time to come is during the summer months (December–February), although evenings can be cool. The winter months (MayAugust), when the days are shorter and temperatures can range from 4–8°C, are quieter.

There are festivals throughout the year, with MONA’s summer MONA FOMA festival of music and art in January and kooky Dark Mofo winter festival in 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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Getting around

Many attractions in Hobart are within easy walking distance of the city centre. If you prefer to ride, Metro buses opens in new window ply routes linking north, east and south Hobart. The free Hobart Hopper opens in new window shuttle bus stops at sites in the city centre, Salamanca and the waterfront, running on a continuous 10-minute loop between 8.30am and 4pm. Visitors can also hop on the MONA Ferry opens in new window from the marina.

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