The best of Hobart on a budget: top 5 things to do
No longer just the gateway to the ‘Apple Isle’ and its World Heritage-listed wilderness, Hobart has blossomed into an exciting destination in its own right.
- January 2018
No longer just the gateway to the ‘Apple Isle’ and its World Heritage-listed wilderness, 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.
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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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 freshlyshucked 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: 108 Bathurst Street
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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. 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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Indulge your ears at MONA
Redefining the museum experience, Hobart’s Museum of Old and New Art is not just about a mind-opening delve into its underground galleries. Free live music ignites the lawns of MONA every weekend, where you can collapse into beanbags and listen to the sounds of local and international artists. The Void bar provides a stage when the weather’s not at its best.
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.
Location: 655 Main Rd, Berriedale
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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
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