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.
Things to do
Discover some of Tasmania’s excellent cold-climate wines on the Southern Wine Trail opens in new window – vineyards are closer to Hobart than any other capital city. But Tassie tipples go beyond the vine. The state's whisky industry is young but celebrated, with Sullivan’s Cove a multiple winner of best single malt at the World Whiskies Awards. Many distilleries along the Whisky Trail opens in new window can be visited independently or as part of a whisky tour. Still thirsty? Follow the Cider Trail opens in new windowsouth to visit cider producers – they don't call this 'the Apple Isle' for nothing.
Garden of eatin’
Hobartians are serious about their food and drink. To really get an idea of how much, head to Salamanca Markets opens in new window 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 opens in new window for a tour and tastings. Wursthaus Kitchen opens in new window offers some of the best picnic food in town.
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 opens in new window for a delightful 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. After all that sampling, you might want to set out on a cruise or get active on a walk or nature tour around the island.
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 A$40
Bus Tasmania Redline Airporter meets all flights. One-way A$17 (adult), A$13 (child, 3-15 yrs); return A$30 (adult), A$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 winter. The warmest time to come is during the summer months (December–February), although evenings can be cool. The winter months (May–August), 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.Back to top
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.Back to top