A sophisticated urban vibe, historic charm and a vibrant food scene
Wedged within a wilderness of mountains and rivers, Hobart’s city-centre mix of colonial architecture and reinvented industrial buildings is a surprise package. Just behind the postcard views of 19th-century sandstone warehouses and bright sails on the water are moody wine and whisky bars, swanky restaurants and risk-taking artist galleries. And of course there’s Mona, the Museum of Old and New Art, home to a unique collection of thought-provoking art and artefacts.
Passionate producers and inventive chefs, paired with the celebrated wine regions a stone’s throw from the city, have made the city an exciting food destination. Hunt down an award-winning Pinot Noir or Riesling at cellar doors in the Derwent, Huon and Coal River Valleys, follow whisky or cider trails, and drop by small farms where produce like honey and berries are sold direct or served at onsite cafés.
Hobart puts you in easy reach of some of Australia’s most dramatic natural landscapes, where you can hike, kayak, mountain bike or take a wildlife cruise. Historic Hobart is a modern traveller’s dream.
Things to do
Mona, an adult Disneyland
Established by eccentric billionaire (and Hobart boy) David Walsh in 2011, Mona opens in new window is a quirkily personal, thought provoking, sometimes shocking, always fascinating cultural icon. Yes, they call it the Museum of Old and New Art, but it’s also a kind of adult theme park, full of bizarre, confusing and hilarious things to make you gasp, think and smile. There’s a brewery, winery, café and fine-dining restaurant on-site, so there’s no reason to ever leave. Most visitors make a dramatic approach to the imposing cliff-set structure on the special River Derwent catamaran from Hobart city centre.
Image credit: MONA/Jesse Hunniford
Travel time 20 minutes
Taxi Approx AUD $40
Bus Tasmania Redline Airporter meets all flights. One-way AUD $17 (adult), AUD $13 (child, 3-15 yrs); return AUD $30 (adult), AUD $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 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 4°C to 8°C.
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.Back to top
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 hop on the MONA Ferry from the marina.Back to top