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HobartAustralia

Once an infamous penal colony, this waterfront city is now Tasmania's cultural hub, drawing foodies and nature lovers from all over the world.

Tasmania’s capital city is steeped in history. Settled by the British in 1804, Hobart was mostly populated by convicts and soldiers. Gradually the town developed on the backs of the whaling and boat building industries. The city’s Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian architecture, sandstone warehouses and Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, which date back to 1818, are a legacy of the wealth these industries generated.

Downtown Hobart is based around the original settlement site at Sullivan’s Cove on the Derwent River, and is easy to navigate by bus or bike, or on foot. On a Saturday, catch the free HobartHopper shuttle bus from the city centre and head to the markets at Salamanca Place. Drawing tens of thousands of people, these markets offer fashion, crafts, art, gourmet food and locally grown produce. Salamanca Place is also an arts hub, so on any day of the week there’s always something to see and do in its galleries and theaters.

Gone are the days of meager convict rations; Hobart today offers some of the most innovative cuisine in the country and the quality of its local produce, beer and wine is prized throughout Australia and the Asia Pacific.

The city also has a thriving theater community, with two historic theaters running seasons of plays, opera, live music and cabaret. Tour the Theatre Royal and learn about those who have graced its stage, from Laurence Olivier to Hugo Weaving.

Spend a day exploring history on the waterfront in the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery where the living culture of Tasmania’s indigenous people comes alive through artifacts, stories and displays. Learn about the tragic conflicts between these people and the early settlers, and the lives of indigenous people in Tasmania since then.

Board a vintage ferry and cruise down the incredibly scenic Derwent River. Learn more about city’s connection to the water at the Maritime Museum of Tasmania. You can also get a ferry to the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), renowned internationally for its provocative and imaginative displays.

Discover Hobart’s natural side at Mount Wellington where there are hiking and biking trails, and incredible views over Hobart and the water. Outside Hobart there are other walking tracks following the coastline and river, offering great spots from which to watch the sun go down.

Hobart Travel Guide Video

Where to stay in Hobart

Richmond featuring a garden and a house

Richmond

Unique features of Richmond include the historical sites and gardens. Make a stop by Richmond Bridge or Pooley Wines while you're exploring the area.

Richmond
New Norfolk featuring a house

New Norfolk

New Norfolk is noteworthy for its gardens, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Anglican Church of St Matthew and Derwent Cliffs State Reserve.

New Norfolk

Top hotels in Hobart

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart
Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart
4.5 out of 5
1 Davey St, Hobart, TAS
The price is HK$785 per night from 28 Sep to 29 Sep

Located in Hobart Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery and Hobart Cruise Terminal. Salamanca ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (1,254 reviews)

"Excellent service and will definitely return to stay again"…"

Reviewed on 9 Aug 2020

Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart
Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel
Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel
4.5 out of 5
1 Macquarie St, Hobart, TAS
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is HK$738 per night from 30 Sep to 1 Oct

Located in Hobart Central Business District, this luxury aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Franklin Wharf and Constitution Dock. Hobart Cruise Terminal ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (2,619 reviews)

"Property is central to the city, very relaxed atmosphere. Staff are very friendly and helpful. Would stop here again."…"

Reviewed on 15 Aug 2020

Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel
Sullivans Cove Apartments
Sullivans Cove Apartments
5 out of 5
21 Hunter Street, Hobart, TAS
The price is HK$718 per night from 1 Oct to 2 Oct

Located in Hobart Central Business District, this luxury apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery and Constitution Dock. ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (820 reviews)

"Very friendly and helpful clear communication great information"…"

Reviewed on 17 Aug 2020

Sullivans Cove Apartments

Holiday Rentals in Hobart

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel
Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel
4.5 out of 5
1 Macquarie St, Hobart, TAS
The price is HK$738 per night from 30 Sep to 1 Oct

Located in Hobart Central Business District, this luxury aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Franklin Wharf and Constitution Dock. Hobart Cruise Terminal ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (2,619 reviews)

"Property is central to the city, very relaxed atmosphere. Staff are very friendly and helpful. Would stop here again."…"

Reviewed on 15 Aug 2020

Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel
Sullivans Cove Apartments
Sullivans Cove Apartments
5 out of 5
21 Hunter Street, Hobart, TAS
The price is HK$718 per night from 1 Oct to 2 Oct

Located in Hobart Central Business District, this luxury apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery and Constitution Dock. ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (820 reviews)

"Very friendly and helpful clear communication great information"…"

Reviewed on 17 Aug 2020

Sullivans Cove Apartments
Salamanca Suites
Salamanca Suites
4.5 out of 5
8 Salamanca Place, Battery Point, TAS
The price is HK$817 per night from 28 Sep to 29 Sep

Located in Hobart Central Business District, this luxury aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Salamanca Market and Mona Ferry Terminal. Royal Tasmanian Botanical ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (155 reviews)

"Lovely staff, close location to Salamanca m, had everything required of a self contained apartment. Unfortunately our heater didn’t reach our room and the one in the bedroom didn’t work so it was quite cold. Will stay again."…"

Reviewed on 9 Aug 2020

Salamanca Suites

Popular places to visit in Hobart

Salamanca Place
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Salamanca Place

4.5/5(22 reviews)

Spend a day in this area where sandstone warehouses are now home to gourmet restaurants, trendy bars, galleries and a busy Saturday market.

Museum of Old and New Art
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Museum of Old and New Art

4/5(10 reviews)

Hobart’s remarkable Museum of Old and New Art has a surprising mix of thought-provoking installation art, modern paintings, sculptures and ancient artefacts. 

Mt. Wellington
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Mt. Wellington

5/5(17 reviews)

Majestic columns of rock rise to the peak of this often snow-capped mountain, providing a playground for nature lovers, and a stunning backdrop for Hobart.

Top things to do in Hobart

Entry Pass to the Port Arthur Historic Site
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Entry Pass to the Port Arthur Historic Site

HK$232
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
The Ultimate Australia Pass
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The Ultimate Australia Pass

HK$1,077
Per adult
The Ultimate Tasmania Pass
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The Ultimate Tasmania Pass

HK$664
Per adult
Cascade Brewery Tour
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Cascade Brewery Tour

HK$166
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Hobart Harbour Sailing
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Hobart Harbour Sailing

HK$775
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Tarn Shelf Hiking Tour - Mount Field National Park
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Tarn Shelf Hiking Tour - Mount Field National Park

HK$558
Per adult

Reviews of Hobart

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Top Destination

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

5 Mar 2020

Uniquely situated. Lots of options for days out, ideally with a car but there appeared plenty of tour operators and alternative transport as well as many local places of interest. Salamanca market is well worth a visit.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

4 Dec 2019

Plenty of places to visit in the area (with transport).

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

26 Apr 2019

Choice of good restaurants around the harbour

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

26 Apr 2019

The museums, Morsons cabin, port Arthur, mona, fish and chips, fresh air, we will be back. Natalie at Grand Chancellor desk was so helpful.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

26 Apr 2019

Caught the shuttle bus from the TIC to Mount Wellington and it was great value, we also walked down the mountain which was hard work but well worth it. Wear decent trainers or walking shoes though. The Salamanca area was just lovely.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

10 Mar 2019

Our day at Port Arthur was more than we expected. Eye opening.