Hobart

Travel Guide
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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.

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Where to stay in Hobart

Wrest Point
Wrest Point
4.5 out of 5
410 Sandy Bay Road, Sandy Bay, TAS
Located in Sandy Bay, this luxury hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Salamanca Place, Salamanca Market, and Constitution Dock. Hobart Cruise Terminal and Mount Nelson ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (962 reviews)
"Amazing vista - it was a fantastic view from the mountain around to the harbour. The room itself was salubrious with all the essential that made our stay memorable"

Reviewed on Nov 11, 2021

Wrest Point
Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart
Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart
4.5 out of 5
1 Davey St, Hobart, TAS
Located in Hobart Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Salamanca Market, and Salamanca ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (962 reviews)
"Nice views"

Reviewed on Nov 23, 2021

Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart
RACV Hobart Hotel
RACV Hobart Hotel
4 out of 5
154-156 Collins Street, Hobart, TAS
Located in Hobart Central Business District, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of The Cat & Fiddle Arcade, Salamanca Market, and Salamanca Place. Franklin ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (983 reviews)
"Central location. Spacious room."

Reviewed on Dec 5, 2021

RACV Hobart Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Bay Hotel Apartments
Bay Hotel Apartments
3 out of 5
123-127 Sandy Bay Road, Sandy Bay, TAS
The price is $82 per night from Dec 9 to Dec 9
Located in Hobart Central Business District, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Australian Army Museum Tasmania and Salamanca Market. Salamanca Place ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,136 reviews)
"Continue to stay here due to the ease of parking, walking to supermarket and eateries. Friendly, easy check in and check out. Rooms are good. Bed comfy. Only downside is the pillow selection. 2 pillows on bed and 3 extras, and all are on the hard side. Would love a super soft pillow to choose from ..."

Reviewed on Nov 22, 2021

Bay Hotel Apartments
Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel
Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel
4.5 out of 5
1 Macquarie St, Hobart, TAS
The price is $95 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 6
Located in Hobart Central Business District, this luxury aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Franklin Wharf and Constitution Dock. Hobart Cruise Terminal ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (2,785 reviews)
"Everyone was so lovely and helpful! We had a fantastic time. So central and easy walking distance to everywhere we needed."

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2021

Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel
Somerset on the Pier Hobart
Somerset on the Pier Hobart
4 out of 5
Elizabeth Street Pier, Hobart, TAS
The price is $150 per night from Dec 12 to Dec 12
Located in Hobart Central Business District, this aparthotel is steps from Mona Ferry Terminal, Lark Distillery, and Hobart Function and Conference Centre. Maritime ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,318 reviews)
"Beautiful view, fantastic friendly service at check in. Great location on the Hobart waterfront."

Reviewed on Sep 28, 2021

Somerset on the Pier Hobart
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Getting around Hobart

Try to rent a car when you visit Hobart, as relying on public transportation when you want to get out and explore the wilderness can be limiting. There is a slow but decent public bus network that will take you to all the major sights in the city itself. The center of the city is walkable, and a rental bike can help you explore more freely, even if you don’t have access to a car. Visit the Metro Tasmania website.Browse Hobart rental cars.

Best time to visit

Hobart’s peak season is in the Southern Hemisphere summer, from December through February. Traditional wisdom suggests that peak season should be avoided if possible due to crowds, but since Tasmania’s vast open spaces are its main attraction, this is less true here. There is just too much space for it to get really crowded, and the good weather at this time of year makes it worth coming in any case.

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