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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Hobart Central Business District
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Hobart Central Business District

Romantic, Ports, Friendly People

The Hobart Central Business District neighborhood is known for being romantic and walkable. Part of the neighborhood's charm is its friendly people. Broaden your horizons with the local shopping.

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Top Hotels in Hobart

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Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart
4.5 out of 5
1 Davey St, Hobart
$89/night
Jul 28 - Jul 29
4.6/5Wonderful! (2,992 reviews)

"This hotel was great. Rooms and staff were excellent and location was outstanding."…"

Reviewed on Jul 23, 2019

Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart
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Best Western Hobart
4 out of 5
156 Bathurst Street, Hobart
$70/night
Jul 30 - Jul 31
4/5Very Good! (1,850 reviews)

"clean property, pleasant front desk service, parking is a bit hard given the slope."…"

Reviewed on Jul 4, 2019

Best Western Hobart
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Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel
4.5 out of 5
1 Macquarie St, Hobart
$82/night
Jul 28 - Jul 29
4.5/5Wonderful! (2,435 reviews)

"Spacious well located apartments and reasonably priced. This was my second time at this property and I will definitely be back again. Super friendly welcome, all very easy. And great help when I left my earphones in my room at check out. I called from the airport and by the time my flight had landed, ..."…"

Reviewed on Jul 22, 2019

Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel

Popular things to do in Hobart

Salamanca Market
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Salamanca Market

You can find the perfect gifts to bring home when you visit Salamanca Market, a favorite shopping spot in Hobart. Discover the fascinating museums in this walkable area, or seek out the local tours.

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

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

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.

Cascade Brewery
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Cascade Brewery

Step back into the past at the oldest brewery in Australia, a striking Gothic building near Hobart, and try some of the best beers in the country.

Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens
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Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens

See rare and ancient plants, edible landscapes and exotic specimens at one of Australia's oldest public gardens.

Salamanca Place
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Salamanca Place

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

Top activities in Hobart

Bruny Island Food, Sightseeing & Lighthouse Tour with Lunch
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Bruny Island Food, Sightseeing & Lighthouse Tour with Lunch

$109

Discover everything that makes Bruny Island amazing with our sightseeing and food tour. Taste local fresh produce; everything from oysters to cider, chocolate, fudge and artisan cheeses.

Bruny Island Gourmet Food & Wine Day Tour
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Bruny Island Gourmet Food & Wine Day Tour

$123

Bruny Island is home to spectacular landscapes and gourmet local produce, all of which can be experienced on this full-day tour. Savor delicious cheese, oysters, salmon, wine and bread all grown, made and harvested on the island while touring the native bush and rainforests found here.

Hobart Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour
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Hobart Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

$25

Join the official sightseeing tour of Hobart; choose from 20 different stops featuring the best sights and attractions in and around Hobart.

Full day Port Arthur & Tasman Peninsula Tour from Hobart
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Full day Port Arthur & Tasman Peninsula Tour from Hobart

$88

Take an activity-packed day trip from Hobart that showcases the best of the Tasman Peninsula. Depart Hobart in the early morning to start your Port Arthur day trip with the drive to the stunning Tasman Peninsula, home to Australia’s highest sea cliffs.

Full-Day Port Arthur and Tassie Devils Active Day Tour
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Full-Day Port Arthur and Tassie Devils Active Day Tour

$95

Join us for a fun and action-packed day out on the Tasman Peninsula. Explore, discover and learn with our guides as we enjoy a variety of activities, walks, sightseeing, history, Tassie Devil Feeding, chocolate tasting and much more! We take an early start from Hobart and head to the stunning Tasman Peninsula, home to Australia’s highest sea cliffs.

Bruny Island Wilderness Cruise
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Bruny Island Wilderness Cruise

$61

Join an adventure cruise along Bruny Island’s scenic coastline and discover high sea cliffs and deep-sea caves. Cruise on a custom-built boat with covered open-air seating and take in the region's remarkable nature and wildlife.

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