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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.

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Where to stay in Hobart

Playhouse Theatre featuring signage, theater scenes and night scenes

Hobart Central Business District

4.5/5Wonderful!(194 area reviews)

The captivating waterfront views and popular shops are just a few highlights of Hobart Central Business District. Make a stop by Salamanca Market or Salamanca Place while you're exploring the area.

Hobart Central Business District
Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery showing interior views and art as well as an individual male

Sullivan's Cove

A noteworthy feature of Sullivan's Cove is its captivating waterfront views. While you're in town, be sure to stop and check out Salamanca Place and Salamanca Market.

Sullivan's Cove

Top Hotels 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 $94 per night

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! (2,616 reviews)

"We really enjoyed our stay. There was a breakdown in communication regarding our pre-paid breakfast. Good location and facilities were excellent."…"

Reviewed on Mar 27, 2020

Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel
ibis Styles Hobart
ibis Styles Hobart
4 out of 5
173 Macquarie Street, Hobart, TAS
The price is $77 per night

Located in Hobart Central Business District, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of St. David's Cathedral, Franklin Square, and Australian Army Museum Tasmania. ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,124 reviews)

"Hotel Ibis is my hotel of choice whenever I’m down in Hobart. Perfect location, friendly welcoming check in/check out. Superior Queen room (although a little small) is very accommodating with nice bed, soft pillow and an almost silent air conditioner. Great hotel."…"

Reviewed on Jul 5, 2020

ibis Styles Hobart
Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart
Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart
4.5 out of 5
1 Davey St, Hobart, TAS
The price is $94 per night

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! (1,335 reviews)

"EVERYTHING WAS PERFECT BEST ACCOMODATION I HAVE HAD IN TASMANIA"…"

Reviewed on Jul 6, 2020

Hotel Grand Chancellor 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.

Popular places to visit in Hobart

Salamanca Market
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Salamanca Market

4.5/5(101 reviews)

You can enjoy some retail therapy with a trip to Salamanca Market, a popular shopping spot in Hobart. Discover the fascinating museums in this walkable area, or seek out the local tours.

Salamanca Place
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Salamanca Place

4.5/5(67 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

4.5/5(68 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. 

Seven Mile Beach
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Seven Mile Beach

4.5/5(15 reviews)

Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Seven Mile Beach, a popular beach in Hobart.

Wrest Point Casino
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Wrest Point Casino

4/5(1 review)

Why not roll the dice by visiting Wrest Point Casino where you can enjoy the games and entertainment of this top casino in Hobart? Check out the casinos and lively bars in this walkable area.

Richmond Bridge
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Richmond Bridge

4.5/5(23 reviews)

Find out about the history of Richmond Bridge, one of the top monuments in Hobart. Make time for the shops and local tours in this walkable area.

Top things to do in Hobart

Bruny Island Food, Sightseeing & Exclusive Lighthouse Tour
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Bruny Island Food, Sightseeing & Exclusive Lighthouse Tour

$121
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Bruny Island Wilderness Cruise Day Tour from Hobart
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Bruny Island Wilderness Cruise Day Tour from Hobart

$163
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Entry Pass to the Port Arthur Historic Site
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Entry Pass to the Port Arthur Historic Site

$29
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Tasman Island Cruise & Tasmanian Devil Park Tour from Hobart
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Tasman Island Cruise & Tasmanian Devil Park Tour from Hobart

$176
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Hobart's Dark Past Walking Tour
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Hobart's Dark Past Walking Tour

$26
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Skip the Line: Mawson's Huts Replica Museum General Entry Ticket
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Skip the Line: Mawson's Huts Replica Museum General Entry Ticket

$11
Per adult

Reviews of Hobart

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 30, 2020

Go to the MONO and the Bonorong Animal Sanctuary, both were outstanding.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 12, 2020

Salamanca Market was outstanding. Lots of interesting booths and some local made crafts. Taste of Tasmania was also running and very enjoyable. Only drawback was so many people you could hardly move at either event (tour boats in port?).

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 8, 2019

Hobart is a great place to visit, just make sure you bring your appetite. They had a ton of restaurants and bars. Not a lot of shopping.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 4, 2019

I adore Hobart. A brilliant, unique and quirky city. Always a great place to visit.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 25, 2019

I love the whole city Small but pretty & beautiful

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 28, 2019

Mellow town to check out. Enjoyed the bars, Hobart Brewery, and the seafood was to die for. Yum! Overall, a good few days. We maybe could have used one more day, but two nights was sufficient.

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