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 issteeped 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 warehousesand 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

Allurity Hotel
Allurity Hotel
2.5 out of 5
96 Bathurst St, Hobart, TAS, 7000
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The price is $95 per night from Nov 29 to Nov 30
$95
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Nov 29 - Nov 30
Stay at this hotel in Hobart. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and a TV. Popular attractions Playhouse Theatre and Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts are ...
3.6/5 Good! (190 reviews)
"Close to the city everything within walking distance"

Reviewed on Nov 25, 2022

Allurity Hotel
Wrest Point
Wrest Point
4.5 out of 5
410 Sandy Bay Road, Sandy Bay, TAS, 7005
The price is $104 per night from Dec 11 to Dec 12
$104
per night
Dec 11 - Dec 12
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Hobart. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a casino. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the convenient parking in ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (1,005 reviews)
"Lovely view over the Drewent. Light globe on entry to room not working - room 607"

Reviewed on Nov 22, 2022

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Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart
Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart
4.5 out of 5
1 Davey St, Hobart, TAS, 7000
The price is $128 per night from Dec 18 to Dec 19
$128
per night
Dec 18 - Dec 19
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Hobart. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and 24-hour room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (1,001 reviews)
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Reviewed on Nov 18, 2022

Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart
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St Ives Apartments
St Ives Apartments
4 out of 5
67 St Georges Terrace, Battery Point, TAS, 7004
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly aparthotel in Hobart. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (2,144 reviews)
"Excellent room, quite and a lot of parking available."

Reviewed on Nov 23, 2022

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Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel
Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel
4.5 out of 5
1 Macquarie St, Hobart, TAS, 7000
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury aparthotel in Hobart. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and 24-hour room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (2,894 reviews)
"We had a great stay. They made every easy eg check in, check out, room service, car parking. It would have been great to have a small coffee table for the couch to put drinks on."

Reviewed on Nov 15, 2022

Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel
Somerset on the Pier Hobart
Somerset on the Pier Hobart
4 out of 5
Elizabeth Street Pier, Hobart, TAS, 7000
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly aparthotel in Hobart. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the helpful staff and ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,406 reviews)
"Good central location. Spacious apartment."

Reviewed on Nov 8, 2022

Somerset on the Pier Hobart
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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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