Hobart, the capital city of Tasmania and the 2nd oldest settlement in Australia, blends heritage and lifestyle, scenery and culture. It is a place of mellow sandstone, dockside fishmongers, al frecso coffee shops, art, craft, music and theatre. Graceful old trees shelter bright flowers in heritage parks and gardens.
Hobart is shaped by water. Take a river cruise, or drive to the summit of Mount Wellington. See how the suburbs hug the winding River Derwent and the city buildings cluster around the docks. On the sparkling harbour, ships are busy- Antarctic supply vessels and sailing dinghies, wave piercing catamarans and ocean racers, visiting ocean liner and even a square rigger or two.
Travel tips and suggestions
Trip advisor - is the website, where you can find most of all tourist attractions with more details,
however, for those, who are not IT orientated, we list below some of them, so that you know what to search for. Take in the superb views from Mt Wellington, Mt Nelson Signal Station and Tea Rooms, and Rosny Hill. If you are intending to travel up to summit of Mt Wellington, take the first cloud free opportunity, or you may miss out.
Visit Salamanca Place and the famous Salamanca Market (Saturday only 8:30am - 3pm and 8:30am-2pm in winter). The 1830's sunstone warehouses and now home to galleries, art studios, restaurants and cafes year round.
Admire the Georgian cottages of Battery Point - stroll around Arthur Circus, where some of Hobart's oldest houses stand.
See Hobart's heritage buildings with a self-guided walking map or on an escorted Historic Hobart Walk.
Stroll through Hobart's parks and gardens - St David's Park (which was once early Hobart Town's cemetery) The Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens.
Take a ghost tour at the Old Hobart Goal in Campbell Street. Hear incredible tales of crime and punishment as you are led through the courts and tunnels to the chapel, cells and gallows of this internationally-significant convict site, owned and operated by the National Trust at The Tench (Penitentiary Chapel Historic Site).
A taste of Hobart- tour the Cascade Brewery, Island Produce Fudge Factory.
Visit our museums - the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, the Maritime Museum, Mawson's Hut Replica Museum, the All port Gallery and Narryna Heritage Museum and Mona museum (Old & New Art).
A few recommendations for half up to a day trips
Half day trips
1. Mt. Wellington is a "must" to see the beauty of Tasmanian landscape, at night time possibility to see an Aurora.
2. Historical village RICHMOND with traditional houses and many of little shops, cafes, as well as antique shops. On Sunday is a local mark.
3. Huonville via Cygnet – nice scenic road through many orchards with self-contained boxes for shopping fruit.
Longer half a day trips
4. Mt Field National Park @ Russell Falls
5. Port Arthur historical site and remarkable cave – not only prison but the whole story of how the living and development of Tasmania started since 1830. On the way much other natural sightseeing, like Tessellated pavements, Tasman Arch, Devils Kitchen, Blow Hole. Don't forget to visit remarkable cave as a last point on the Tasman Peninsula, further is just Antarctica.
Long day trips
6. Bruny Island – a sort of a 'Food Safari' there is plenty of food produced there as well as an opportunity to get a boat trip to see the real marine life on the far little islands with a colony of seals, water birds, dolphins and possibly vales as well.
7. Hastings Caves and thermal springs – a very nice scenic drive, stop in Geeveston and take a detour to Southport. If you have time, experience Ida Bay Railway.
8. Tahuna Air Walk – one of a few last areas of an original forest, where Forestry of Tasmania made an attractive air walk among the canopies. Perhaps as a reward to cover the damage causing on many other places. Do this trip only if the weather is good, otherwise, you will not see much.
9. Wineglass Bay & Freycinet Peninsula – very nice scenic drive with a few stops for a picnic with a view to Maria Island, close to Freycinet a few famous wine cellars. From the last car park, you can go to Wineglass Beach (30 mins one way). We highly advise Mt. Amos track (1.5 hour one way) for more experienced tourists.