Hobart

Hobart

Overview

Nestled at the entrance of the Derwent River and the foothills of Mount Wellington, Hobart is Australia's second oldest capital combining heritage charm with a modern lifestyle.

With its relaxed lifestyle and heritage charm, the city has something for everyone. Enjoy superb hotels, excellent dining, cool whisky bars and world-class art. Hobart is geared towards the discerning traveller and acts as a great introduction to the rest of this wild and beautiful island.

Hobart is just an hour’s flight from Melbourne, two hours from Sydney and three hours from Brisbane. 

Flights to Hobart

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Don't miss

Not sure where to start? Here are some of Hobart's main attractions and upcoming events to inspire you.

  • A storm is brewing with the opening of Tempest, with a tidal wave of music, art and exhibitions being held at the Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery from 10 June to 20 November.
  • Staged on the Hobart waterfront, the 2016 Australian Antarctic Festival runs from 8 to 11 September. The festival celebrates the historic links between Antarctica and Australia, and Tasmania in particular, and gives a fascinating insight into work and life at the coldest place on earth.
  • Wander Salamanca Place to explore galleries, theatres, craft shops and restaurants, the famous Salamanca Markets operate every Saturday
  • Drive to the summit of Mount Wellington for spectacular views of the city and harbour
  • Take in an exhibition at Mona - Museum of Old and New Art
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Where to go

With short travel time between destinations you can be atop Mount Wellington and swimming at a beach on the same day, cruising up the River Derwent and meeting a local potter in Salamanca on the very same afternoon.

Hobart CBD

The beauty of Hobart is that everything is so close.

If you're eager to explore beyond the GPO you'll stumble across breweries, vineyards, beaches, museums and mountains right next door to the city.

Drink in the view of the D’Entrecasteaux Channel from the top of Mount Nelson. Then  a few minutes later, kick off your shoes and walk along the beach of Lower Sandy Bay.

Visit the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), described by its owner as being a 'subversive adult Disneyland'. Hear MONA's unique voice in the Australian art world with its continually evolving ,non-chronological, boundary-pushing exhibitions.

A tour of the Cascade Brewery is also considered a must-do. Within its granite walls and Tasmanian oak ceilings you'll learn about the oldest continually operating brewery in Australia.

Port Arthur

The Tasman Peninsula is best known for the Port Arthur Historic Site, yet there is plenty more to discover on a trip down this way.

The Port Arthur Historic Site is one of Australia's most important heritage sites and houses over 30 buildings, ruins and restored period homes set in 40 hectares of landscaped grounds.

The spectacular coastline lends itself to temperate diving at Eaglehawk Neck, surfing, sea kayaking and walking the Three Capes Track. The Coal Mines Historic Site is well worth a peek, and be sure to drive slowly and take in the quirks of Doo Town.

Just beyond Port Arthur, you’ll also find Remarkable Cave, a popular spot for local surfers and from this point you can walk to the sand dunes of Crescent Bay.

Huon Valley

Only a 20 minute drive south of Hobart, the Huon Valley is a region where you will find green hillsides, boutique vineyards and serene waterways.

It is very well known for its stone fruits, apples, fresh seafood and the craftspeople make beautiful things from paint, clay, glass and the fragrant Huon pine.

With its maritime links, you’ll also find rugged coastlines along the D’Entrecasteaux Channel, smooth-flowing rivers and World Heritage Wilderness for those willing to explore the far south.

No trip to the Huon Valley would be complete without a hop across to Bruny Island accessible by ferry. Once on Bruny Island you will find freshly shucked oysters, Australia's southern-most vineyard and award-winning cheeses.

Derwent Valley

With over 200 years of history there are surprises at every turn in The Derwent Valley. Check out the whiskey distillery tours, picturesque farming settlements and salmon ponds where trout was first introduced to Australia in the mid 1800s.

At Derwent Bridge the history and hardships of the region's pioneers have been bought to life at the Wall in the Wilderness. Carved into three-metre panels of Huon pine, once complete this ambitious sculpture will be 100 metres long. 

Stroll through the historic town of New Norfolk - named by relocated Norfolk Islanders - and you'll see evidence of its rich historic past. You might also see the grave of Betty King, a First Fleet convict said to be the first white woman to set foot on Australian soil.

Quick facts

Currency

Currency

Australian Dollar (AU$)

Electricity

Electricity

220-240V / 50Hz

Population

Population

211,660

Seasons

Seasons

Hobart has a mild temperate maritime climate. Average summer temperatures range between 17°C and 23°C. Autumn (March to May) and Spring (September to November) have many calm, sunny days. Winter (June to August) is the time to relax indoors by a log fire with days averaging between 3°C and 11°C.

 

 

Getting around

From the airport

Hobart airport services domestic flights and is located 22km from the city centre.

The taxi rank and shuttle service are located outside the terminal building, the shuttle service that can transfer you to and from the city centre, picking up and dropping off at local hotels.

In and around the city

The best way to get around central Hobart is by cycle or by foot. There are plenty of cycling and walking tracks that cater for all fitness levels.

If walking or cycling isn't your thing then there are two primary forms of public transport, buses and taxis. The major provider of bus services is Metro.

Hiring a car is a great option if you want to explore greater Hobart and the surrounding areas.

 

 

Hobart car hire

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Getting you there

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