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Hobart

Nestled at the entrance of the Derwent River and the foothills of Mount Wellington, Hobart is a compact city combining heritage charm and stunning scenery and superb produce. Stroll Australia’s most picturesque Salamanca market; visit MONA and discover the cool climate wineries - plan a trip to the Tasmanian isle with our travel guide.

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Places to stay

With water views on one side and sandstone Georgian façades on the other, Salamanca is home to a range of boutique accommodation or contemporary hotels. Positioned close to the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery and a few minutes’ walk from Salamanca Place is the stunning Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel. Whether travelling for business or leisure, the serviced apartments offer a unique place to stay in Hobart. If you’re after a hotel located close to the cruise terminal and short walk to the city, the brand new luxury Maqc 1 hotel is a superb choice for a romantic weekend getaway. Art enthusiasts wishing to stay at MONA will relish in the luxury pavilions, each named after an influential Australian artist or architect.

If you simply want to discover Tasmania, there’s a range of bed and breakfasts, budget conscious motels, backpackers and plenty of Airbnb’s through North Hobart and Battery Point. Take an easy drive further out of the city to visit Hobart’s elegant cool climate vineyards, with beautiful guest accommodation located close by in the Huon Valley and Coal River areas. Whatever you do, pop Hobart on your must-see places to visit in Australia. 

Things to do

Hobart is a compact city, so it’s easy to tick off a swag of sites and activities. Stroll from the city centre to the heritage neighbourhood of Battery Point, cruise the River Derwent, and shop for collectables in Salamanca Place – all in the same afternoon. Set aside some time to see MONA, the ground-breaking Museum of Old and New Art - getting there is half the fun, aboard the Mona Roma ferry.

Travellers heading beyond the city will find craft-beer breweries and oyster farms, vineyards and beaches, cider houses and mountain trails – all in close proximity to Hobart. Take in the views from the summit of kunanyi / Mount Wellington, then a few minutes later kick off your shoes and walk the local beaches.

Hobart is known for its seasonal weather – sometimes all in a day. So whether you plan to visit at year’s end to catch the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race as the yachties cross the finish line (31 Dec), or to sample Tasmanian produce at the Taste of Tasmania food and wine festival, or spend at day at windy Bruny Island, be sure to pack an all-weather jacket. Whatever your interests, you’ll find so much to fill your days in and around Hobart.

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Huon Valley

Just south of Hobart, the Huon Valley is a region where you will find green hillsides, boutique vineyards and serene waterways. It's renowned for its stone fruits, apples and fresh seafood.

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.

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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.

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.

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Museum of Old and New Art (Mona)

Mona is the playground and megaphone of Mona creator David Walsh, who grew up in Tasmania, dropped out of uni, played cards, won, did some other stuff, and opened a small museum of antiquities, to which no one came. He declared it a triumph and decided to expand. The result is Mona: a subterranean bunker housing Walsh’s private collection of art and antiquities; and a temple to secularism, rationalism, and talking crap about stuff you don’t know much about.
Mona is also home to the Moorilla winery, Faro Bar and Restaurant, Source Restaurant, bars, accommodation pavilions and more.
 

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