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Port of 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

Being a compact city with barely any traffic, it’s easy to tick off plenty of activities in Hobart. You could walk to Battery Point, cruise on the River Derwent and shop for ceramics in Salamanca Place on the very same afternoon. If we had to pick just one thing not-too miss, it’s a ferry ride on the MONA Roma to visit the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA).

If you're eager to explore beyond the CBD you'll stumble across craft-beer breweries, oyster farms, vineyards, beaches 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.

Hobart’s known for its fluctuating seasons all in a day. So whether you plan to visit in January and catch the finish of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht race, the Taste of Tassie food festival or to experience Dark Mofo and the winter solstice between 6 - 23 June 2019, be sure to pack an all-weather jacket.


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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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Getting around

From the airport: Hobart airport is located 22km from the city centre. Taxis, car hire and shuttles are located outside the terminal.

In and around the city: the best way to get around central Hobart is by cycle or walking There's plenty of cycling and walking tracks that cater for all fitness levels. 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.

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