Flanked by the River Derwent and the foothills of kunanyi / Mount Wellington, Hobart is a compact city combining heritage charm, stunning scenery, a vibrant arts community and a thriving food and wine scene. Browse picturesque Salamanca Market, head to Mona for thought-provoking art and ideas, discover cool-climate wine country and taste the island’s best seasonal produce.
Separated from the Australian mainland at the end of the last Ice Age, the Tasmanian slice of Australian life is a distinctive one. The state’s capital, Hobart, offers this uniqueness, concentrated and distilled for your pleasure. Nestled along the River Derwent in the southeast of the island, here you’ll get to experience the raw beauty, fascinating history and vibrant culture of Australia’s southernmost state.While the weather might be a little chillier down here, the welcomes are particularly warm. And between the views of Mount Wellington, the quirkiness of the Mona Museum and the endless opportunities to indulge, you won’t be short of things to do down south.Ready to book your Hobart adventure, but wondering where to stay? Qantas Hotels allows you to choose from over 200,000 hotel and accommodation options worldwide, with almost 100 in Hobart alone. You’ll also earn 3 Qantas Points per A$1 spent* with Qantas Hotels.So whether it’s your first time to the city or your thirtieth, let’s take a look at what you need to know about Hobart and its hotels to make the most of your stay.
Places to see
What is the best area to stay in Hobart?
- The CBD: The heart of the action, Hobart’s CBD is centred on Salamanca Place - ground zero for drinks, food and nightlife in the Tasmanian capital. A wealth of museums are found around Constitution Dock, while Elizabeth Street Mall provides retail therapy.
- North Hobart: Directly north of the CBD you’ll enter the more tranquil area of North Hobart. Elizabeth Street continues on from the city, forming a miniature version of Melbourne’s restaurant-laden Lygon Street once it gets to this part of town.
- Battery Point: Named after the battery of guns that served as Hobart’s coastal defence system from 1818, Battery Point is a deeply historic part of town to the south of Salamanca Place.
- Glebe: Wedged between the CBD and the Queen’s Domain, the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens and the Hobart Aquatic Centre, Glebe is a small suburb that is perfectly placed for tourists who are hoping to explore the city.
What are Hobart’s must-see attractions?
- Mona: Hobart’s most famous attraction, Mona is a unique and often controversial gallery that pushes the boundaries of contemporary art. Located beneath the earth of the Moorilla Winery, no words will do the experience justice. Just go.
- Mount Wellington: Not only does the imposing Mount Wellington offer visitors the most spectacular views of Hobart, it’s also the best place for outdoor activity, with hiking, cycling and rock climbing in generous supply.
- Salamanca Market: If you want to pick up something quintessentially Tasmanian, froma bushel of crisp apples or a beautiful piece of timberwork, the Sunday Salamanca Market is the place to shop.
- Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens: Established in 1818, this is the second oldest botanical garden in Australia (Sydney’s was createdjust two years prior). The King’s Lomatia, a native Tasmanian plant, is particularly impressive.
- Cascade Brewery: Feeling thirsty? Made from the purest Tasmanian mountain water, the tipples offered at the majestic Cascade Brewery are sure to hit the spot.
Find the right hotel
What are Hobart’s best hotels for solo travellers?Perfectly private and business friendly, these hotels also offer ample opportunities to socialise should you want them. Check out Mantra Collins Hotel, Travelodge Hotel Hobart Airport and Central Hotel Hobart if you’re a solo traveller in Hobart (and earn 3 Qantas Points per A$1 spent with Qantas Hotels while you do it!).
What are Hobart’s best hotels for couples?Are you and your partner ready to use your Qantas Points to book your next getaway with Qantas Hotels? Romantic, secluded and luxurious, couples travelling to Hobart could do far worse than experiencing the hospitality offered up by Salamanca Wharf Hotel, Maylands Lodge and Villa Howden.
What are Hobart’s best hotels for families?Heading to Hobart with your tribe? Corinda Contemporary, Sullivans Cove Apartments and St Ives Apartments are self-contained, family-friendly hotels that will ensure that you are warmly welcomed and entertained.
Location and views
What are Hobart’s best hotels for location and views?Hobart is a gorgeous city, and you can enjoy it in all its glory if you choose to stay at Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart, Wrest Point and Somerset on the Pier - hotels that boast both an awesome location and stunning views.
What are Hobart’s best hotels for amenities?Are you after a hotel that you don’t really need to leave? Between parking, Wi-Fi, bars, pools, gyms and entertainment, The Henry Jones Art Hotel, Salamanca Inn and The Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel provide an amazing in-house experience.
What is the best way to get around Hobart?
Public transportThe Hobart public transport system is exclusively made up of buses. Because Hobart is a small city with a low population density, bus routes are often infrequent and indirect, and public transport is unpopular as a result. Services are available though - you can either buy a ticket on board or use a prepaid Greencard.
Private transportBesides car hire, rideshare apps are a great choice in Hobart. Uber is available in Hobart, or you can use GoCatch or Bolt/Taxify to hail a local cab. Always ensure that taxis are legitimate before hopping in.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How much do Hobart hotels cost?On average a 3-star hotel in Hobart costs $90 per night, a 4-star costs $200 and a 5-star costs $390 (be aware that these prices will be higher on weekends and at times of increased demand).
What are Hobart’s best hotels?After the best of the best? Luxurious 5-star escapes can be found at MACq 01 Hotel, The Islington Hotel and MONA Pavilions.
Where should I visit outside of Hobart?The historic city of Port Arthur can be found an hour and a half east of Hobart, while the natural wonders of Bruny Island, two hours’ drive south, are a dream for budding photographers.