Make a long weekend of it and explore Australia's second oldest capital, nestled at the entrance of the Derwent River and the foothills of Mount Wellington,combining heritage charm with a modern lifestyle.
A compact city with something for everyone. Enjoy edgy hotels, inventive eateries, cosy whisky bars and mind-bending 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.
Not sure where to start? Here are some of Hobart's main attractions and upcoming events to inspire you.
- Wander Salamanca Place to explore galleries, theatres, craft shops and restaurants, the famous Salamanca MarketsOpens external site in a new window operate every Saturday
- Drive to the summit of kunanyi / Mount WellingtonOpens external site in a new window for spectacular views of the city and harbour
- Explore the subterranean galleries of MonaOpens external site in a new window, the Museum of Old and New Art, and taste wine at MoorillaOpens external site in a new window, Mona's on-site winery
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.
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 SiteOpens external site in a new window 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 TrackOpens external site in a new window. 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.
Only a 20 minute drive south of Hobart, the Huon ValleyOpens external site in a new window 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.
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 at Willow Court, the oldest mental asylum in Australia on its original site. Wander the town's antique stores and visit the grave of Betty King, a First Fleet convict said to be the first white woman to set foot on Australian soil.
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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.
From the airport
Hobart airport services domestic flights and is located 22km from the city centre.
The taxi rank and shuttle serviceOpens external site in a new window 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 tracksOpens external site in a new window 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 MetroOpens external site in a new window.
Hiring a car is a great option if you want to explore greater Hobart and the surrounding areas.
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