Adventure Activities Near Hobart

By Viator, June 2015

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When you’re visiting a new place – particularly one with such a rich history as Hobart – it can be all too easy to become bogged down in the cultural heritage. Not that that’s a bad thing! Sometimes though, a shot of adrenaline is just what you need. Here are some of the best adventure activities near Hobart to jump-start your stay.

Tasmania is Australia’s most mountainous state, so it’s no surprise that there are some mountain-oriented activities in this roundup. Just 20km from the city center, Mount Wellington does more than just offer some (pretty spectacular) views over Hobart. The Organ Pipes on Mt Wellington are a popular spot for abseiling and rock climbing. Mt Wellington is also a great spot to go horse riding, and for those up for a little more rough-and-tumble, there are extensive 4WD tracks through the greater park that are accessible in summer. Permits are required to 4WD in the park, so make sure to organise that before you go, or jump on a tour and avoid needing to worry about it. The biggest attraction on Mt Wellington in terms of adventure activities however is mountain biking. With challenging rides for experienced riders and friendlier tracks with a few jumps for those who are out of practice, there’s something for everyone.

Bruny Island is celebrated as one of Australia’s premier ecological reserves. For a real adventure, see the things many people miss out on and head under the surface. Diving at Bruny Island and the surrounding coastline will bring you face-to-face with giant kelp forests, sponge gardens, sea dragons and more, and you may even spot seals, dolphins or whales. Kayaking around Bruny Island, or the waters of Hobart, are another fantastic adventure activity near the city. If you hop on a tour you’ll get the bonus of having all the important sights pointed out along the way. If speed is more your style then put yourself down for a jet boat tour. High speeds, gut-wrenching turns, and often a little informative commentary thrown in for luck, it’s an experience you won’t forget in a hurry.

Whale watching tours leave Hobart regularly during migration, offering visitors the chance to see humpbacks and southern right whales. The Tasmanian beaches might be too cold for casual visitors, but if you fancy yourself with a bit of a thick skin, why not try your hand at surfing? Park and Clifton Beaches are popular spots. For something completely different however, sign yourself up to go hang gliding over the Huon River.

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Bruny Island Sightseeing and Gourmet Tour from Hobart

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 157 Reviews

Eat your way around Bruny Island on a gourmet and sightseeing tour from Hobart. Visit scenic lookouts overlooking Adventure Bay and Cloudy Bay, rainforests of ...  Read more

Location: Hobart, Australia
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $108.98

Full-Day Bruny Island Tour from Hobart

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 108 Reviews

Discover Tasmania’s Bruny Island on this full-day tour from Hobart. Feel the awesome power of the Southern Ocean on a three-hour coastal wilderness cruise ...  Read more

Location: Hobart, Australia
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $142.62

Full-Day Tasman Peninsula Tour from Hobart

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 30 Reviews

Leave Hobart behind and spend a day on the Tasman Peninsula, exploring its stunning scenery and learning about its historical past. Enjoy a three-hour ...  Read more

Location: Hobart, Australia
Duration: 10 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $142.62

Half-Day Sailing on the Derwent River from Hobart

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 9 Reviews

Enjoy a three-hour sailing adventure in a luxury ocean racer on Hobart's Derwent River. See nature at its best, with stunning coastal scenery and an abundance ...  Read more

Location: Hobart, Australia
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $102.39

Hobart Kayak Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

Hop in a kayak to explore the gorgeous waterways around Hobart. Choose from three options: a shorter tour that leaves from the center of Hobart, or one of the ...  Read more

Location: Hobart, Australia
Duration: Varies

From USD $65.82

Mount Wellington Descent Cycling Tour departs Hobart

4.5 star rating: Recommended 57 Reviews

Rising to a height of 1270 metres, The Mt Wellington Descent is by far the most fun and exciting activity if you only have limited time in Hobart. This ...  Read more

Location: Hobart, Australia
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $54.85

3-Day Tasmania West Coast Tour from Hobart: Strahan, Cradle Mountain, Launceston

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 4 Reviews

Explore Tasmania’s wild west coast on a three-day excursion from Hobart. Go bushwalking on Cradle Mountain, explore the coast at Strahan, and conclude your ...  Read more

Location: Hobart, Australia
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $394.94

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