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  • Location:Hobart, Australia
  • Duration:8 hours (approx.)

Hobart City Sightseeing Tour Including MONA Admission

Combine a Hobart city sightseeing tour with a Derwent River cruise and visit to Australia’s newest and most controversial art museum, MONA, the Museum of Old and New Art. See all the city sights on a comprehensive Hobart tour, and be inspired by the MONA’s hugely varied collection -- there’s everything from Neolithic tools to edgy contemporary installations. Enjoy a morning city sighseeing tour and a visit to MONA.


  • Hobart sightseeing tour and MONA gallery visit
  • See all the sights of central Hobart on a city tour
  • Visit MONA, Australia’s most controversial and exciting art museum

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

This is a great overview of Hobart’s main attractions, including the must-see MONA. From its beautiful river-side location, to the superb architecture and outstanding, yet at times bizarre and confronting exhibitions, the MONA has something for everyone, even if you’re not a regular gallery goer.

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What You Can Expect

Hobart City Sightseeing Tour Including MONA Admission

Royal Tasmania Botanical Gardens

Your morning sightseeing tour of central Hobart takes in all the sights, including the Georgian warehouses lining Salamanca Place, the Victoria and Constitution docks on the waterfront, the charming houses of Battery Point and the beautifully landscaped Royal Tasmania Botanical Gardens. The tour also highlights Hobart’s grand 19th-century buildings, including Parliament House, St David’s Cathedral, the Treasury Building, GPO and town hall, Queen’s Domain and Government House.

See the lovely Georgian St George’s Church, and take in views along the coast to Wrest Point Casino and exclusive Sandy Bay. Stop at Anglesea Barracks and visit south Hobart at the foot of Mt Wellington. Also see Cascade Brewery’s gardens and grand old building, and the ruins of the Female Factory, once used as a female prison.

Cross the Tasman Bridge over the Derwent River and take in views over Kangaroo Bay Marina and Bellerive. The tour also stops at Rosny Hill lookout for stunning views over Hobart, Sandy Bay, Mt Wellington, the Tasman Bridge and Glenorchy.

Your morning visit to MONA starts with a scenic ferry ride along the Derwent River. Arriving by boat is essential to the MONA experience, underscoring the impression that you are visiting a very special place.

Admire MONA’s cutting-edge complex of modern buildings on your approach to the museum's entrance, then lose yourself in Australia’s largest privately funded gallery of ancient and modern artworks, collected and exhibited by Tasmanian-born entrepreneur David Walsh.

From mixed-media installations to 3D sculptures and ancient mummies, get ready to be enthralled, inspired and sometimes confronted by this collection exploring the inner recesses of the human experience and psyche.

While touring the collections, you can learn more about the exhibits via a hand-held touch-screen device, and interact by recording your own impressions and responses.

The collection is vast, so relax while you’re at MONA by visiting the museum’s restaurant, cafe or wine bar, with its cellar door highlighting the region's local wines (own expense).

Leaving MONA, return to Brooke Street Pier in central Hobart by coach.

Customer Reviews

Camille F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

If you've only got a day to spend in Hobart this is a great tour that covers all the key sites.

Domenica V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Great tour guide knows his stuff. MONA great experience


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Boat trip to Mona and museum unique and interesting. Well worth the trip.
Our sightseeing in Hobart. Outstanding guide and very knowledgeable


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Excellent visit to a selection of key points of interest in Hobart -some of which we revisited for a second look.
MONA ferry ride good - the 99 steps a bit daunting at the end of a long day however.
Interesting informed guide -a few hassles with the vehicle but no big deal.

Kazumi M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

I enjoyed this tour. Desk staff and driver was very friendly and knowledgeable. Thank you so much lovely time in Hobar.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

A great way to see Hobart and the bus driver was witty and informative.

David C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

Our tour was fantastic as only my wife and I and one other person attended on this particular day. Our tour guide Alyce was delightful and very knowledgeable about areas of interest in Hobart. It was a relaxed morning and Alyce was happy to allow us to remain at each attraction for as long as we wished; so we did not feel rushed at any time. The trip to and from MONA by ferry was brilliant. It afforded magnificent views of the area along the Derwent River, accompanied by informative commentary from the skipper.
Highly recommended tour!

vivienne b

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

Totally enjoyed the experience...I think I would try to see the Mona Museum in the morning though. With so much to see more time could be spent there and it was very tiring.

Herbert C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

A City Bus tour with outstanding commentary. Memorable ferry trip to MONA.
Staff couirteous and obliging.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

totally amazing day out, I just wish Viator had the Posh Pit on their itinerary, it looked like a great way to do the trip over

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