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Welcome to Hobart

Hobart, the capital of the Australian island state of Tasmania, is enjoying a tourism renaissance. More and more visitors are discovering its maritime charm and surrounding natural beauty. Stroll the bustling streets perched on Sullivans Cove and the Derwent River, and those along the waterfront, lining one of the deepest natural ports in the world. Alive with shops, restaurants, cafes, and craft breweries—be sure to stop by Cascade Brewery—there is plenty to keep urbanites interested for days. City walking tours help navigate the scene, and some take travelers in search of outdoor pursuits up to kunanyi/Mt. Wellington, a basalt giant covered with scrubby vegetation. Mountain biking and bushwalking are the best ways to explore the mountain, and at 4,166 feet (1,270 meters), you’re in for a view of the surrounding landscape on clear days or an otherworldly feeling on foggy, cloud-shrouded days. Exploring Hobart proper can also include forays to the Richmond Historic Village for a dose of the past, and the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary to meet some native animal inhabitants—some of whom are endangered. Hobart is also a popular departure point for further exploration of Tasmania, and myriad full-day and longer tours hit the island’s highlights. Bruny Island offers wildlife encounters and gourmet delights amidst breathtaking scenery. Cruise among the rugged Tasman Peninsula’s towering coastal cliffs, sea caves, and native marine life. Or get a history lesson at Port Arthur’s UNESCO-listed convict colony ruins.

Top 10 attractions in Hobart

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Port Arthur

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Tasmania’s number one visitor attraction is the former convict settlement of Port Arthur, a ghostly and eerie heritage area just outside Hobart. Built to reform and rehabilitate convicts, Port Arthur was a key part of convict discipline within the Colonial system whose philosophy was "a machine for grinding rogues into honest men." Today, the site is part of the Australian Convict World Heritage Sites and UNESCO World Heritage Site listed. Covering about 100 acres (40 hectares), the crumbling ruins of the penal settlement include the Penitentiary, the Separate Prison, the Dockyard, the Port Arthur gardens, the Coal Mines Historic Site, Cascades Female Factory and Gothic church. The stories of Port Arthur are told in many different ways. Interactive displays tell the tragic story of the 12,500 convicts who served time here from 1830 to 1877, and after-dark ghost tours reveal the presence of the site’s many ghosts.More
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Mt. Wellington (Kunanyi)

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Standing sentinel over Hobart, Mt. Wellington is known by locals simply as ‘the Mountain.’ A visit to the Pinnacle is an essential Hobart experience. At the Pinnacle you’ll find a glass lookout building and boardwalks. In every direction the views of Hobart, all the way to the sea, are incredible. The weather can change very abruptly up here, and it’s often freezing or can even be snowing when fair Hobart Town is experiencing mild weather. If you’re feeling active, come to Mt Wellington to go bushwalking, bike riding, horse riding or rock climbing, or pack some lunch to enjoy at the sheltered Springs picnic area.More
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Cascade Brewery

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For beer tastings and a glimpse inside a historic brewery, book a tour of the 180-year-old Cascade Brewery, the oldest in Australia. The 1.5-hour tours of this Gothic brewery include tastings and insights into the brewery process, plus lots of stair-climbing to work up a thirst. Dress comfortably but safely to tour the brewery, wearing long trousers and flat shoes, rather than sandals. After the tour, take a wander around the brewery’s large landscaped gardens or relax in the cafe. Cascade brews premium lager, barley blonde-style beer, stout and pale ale, and the label features the trademark Tasmanian tiger.More
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Richmond Village

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In the Coal River Valley, the historic town of Richmond is one of the most popular visits in Tasmania. Known for its 19th-century Georgian buildings and cottages that are today home to galleries and teashops, boutiques and museums, the small town is half an hour from Hobart by bus. Richmond began life in the 1820s as an important military staging post and convict station that linked Hobart with Port Arthur. Known for its excellent restaurants and for its wines grown in the fertile soils nearby, wine-tasting tours of the surrounding vineyards are a popular daytrip. The town’s most popular photo stop has to be the picturesque Richmond Bridge. The oldest stone bridge in Australia, it looks straight out of Stratford-upon-Avon, but it was actually built by Tasmania’s convict workers in 1825.More
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Bruny Island

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Outdoor activities, fishing and relaxing are your reasons for coming to Bruny Island, off Tasmania’s south-east coast. Two north and south islands joined by a long narrow isthmus, Bruny is a favorite destination for weekending Hobart residents and visitors wanting to escape the rat race. Along with surfing and exploring the wild windswept coast, spotting wildlife is a highlight of a visit to Bruny Island. If you’re lucky, you might spot penguins, echidnas, mutton birds and cormorants. The vibe is low-key on Bruny, with no resorts just holiday homes and guesthouses. There are a few shops for supplies and a museum detailing the history of the island and the explorers who came here, from Bligh to D’Entrecasteaux. The lighthouse is one of the island’s few landmarks.More
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Hobart Salamanca Market

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What was once a rundown warehouse and storage unit on the waterfront of Hobart has since become one of the most-visited destinations in the city. More than 600,000 people visit Salamanca Market for its fresh fruit, organic produce, and handmade craft stalls each year. Its trendy bars, quiet cafes and inventive restaurants attract food-lovers from around the area, making it a uniquely Tanzania experience. Salamanca’s popularity has caused it to grow rapidly from 12 vendors in 1972 to more than 300 in 2010. As a result, there’s something for everyone at this once-a-week market that brings the best of Hobart together.More
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Hummock

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Whether it’s settling in for a sunset viewing of Bruny Island’s Little Penguins, or climbing the 273 steps up towards the Truganini Memorial, visiting the famous Hummock Lookout is a highlight of Bruny Island. At this windswept promontory overlooking Bruny Island Neck, visitors can get a panoramic view of the thin isthmus of white sand that connects the two parts of the island. Penguins are most commonly sighted on this shoreline between the months of September and February, and since they’re officially the world’s smallest species of penguin, there’s an undeniable cuteness factor to watching them waddle ashore. During sunny periods in the middle of the day, it’s possibly to make out the Tasmanian Mainland across the D’Entrecasteaux Channel, and visit the memorial at the top of the stairs that’s dedicated to the last known, full-blooded Tasmanian aborigine to live on the island.More
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Cape Bruny Lighthouse

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Cape Bruny Lighthouse is situated on Bruny Island in Tasmania and is the second oldest lighthouse tower in the country. Commissioned by Governor George Arthur following a series of mishaps and shipwrecks just off Bruny Island, the lighthouse took two years to build by convict labor and was first lit in 1838. Technological advances in the 1980s and 1990s meant that the Cape Bruny Lighthouse was lit for the last time on 6 August 1996 and replaced by a solar powered light nearby. In December 2000, the lighthouse was declared part of the South Bruny National Park. Visitors should be prepared for rough roads and a steep walk to reach the lighthouse, although you’ll be well rewarded on arrival; with some fantastic views out to sea, migrating humpback and southern right whales have been spotted from this vantage point.More
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Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary

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Experts at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary have been nursing some of Australia’s most-beloved creatures back to health since 1981. When the park first opened, its team of passionate volunteers worked tirelessly to provide orphaned wildlife, like its family of 17 Tasmanian devils, with a safe home and adequate care in a near-to-natural environment. For more than 20 years the sanctuary has continued to promote its mission of reducing rates of extinction by raising community awareness. Visitors to Bonorong get a guided explanation of the sanctuary’s rehabilitation efforts, as well as a real-life lesson on the impact of wildlife conservation while on a tour of the grounds. Guests of the park can also get up close and personal with Australian animals by feeding one of the largest mobs of free-range kangaroos and wallabies in the world.More

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Hobart Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

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Recent reviews from experiences in Hobart

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Great way to see historical Hobart
Paul_W, Jan 2021
Hobart Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour
The hop on hop off BIG red bus was a perfect way to see some great sights around Hobart.
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Wonderful way to see Hobart
Philippa_C, Jan 2021
Derwent River Historic Harbour Cruise From Hobart
Great way to see Hobart from the water and learn about salient landmarks!
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Two thumbs
Allan_B, Jan 2021
Derwent River Historic Harbour Cruise From Hobart
Recommend it all families with kids and even teenager
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A Fabulous must-do tour!
Louise_B, Jan 2021
Day Tour in Mt. Field, Mt. Wellington, Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and Richmond
Seeing the pademelons in the bush around the Russell Falls, the beautiful buildings of Richmond, the baby wombat at Bonorong and when the cloud lifted and we could see all of Hobart from Mt Wellington.
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Botanical Gardens guided tour
Sharon_J, Nov 2020
Private Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens Walking Tour
Wonderful experience on a perfect Spring day with our knowledgable and enthusiastic guide, Debbie.
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Stunning Tasmanian scenery; so worth partaking in this extraordinary day trip
Jeanne_T, Jan 2021
Mt Field National Park Active Day-Trip Including Bonorong and Mt Wellington
The whole trip was memorable from the guided walk in the unique National Park with the tall trees and gorgeous waterfalls.
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Mountain extrodonaire
Dennis_Mulligan, Mar 2020
Kunany / Mt Wellington Explorer Bus - 2 Hour Return Tour
Afantastic way to see Hobart highlights.
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Hobart sightseeing
Lee_N, Mar 2020
Hobart Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour
Excellent way to see the sights of Hobart.
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Nice day trip from Hobart
Cheryl_M, Feb 2020
Day Tour in Mt. Field, Mt. Wellington, Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and Richmond
A nice taste of things to see and do from Hobart.
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Cape Raoul and the lunches :)
farmer, Feb 2020
2-Day: Hiking Tour: Maria Island & Mount Field
Can definitely recommend it and the perfect option to see more than just Hobart.
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Great experience
J5003RGstephenr, Dec 2019
Hobart Hop-On Hop-Off Bus & Cascade Brewery Tour
This was the best way to see the sites of Hobart.
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Embrace Life as You Descend Mount Wellington
katejames2018, Sep 2019
Mount Wellington Descent Cycling Tour departs Hobart
Great fun way to see the view and conquer the mountain while breathing in the fresh (cool) air on tbe way down.
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Great afternoon
rooster10069, Jan 2019
Hobart Half-Day Sightseeing Coach Tram Tour
We were able to see many places in Hobart and his gave us a good idea of places to follow up with subsequent visits.
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Fantastic!!
Escape11215136123, Jan 2019
Hobart Kayak Tour
What a great way to see Hobart.
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Pleasant cruise
NZer, Mar 2020
Derwent River Historic Harbour Cruise From Hobart
Easy way to see Hobart.
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Tour was excellent. We had a lot of...
fkoeneke, Nov 2017
Mt Wellington, Bonorong Wildlife Park and Richmond
Wellington so Garreth, the owner and operator of the enterprise, took us to alternate sites to see as much of Hobart as possible.
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Great way to quickly learn about...
John M, Apr 2018
Mount Wellington Descent Cycling Tour departs Hobart
Wellington, to see some great views, and to have some fun.
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Great trip, easy walking to see such...
aninhamaria, Oct 2016
Wineglass Bay and Freycinet National Park Active Day Trip from Hobart
Great trip, easy walking to see such an amazing view of Wineglass Bay.
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Wonderful way to see Bruny Island...
Doreen D, Mar 2017
Bruny Island All Inclusive Gourmet Day Trip from Hobart
Wonderful way to see Bruny Island, we had a great tour leader Tim, who picked us up from Hotel in Hobart for the day, lots of food tasting and wine.
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We had a very enjoyable day. The...
wfpratt, Mar 2017
Mount Wellington Tour from Hobart
Hobart was very enjoyable to visit.

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