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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

Port Arthur

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A moving reminder of Australia’s harrowing history, the former convict settlement of Port Arthur was a key part of often brutal convict discipline within the colonial system. Today, the Port Arthur historic site is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Tasmania’s most visited tourist attraction, with museums and memorials devoted to telling the area’s history.More
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Mt. Wellington (Kunanyi)

Mt. Wellington (Kunanyi)

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Standing sentinel over Hobart, Mt. Wellington is also known as Kunanyi or simply “the Mountain.” The 4,170-foot (1,271-meter) peak offers unbeatable views over the Tasmanian capital, and the surrounding parklands serve as a popular recreational ground for city dwellers.More
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Cape Bruny Lighthouse

Cape Bruny Lighthouse

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Situated on Bruny Island in Tasmania, the Cape Bruny Lighthouse is the second-oldest lighthouse tower in the country, having been first lit in 1838. The structure was commissioned by Governor George Arthur following a series of mishaps and shipwrecks just off Bruny Island and took two years to build by convict labor.Technological advances in the 1980s and 1990s led to the lighthouse being lit for the last time on Aug. 6, 1996, when it was 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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Cascade Brewery

Cascade Brewery

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With a legacy dating back to 1824, Cascade Brewery is Australia’s oldest continually operating brewery, founded by English settler Peter Degraves. The historic brewery, set in Hobart at the foot of Mount Wellington, welcomes guests to its brewhouse and restaurant, and offers tours and tastings.More
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Richmond Village

Richmond Village

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Less than 30 minutes from Hobart, amid the lush vineyards of the Coal River Valley, historic Richmond village is among the most picturesque in Tasmania. Lined with elegant Georgian buildings and presided over by the much-photographed Richmond Bridge, it’s also an important piece of Tasmania’s colonial heritage.More
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South Bruny National Park

South Bruny National Park

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South Bruny National Park is a perfect place to escape the hustle of Hobart and experience the true beauty of Tasmania countryside. This scenic getaway on the southern tip of Bruny Island offers visitors the best of both land and sea—from coastal cliffs to secluded beaches. It’s ideal for a quick day trip or an overnight camping excursion.Visitors can spend the morning collecting shells along the beach’s shore or taking a leisurely dip in one of the park’s sheltered swim areas (a local favorite is near Jetty Beach). Experienced surfers love the serious waves that break at Cloudy Bay, where rustic campsites are almost always available for a small fee.Birders and botanists will love exploring the lush rainforest just beyond the sand, where dozens of plants and bird species indigenous to Tanzania thrive. Curious sorts can explore the remains of an old whaling station at Grass Point or wander to Cape Bruny Lighthouse, the second oldest of its kind in the country.Day-trippers and less experienced hikers can wander along shorter trails, like the memorable trek to Grass Point or Fluted Cape. More challenging routes, like the Labillardiere Peninsula Circuit or East Cloudy Head trail are best left to fit visitors planning to spend at least a night.More
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Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary

Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary

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Some of Australia’s most beloved animals—including kangaroos, koalas, and Tasmanian devils—call the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary home. As one of Tasmania’s most important sanctuaries, Bonorong’s aim is to rescue, rehabilitate, and preserve some of the island’s rarest and most endangered creatures.More
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Hobart Salamanca Market

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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Hobart Convict Penitentiary

Hobart Convict Penitentiary

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The Penitentiary Chapel, nicknamed "The Trench", designated for male convicts in Hobart Town was a less than holy place. With poor ventilation, 36 solitary confinement rooms and separate punishment chambers hidden beneath the chapel floor, it was truly a spot for torture and despair. The dark cells, referred to as “dust holes” were deemed inhumane and closed in 1849, but visitors can still catch a glimpse of the horrid conditions on a Hobart Convict Penitentiary tour, where guides remind guests about the terrible sounds that could be heard coming from convicts chained beneath the floors.The Hobart Convict Penitentiary grounds include a prison yard, barracks, punishment chambers and an execution yard, as well as the chapel, which was partially transformed into courtrooms in 1859. Visitors who opt for the ghost tour can wander the tunnels and gallows by lamplight while hearing stories of the more than 30 individuals who were executed here.More
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Cascades Female Factory Historic Site

Cascades Female Factory Historic Site

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This all-female prison is one of 11 places that make up the Australian Convict Sites World Heritage Property. Between 1788 and 1853 approximately 25,000 women—and even some of their children—were held in one of Cascade’s five structures. High rates of illness and infant mortality, as well as grim conditions led to tragic ends for many of the inmates who were forced to sew and mend to repay their debts to society.Three of the five original buildings are open to the public, so visitors can see the heavy stone walls and thick metal bars that held so many women captive. The Matron’s Quarters in Yard 4 provides travelers with details about the lives of civilians who were charged with punishing and reforming Cascade’s wayward women. This female factory is a fascinating introduction to Tasmania’s role in convict transportation for Great Brittan.More

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Bruny Island Day Tour, Includes Lunch and Exclusive Lighthouse Tour
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Tasman Island Cruises and Port Arthur Historic Site Day Tour from Hobart
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5-Day Best of Tasmania Tour from Hobart
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5-Day Best of Tasmania Tour from Hobart

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Day Tour in Mt. Field, Mt. Wellington, Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and Richmond
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Wineglass Bay and Freycinet National Park Active Day Trip from Hobart
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3-Day Tasmania Combo: Hobart to Launceston Active Tour
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Bruny Island Traveller - Gourmet Tasting and Sightseeing Day Trip from Hobart
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Port Arthur Tour from Hobart

Port Arthur Tour from Hobart

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kunanyi / Mt Wellington Explorer Bus - 2 Hour Return Tour
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Full-Day Bruny Island Cruises Day Tour from Hobart
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Wineglass Bay & Freycinet NP Full Day Tour from Hobart via Richmond Village
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Port Arthur and Tassie Devils Active Day Tour from Hobart
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Hobart Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour
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Hobart Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

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Signature Tour
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Signature Tour

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Three Capes Panorama

Three Capes Panorama

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30-Minute Hobart Scenic Flight
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30-Minute Hobart Scenic Flight

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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
kunanyi / 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 Tour
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 Traveller - Gourmet Tasting and Sightseeing 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 Ultimate Experience Tour from Hobart
Hobart was very enjoyable to visit.

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