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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 15 attractions in Hobart

Bruny Island

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Less than an hour from the Tasmanian capital and yet a world away from the busy streets of Hobart, Bruny Island draws a steady stream of weekenders from the mainland. The two islands, joined by a long narrow isthmus, are a wildlife haven of jagged cliffs and golden beaches swirling with seabirds. Both are dotted with sleepy villages and tranquil guesthouses, and main activities are hiking, fishing, and slurping fresh-from-the-ocean oysters.More

Hobart Sandy Bay

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At the mouth of the Derwent River, the tranquil coastal neighborhood of Sandy Bay is one of Hobart’s most sought-after residential neighborhoods. Sandy beaches, boat-filled piers and a lively arts community offer a change of pace for travelers escaping the bustle of downtown. It’s also a good choice for rented accommodation outside of the central business district.More

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

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

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

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

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

Cascades Female Factory Historic Site

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Cascades Female Factory Historic Site is where Hobart’s female convicts were imprisoned and put to work back when Tasmania was a penal colony known as Van Diemen’s Land. Visitors today can explore the haunting site, which, at its peak, held even more prisoners than the much-feared Port Arthur.More

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

Museum of Old and New Art (Mona)

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Showcasing contemporary art alongside antiquities, the largely subterranean Museum of Old and New Art (Mona) draws primarily from the private collection of owner David Walsh. A must for visitors to Tasmania, Mona is a provocative and engaging place to spend a few hours or even the night.More

Battery Point

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Along the banks of the River Derwent, just south of downtown Hobart, Battery Point is one of the city’s oldest and most picturesque neighborhoods. Named after the battery of guns that once guarded its coastline; Battery Point still feels like a 19th-century fishing village, lined with weatherboard houses, cute cottages, and cozy cafés.More

Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens

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Amid the hilly suburbs of Queens Domain, the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens offer an idyllic stretch of greenery, dotted with tree-lined walkways, lily ponds, and flower-filled conservatories. Dating back to 1818 and stretching over 35 acres (14 hectares; it’s one of Australia’s oldest botanical gardens.More

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

Queens Domain

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Just north of downtown Hobart, the hilly bushlands of Queens Domain stretch along the banks of the Derwent River. City dwellers head here to escape the urban bustle and enjoy recreational activities, which take place in the many parks, sporting complexes, and walking trails.More

Hobart Convict Penitentiary

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Nicknamed ‘The Trench’ for its cramped cells and dimly lit tunnels; Hobart Convict Penitentiary is among Hobart’s most notorious convict sites. Built in the 1830s, more than 50,000 male convicts served time at the complex, and a visit to the forner prisons provides a grim insight into Tasmania’s dark past.More

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Top activities in Hobart

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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Hobart Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

Hobart Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

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Maria Island Cruise and Guided Walk Day Tour with Lunch and Drinks
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Bruny Island Traveller - Gourmet Tasting and Sightseeing Day Trip from Hobart
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Port Arthur, Richmond & Tasman Peninsula Active Day Tour
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Port Arthur Shuttle and Tasman Sights Tour
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Shore Excursion: Hobart Highlights Day Tour
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Tasmanian Wine Tour
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Recent reviews from experiences in Hobart

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Definatly value for money
Geoffrey_M, Nov 2022
kunanyi / Mt Wellington Explorer Bus - 2 Hour Return Tour
The trip was a highlight of our cruise to Hobart, even getting to see snow and get snowed on, Greg was a excellent guide and driver
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Great value
Claire_C, Nov 2022
Shore Excursion: Hobart Highlights Day Tour
Great flexibility and we got to see so many highlights of Hobart.
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Great introduction to Hobart
Lisa_W, Nov 2022
Hobart Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour
Plenty of stops covering most tourist attractions in Hobart.
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Great way to see the...
Rachel_W, Nov 2022
Hobart Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour
Great way to see the beautiful city of Hobart.
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Good trip
Anonymous, Nov 2022
Hobart Full Day Tour with Pick Up
An ideal way to enjoy a private tour of Hobart taking in plenty of beautiful scenery and an opportunity to see places which generally are enjoyed by local people.
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Stunning Wineglass a Must See
Mike_D, Nov 2022
Wineglass Bay & Freycinet NP Full Day Tour from Hobart via Richmond Village
And since Wineglass is a 3+ hour drive from Hobart, this is really the only way to do a daytrip to see the stunning Wineglass Bay.
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Interesting, educational, great Gin, great food and great company.
Rebecca_G, Oct 2022
Boutique Gin Tour
What a wonderful day, lots to see of see and learn about local distilleries.
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Amazing! Highly...
Adele_F, Aug 2022
kunanyi / Mt Wellington Explorer Bus - 2 Hour Return Tour
We had a week in Hobart and really wanted to see snow.
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Great
Kathryn_P, Jun 2022
kunanyi/Mt Wellington Tour & Hobart Hop-On Hop-Off Bus
Nice way to see sites of Hobart.
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Engaging, wonderful scenery and awesome guide.
Andrew_S, Jun 2022
Full-Day Guided Bruny Island Tour from Hobart
The island was quite stunning and must be done in winter.
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The wonders of Wineglass Bay and Freycinet National Park
Jessica_S, Oct 2022
Wineglass Bay & Freycinet NP Full Day Tour from Hobart via Richmond Village
We were very lucky to see Wineglass Bay on a beautiful blue day and took heaps of stunning photos.
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A great find and one that I would recommend
E_Y, Sep 2022
Big Day Out from Hobart to Cradle Mountain
Great option if you want to check off cradle mountain amongst the many other attractions if you only have limited period of time in Tasmania.
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Kunanyi great on a clear day
Melinda_S, Sep 2022
Hobart Hop-On Hop-Off Bus & kunanyi/Mt Wellington Tour
I think the service would benefit from extended hours, as operating on winter hours it runs between 10:00 and 15:00 and summer only an extra hour.
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Enjoyable experience due to our wonderful tour guide, Trevor
Senan_L, Jul 2022
Wineglass Bay and Freycinet National Park Active Day Trip from Hobart
During the whole journey, we stopped at various locations, to see scenic views along East Coast.
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A Great way to See Hobart and surrounds
Stuart_P, Apr 2022
Signature Tour
Pagan ciders was a highlight along with the Spring Bay tour.
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Great experience
Gerald_T, Mar 2022
Day Tour in Mt. Field, Mt. Wellington, Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and Richmond
My Field was an easy walk , Bonorong Sanctuary was informative, and we got to see the adorable animals, and Richmond Village was charming.
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Great way to see the Derwent
Christine_W, Mar 2022
Derwent River Historic Harbour Cruise From Hobart
Lovely way to see Hobart and get some local commentary about the area.
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Amazing beauty!
Naiade_P, Jan 2022
Wineglass Bay and Freycinet National Park Active Day Trip from Hobart
All about this tour is beautiful and our helpful guide Clinton was also kind enough to give us advice on the best way to drive from Hobart to Deloraine, best stops and attractions along the path.
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Lovely boat trip
amylaurencunningham, Jan 2022
Derwent River Historic Harbour Cruise From Hobart
Great boat trip and a lovely way to see Hobart.
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Orientating yourself around
Eleanor_W, Jul 2022
Hobart Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour
Anyone who wants to see the main features of hobart and to get a feel for their history.
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What is Hobart famous for?

The capital of Tasmania charms with its waterfront setting—one of the deepest natural ports in the world. Hobart is also at the foot of Mt. Wellington (Kunanyi), which many visit to hike. The mostly underground Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) is a themed around sex and death.

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Which state in Australia is Hobart in?

Hobart is not just in the Australian state of Tasmania, it's also the state's capital city. Tasmania is Australia’s only state to be an island, and it sits off the southern coast of the Australian mainland.

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How can I spend a day in Hobart?

Spend a day in Hobart combining cultural and natural activities. Tour the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) in the morning; it's a short ferry ride from central Hobart. In the afternoon, drive up Mt. Wellington (Kunanyi) for sweeping views. On Saturdays, visit Salamanca Market for breakfast or lunch.

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What can you do in Hobart for free?

There are many free things to do in Hobart. Hike or drive up Mt. Wellington (Kunanyi) for the views; stroll through the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens; enjoy a swim at Seven Mile Beach when the weather’s good; and swap pricey MONA out for the free Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.

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What should I not miss in Hobart?

While visiting Hobart, stop at the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), take a drive or hike up Mt. Wellington (Kunanyi), and tour Cascade Brewery, which dates from 1824. On Saturdays, eat at Salamanca Market. Take a day trip to Port Arthur, the ruins of a convict settlement.

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Is Hobart safe for tourists?

Yes. Hobart—ranked as Australia’s safest city—is safe for tourists. The crime rate is low, tourists are rarely the targets of crime, and gun violence is almost nonexistent. Watch your belongings and avoid walking alone after dark in quiet areas, as you would in any city.

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