The capital of Tasmania, Hobart is a waterfront city rich in history. From vibrant markets to waterside restaurants and ghost tours, there’s plenty to keep you occupied in and around the city. Home to the Tasmanian devil, Australia’s largest beer festival, the Huon Pine and Australia’s oldest golf course (Barnbougle Dunes was listed as number 11 of 100 golf courses in the world by Golf Digest), Tasmania is a compact state that is easy to travel around. There are so many things to do in Hobart, you’ll definitely be busy.
Fortunately, in summer, they say Hobart gets more sunlight than any other Australian capital. Here are top 10 things to see and do in and around Hobart.
An iconic activity is to cycle down the mountain on the Mount Wellington descent.
Modern art museum
Modern art museum (MONA), which is located just outside Hobart is the place everyone is raving about.
MONA is Australia’s largest private museum and an adult version of Disneyland, with three levels of art space and lots of creative displays.
Hobart’s markets are worth taking the time to visit. On a Saturday, make sure to pop into to Salamanca Market. The Farm Gate Market is open on Sundays.
Hobart is considered the whiskey capital of Australia. Visit the Lark Distillery for handcrafted single malt whisky or take a tour of the Cascade Brewery.
The Convict Trail
The convict trail is a fascinating journey thorugh Tasmania’s history. The storybook town of Richmond is home to Australia’s oldest bridge, galleries and vineyard restaurants.
Port Arthur Historic Site is a World Heritage and one of the most significant convict sites in the world.
Bruny Island offers spectacular coastal scenery and marine wildlife such as seals, albatrosses, dolphins and whales.
A cruise is one of the best ways to experience the island.
Oatlands is a Georgian village along the Heritage Highway that will delight. The town’s landmark is the Callington Mill.
The Huon Trail
The Huon Trail is a journey past orchards, vineyards, cider cellar doors and roadside stalls of the Huon Valley.
It is 25 minutes south of Hobart. Other highlights are Hastings Caves and Cygnet, which has quirky cafes and stores.
The Derwent Valley
The Derwent Valley is home to tranquil Mount Field National Park and spectacular Russell Falls.
The Southwest Wilderness is a day trip from Hobart in a helicopter or a light aircraft. It’s a pristine region that is seldom visited yet only a short flight away.
Need more things to do in and around Hobart?
More reasons to visit Tasmania
Tasmanian Devils are on the decline due to a fatal infectious cancer. There are sanctuaries across Tasmania that need your donations to help to protect the species.
40% of Tasmania is covered in national parks and reserves. Much of the state has remained unchanged for over 60 million years.
The Huon Pine is a legacy of Gondwana and one of the oldest native trees in the world. Found in Tasmania, the tree can live for more than 3,000 years.
The Western Wilderness might be a longer drive from Hobart but it’s worth exploring.
Where to eat and drink
1. Ethos Eat Drink serves six or eight courses with matching wines.
2. Smolt is in Hobart’s vibrant waterfront district. The chef dishes up modern bistro food and Tasmanian wine.
3. Lark Distillery for Single Malt Whisky, premium Vodka, Gin and TASI aromatic bush Liqueur.
4. Nant Whisky Cellar and Bar for award-winning Single Malt Whisky rated amongst the top 50 whiskies in the world in 2012.
5. T42 for casual dining and nautical views.
Where to stay
As the state is an island surrounded by water, there’s a high chance of snaffling a room with a water view too.
Love a party?
If you love a festive atmosphere, then plan your trip to coincide with one of these festivals.
Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race (December to January) is a prestigious sailing competitions that attracts local and international. The race starts on Boxing Day in Sydney Harbour and finishes in Hobart.
MONA FOMA (January) is a carnival of creativity and culture known for its avant-garde art installations, music and parties.
Evandale Village Fair and the Penny Farthing National Championship (February) is a quirky country fair for the whole family.
Australian Wooden Boat Festival (February) brings Hobart’s waterfront to life over four days, with a stunning collection of wooden boats and nautical events.
Hobart Cup (February) is a thoroughbred horse race and one of Tasmania’s main annual social events. The race is 2400 metres and has a purse of AUD$250,000.
10 Days on the Island (March) is a state-wide arts and culture festival.
V8 Supercars Tyrepower Tasmania 400 (March) is an adrenaline-pumping weekend of action-charged racing.