Straddling the Derwent River Tasmania's small capital city sits at the foot of Mount Wellington's forested slopes and combines 19th century heritage, charm and a modern lifestyle in an exceptional setting. With daring art, a dynamic food scene and a wealth of natural attractions, Hobart pretty much has it all.
Founded in 1803 as a penal settlement, Hobart is the second-oldest city in Australia after Sydney and with its captivating history, picturesque waterways, rugged mountains and gourmet experiences there's much to enjoy.
Don't miss Salamanca Place, a short walk from the waterfront, whose 1830s Georgian warehouses are now filled with galleries, theatres, craft shops and restaurants. Every Saturday the iconic Salamanca Market is held and brings the area to life with colours, sounds and aromas of Tasmania while musicians and street performers provide rich entertainment.
Take a walk along Hobart's beautiful working waterfront and the floating Brooke Street Pier. For tasty treats head to Constitution Dock, which is lined with fish punts selling seafood – so why not hire a kayak and feast on fish and chips. At the city's most historic suburb, Battery Point, step back in time and delve into the proliferation of antique, curio and book stores before discovering the homely cafes and restaurants along the strip.
Board a ferry at the Brook Street Pier and sail upstream to the daring Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), a large privately owned museum with an art collection as eclectic as it is provocative. Australia's second oldest museum, the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, resides on the waterfront and has something to offer visitors of all ages and interests.
Other noteworthy attractions include the superb Cascade Brewery, where weekday tours involve plenty of history and tastings at the end; the impressive Parliament House; the quaint whaling cottages of Arthur's Circus; the Maritime Museum of Tasmania and, not forgetting the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens featuring over 6,000 plant species along with the incredible sub-Antarctic garden, which is like walking into a freezer full of plants!
We also recommend taking the short drive to the summit of Mount Wellington for unbelievable views, or if cloaked in cloud try the Old Signal Station atop Mount Nelson instead. Also within easy reach of Hobart is Bruny Island, with its many rare and endangered plants and animals or notorious Port Arthur a well-preserved historic convict site.
- Charming atmosphere
- Attractive sandstone buildings
- 19th century heritage
- Picturesque waterfront
- Superb art collections
- Scenic Mount Wellington
- Close to Bruny Island
- Easy drive to Port Arthur