Hobart, TAS: Destination Guide

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Australia's most southern capital city, Hobart is the perfect mix of natural beauty, gourmet eating and metropolitan fun.

Read on to discover the best things to do and see in Hobart or find and book accommodation in Hobart today.

About Hobart

Recent years have seen tourism in the apple isle ramp up, and it's in no small part thanks to the growning appeal of the state's capital, Hobart. Based on the Derwent River, Hobart was founded as a penal colony and is Australia’s second oldest capital after Sydney. Today, the undulating streets are home to some fantastic food and wine, unique shopping, and heritage architecture. Add in the proximity to a number of sensational National Parks, and what more could you want?

Thing to do in Hobart

Hobart is a place to eat, drink and be merry. Fresh seafood and cool climate wines are a-plenty, as are artisan produce and boutique beers. Explore the city's fascinating heritage, and experience why it is touted as such a cultural hub. If you do feel the need to get out of the city limits, there are a number of fabulous towns, parks and vineyards right on your doorstep.

Attractions in Hobart

MONA

Tourists flock to Hobart to explore the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), Australia’s largest privately-funded gallery. A number of highly unique art works are permanently located at the gallery, while many travelling exhibits are also shown here from time to time. An entire day can easily be spent within these fascinating walls, so be sure to plan your time accordingly.

Mt Wellington

Walk, peddle or drive your way to the top of Mt Wellington and take in breathtaking views of Hobart from one of Tasmania’s highest peaks. The mountain resides only 22km from the city, and rises 1,271m above Hobart. An enclosed lookout can be found at the summit, which provides information for curious visitors.

Salamanca Place

It is impossible to visit Hobart without spending time at Salamanca Place, which houses many of the city's fantastic restaurants, bars and cafes. Weekends are particularly entertaining here, when the Salamanca Market takes over and the waterside venue becomes a paradise of food, wine, cider, crafts, and much, much more. On Saturdays, you can also catch a range of buskers performing everything from blues to folk music.

Cascade Brewery

A tour of the famous Cascade Brewery is a must for any visitor to Hobart. This grand old iconic building is Australia's oldest brewery, and is therefore filled with fascinating stories and memories. Alternatively (or additionally) you can also join the Heritage Tour, which strolls around the areas surrounding the brewery and visits the Woodstock gardens and the Cascade museum.

Getting to Hobart

Located in Australia's island state of Tasmania, Hobart is located in the south east of the state, about 200km from Launceston.

By car

The drive to Hobart from Launceston, Tasmania's second largest city, takes around two and a half hours.

By air

Regular flights operate to Hobart from all Australian states, with all flights running via either Melbourne or Sydney.

By boat

The Spirit of Tasmania is an increasingly popular option for vistors travelling from Melbourne. The cruise ship docks in Tasmania's north at Devonport, from which Hobart is a three hour drive south via National Highway 1.

When to visit Hobart

Tasmania has a maritime climate with mild temperatures experienced throughout the year. Summer days in Hobart are longer than any other capital city in Australia; often getting dark well after 9pm. Hobart is nestled between the magnificent Mt Wellington and Derwent River which protects the city from extreme weather conditions. It is common to see snow on the top of Mt Wellington however snow in the city of Hobart is rare. December through to March is the peak period for visitors however, if you can bear the cooler weather, the main attractions are less crowded in winter.

Where to stay in Hobart

There's no shortage of accommodation options in Hobart, with a number of cabins and caravan parks nearby. For more accommodation options in and around Hobart, click here.

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