Once an infamous penal colony, this ,waterfront city is now Tasmania's cultural hub, drawing foodies and ,nature lovers from all over the world.

Tasmania’s capital city is steeped in history. Settled by the British in 1804, Hobart was mostly populated by convicts and soldiers. Gradually the town developed on the backs of the whaling and boat building industries. The city’s Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian architecture, sandstone warehouses and Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, which date back to 1818, are a legacy of the wealth these industries generated.

Downtown Hobart is based around the original settlement site at Sullivan’s Cove on the Derwent River, and is easy to navigate by bus or bike, or on foot. On a Saturday, catch the free HobartHopper shuttle bus from the city centre and head to the markets at Salamanca Place. Drawing tens of thousands of people, these markets offer fashion, crafts, art, gourmet food and locally grown produce. Salamanca Place is also an arts hub, so on any day of the week there’s always something to see and do in its galleries and theaters.

Gone are the days of meager convict rations; Hobart today offers some of the most innovative cuisine in the country and the quality of its local produce, beer and wine is prized throughout Australia and the Asia Pacific.

The city also has a thriving theater community, with two historic theaters running seasons of plays, opera, live music and cabaret. Tour the Theatre Royal and learn about those who have graced its stage, from Laurence Olivier to Hugo Weaving.

Spend a day exploring history on the waterfront in the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery where the living culture of Tasmania’s indigenous people comes alive through artifacts, stories and displays. Learn about the tragic conflicts between these people and the early settlers, and the lives of indigenous people in Tasmania since then.

Board a vintage ferry and cruise down the incredibly scenic Derwent River. Learn more about city’s connection to the water at the Maritime Museum of Tasmania. You can also get a ferry to the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), renowned internationally for its provocative and imaginative displays.

Discover Hobart’s natural side at Mount Wellington where there are hiking and biking trails, and incredible views over Hobart and the water. Outside Hobart there are other walking tracks following the coastline and river, offering great spots from which to watch the sun go down.

Where to stay in Hobart

Hobart Central Business District
Hobart featuring a bay or harbor, boating and a coastal town

Hobart Central Business District

Known for Romantic, Ports, Friendly People

4.5/5(165 reviews)

The captivating waterfront views and popular shops are just a few highlights of Hobart Central Business District. Make a stop by Salamanca Market or Salamanca Place while you're exploring the area.

Top Hotels in Hobart

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Wrest Point
Wrest Point
4.5 out of 5
410 Sandy Bay Road, Sandy Bay, TAS
NT$2,037
per night
Nov 25 - Nov 26

Situated on the waterfront, this luxury hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Wrest Point Casino, Salamanca Place, and Salamanca Market. Mount Nelson Lookout and Cascade ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,989 reviews)

"Great location, amenities very clean. Staff were excellent and friendly. We couldn’t fault our stay if we tried. Keep up the good work."…"

Reviewed on 2019/11/16

Wrest Point
Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart
Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart
4.5 out of 5
1 Davey St, Hobart, TAS
NT$2,773
per night
Dec 1 - Dec 2

Located in Hobart Central Business District, this luxury hotel is steps from Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery and Constitution Dock. Salamanca Market and Salamanca ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (3,092 reviews)

"The staff were wonderful, very helpful and friendly. Valet parking was great as I was not familiar with Hobart city & traffic. Location of the property is awesome, close to markets, tour pick up/drop off points and the beautiful old buildings of Hobart. Would definitely recommend this accommodation ..."…"

Reviewed on 2019/11/9

Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart
ibis Styles Hobart
ibis Styles Hobart
4 out of 5
173 Macquarie Street, Hobart, TAS
NT$2,490
per night
Nov 24 - Nov 25

Located in Hobart Central Business District, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of St. David's Cathedral, Franklin Square, and Australian Army Museum Tasmania. ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,007 reviews)

"had a short stay at the hotel, service was fine, great location, hotel condition is good"…"

Reviewed on 2019/11/14

ibis Styles Hobart

Popular things to do in Hobart

Salamanca Market
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Salamanca Market

4.5/5(91 reviews)

You can find the perfect gifts to bring home when you visit Salamanca Market, a favorite shopping spot in Hobart. Discover the fascinating museums in this walkable area, or seek out the local tours.

Museum of Old and New Art
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Museum of Old and New Art

4.5/5(57 reviews)

Hobart’s remarkable Museum of Old and New Art has a surprising mix of thought-provoking installation art, modern paintings, sculptures and ancient artefacts. 

Mt. Wellington
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Mt. Wellington

4.5/5(55 reviews)

Majestic columns of rock rise to the peak of this often snow-capped mountain, providing a playground for nature lovers, and a stunning backdrop for Hobart.

Cascade Brewery
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Cascade Brewery

4.5/5(26 reviews)

Step back into the past at the oldest brewery in Australia, a striking Gothic building near Hobart, and try some of the best beers in the country.

Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens
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Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens

4.5/5(28 reviews)

See rare and ancient plants, edible landscapes and exotic specimens at one of Australia's oldest public gardens.

Salamanca Place
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Salamanca Place

4.5/5(51 reviews)

Spend a day in this area where sandstone warehouses are now home to gourmet restaurants, trendy bars, galleries and a busy Saturday market.

Reviews of Hobart

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Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 4, 2019

I adore Hobart. A brilliant, unique and quirky city. Always a great place to visit.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 25, 2019

I love the whole city Small but pretty & beautiful

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 28, 2019

Mellow town to check out. Enjoyed the bars, Hobart Brewery, and the seafood was to die for. Yum! Overall, a good few days. We maybe could have used one more day, but two nights was sufficient.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 22, 2019

Great boat and seaplane tours!!!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jun 16, 2019

Great city to visit easily walkable . Lovely sense of history. Gorgeous harbour boats fish restaurants.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 15, 2019

I love the food quality in Tasmania, especially fresh oysters!

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