HobartAustralia

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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.

Hobart Travel Guide Video

Where to stay in Hobart

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Hobart Central Business District

4.5/5Wonderful!(186 area 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.

Hobart Central Business District

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
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
NT$2,537
per night
Feb 23 - Feb 24

Situated on the waterfront, this luxury hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Salamanca Place, Salamanca Market, and Constitution Dock. Hobart Cruise Terminal and Mount ...

4.2/5Excellent! (2,054 reviews)

"We loved our room. Views were great. The only area that lets the hotel down was the gym and pool. Little run down and unattractive."…"

Reviewed on 2020/2/13

Wrest Point
Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart
Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart
4.5 out of 5
1 Davey St, Hobart, TAS
NT$3,630
per night
Mar 1 - Mar 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! (3,146 reviews)

"Beautiful location with friendly staff ! Always a pleasure staying at this hotel"…"

Reviewed on 2020/2/15

Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart
ibis Styles Hobart
ibis Styles Hobart
4 out of 5
173 Macquarie Street, Hobart, TAS
NT$3,280
per night
Mar 1 - Mar 2

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! (1,060 reviews)

"New property, good price, location and clean new rooms"…"

Reviewed on 2020/2/13

ibis Styles Hobart

Popular things to do in Hobart

Salamanca Place
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Salamanca Place

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

Salamanca Market
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Salamanca Market

You can enjoy some retail therapy with a trip to Salamanca Market, a popular 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

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

Seven Mile Beach
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Seven Mile Beach

Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Seven Mile Beach, a popular beach in Seven Mile Beach.

Constitution Dock
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Constitution Dock

History seeps from the stones on Hobart’s waterfront, where colonial buildings are now galleries and where you can eat fresh seafood and watch a famous yacht race.

Mt. Wellington
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Mt. Wellington

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.

Reviews of Hobart

4.7

Top Destination

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4 - Good
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4 - Good 29.069767441860463%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 2.3255813953488373%
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 30, 2020

Go to the MONO and the Bonorong Animal Sanctuary, both were outstanding.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 12, 2020

Salamanca Market was outstanding. Lots of interesting booths and some local made crafts. Taste of Tasmania was also running and very enjoyable. Only drawback was so many people you could hardly move at either event (tour boats in port?).

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 8, 2019

Hobart is a great place to visit, just make sure you bring your appetite. They had a ton of restaurants and bars. Not a lot of shopping.

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.

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