First impressions of Australia’s most southern, island capital are powerful. Remarkably natural in both landscape and character, there’s a charm from the past that is unaffected by a progressive personality. And yet, Hobart is a city with a global following.
This is a place blessed by nature, from the breathtaking Mount Wellington, to the vastness of the River Derwent at its hem.
Existing in harmony with this amazing landscape is a compact city packed with culture and character boasting quality museums, galleries and Australia’s oldest theatre, gourmet outlets and vibrant cafes and restaurants, convict landmarks established during the settlement of Tasmania’s first colony and Australia’s first brewery.
What you can expect
On any day, the waterfront location is compelling. Southern right whales, seals and seabirds provide a spectacular natural touch to the setting. Antarctic research vessels, yachts and dawn kayakers are a reminder of Hobart’s strong maritime theme with this working port welcoming supplies to the island including the bounty from fishing fleets for Hobart’s restaurants that day. Find out what’s fresh on restaurant menus directly from the local fishermen unloading oysters, crayfish and salmon.
It is on Hobart’s waterfront where you can book one of a number of outstanding cruise experiences, or take the famous MONA ferry to enjoy the world class Museum of Old and New Art.
Browse local design with the makers in their elegant Salamanca Place heritage studios and strike a chord with one of the greatest small orchestras in the world, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, over a pinot at a bar after a performance.
Salamanca Market - every Saturday browse more than 300 stalls specialising in Tasmanian produce, design and natural products and appreciate why it has earned a huge loyal following as a must see experience.
Wellington Park - Featuring Mount Wellington / kunanyi, the park stretches over 20km west of the Mountain's pinnacle. Easily accessible from Hobart, Glenorchi and other regional areas, this reserve connects the city to the bush, and the mountains to the waterways.
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary - Bonorong is a sanctuary for Tasmanian wildlife. Your chance to come closer than ever to something wild and fragile. As soon as you walk through the old wooden gate you’ll realise you’ve come to a place where animals are deeply cared for and you become part of an inspiring conservation story.
MONA Ferry - If you are planning to visit Mona, taking the ferry is whithout a doubt the way to go. Enjoy drinks and a share plate of canapés, while exposed to the beautiful views.
Food is a way of life here and everything fresh from the field or sea is celebrated at weekly markets and major events, such as the annual The Taste of Tasmania held between 28 December and 3 January.
This is a city whose contrasts and beauty will linger with you for well after you have settled back into your usual routine.
Find out more
If you need any help planning your upcoming trip to Tasmania, feel free to contact our friends at Andrew Jones Travel.
Tasmanian Travel and Information Centre in Hobart can help you make the most of your visit to Hobart. Contact the experienced team for ideas, local secrets and bookings.
Phone: (03) 62384222