Hobart Destination guide

Sandstone warehouses from the 1800s converted into trendy, stylish bars, restaurants and shops. A walk in the crisp air through cobblestone streets as towering mountains watch over you. A waterfront that pulses with activity and lights up at night-time. Hobart offers a range of delights, all overseen by the imposing figure of the 1,271 metre Mount Wellington.

One of Tasmania's most popular tourist destinations, Salamanca Markets hosts arts, crafts, food and music every Saturday morning. Mingle with the crowd amongst the rows of funky colourful umbrellas. If you can’t get enough of the historic buildings around Salamanca Place then a visit to Battery Point and a stroll down Davey Street should be added to your itinerary. Hobart prides itself on its strong cultural heritage and the architecture you’ll see in and around the city is a brilliant example of its ties to the past.

For a cultural experience, Salamanca Arts Centre is the go-to place for arts in Tasmania, presenting everything from theatre and art to music and dance. The Museum of Old and New Art, located in the Moorilla Winery, puts a unique spin on the typical art gallery experience. And you'll definitely get the chance to catch a local band live in one of Hobart's pubs.

Want a relaxing walk? The Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens features uniquely Tasmanian plants and the one-of-a-kind Subantarctic Plant House. Take a walk through this specially constructed, climate-controlled building and you'll feel like you're on a misty little island.

While you could spend your whole holiday exploring the city of Hobart, the surrounding towns are really worth taking the time to see. Consider a day trip to Port Arthur to visit the historic convict site, go on a gourmet sightseeing tour of Bruny Island, or travel through seaside towns to Freycinet National Park and take in the stunning scenery of Wineglass Bay.

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Quick Facts

  • Flight time: 2 hours (from Sydney)
  • Major airport: Hobart International Airport (HBA)
  • Currency: Australian Dollar
  • Busy season: December - February
  • Popular activities: Dining, markets, arts, culture