The Best Things To Do In Hobart
Are you looking for a place to visit that has a small town feel and all of the interesting amenities and points of interest that a larger city would have? Hobart, located on the island of Tasmania, is one unique and fun place to visit when you want to sample just a little bit of everything. With direct flights from many of the Australian cities including Sydney and Melbourne, Hobart is easily accessible and the city centre is only 20 minutes away from the airport.
For residents and visitors alike, Hobart has a fine reputation of being that perfect getaway spot for the weekend or to add to the itinerary if you’re exploring many of the nearby Australian cities. Weekend markets, amazing restaurants and plenty of arts and entertainment are located throughout Hobart to give you a little bit of everything you could want during a stay. North Hobart and the historic area of Salamanca are just two of the most popular spots to hang out, dine and shop. Many of these restaurants are located on the waterfront, which not only give you amazing views of the docks, but there’s plenty of delicious cuisine and fresh seafood, influenced by a number of ingredients. Constitution Dock is considered to be the main waterfront of Hobart and there’s always something going on in this region — whether it’s kayakers paddling throughout the waterways or dining on some of the famous fish and chips.
Tasmania has quite an interesting history, so of course a trip to Hobart should include some points of interest that pay homage to the penitentiaries located throughout the island. The most famous of all is called Port Arthur, which is just a 90 minute drive from the city and makes an interesting daytrip if you need a little something extra to do. If you prefer to stay in the city, there are available tours of prisoner barracks that are also listed on the World Heritage directory.
If you’re visiting Hobart on the weekends, you’re in luck! Salamanca Market, which is held outdoors each Saturday, is a favourite for both locals and visitors. This massive outdoor market contains hundreds of stalls featuring homemade crafts, produce and artwork.
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South Bruny National Park
Tasmania is famous for its pristine and beautiful countryside, and this park has it all – only 50 kilometres from Hobart, it is well worth the drive. Take a day trip, or camp overnight. You can stroll along the beaches, swim, and watch the intrepid surfers at Cloudy Bay. Head away from the beach and enjoy the many walks – from leisurely to challenging – and see the Cape Bruny Lighthouse. So much to do so close to Hobart!
If it’s time to relax and chill while you continue to enjoy the Tasmanian countryside, Bruny Island is for you. It’s a favourite for locals wanting “time-out”. Explore the coast line as you meander along the pathways, and keep a look out for penguins, and bird life. This island is about slowing down for a day or two; there is no resort, just guesthouses.
A visit to Hobart must include a trip up to the top of Mt Wellington. The mountain towers over the city, and with the clear air of Hobart, from its look-out you can see for forever and a day. Enjoy walking along the boardwalks or take a bike ride if you’re feeling energetic. Pack a picnic and enjoy a meal as you lay back and take in the sights!
Tasmania’s beautiful countryside had a very cruel existence for its convicts. Take this trail and discover them both! From Hobart to Richmond (27km), then onto Port Arthur (80km) and then back to Hobart. It can be a day trip, but why not take longer and enjoy the history, take a cruise at the Tasman National Park, and absorb the architecture and convicts’ harsh life at the notorious Port Arthur penal settlement.
Museum of Old and New Art (MONA)
As you enter the Museum of Old and Modern Art (MONA) and descend into its cavernous halls, you quickly realise that this is no ordinary art gallery. It’s displays of modern and ancient art are unique and challenging and changing regularly. While the museum only opened in 2011, it is fast becoming an icon. Its gift shop offers keepsakes that you will enjoy, and the restaurant is well worth a visit
Hobart grew up around the Derwent River, and its life revolves around its waters. Join a cruise that takes you to the Moorilla Winery or the Cadbury’s Chocolate Factory, both well worth a visit. Wine or chocolate – what a tough choice! You can enjoy the river by kayaking, taking a jet boat or just a leisurely ferry ride.
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Fun, education and the passion of true environmentalists are on display at the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary. A half-day tour from Hobart will take you to see Australia’s native animals and meet a group of people dedicated to nursing orphaned and hurt animals – how can you say no! Operating for nearly 40 years, meet a wide range of native animals, including Tassie Devils, koalas, wombats and kangaroos. There are regular activities and talks, and you can even feed the kangaroos!
Just a thirty minute drive from Hobart lies the picturesque Huon Valley; famous for producing much of Tasmania’s natural food – including its wines and fruit! The centring town of Huonville is filled with boutiques and is perfect for a quiet stroll, while the surrounding Huon River is fantastic for water sports!
Take a short 90 minute drive from Hobart and you will find yourself at the famous town of Port Arthur. This nineteenth century convict settlement is a favourite destination among history lovers. Explore the crumbling ruins, spread over 100 acres; they include the prison blocks, the old church, and an abandoned coal mine!
Richmond is an historic and picturesque town, a mere 30 minutes from Hobart! Filled with nineteenth century buildings and cottages – and of course, the beautiful Richmond Bridge – Richmond is known for its museums, boutiques, craft stores and gourmet restaurants!
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