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Stay and play - Hobart, TAS

The Tasmanian capital dishes up a feast for the senses, abounding with natural beauty, a dynamic food scene, and daring art backed by a rich, tangible history.

The festival to beat all festivals - Dark MOFO. Image credit: Adam Gibson

Where is it?

Hobart is a 1hr 15min flight from Melbourne and less than 2hr from Adelaide and Sydney in the state’s southeast.

Why go?

Whether you’re into markets, mountains, or modern art, Hobart delivers. It's a vibrant city, yet the charming waterfront setting delivers an utter calmness to any getaway. And let’s not forget the clean air!

Sunsets are something special in Hobart. Image credit: Luke Tscharke

The essentials – things to do in Hobart, TAS

MONA (The Museum of Old and New Art)

Weird, wonderful, and wacky – did you even visit Hobart if you didn’t go to MONA? A poop room (yep, classified as art) with tubes on display that represent the gastroenterological journey in the body is just one of heaps of crazy exhibits to see. But, of course, there are so many other displays to experience if you’d prefer a more sweetly scented artful experience.

Welcome to The Void. Image credit: MONA and Remi Chauvin

Wander the waterfront

Hobart is blessed with a stunning waterfront. With cobblestoned streets, historical buildings, restaurants, markets, and galleries spotted along the water’s edge, a stroll in these parts is essential.

The wonderful waterfront. Image credit: Stu Gibson

Salamanca Markets

These iconic markets are held every Saturday with 200-plus stallholders representing artisans, designers, and producers. You’re bound to snap up a Tasmanian treasure or two.

Market day is a vibrant setting. Image credit: City of Hobart and Alastair Bett 

Cascade Brewery

A visit to the oldest-operating brewery in Australia is a bucket-list experience for beer lovers. Sip in style in the heritage beer garden or embark on an educational brewery tour.

Pulling up for a pint! Image credit: Flow Mountain Bike

Battery Point

Undoubtedly, this is one of the cutest suburbs in Hobart, if not the country. The historical pocket is just a 10min stroll from the CBD and its quaint streets are dotted with cute cottages that ooze old-world charm. Hampden Rd is the main stretch for cafés and gift shops

Cute cottages along Battery Point. Image credit: Dale Baldwin

Mt Wellington

Towering Kunanyi/Mt Wellington is an imposing backdrop to the city, and its summit reveals truly breathtaking views of the greater Hobart region. You can even spot Bruny Island from here.

WOWZERS. Mt Wellington magic! Image credit: Luke Tscharke

Shot Tower

The 1870-built, near-60m-tall tower also showcases spectacular views from atop, just 10km south of Hobart. That does mean a climb of 300-plus steps, but it’s worth it.

Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens

Located on the fringes of the CBD, this is Australia’s second-oldest botanic gardens. The tranquil area is packed with interesting features, including a beautiful Japanese garden and the fascinating Sub Antarctic Plant House. 

The beauty of the botanic gardens. Image credit: Lusy Productions

Cascades Female Factory Historic Site

Only ruins remain at this important heritage attraction, which is part of the Australian Convict Sites World Heritage property. But it breathes to life thanks to a dramatic theatre-style tour that gives visitors a tangible window into its past.

Image credit: Alastair Bett

Day trips from Hobart, TAS

Coal River Valley Wine Region

The underrated area has a small but solid selection of mainly boutique wineries, easily reachable from the CBD. Within its surrounds is the charming heritage town of Richmond, home to Australia’s oldest bridge and various engrossing attractions.

Distance: 25km southeast of Hobart (Richmond).

Frogmore Creek Winery looking fine!

Bruny Island

Beautiful Bruny has undeniable appeal, led by untouched beaches, a feast of local produce, and its iconic isthmus, known as The Neck, which houses various native wildlife. The island is reached via a 20min vehicular ferry ride from Kettering.

Distance: 30km south of Hobart (Kettering).

Nothing like The Neck at Bruny Island. image credit: Jess Bonde

Tasman Peninsula

This peninsula is simply stunning. It mixes astounding scenery and natural attractions with a vivid past, best appreciated with a visit to renowned Port Arthur Historic Site. Blowholes, caves, and cloud-piercing sea stacks are among its many visual treats. An absolute must-visit area.

Distance: 90km southeast of Hobart (Port Arthur).

Tasman Peninsula - a true Tassie delight 

Random fact

The Tasmanian tiger was last seen alive in Hobart. The last bit of known footage of the species, believed to be extinct, was at Hobart Zoo in 1921

Accommodation in Hobart, TAS

Holidaying in Hobart? We’ve got your accom sorted.

BIG4 Hobart Airport Tourist Park

Park type: Classic.

BIG4 Hobart has a prime location. As the name suggests, it’s close to the airport: only 15min away, and the park offers free shuttle services to and from.

The cabins are calling at BIG4 Hobart Airport 

No matter what kind of traveller you are, the options for resting your head are plenty. Indulge in a comfortable two-bedroom self-contained cabin or enjoy the simple life on a powered site or an en-suite campervan and caravan site.

With all the amenities needed for a memorable holiday – adventure playground, basketball court, board games, café, indoor games, movie room, and more – don’t blame us if you have a sudden urge to extend your stay.

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