Hobart’s an easy city to walk around – you don’t need a car – and there are a range of walking tours (including Gourmania or Hobart Historic Tours) to choose from. City walks include the Battery Point Sculpture Trail, the Cascade Walking Track and Rivulet Park.
Mount Wellington, which frames the city, is a wilderness reserve about 20 kilometres from Hobart with great views of the city. The Mount Wellington Descent is a mountain bike ride from the summit. You can get a tour to transport you up to the top, supply you with a bike, and you can ride back down to the city. There are beautiful walks around the park too.
Heart of it
Battery Point is one of my favourite spots as some of the oldest buildings in the city are here – and I live nearby. From Salamanca Place, climb Kelly Steps to explore the pretty winding streets of Georgian cottages and colonial mansions. It’s called Battery Point after the 1818 gun battery built to protect Hobart. Have a coffee on Hampden Road – Jackman & McRoss is a popular spot, and if you’d like a drink Shippies (Shipwrights Arms Hotel) in Trumpeter Street is a Hobart icon.
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary at Brighton, 30 minutes north of the city, is a great place for families. You can see kangaroos, wombats, Tasmanian devils, eastern quolls and bettongs. The behind-the-scenes and night tours are great. Funds raised by the sanctuary are used to rescue wildlife and help save the endangered Tassie devil.
Locals like to pop in to the Lark Distillery for a drink. It’s a great place for a whisky in winter and you can buy something to take home. Daci & Daci, the French patisserie on Murray Street, is pure indulgence. If you’re looking for a good coffee, Villino (Criterion Street) is popular. To make the most of our long twilights, try dinner at The Glass House restaurant on the floating Brooke Street Pier. The pier is also home to Domaine Simha and Moorilla wines, McHenry whisky and gin, and the MONA ferry.