As Tasmania’s capital city, Hobart is home to almost 50 per cent of Tasmanians, with much of the attractions able to be explored on foot.
See and do
Shop the Salamanca Markets
Looking for a light outdoor stroll? The Salamanca Markets run near the Hobart waterfront every Saturday. With a range of local produce, artisan products, jewellery, clothing, gins and knick-knacks to rummage through, walking the markets with a coffee in hand in a great way to spend the morning.
Visit the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA)
A must see for any visitor. A quirky art museum featuring ancient and contemporary art, MONA doesn’t take itself too seriously. For those just there for the activity, the site also features many bars and restaurants, and is the home of Tasmanian festivals including Dark Mofo.
For art lovers, the museum contains over 1900 individual pieces, where you can download an app for further information on each piece.
To complete the experience, head over via ferry – it leaves right near the Salamanca Market. Easy!
Take a tour of Port Arthur
An hour and a half from Hobart lies Port Arthur, a former prison that is now a classified UNESCO World Heritage site. On a historic tour that includes a cruise, find out about Australia’s colonial convict history, or even come back at night for the ghost tour – if you dare.
Hike Mount Wellington
A sizeable peak at 1,271 metres tall, Mount Wellington is known as Tasmania’s most accessible mountain to climb, including its surroundings in Wellington Park. Whether you’re an experienced hiker looking to make your way up top, or simply looking to do a stroll to Wellington Falls, the sights will take your breath away.
Feed animals at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
As well as Australian wildlife, a visit to the sanctuary features rare and exotic animals found only in Tasmania, including the famed Tasmania Devil.
Day trip to Bruny Island
Well, you’re already on an island, but take a day trip to an even smaller one! On a wilderness cruise, take in the adorable sea life like fur seals, whales and dolphins.
Arrive and discover remote beaches and rocky cliffs, stunning wildlife, Jurassic plants and natural habitats, as well as the coastal views that make Bruny Island a coastal wonderland.
Eat and drink
Tasmania is famed for its gin distilleries, and so it is definitely worth giving one of these a visit in your time down south.
For eats, consider one of these magnificent food and wine experiences, or grabbing a bite alongside Hobart’s wharf as you look out on the pier.
RACV Hobart Hotel’s Cascade on Collins Bar, inside the historical cascade building, is a newly renovated establishment featuring Tasmania’s finest produce and beverages, while the Hotel’s Charcoal Restaurant showcases the area’s local seafood and vintage wines.
If you’ve got a bit more time, tick off out Hobart bucket list here.