Port Arthur in Hobart, Tasmania
Port Arthur Historic Gaol. Photo: Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority 

Welcome to Hobart

Hobart is a stunning port city right at the bottom of Tasmania. Its many waterways make it a magnet for sailors, and every December, it is the finish line for the international Sydney to Hobart yacht race.  But it's not just waters that run deep here, Hobart's seedy convict past that is both captivating and exiting.

From uncovering Hobart's history, viewing awesome galleries, eating delicious local produce, to exploring the bushlands, beaches and kayaking in the rivers, this place is bursting with things to do. This destination is very on-trend so if Hobart is not on your bucket-list, add it now.

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Things to do in Hobart

Discover art at its best. Photo: MONA

  • To really get to know Hobart, take a guided tour and uncover the history and secrets of this city. There's plenty of choices from bus tours, self-guided tours to the hop-on-hop-off bus.
  • Visit the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA). The museum is three levels, all underground, and has one of the world's largest private collections of art and antiquities. You'll need to catch the ferry up the river to the MONA but I promise you'll be rewarded with a mind-boggling modern art experience.
  • Potter through the laneways in the city where there are many quaint shops tucked away.
  • Explore Salamanca Place which is an elegant mix of colonial warehouses and modern architecture. Here you'll find galleries, theatres, craft shops and restaurants.
  • On Saturdays, these warehouses are converted into the Salamanca Markets. These markets are among the best outdoor food and entertainment markets in Australia.
Salamanca Markets. Photo: Phil Kitt. Tourism Tasmania

Go inside the notorious Port Arthur convict goal.
Photo: Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority
  • Tour Port Arthur which is a convict gaol and is Australia’s version of Alcatraz. It was built by the convicts in the 1820’s and is ready for you to explore. The hospital, government house and the reverend’s house are full of stories, mystery and history.  This prison accepted everyone, from the worst of the worst prisoners, social outcasts, the uneducated, and anyone who disagreed with politics of the day. Port Arthur was a hard and painful place and has also been named among the most haunted buildings in Australia. Be sure to visit Port Arthur and unearth the many secrets of torture endured by inmates. Feeling brave? Do a ghost tour at night.  
  • Visit Mount Wellington that overlooks Hobart and surrounding areas. You'll be rewarded with spectaucular views of the city, harbour. There are many ways to visit Mount Wellington, either a tour bus, car, a bikeride or a hike. Heads-up: The mountain top is often covered in snow even in summer so rug up.
  • Hasting’s caves and thermal springs - a 90 minute drive south of Hobart, Hasting’s Caves State Reserve is another beautiful area abundant in the natural wonders of Tasmania. Relax in the thermal springs or take a walk through the forest reserves and caves.
Get the best views from the Mount Wellington sumit.
Photo: Tourism Australia
Enjoy a boat ride around Hobart Harbour
Take a boat around Hobart Harbour. Photo: Tourism Australia
  • Jump aboard one of the former Sydney to Hobart yachts and enjoy an afternoon sail around Bruny Island. For this spectacular adventure, you only have to wander down the city pier to find a boat waiting for you.
  • Cruising Tasmania is a great way to relax and soak up the great outdoors. Choose from a casual afternoon sail or stay on sea for days at a time. Sail past a number of Tassie’s national parks, and keep your eyes peeled for whales, dolphins, seals, albatross and much more wildlife! 
  • Take a Tasman Island cruise from Port Arthur to Eaglehawk Neck in the South East of Tasmania. This coastline is part of the Tasman National Park, and is abundant in beautiful cliffs, caves, rock formations and waterfalls! The cruise is 3 hours long and definitely worth a look.
  • Enjoy a safari where you get to explore the areas between Tasmania’s two major cities - Hobart and Launceston. On Safari you will hike, camp, and canoe your way through Tassie’s national parks. If you’re not up for spending too much time in a tent, there are day tours available.

Photo: Sean Scott Photography

Spotted tail quoll - also known as Tasmanian Devil. 
Photo: Rob Burnett. Tourism Australia
  • Visit Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and see the famous Tasmanian Devils, plus koalas, kangaroos and other native animals. Bonorong is a safe haven for injured and orphaned wildlife which makes this santuary even more wonderful. This is your chance to see wildlife being nursed back to health, and to feed them.
  • Fancy a dip. Hobart has endless stretches of beaches for you to swim or walk on. Some of the more popular beaches are Seven Mile, Bellerive , Clifton and Park Beach. In saying they are poular, you can still go for miles without running into another person.

How to get there

Fly to Hobart. Flights are inexpensive and regular from all Australian cities. When you arrive, it’s a 15 minute commute to the heart of the city. Alternatively, take the ferry from Melbourne and arrives in Devonport.