Port Arthur Historic Gaol. A visit to Hobart is not complete without spending time here. 

Welcome to Hobart

Hobart is a stunning harbour city at the bottom of Tasmania. It's famously known as the finish line for the international Sydney to Hobart yacht race every December. Sailors and party-goers flock from all over the world to be part of the celebrations, but it has so much more to offer. This super cool city is full of charm and contradictions.

There's no shortage of things to do in Hobart, from uncovering the seedy convict past, exploring the stunning bushlands and beaches to sampling the local mouth-watering food and wine, and jaw-dropping galleries and museums. When you visit Hobart, you're literally overwhelmed with things to see and do. This destination is very on-trend so make sure Hobart is on your travel bucket list.

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.

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Things to do in Hobart

Get to know Hobart and it's stunning harbour

  • When you visit Hobart, I recommend booking a guided tour so you can uncover the secrets of this city. There's plenty of options from walking and hiking tours, bus tours (including hop-on-hop-off buses) and self-guided tours. If you're on a tight budget, why not book a Hobart free walking tour. 
  • Visit the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA). The MONA has one of the world's largest private collections of art and the exhibits are designed to shock. Even if you're not an art lover, it's worth the experience. Get there by car, bus or catching the MONA ferry.
  • Step back in time and explore Battery Point – a gorgeous historic town on a cliff top. Just take the steps from Salamanca Square up to Battery Point. Here you'll find shops, historic houses, and the famous Jackman and McRoss bakery where you must try the Hobart specialty, the scallop pie.
  • Walk down the stairs to Salamanca Place which is a mix of colonial warehouses and modern architecture. Here you'll find galleries, theatres, craft shops and restaurants.
Explore Salamanca Markets.
  • On Saturdays, this area is converted into Salamanca Markets, which are among the best outdoor food and entertainment markets in Australia. The markets open early and most vendors are packing up by lunchtime - so get in early. These markets are not to be missed.
  • Visit Mount Wellington for spectacular views of Hobart. There are many ways to visit Mount Wellington including a driving your car, a tour or shuttle bus, a bike ride or a hike. Heads-up: The mountain is high up and cold so rug up, even in summer.
  • Port Arthur is one of the best Hobart attractions. This gaol was built by convicts in the 1820s and is Australia’s version of Alcatraz. Wander through Port Arthur's buildings,  historic houses and stunning gardens which are are full of stories, mysteries, and secrets of tortured inmates.  This prison accepted everyone, from the worst criminals, social outcasts, the uneducated, to anyone who disagreed with politics of the day. Port Arthur is one of the most haunted places in Australia, and is as beautiful as it is eerie. I highly recommend doing a ghost tour at night.  
Go inside the notorious Port Arthur convict goal.
Visit Mount Field for some walking walking
  • Mt Field national park is an hours drive from Hobart, and has great walks, stunning views, rainforests and fern forests, wildlife, and some of the world's tallest trees. There are walks for every level of fitness so no-one misses out. I would definitely recommend adding Mt Field to your itinerary.
  • 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.
  • Visit Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and see the famous Tasmanian Devils, 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.
  • Add a day trip to Bruny Island onto your itinerary. Why, because it's filled with remote coastlines, beaches, all kinds of wildlife, and the-best-of-the-best local produce. Catch the ferry or book a tour and start exploring Bruny Island. For a different Bruny island adventure, book a twilight sail.
  • Go cruising on a Hobart boat tour or sailing adventure. Sail past a number of Tassie’s national parks, and keep your eyes peeled for whales, dolphins, seals, albatross and much more wildlife! 
The steps to Bruny Island lookout

Photo: Sean Scott Photography
  • Enjoy a safari over 5 days. This is 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.
  • Fancy a dip? Hobart has endless stretches of beaches. 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. Best save this activity for the warmer months - unless you're really brave!

Staying in Hobart

Go 5-star or budget...there's plenty of options. I would recommend staying close to the city - mainly because it's beautiful and everything is very accessible.

Getting around Hobart

I definitely recommend hiring a car so you can get around Hobart and the nearby places easily...Having your own wheels means you can self drive to all the nearby wonderlands of Hobart without having to book tours and fit into group schedules.