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Welcome to Hobart

Hobart, the capital of the Australian island state of Tasmania, is enjoying a tourism renaissance. More and more visitors are discovering its maritime charm and surrounding natural beauty. Stroll the bustling streets perched on Sullivans Cove and the Derwent River, and those along the waterfront, lining one of the deepest natural ports in the world. Alive with shops, restaurants, cafes, and craft breweries—be sure to stop by Cascade Brewery—there is plenty to keep urbanites interested for days. City walking tours help navigate the scene, and some take travelers in search of outdoor pursuits up to kunanyi/Mt. Wellington, a basalt giant covered with scrubby vegetation. Mountain biking and bushwalking are the best ways to explore the mountain, and at 4,166 feet (1,270 meters), you’re in for a view of the surrounding landscape on clear days or an otherworldly feeling on foggy, cloud-shrouded days. Exploring Hobart proper can also include forays to the Richmond Historic Village for a dose of the past, and the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary to meet some native animal inhabitants—some of whom are endangered. Hobart is also a popular departure point for further exploration of Tasmania, and myriad full-day and longer tours hit the island’s highlights. Bruny Island offers wildlife encounters and gourmet delights amidst breathtaking scenery. Cruise among the rugged Tasman Peninsula’s towering coastal cliffs, sea caves, and native marine life. Or get a history lesson at Port Arthur’s UNESCO-listed convict colony ruins.

Top 15 attractions in Hobart

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Hobart Sandy Bay

Hobart Sandy Bay

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At the mouth of the Derwent River, the tranquil coastal neighborhood of Sandy Bay is one of Hobart’s most sought-after residential neighborhoods. Sandy beaches, boat-filled piers and a lively arts community offer a change of pace for travelers escaping the bustle of downtown. It’s also a good choice for rented accommodation outside of the central business district.More
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Bruny Island

Bruny Island

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Less than an hour from the Tasmanian capital and yet a world away from the busy streets of Hobart, Bruny Island draws a steady stream of weekenders from the mainland. The two islands, joined by a long narrow isthmus, are a wildlife haven of jagged cliffs and golden beaches swirling with seabirds. Both are dotted with sleepy villages and tranquil guesthouses, and main activities are hiking, fishing, and slurping fresh-from-the-ocean oysters.More
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Mt. Wellington (Kunanyi)

Mt. Wellington (Kunanyi)

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Standing sentinel over Hobart, Mt. Wellington is also known as Kunanyi or simply “the Mountain.” The 4,170-foot (1,271-meter) peak offers unbeatable views over the Tasmanian capital, and the surrounding parklands serve as a popular recreational ground for city dwellers.More
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Richmond Village

Richmond Village

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Less than 30 minutes from Hobart, amid the lush vineyards of the Coal River Valley, historic Richmond village is among the most picturesque in Tasmania. Lined with elegant Georgian buildings and presided over by the much-photographed Richmond Bridge, it’s also an important piece of Tasmania’s colonial heritage.More
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Port Arthur

Port Arthur

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A moving reminder of Australia’s harrowing history, the former convict settlement of Port Arthur was a key part of often brutal convict discipline within the colonial system. Today, the Port Arthur historic site is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Tasmania’s most visited tourist attraction, with museums and memorials devoted to telling the area’s history.More
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Cape Bruny Lighthouse

Cape Bruny Lighthouse

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Situated on Bruny Island in Tasmania, the Cape Bruny Lighthouse is the second-oldest lighthouse tower in the country, having been first lit in 1838. The structure was commissioned by Governor George Arthur following a series of mishaps and shipwrecks just off Bruny Island and took two years to build by convict labor.Technological advances in the 1980s and 1990s led to the lighthouse being lit for the last time on Aug. 6, 1996, when it was replaced by a solar-powered light nearby. In December 2000, the lighthouse was declared part of the South Bruny National Park.Visitors should be prepared for rough roads and a steep walk to reach the lighthouse, although you’ll be well rewarded on arrival; with some fantastic views out to sea, migrating humpback and southern right whales have been spotted from this vantage point.More
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Cascade Brewery

Cascade Brewery

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With a legacy dating back to 1824, Cascade Brewery is Australia’s oldest continually operating brewery, founded by English settler Peter Degraves. The historic brewery, set in Hobart at the foot of Mount Wellington, welcomes guests to its brewhouse and restaurant, and offers tours and tastings.More
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Hobart Convict Penitentiary

Hobart Convict Penitentiary

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Nicknamed ‘The Trench’ for its cramped cells and dimly lit tunnels; Hobart Convict Penitentiary is among Hobart’s most notorious convict sites. Built in the 1830s, more than 50,000 male convicts served time at the complex, and a visit to the forner prisons provides a grim insight into Tasmania’s dark past.More
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Cascades Female Factory Historic Site

Cascades Female Factory Historic Site

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Cascades Female Factory Historic Site is where Hobart’s female convicts were imprisoned and put to work back when Tasmania was a penal colony known as Van Diemen’s Land. Visitors today can explore the haunting site, which, at its peak, held even more prisoners than the much-feared Port Arthur.More
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Battery Point

Battery Point

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Along the banks of the River Derwent, just south of downtown Hobart, Battery Point is one of the city’s oldest and most picturesque neighborhoods. Named after the battery of guns that once guarded its coastline; Battery Point still feels like a 19th-century fishing village, lined with weatherboard houses, cute cottages, and cozy cafés.More
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Hobart Salamanca Market

Hobart Salamanca Market

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What was once a rundown warehouse and storage unit on the waterfront of Hobart has since become one of the most-visited destinations in the city. More than 600,000 people visit Salamanca Market for its fresh fruit, organic produce, and handmade craft stalls each year. Its trendy bars, quiet cafes and inventive restaurants attract food-lovers from around the area, making it a uniquely Tanzania experience. Salamanca’s popularity has caused it to grow rapidly from 12 vendors in 1972 to more than 300 in 2010. As a result, there’s something for everyone at this once-a-week market that brings the best of Hobart together.More
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Queens Domain

Queens Domain

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Just north of downtown Hobart, the hilly bushlands of Queens Domain stretch along the banks of the Derwent River. City dwellers head here to escape the urban bustle and enjoy recreational activities, which take place in the many parks, sporting complexes, and walking trails.More
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Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens

Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens

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Amid the hilly suburbs of Queens Domain, the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens offer an idyllic stretch of greenery, dotted with tree-lined walkways, lily ponds, and flower-filled conservatories. Dating back to 1818 and stretching over 35 acres (14 hectares; it’s one of Australia’s oldest botanical gardens.More
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South Bruny National Park

South Bruny National Park

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Covering much of the southern shores of Bruny Island. South Bruny National Park is a favorite spot for hikers, birdwatchers, and surfers. Located less than an hour's drive from Hobart, the park’s natural landscapes are wild and diverse—rocky coves and deserted beaches line the coast, while dense forests, wildflower fields, and gurgling creeks lie inland.More
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Tasman Bridge

Tasman Bridge

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Towering over the Derwent River and dramatically illuminated at night, the Tasman Bridge has long been one of Hobart’s most memorable landmarks. Built in 1964, the five-lane bridge runs for 1.4km across the river, connecting the central business district with the eastern suburbs, and forming part of the long-distance Tasman Highway.Despite its status as a city landmark, the Tasman Bridge is perhaps most notorious for its collision with the MV Lake Illawarra bulk carrier In 1975 – an accident that caused extensive damage to the bridge, the sinking of the ship and several fatalities, becoming known as the ‘Tasman Bridge Disaster’. Today, a memorial plaque honors the tragic victims, while the sunken vessel provides an unusual attraction for scuba divers.More

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Top activities in Hobart

Bruny Island Day Tour, Includes Lunch and Exclusive Lighthouse Tour
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Tasman Island Cruises and Port Arthur Historic Site Day Tour from Hobart
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Day Tour in Mt. Field, Mt. Wellington, Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and Richmond
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Hobart Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

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Wineglass Bay & Freycinet NP Full Day Tour from Hobart via Richmond Village
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5-Day Best of Tasmania Tour from Hobart
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Bruny Island Traveller - Gourmet Tasting and Sightseeing Day Trip from Hobart
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Full-Day Guided Bruny Island Tour from Hobart
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Tahune Airwalk & Hastings Cave Active Day Tour from Hobart
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Port Arthur, Richmond & Tasman Peninsula Active Day Tour
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Port Arthur and Tassie Devils Active Day Tour from Hobart
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BIG 3 Tasmania - Hobart to Launceston 3 Day Active Adventure
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Recent reviews from experiences in Hobart

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Adele_F, Aug 2022
kunanyi / Mt Wellington Explorer Bus - 2 Hour Return Tour
We had a week in Hobart and really wanted to see snow.
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Orientating yourself around
Eleanor_W, Jul 2022
Hobart Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour
Anyone who wants to see the main features of hobart and to get a feel for their history.
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Great
Kathryn_P, Jun 2022
kunanyi/Mt Wellington Tour & Hobart Hop-On Hop-Off Bus
Nice way to see sites of Hobart.
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Engaging, wonderful scenery and awesome guide.
Andrew_S, Jun 2022
Full-Day Guided Bruny Island Tour from Hobart
The island was quite stunning and must be done in winter.
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Do it!
Belinda_C, May 2022
Hobart Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour
Lovely experience - got to see a lot of Hobart :) I highly recommend it.
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A Great way to See Hobart and surrounds
Stuart_P, Apr 2022
Signature Tour
Pagan ciders was a highlight along with the Spring Bay tour.
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Great experience
Gerald_T, Mar 2022
Day Tour in Mt. Field, Mt. Wellington, Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and Richmond
My Field was an easy walk , Bonorong Sanctuary was informative, and we got to see the adorable animals, and Richmond Village was charming.
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Great way to see the Derwent
Christine_W, Mar 2022
Derwent River Historic Harbour Cruise From Hobart
Lovely way to see Hobart and get some local commentary about the area.
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Enjoyable experience due to our wonderful tour guide, Trevor
Senan_L, Jul 2022
Wineglass Bay and Freycinet National Park Active Day Trip from Hobart
During the whole journey, we stopped at various locations, to see scenic views along East Coast.
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Worth it
Ruth_K, Jun 2022
kunanyi / Mt Wellington Explorer Bus - 2 Hour Return Tour
I highly recommend to anyone to do this tour in winter especially if you don’t want to take your car up in the mountain.
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We had a great day.
Pauline_B, Apr 2022
Full-Day Bruny Island Cruises Day Tour from Hobart
The drive from Hobart to Kettering was lovely and we got to see even more of Tasmania.
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Amazing beauty!
Naiade_P, Jan 2022
Wineglass Bay and Freycinet National Park Active Day Trip from Hobart
All about this tour is beautiful and our helpful guide Clinton was also kind enough to give us advice on the best way to drive from Hobart to Deloraine, best stops and attractions along the path.
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Lovely boat trip
amylaurencunningham, Jan 2022
Derwent River Historic Harbour Cruise From Hobart
Great boat trip and a lovely way to see Hobart.
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Not to miss
Elham_H, Jan 2022
Wineglass Bay & Freycinet NP Full Day Tour from Hobart via Richmond Village
Great day trip from Hobart to visit some of the most beautiful beaches of Tasmania.
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A cruise to put on your itinerary
Annette_W, Dec 2021
Hobart Sightseeing Cruise including Iron Pot Lighthouse
Made us want to visit more areas of Hobart :) best cruise ever
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A must do for nature and history lovers
Jimmy_W, Apr 2021
Tasman Island Cruises and Port Arthur Historic Site Day Tour from Hobart
Very lucky to see a big group of dolphins and seals on the cruise which was an absolute treat.
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Seal Island
Darryl_P, Apr 2021
Maria Island Cruise and Guided Walk Day Tour with Lunch and Drinks
The cruise to seal island to see the many seals basking in the sun and to be able to go into several of the sea caves were a highlight.
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Easy to be tourist with a Hop on Hop off tour
Diane_G, Mar 2022
Hobart Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour
Best way to see the highlights of Hobart with a view!!
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Brilliant
Kath_D, Mar 2021
Hobart Sightseeing Cruise including Iron Pot Lighthouse
It was so great to see stunning Hobart and surrounds from the water.
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A Fabulous must-do tour!
louise_B, Jan 2021
Day Tour in Mt. Field, Mt. Wellington, Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and Richmond
Seeing the pademelons in the bush around the Russell Falls, the beautiful buildings of Richmond, the baby wombat at Bonorong and when the cloud lifted and we could see all of Hobart from Mt Wellington.
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What is Hobart famous for?

The capital of Tasmania charms with its waterfront setting—one of the deepest natural ports in the world. Hobart is also at the foot of Mt. Wellington (Kunanyi), which many visit to hike. The mostly underground Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) is a themed around sex and death.

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Which state in Australia is Hobart in?

Hobart is not just in the Australian state of Tasmania, it's also the state's capital city. Tasmania is Australia’s only state to be an island, and it sits off the southern coast of the Australian mainland.

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How can I spend a day in Hobart?

Spend a day in Hobart combining cultural and natural activities. Tour the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) in the morning; it's a short ferry ride from central Hobart. In the afternoon, drive up Mt. Wellington (Kunanyi) for sweeping views. On Saturdays, visit Salamanca Market for breakfast or lunch.

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What can you do in Hobart for free?

There are many free things to do in Hobart. Hike or drive up Mt. Wellington (Kunanyi) for the views; stroll through the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens; enjoy a swim at Seven Mile Beach when the weather’s good; and swap pricey MONA out for the free Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.

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What should I not miss in Hobart?

While visiting Hobart, stop at the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), take a drive or hike up Mt. Wellington (Kunanyi), and tour Cascade Brewery, which dates from 1824. On Saturdays, eat at Salamanca Market. Take a day trip to Port Arthur, the ruins of a convict settlement.

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Is Hobart safe for tourists?

Yes. Hobart—ranked as Australia’s safest city—is safe for tourists. The crime rate is low, tourists are rarely the targets of crime, and gun violence is almost nonexistent. Watch your belongings and avoid walking alone after dark in quiet areas, as you would in any city.

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