Hobart Attractions

Things to do in Hobart

There's no shortage of places to visit in Tasmania, but when it comes to art, culture, nature and entertainment, Hobart has it all. Whether you want to get weird in one of the world's most talked-about museums or take in views from the top of Mount Wellington, this lively harbour-side city is chock-full of things to do.

Climb to the top of Mount Wellington

Standing more than a kilometre above sea level, it's easy to see why Mount Wellington has the best views in town. And with walking tracks to suit all ages and abilities – not to mention trails for bikes, horses and 4WDs – you don't have to stop exploring once you reach the summit.

Ride a catamaran to the Museum of Old and New Art

There's more than one way to reach Hobart's world-famous MONA museum, but why drive when you can sail? Board the MONA ROMA – the museum's own camouflaged catamaran – and float down the Derwent before getting stuck in to a day of weird and wonderful exhibits.

Experience history in Port Arthur

Nestled south of Hobart on the Tasman Peninsula, this former penitentiary is the best-preserved convict site in Australia, with almost 200 years of history to its name. Explore the buildings and jail cells by day or brave Port Arthur after dark, when nightly ghost tours show a hidden side of the site's history.

Spend a morning at the Salamanca Market

A weekend staple come rain or shine, the Salamanca Market is a must-visit for first-time travellers to Hobart. Grab a coffee or a gourmet salmon sausage to go, then peruse more than 300 local stalls in the shadow of Mount Wellington.

Take a trip to Bruny Island

If you're a pathfinding foodie, there's few better places to visit in Tasmania than Bruny Island. Home to oyster farms, cheese factories, wineries and more, it's easy to get your food fix before the return ferry home. Rather explore the local flora and fauna? Bruny Island is equally famed for its walks, with The Neck topping the list of lookout points.

Go on a tasting tour at Cascade Brewery

Take a peek behind the scenes of a Tassie icon with The Cascade Experience. Step back in time with the oldest operational brewery in Australia, explore its history and facilities, and enjoy a fresh-brewed beer and cider tasting at the end.

Meet the world's largest marsupial

It may be tough to spot a Tasmanian devil in the wild, but Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary makes it easy to get a glimpse of the world's largest marsupial. Located just 30 minutes from Hobart's CBD, this native animal park offers night-time feeding tours, as well as daytime encounters with wombats, sugar gliders and more.

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