Hobart may be small, but it packs quite a punch. It’s known for its farm-to-table food scene, spotlighting local flavours and artisan produce. Hobart is also a mecca for nature lovers, with heritage-listed wilderness areas, world-class wildlife watching and knockout scenery.
Things to Do
Every Saturday morning, more than 300 stallholders descend on Hobart’s historic Salamanca Place. From fresh food and organic produce to arts, crafts and vintage collectables, the market is one of Tasmania’s top attractions. On a sunny day, there’s nothing better than a stroll along Hobart’s laid-back waterfront. Enjoy a leisurely brunch on Brooke Street Pier, then check out the galleries and studios housed in Salamanca’s Georgian sandstone buildings. For art aficionados, the weird and wonderful MONA (aka the Museum of Old and New Art) is a must.
A walking tour of Battery Point offers a glimpse at Hobart’s colonial roots, while beer lovers shouldn’t miss sampling refreshing libations at the legendary Cascade Brewery. Pouring pints since 1824, it is Australia’s oldest operating brewery.
Towering 1270 metres above the city, Mount Wellington unlocks a bird’s-eye view of Hobart. Drive to the summit by car, or take on the hiking trails and mountain bike tracks. If you’ve got time, a Bruny Island wilderness cruise gets you up close and personal with seals, dolphins, whales and seabirds.
Hobart is well serviced by public transport, with local buses running throughout the city. Both the downtown and waterfront areas are compact and walkable, which makes Hobart easy to explore on foot. If you’re heading to MONA, you can also take the scenic route and catch the ferry from Brooke Street Pier.