Looking for what to do in Hobart? The capital city of Tasmania, the “apple isle” is Hobart, the second oldest city in Australia. Hobart is situated on the south east of Tasmania at the foothills of Mt Wellington with the Derwent River flowing past into the Tasman Sea. Founded in 1804 as a penal colony, Hobart is steeped in a rich and colourful history and is a fantastic destination for a variety of tours, attractions and activities.
A rich colonial heritage and natural charms make Hobart a very interesting place to visit, not to mention the world heritage wilderness areas, diverse landscapes and amazing wildlife found along the wild Tasmanian coast. Take a tour from Hobart, such as a nature cruise to Bruny Island to see seals and whales in their natural habitat, travel to the wilderness area of Cradle Mountain National Park, have a close encounter with a Tasmanian Devil, embark on a Hobart winery tour and along the way visit cheese factories and stop off at numerous historic hamlets dotted all over Tasmania’s diverse landscape.
Hobart boasts a thriving arts and entertainment scene, with a range of trendy bars and restaurants that line the historic streets overlooking the spinnakers and sails of the Derwent River and Sullivans Cove. If you have energy to burn, wish to imbibe in delicious food and wine or simply want to relax and take in the scenic wonders, Hobart in Tasmania has it all.
Top 10 Things to do in Hobart
Take a sightseeing tour. There is no better way to see the beauty of Hobart and learn about its rich heritage than with a day tour. Visit our dedicated day tour page
Visit Constitution Dock. Located in a picturesque waterfront, this relaxed and trendy area is home to some great restaurants, cafes and wine bars. There are also regular festivals and events that take place here. Davey Street, Hobart Tel: +61 (0)3 6230 8233
Visit Cascade Brewery. This brewery is over 150 years old and is the oldest running brewery in Hobart. Learn more about how beer is made and visit the Gift shop to pick up some interesting trinkets.
Go on a ghost tour. If you are interested in the supernatural, then you will definitely enjoy this tour. The two hour tour will take to some of the famous haunting sites in Hobart and equipment such as camera and video cameras are more than welcome to record the paranormal activity you may come across. Due to the popularity of these tours, bookings are essential.
Enjoy the Cadbury-Schweppes Chocolate Factory. Hobart‚Äôs famous chocolate factory dates back to the 1920s and not only will you learn about its history and see some beautiful architecture but you will also be able to purchase some delicious chocolate at a discounted rate.
Explore the Tinderbox Marine Reserve. Enjoy the calm waters and indulge in a variety of water activities such as swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving and also boating. There are also some great walking trails and scenic picnic areas. Tinderbox Bay, Tinderbox, Hobart Tel: +61 (0)3 6233 6191
Get an adrenaline rush. Hobart has a variety of extreme sports and one of the most popular options is white water rafting.
Go horse riding. This is a great way to take in the beauty of Hobart. Ride through scenic trails and enjoy spectacular views of the coast, rainforest, mountains or bush land.
Go on a cruise. Enjoy Hobart‚Äôs magnificent blue sky and major landmarks while relaxing on a cruise. There are a variety of cruises to choose from and many have refreshments and offer a commentary about Hobart. Brooke Street Pier, Hobart Tel: +61 (0)3 6234 9294
Visit Fern Tree. This popular area is situated close to Mount Wellington and has spectacular views of the area. There are also scenic picnic spots, nature trails and cycling tracks.
Things to see
Hobart, the capital of the State Tasmania, is an hour‚Äôs flight away from the Australian mainland. This picturesque city has some spectacular views and is dominated with Mount Wellington as a charming backdrop to the city. Hobart is a popular holiday destination for many reasons. Its cool climate makes it easy to unwind and relax without working up a sweat, the beaches are picturesque and filled with fun activities and there are a variety of shopping options and mouthwatering cuisines simply waiting to be sampled. This spectacular City is guaranteed to give you an unforgettable holiday that will leave you longing to return again and again.
Derwent Valley Railway Enjoy a ride on a steam locomotive, which will take you to the Mount Field National Park and back and offers spectaculars views along the way. Station Street, New Norfolk, Tasmania Tel: +61 (0)3 6234 6049
Eaglehawk Lookout This lookout spot has magnificent views of the coast and surrounding areas. There are also some great walking trails and picnic areas. You will also have the opportunity to go hangliding from here. Forestry Tasmania, 79 Melville Street, Hobart Tel: +61 (0)3 6233 8203
Franklin Village Franklin Village has a rich heritage in shipbuilding and also is famous for its historic port. This quiet, historic village has a lot to offer in terms of character and there are many local attractions such as festivals and historical landmarks. Hobart, Tasmania Tel: +61 (0)3 6264 8400
Salamanca place Stroll down to find a variety of interesting shops, trendy cafes and great restaurants, all located close to a scenic waterfront. Sightseeing tours also available Salamanca Place, Hobart Tel: +61 (0)3 6230 8233
Tasmanian Seaplanes One of the most thrilling ways to view Hobart and its surrounding areas is by seaplane. Enjoy the informative commentary as you take in spectacular views. This is a truly unforgettable experience. Port Arthur Historic Site, Arthur Highway, Port Arthur, Tasmania Tel: +61 (0)3 6250 1077
Tahune Forest Air Walk This is the best way to take in the rainforest, by walking over it. You will come across some spectacular views of the rainforest and the surrounding areas. There is also a great caf?© and some scenic picnic spots. Geeveston, Tasmania Tel: +61 (0)3 6297 0012
Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens Located at the heart of Hobart, this historical place has over 33 acres of wonderful attractions such as trees, shrubs, a well-tended vegetable garden and a variety of plants originating from all over the world. There are also some scenic walking trails, picnic spots and a sub-Antarctic plant house. There are also many activities available for children to enjoy. Queens Domain, Hobart, Tasmania
Maria Island National Park Enjoy the beauty of this place as you take in the spectacular views of cliff faces, beaches and the surrounding coastline and come across the native wildlife. There are some great walking and cycling trails as well. Tasman Highway, Triabunna, Tasmania
Southwest National Park This is the largest Park in Tasmania and has wonderful views of the coast, spectacular nature trails and an abundance of native wildlife. Huon Valley, Hobart, Tasmania Tel: +61 (0)3 6233 6191
Theatres in Hobart
Hobart has a variety of venues that pay homage to the arts. If you would like to enjoy some entertainment in the form of a ballet, opera, comedy show, classical or rock concert or much more then Hobart has a lot to offer.
Backspace Theatre 29 Campbell Street, Hobart Tel: +(0)3 6233 2299
Playhouse Theatre 106 Bathurst Street, Hobart, Tel: +61 (0)3 6234 1563
Stanley Burbury Theatre University of Tasmania, Churchill Avenue, Hobart Tel: +61 (0)3 6226 2799
Studio Theatre University of Tasmania, Churchill Avenue, Hobart Tel: +62 (0)3 6226 2799
Terrapin Puppet Theatre 77 Salamanca Place, Hobart Tel: +61 (0)3 6223 6834
Theatre Royal 29 Campbell Street, Hobart Tel: +61 (0)3 6233 2026
Some of the best beaches in Hobart
Hobart has some spectacular sandy beaches, and regardless of whether you are looking to laze one the beach and relax or engage in some exciting water sports, you will be thrilled with the variety of options available at the beach.
Bicheno Beach Situated outside Hobart, this beach has some good fishing spots as well as some great areas to relax and swim in. there are also some interesting beach activities and shops as well.
Carlton Beach Known for its breathtaking views this is a great beach for surfing, sun bathing and swimming. There are also some excellent walking trails available.
Clifton Beach This is one of the most popular beaches for surfing. A secluded, quiet spot, the regular strong waves have made it a ‚Äúmust visit‚Äù location for surfing enthusiasts.
Cornelian Bay Beach Calm water and a sandy beach make a great place to go to with the entire family. There are scenic picnic areas and gas BBQs as well as a great children‚Äôs playground close by.
Long Beach This beach has calm water and beautiful golden sand. Enjoy swimming, snorkeling or even sailing here. There are a variety of shops and attractions in the area as well.
Margate Beach This sandy beach has some lovely views and is close to a number of shops, trendy cafes and restaurants. There are also some great walking trails and a park close by.
Seven Mile Beach This is one of the most popular beaches in Hobart. With calm, pristine, shallow water and golden sand this is an ideal beach for swimming or simply relaxing in the sun.