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31 BEST Things to Do in Hobart Tasmania (2024)

31 BEST Things to Do in Hobart Tasmania (2024)

Olly Gaspar

By Olly Gaspar, full-time traveler for 6 years. I visit every place I write about & share real tips, photos, & advice from my trips.

Discover the best things to do in Hobart, Tasmania– from well-known attractions like the Cascade Brewery to hidden-gem hiking trails & waterfalls on Mount Wellington!

Hobart is Tasmania’s capital and one of Australia’s most historic cities. Situated on the estuary of the River Derwent and nestled beneath the towering Kunanyi, (Mount Wellington), Hobart is a favourite getaway destination for millions of Aussies and international visitors every year.

As Australia’s southernmost capital city serves as the major entry point to Tasmania. Therefore, this small city is a perfect base or starting place for travellers looking to explore this incredible island.

I spent a month based in Hobart on our trip around Tasmania and in this guide, I’ll fill you in on what to do in the city and surrounds to help you plan your trip to Tasmania’s capital.

Best Things to Do in Hobart

1. See Hobart from the Top of Kunanyi (Mount Wellington)

Kunanyi, also known as Mount Wellington, dominates the Hobart landscape. No matter where you go, you'll see this powerful 1271-metre mountain soaring over the cityscape.

Kunanyi is very important to the people of Hobart. It protects the city from devastating winds, soaks in rain clouds and distributes fresh drinking water from the thousands of creeks and tributaries in Wellington Park.

If you ask anyone for ideas for things to do in and around Hobart, especially for first-time visitors, then a common answer will always be a trip up to the summit! Luckily, there are plenty of ways to reach the peak, known as The Pinnacle.

The most convenient way to get to the summit is to jump on board the Wellington Explorer. You can buy an all-day bus pass cheaply online in advance.

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Mount wellington summit bus

2. Hike to the Pinnacle

Another option to reach the top of Hobart for adventurers is to take one of the many walking tracks in Wellington Park. I designed a Wellington summit hiking route that's been quite popular on the internet over the past few years. Here's the overview:

  • The Springs > Lenah Valley Track > Sphinx Rock > Lower Sawmill Track > Organ Pipes Track > Zig Zag Track
Mount wellington summit

3. Go Hiking in Wellington Park

The Pinnacle on the summit of Mount Wellington isn't the only awesome hike in Hobart. In fact, there are several dozen trails in the surrounding Wellington Park. Some of the most popular are:

  • Organ Pipes Track: A moderate hike that offers stunning views of the distinctive dolerite cliffs known as the Organ Pipes. It's a great option for those interested in both geology and breathtaking landscapes.
  • Pipeline Track: An easy, family-friendly trail that follows the route of the historic water pipeline. Perfect for a leisurely stroll or a bike ride, with gentle gradients and scenic views.
  • Pinnacle Track: For those aiming for the summit, this more challenging route takes you directly to the top of Mount Wellington. Expect steep sections and rewarding panoramic views of Hobart and beyond.
  • Radfords Track to Mount Connection: A moderate to challenging hike that connects various peaks and offers diverse scenery, including lush forests and rocky outcrops, leading to impressive views.
  • Fern Tree to Silver Falls: An easy and picturesque walk suitable for all ages, this trail meanders through verdant fern gullies to the beautiful Silver Falls, ideal for nature lovers and photographers.
  • Wellington Falls and the Disappearing Tarn - my favourite hike in Hobart leading to a thin waterfall and a seasonal mountain tarn.

Tip: If you're up for short walks or even long, full-day hikes then I recommend heading to The Springs. From here, there is an information board outlining several of the best hikes and tracks in Hobart.

Strickland falls hobart

4. Explore Hobart's Waterfalls

Just as there are loads of hikes, there are also plenty of waterfalls to explore near Hobart. The largest and one of my personal favourites is Wellington Falls, which requires a long, full-day out-and-back hike.

Otherwise, there are plenty of smaller but equally scenic waterfalls that are within walking distance of the Hobart suburbs. Some of these include

  • O'Grady's Falls
  • Silver Falls
  • Secret Falls
  • Strickland Falls.
Strickland falls hobart

5. Take a Day Trip To Bruny Island

Bruny Island is perhaps the best and most-visited Hobart attraction. This adventure-packed 362 km² island is accessible via a 15-minute car ferry from Kettering, just half an hour south of Hobart.

From the iconic Neck Lookout to rugged coastlines to unique wildlife to world-class gourmet food and produce, it's no wonder why a visit to Bruny Island is at the top of many travellers lists of things to do in Hobart.

There are several options from short sails up the River Derwent to epic coastal cruises on Bruny Island. You will find a tour and information desk just near Constitution Dock but you'll also find most of the offerings online at GetYourGuide, Viator, or TripAdvisor.

To be fair though, Bruny Island deserves much more than just a quick day trip. But still, if you're short on time then it's possible to book an organised tour from Hobart that manages to cram in a fair bit.

Bruny island lookout, best things to do in hobart on a day trip

6. MONA - The Most Unique & Strange Thing to Do in Hobart

Mona is definitely one of the weirdest attractions in Hobart. The acronym MONA stands for "The Museum of Old and New". This quirky mix of ancient, modern and contemporary art is the largest privately-funded museum in the southern hemisphere. I'd argue that it's also the strangest.

So, if you're in Hobart town, make sure to plan a trip to MONA if you're up for the experience!

Mona hobart

7. Take a Day Trip to Port Arthur (Unesco World Heritage Site)

If you haven't noticed yet, Hobart is a great place to base yourself when exploring day trips to some of Tasmania's best areas and Tourist attractions. And, for history lovers, a trip to Port Arthur on the Tasman Peninsula is a must-do experience that's easy on a day trip from Hobart.

Easy tour: Port Arthur Day Trip From Hobart
Ticket-only: Skip the lines: Historic Site Ticket

The World-Heritage-listed Port Arthur Historic Site is a well-preserved penal colony site where thousands of convicts were sent during the early colonial period in Tasmania. A ticket to visit to the Port Arthur historic site includes a guided tour and allows visitors to explore the grounds, prisons, homes and messes of early convicts and colonists.

8. Go Camping in South Hobart

Are you travelling to Tasmania in a van or motorhome? We spent several months exploring Tassie in our van and let me tell you that it's one of the best ways to explore the island state.

If you'd like to find a nice campsite that allows a campfire, then I can highly recommend the Gordon Foreshore Recreation Reserve.

This waterfront campsite is only 45 minutes south of Hobart and overlooks Bruny Island across the deep passage. The campsite at Gordon Foreshore runs on a donation-only principle which means staying here can also be one of the cheapest options near Hobart.

Van travel week 7 we seek travel van
Our van at gordon foreshore recreation reserve, south of hobart

9. Sip A Cascade At the Cascade Brewery

The Cascade Brewery is Australia's oldest brewery. Established and running since 1842, Cascade is also one of Tasmania's most iconic brands. The brewery is located just a short drive from Hobart Central and visitors can join guided tours or just taste the beer at the Cascade Bar.

Location: 140 Cascade Road, South Hobart

Hobart attractions and things to do, cascade brewery

10. Hop on a Wine Tour From Hobart (4 Wineries)

It's no secret that Tasmania is one of the best wine-producing regions in Australia.

But, if you're traveling to Hobart, you'll have more than a handful of vineyard options to choose from.

Thankfully, there's an awesome full-day Tasmanian wine tour available to book directly from Hobart (meet at Brooke Street Pier). This tour visits four of the best wineries in Tasmania's south, varying between:

  • Derwent Estate
  • Domaine A
  • Pooley Wines
  • Pressing Matters
  • Craigow Vineyard

The tour runs for 7.5 hours and includes 4-6 tastings at each vineyard, so come prepared for a fun-fueled day!

Book: Hobart 4 Winery Tour ($5 Off with Code OLLY5)

Full day hobart wine tour

11. Best of Hobart - Three-Hour Hobart Sightseeing Tour

For visitors to Hobart who would like to see as much as possible in a short window, I'd highly recommend the famous 3-hour coach tram sightseeing tour.

These trips run daily on both morning and afternoon trips. The coach tram is a converted historic tram that offers visitors a unique experience. It visits over 40 of Hobart's historical sites, landmarks, tourist attractions and city highlights.

Also, the experienced guide is known for his in-depth and humorous commentary which makes this tour a great way to experience the best of Hobart in just three hours.

Things to do in hobart, hobart attractions

12. See Hobart from Mount Nelson Lookout

While The Pinnacle Lookout on Mount Wellington offers arguably the best views of Hobart, there is another lookout that is worth checking out too.

The Mount Nelson lookout features a historic signalling station that was used since 1811 to send messages from Hobart to the penal colony at Port Arthur. And, it's no wonder they chose it. This spot features uninterrupted and spectacular views of the city, Bruny Island and the Tasman Peninsula in the distance.

To get here, you'll can either use your own transport to drive up to Mount Nelson via Proctors Road, walk from Sandy Bay or take a bus.

Location: 700 Nelson Rd, Mount Nelson

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13. Visit the Salamanca Markets

The Salamanca Markets are held on Saturday mornings at Salamanca Place near Hobart Harbour (just below Battery Point). This market brings together artists, craftsmen, food stalls, farmers and many Tasmanian small business owners to sell their unique wares and famous street foods.

If you happen to find yourself in Hobart on a weekend, make sure to save time for the Salamanca Markets, one of the best markets I've been to in Australia.

Location: Salamanca Place

Hobart attractions, salamanca market at salamanca place

14. Take a Day Trip to Wineglass Bay & Freycinet National Park

Easily the most iconic beach in Tasmania and even maybe in Australia; Wineglass Bay is a must-visit for anyone coming to Tasmania. If you find yourself in Hobart for a few days, then it's possible to visit Freycinet National Park on a self-drive or an organised day trip.

Freycinet National Park is a hiker and bushwalker's paradise. There are beautiful coastal trails and incredible viewpoints like

I'd say that a visit to this jaw-dropping peninsula is one of the top things to do in Hobart and even in all of Tasmania!

Mount amos sunrise
You can stand at the top of Mount Amos on a day trip from Hobart!

15. Visit Mount Field National Park

Located approximately 1 and a half hours from Hobart is Mount Field National Park, one of Tasmania's most scenic parks. This lush, fern-filled rainforest is home to some of the tallest trees in the world. There are also several waterfalls to check out making Mount Field a prime attraction near Hobart.

You can get to Mount Field by driving to the Visitor Centre, where you will find information and trails to many of the waterfalls and tracks.

Read More: Three Falls Circuit & Tall Trees Walk in Mount Field National Park

If you don't have your own vehicle, then relax, I've got you covered. The below tour is one of the only offerings from Hobart that includes Mount Wellington and a trip to Russell Falls in Mount Field.

Horseshoe falls mount field national park tasmania

16. Marvel at Some of the World's Tallest Trees at the Styx Reserve

Near Mount Field is the Styx Forest Reserve. This is a special conservation area that is also home to some of the tallest trees in Tasmania. Some of these giant ash trees (eucalyptus regnans) are over 500 years old and stand over 90 metres in height!

Unfortunately, getting to the Styx requires your own transport as there are no tours or public transport options. However, if you find yourself with a car and looking for epic things to do near Hobart, definitely add the Styx Tall Trees walk to your list.

Tasmanian giant trees in the styx valley

17. Splurge at the Richmond Cheese Factory

Tasmania is well-known in Australia and around the world for its incredible produce. A great place to try Tasmanian-made dairy products and cheeses is the Richmond Cheese Factory (Wicked Cheeses).

They offer tasting tours and sell direct to the public some of their prize-winning cheeses like their creamy triple brie.

Explore More: Small-group Hobart Cheese and Wine Tour

Hobart cheese tour, things to do, attractions

18. Visit the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens

A visit to the Botanical Gardens in Hobart is a great way to relax and learn about Tasmania's unique diversity of plants, flowers and trees.

While it wasn't my first choice for places to visit in Hobart, I'm very glad that I visited. The Antarctica room and seeing some giant Huon Pines were definite highlights and I recommend making the stop, especially if you're looking for something to do close to town.

Location: Lower Domain Rd

Hobart botanical gardens

19. Walk down to the Harbour At Hobart's Waterfront

Conveniently situated between Salamanca and the city centre is Hobart's scenic boat harbour. Taking a stroll by the Hobart waterfront near the Piers and Salamanca area is a great way to wind down an evening.

Constitution Dock is the most popular attraction at Hobart Harbour and from here you can see some of the Tasmanian ship icons like the Lady Nelson.

Other piers like Brooke Street Pier and Murray Street Pier are also just across from several bars and restaurants playing live music on the weekends. This is one of the best things to do in Hobart at night and great if you don't have a car.

Hobart harbour tasmania

20. Experience Tasmania from Above on a Scenic Flight from Hobart

Perhaps one of the most epic and memorable things to do in Hobart is to take a scenic flight over one of Australia's most beautiful coastlines. This particular flight tour departs from Cambridge, just 15 minutes from Hobart and cruises over both the Freycinet Peninsula and Maria Island.

Also included on this epic 3-hour flight is a landing on Maria Island where you will be shown some of the best attractions and enjoy a complimentary lunch.

Book: Freycinet & Maria Island Scenic Flight

Wineglass bay, freycinet national park tasmania

21. Spend a Day on the Tasman Peninsula

The Tasman Peninsula is an easy and incredibly scenic 70-minute drive from Hobart. Unfortunately, most people head straight to Port Arthur and skip the rest of this beautiful part of Tasmania.

The Tasman Peninsula is a hiking and outdoor mecca! From powerful sea caves to soaring, jagged coastlines, the peninsula offers a wide range of outdoor activities for all levels. For hikers who are staying in Hobart for a while, then I highly recommend checking out The Three Capes Track!

Tasman peninsula from hobart

22. Experience Glamping in the Huon Valley

Located 30-40 minutes southwest of Hobart is Huonville and the Huon Valley. This region is famous for fresh farm produce including cheese, wine, apples, honey and more. A visit to the Huon Valley is a great way to spend a day trip away from the city.

If you have another night to spare, then I highly recommend checking out Huon Valley Glamping. This is a luxury camping experience and definitely one of the most unique places to stay in Tasmania!

Location: 177 Wilmot Rd, Huonville

Huon valley glamping

23. Stock up on Fresh Produce at the Farm Gate Markets

Often overshadowed by the extremely popular Salamanca Markets is the fresh produce market on Bathurst Street (near Elizabeth Street) named Farm Gate Markets. This inner-city street is transformed every Sunday morning into a bustling farmers' market where visitors can stock up on local Tasmanian produce.

There are also always great street food options and coffee carts, so spending a bit of time exploring the Farm Gate Market is a great bet.

Location: 104 Bathurst St

24. See Abundant Wildlife on a Trip to Maria Island

Maria Island is known for its rich convict settlement history and abundant wildlife. For those visiting Hobart interested in seeing some iconic Tasmanian wildlife like wallabies, wombats, possums and even Tassie Devils, make sure you include a trip to Maria Island.

There is a ferry that departs to Maria Island from Triabunna, approximately a 1 hour and 15 minutes drive from Hobart. However, if you don't have your car you can still get to Maria Island on an organised day tour.

Wombat on maria island

25. Eat Street

From the months of November to April, Franklin Square turns into a vibrant food and music scene every Friday night! Named Eat Street @ Frankos, this pre-booked, ticketed event only costs $5.50 but is well worth your time and money.

Food lovers in Hobart rejoice, Eat Street is one of the tastiest attractions and easily one of the best things to do in this incredible city.

Location: Franklin Square, 70 Macquarie St

Eat street in hobart, one of the best things to do in the city.

26. Go Mountain Biking

Hobart is Australia's best answer to New Zealand's downhill-loving Queenstown. The foothills of Kunanyi/Mt Wellington and the Queens Domain have several epic downhill tracks definitely worthy of checking out.

The most well-known track is the North-South Track. This begins from The Springs and connects to Glenorchy Mountain Bike Park for hours of downhill adventure.

If you don't have your own pushy, you can rent one from Roll Cycles.

Silver falls track to the springs

27. Hobart Evening Sunset Dinner Cruise Down the Derwent River

I've recommended a few tours and paid options in this list of things to do in Hobart. But, by far the most bang-for-buck experience you can buy is an evening sunset dinner cruise departing from Hobart harbour.

This 3-hour sunset cruise includes a three-course meal and one alcoholic beverage as you cruise up the River Derwent.

Also, you'll be guided by an experienced skipper who points out all of the historic landmarks and buildings along the way. All this for less than $60, I'd say that's one of the best deals in the city!

Hobart harbour, thigns to do and tourist attractions in tasmania

28. Hobart City Kayak Tour

Looking for a unique way to experience the beauty of Hobart? This 2.5-hour kayak tour allows visitors to see Hobart’s waterfront from a different perspective.

This is a locally guided tour that will show you the best spots in Hobart from the water. What's even more unique is that you'll even get an on-water dining experience of fish and chips on your kayak included in the trip!

Hobart kayaking

29. Wander Around Battery Point

If you're looking for beautiful streets, historic buildings, and some hidden-gem restaurants in Hobart, make sure to climb the colonial-era Kelly's steps to the lanes of Battery Point.

This is one of the most beautiful parts of the city and is one of the best places to immerse yourself in the rich history of Hobart, Tasmania. This suburb was named after the battery of guns that were mounted here in 1818 to serve as the city's coastal defense.

These days, you'll find amazing 19th-century stand-stone and weatherboard cottages and historic houses, a few quaint parks, and some great cuisine.

Hobart tasmania

If you're looking for something free to do in Hobart, make sure to stop by the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery located right next to the Maritime Museum on Argyle Street.

The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery is just a short walk from many other Hobart attractions near the waterfront. Inside, you'll discover a great museum with fascinating old and new art, cultural and science exhibitions and a cafe.

Tasmania sure does have an impressive art scene, if that sounds like your crowd, make sure to add the TMAG to your Hobart to-do list!

31. Line Your Hobart Trip Up with These Events

If you're flexible on your travel dates, or looking for the best time to visit Hobart, consider lining your trip up with one of these events and music festivals.

  • Dark Mofo - Dark Mofo is a winter music festival that takes place at night. It's all about celebrating the darkness of the Tassie winter solstice. It's one of the most unique music festivals in Australia and gathers thousands to the scene.
  • Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race - The Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race is one of the world's best sailing events. Starting in Sydney, sailors make their way over the treacherous Bass Strait and finish in Hobart. This is a spectacular event, and if you find yourself in Hobart town (the finish line) around December or January, you have to come down to see the yachts!
  • Summer Festival & Taste of Tasmania - This is one of the largest festivals in Tasmania. The Taste of Tasmania is a massive food festival and is known as the biggest open-air restaurant in Australia!
  • Royal Hobart Show - If you're from Queensland or New South Wales, you'll already know about the Royal Easter Show and Ekka. Tasmania has its very own agricultural show in Hobart, known as the Royal Hobart Show.
  • New Years Eve - New Year's Eve is always a great time in Hobart. There are yearly fireworks displays over the harbour, shooting out from the River Derwent. Usually, the best place to watch is at the Salamanca waterfront walkways and wharves or at Mawson Place, Parliament House Lawns, Prices Park, or AJ Park.
Dark mofo music festival in tasmania

Where to Stay in Hobart

The area closest to most highlights in Hobart is “Salamanca Place“. I recommend staying in this area for great restaurants and bars. It's also close to the markets, wharf, museums and the Elizabeth Mall. However, Hobart is a city of just over 200,000 people, so accommodations in the inner suburbs are conveniently close to major highlights. Below are my current recommended hotel picks for a range of budgets.

Read: Where to Stay in Hobart

Hobart hotel, the grand chancellor luxury accommodation

1. The Grand Chancellor Luxury

Centrally located on the waterfront overlooking Constitution Dock, the Grand Chancellor Hotel is one of the most prominent accommodation options in Hobart if you have the budget.

The rivulet hotel in hobart tasmania

2. The Rivulet Mid-Range

The Rivulet is an awesome 19th-century, heritage-listed manor. It offers some of the best suites in Hobart without a ridiculous price tag and is located in a quiet street close to the main hub in Hobart.

Montacute boutique bunkhouse

3. Montacute Boutique Bunkhouse Budget

For budget travellers and backpackers, Montacute is by far the best place to stay in Hobart. Ranked as having the best vibe in the city for meeting people and having the best location for nightlife.

When is the Best Time to Travel to Hobart?

The great thing about Hobart and Tasmania in general is that it makes for a great place to visit all year round. However, unlike many other parts of Australia, and due to the extreme distance from the equator, Tasmania experiences greater seasonality or seasonal variation.

I recommend most travelers to visit Hobart during Autumn or early Winter. Autumn offers a great mix of beach weather and occasional alpine snow with great hiking.

Seasons in Hobart

What this means is that the difference between Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter are all very noticeable. Below is a summary of what you might expect if you visit Hobart during different times of the year.

  • Summer: December-February - Summers in Hobart are comfortable and mostly warm. The average temperatures range from a dry 11.5 to 21°C. This is a great time to visit for swimming on day trips to the coast or on longer hikes in the surrounding mountains.
  • Autumn: March-May - Autumn is a great time to visit Hobart because you will experience many calm, sunny days with temperatures averaging between 9 - 17°C. The city turns a beautiful yellow and orange. Look for the Tasmanian Fagus, or Deciduous beech, which is the only deciduous tree (trees that shed their leaves for Winter) in Australia.
  • Winter: June-August - Winter is a great time to visit Hobart, especially for Aussies, who will get to experience a domestic trip that feels like you've left the country. Mount Wellington is often peaked with snow and temperatures range between 5 - 12.°C.
  • Spring: September-November - Spring is a beautiful time of year in Hobart. It's also the wettest time with average temperatures falling between 7 - 16.°C. Due to the increased rainfall, many of the waterfalls around Hobart are in peak flow during Spring.

Getting to Hobart From the Airport

Both domestic and international visitors flying into Hobart land at the Hobart International Airport in Cambridge. This is approximately 19 kilometres from Salamanca (Hobart). Skybus offers a shuttle bus service from the airport for $19.50 per person.

Travel tip: If travelers are flying from Australia or New Zealand, then Flyparks is a great way to save on airport parking.

More Fun Activities, Sites & Things to Do in Hobart

With so many unmissable things to do in the city, it's hard to squeeze them all into a list of just 32. If you're up for more Hobart sightseeing and activities, check out the list below.

Camping at bradys lake tasmania

I hope that this comprehensive guide to the best things to do in Hobart Tasmania has been useful for planning your adventures.

I've spent several months exploring Tassie and along the way have photographed and documented hundreds of adventures. Below are some more of my favourites.

Things to do hobart tasmania
Thanks for Reading

I'm Olly Gaspar, adventure traveler from Australia. I’ve spent the last six years traveling the world full-time, sharing my first-hand experiences & photography in over 700 travel guides on We Seek Travel. I visit every destination I write about to bring you unique travel itineraries, epic hiking routes, fun tour ideas, travel & photography gear ideas, & interesting places to stay.

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brett young

Friday 29th of July 2022

Really helpful, well written, lots of links to expand my research as I read through the page and not crowded by ads or bias towards commission paid services. Thanks Olly

Clarice Falls

Monday 14th of February 2022

I wish we had this information when we came to Hobart. I was here because my mother was born there and I wanted to see where she had lived. We came in November and stayed for a week.We rented a car but found it to be to difficult to get around driving on the wrong side of the road for us. It also rained all but one day. I had many address’ to look up and we did a lot of walking up and down hills. We stayed at the Chancellor and walked to the Drunken Admiral every evening for dinner. We didn’t see anything about the hop on and off bus that would have been fantastic as we used that to get around when we where in Sydney for two weeks. We loved Hobart there’s something special about that place and is one of our best vacations ever.

Olly Gaspar

Tuesday 15th of February 2022

Glad you enjoyed your trip to Hobart, it's a great city