Divided by the Derwent River and with its lush natural surroundings, Hobart's treasured attractions range from the new to the old; natural to the man-made. The most popular entry point for people visiting Tasmania, a tour is a great way to uncover Australia's second oldest city. With attractions spread right across the southern and eastern parts of Tasmania, you'll also find plenty of day trips and overnight excursions departing from this cosmopolitan city.
Don’t miss these Hobart attractions
- MONA – The Museum of Old and New Art
- Salamanca Markets
- Gourmet food tour
- Day trip to Bruny Island
- Mount Wellington
A city easily navigated on foot, joining a walking tour will show you many of the main sights in Hobart, including quaint Battery Point, and Salamanca, a gorgeous dockside district and home of the celebrated Saturday markets. Gourmands will delight in Hobart’s gourmet offerings, and there are a handful of foodie tours that visit some of the city’s hippest dining venues.
A short ferry ride away is the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), one of Tasmania's most treasured tourist attractions. A gallery guaranteed to wow, you can also join organised tours and tastings through the onsite Moorilla Estate Winery. To take in all of Hobart at once, a tour to Mount Wellington will be a certain highlight of your visit. If you're fit and brave enough, you can even join a cycling excursion to the summit!
Of all the day trips to choose from, one of the most popular is a visit to Tasmania's premier historic site, Port Arthur. A 19th-Century convict-era penal settlement, you can spend time here among the ruins, and then discover the Tasman Peninsula onboard a wildlife cruise.
Taking a tour can also allow you to explore many of the small towns located within driving distance from Hobart, including Richmond, a charming colonial village famous for its stone arch bridge. Huon Valley is perfect for a food tour thanks to its apple orchards, as is Bruny Island with its gourmet food trail and stunning coastlines. On a multi-day trip, you can unearth the treasures of Freycinet National Park and its icon, Wineglass Bay.