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Tasmania’s gorgeous capital, Hobart, is situated in the island state’s south east section and is divided by the spectacular River Derwent, while the majestic 1,271-metre (4,170 ft) tall Mount Wellington stands sentinel nearby.
The city is the perfect base for exploring Tasmania, as it’s generally less than a couple of hours away from some of the loveliest and most popular places on the south of the island. From the wine areas and the Tasman National Park in Hobart’s east, the pristine central highlands and Lake St Clair in the west, Bruny Island, the Huon Valley, the D’Entrecasteaux Channel and Hartz Mountains National Park to the south, as well as the quaint sights along the Midland Highway, leading to Launceston in the north, you’re sure to find the ideal place to visit just outside of this convenient gateway city.

The city of Hobart itself offers many charms and, really, you could stay within the city limits for a week or two and never get bored, there’s so much to see and do. Here are a few of those things

1. Snow on Mt WellingtonMt Wellington

 

The majestic presence of Mt. Wellington – which rises 1,270 metres – is a beautiful and dominant aspect of the city, looming large over the Harbour. On a clear day, the views from the summit extend over the city, Bruny Island and all the way out to the Tassie Peninsula. Photographers love this mountain and – after an easy 21 km drive from the city centre – you’ll love it too!

2. Hobart Harbour

The early morning sunrise over Hobart from Mt Wellington

The Derwent River is simply gorgeous no matter where you see it from, but the historic Harbour is often cited as one of Hobart’s most serene and beautiful locations. The Harbour is ideal for a picnic or a romantic stroll, but it also really livens up during the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, if you happen to be in the city over the Christmas holidays.

 

3. Battery Point

 

This prestigious Hobart suburb is bursting with historical goodness, from historic sandstone buildings to beautiful rose-dotted gardens that have been maintained since the city was young. Battery Point – named after the Mulgrave gun battery that was built on the southern part of the point – is one of Hobart’s oldest areas and gives visitors a very good idea of what life was like for those dwelling here in the early 1800s. With old pubs, boutique stores, restaurants and open homes and gardens to explore, you’ll be enchanted by the beauty of yore.

 

4. Salamanca Place

 

With amazing Georgian buildings that were once warehouses but are now café’s, pubs, restaurants and galleries, this area is a lively place at night and Salamanca Square is a great place to enjoy a coffee while watching the kids play on the lawn near the central fountain.

 

5. Salamanca MarketsStalls at Salamanca Markets Hobart Tasmania

Held at Salamanca Place every Saturday, these markets are a total must-do when visiting Hobart. With the entire length of the street used by stall vendors, buskers and food sellers, you’ll have a ball walking along for hours, browsing or buying at your leisure. The Salamanca Markets are considered one of the best markets in Australia, so don’t miss them.

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6. Museum of Old and New Art (MONA)

Mural wall MONA Tasmania

If the thought of attending a museum or gallery makes you want to drink 5 double strength coffees in a row, in order to prepare yourself for the boredom, then this museum might be the museum to change your mind! The MONA is described by founder David Walsh as a ‘subversive adult Disneyland’, and we agree. When you visit MONA, it’s not just a walk through an art gallery, it’s an immersive experience that leaves you in awe of mankind’s ability to think so abstractly. There’s really nothing like it!

 

7. The Cascade Brewery

 

Most of us are at least vaguely aware of the Cascade Brand, with the Tassie Tiger on the label, but did you know that this is Australia’s oldest brewery? A visit to Cascade will see you learning about its history, discovering how the beer is made, exploring the gorgeous gardens and tasting a few samples of their delicious brew. It’s also very family-friendly, so don’t avoid it just because you have the kids in tow. What more could you ask for?

 

8. Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary

Tasmanian Devil on a rock

Yes, the thylacine,Tasmanian Tiger, is extinct (or is it? Wink wink), but there’s still a unique Tassie icon that can be as fierce as a wombat (don’t laugh – wombats can be savage little suckers) but is always as cute as a button. The Tasmanian Devil is a true icon for this island state and you simply can’t visit Hobart without attempting to see one in it’s natural environment. Thankfully, there are plenty of happy, protected Devils at Bonorong Sanctuary. These adorable mammals share the Sanctuary with native birds, koalas, quolls, possums, wombats and more. Great for the kids.

 

 

9. Richmond

 

The Hobart area is so full of history and the quaint town of Richmond is another delight for those who like to step back in time for a little while. Located only 25 km north-east of Hobart, this town has plenty of historic architecture in its homes, galleries, stores and restaurants. It’s also home to the oldest bridge in Australia! A perfect location to head to for a Sunday drive.

 

10. Port Arthur

Port Arthur building

While Port Arthur technically isn’t located in Hobart – being 95 km south-east of the city – it is definitely worth a mention here as it is one of the most popular tourist destinations within the region. Port Arthur’s fascinating penal colony past is truly amazing and you can almost feel the emotions of the past prisoners as you learn about their trials and tribulations. The stunning beauty of Port Arthur is also quite bittersweet, considering the area was used to house some of the country’s most hardened convicts and criminals. The evening ghost tours are ideal for those who like a bit of a thrill.

 

 

 

A few Tasmanian Tours

View from Wineglass Bay Lookout

Wineglass Bay

Travel with a smaller group to Wineglass Bay one of the world's most stunning wilderness beaches. Along the way visit honeymoon and Sleepy Bays and Richardson's Beach. for the more active take the three hour optional walk to visit Hazards Bay.

  • Freycinet National Park
  • Optional Hazards Bay walk
  • Breath taking views
  • Great value

Bruny Island Majestic cliffs

Bruny Island Gourmet

Experience the best produce Bruny Island has to offer. Visit a berry farm (seasonally Nov to April), private chocolate & cheese tastings, ice creams and oysters. Also go searching for the White Wallabies and penguins as well as taking a private lighthouse tour.

  • Fresh oyster tasting
  • Chocolate and Fudge
  • Local produce lunch
  • Wildlife spotting

Ruins at Port Arthur

Port Arthur

Explore the picturesque Tasman Peninsula on your way to Port Arthur. Stop at the Tasman Arch and devil's Kitchen before arriving at Australia's premier convict site, which has over 30 historic buildings. Included is a harbour 'Isle of the dead' cruise

  • Port Arthur
  • 'Isle of the Dead' cruise
  • Convict DVD
  • Tasman Peninsula

The sun over Cradle Mountain

Cradle Mountain

This tour departs Launceston and stop at Sheffield, the 'Town of Murals' on the way to Cradle Mountain. Go wildlife spotting while you enjoy lunch beside a waterfall. Adequate time for your choice of walks and a Cheese factory stop on the way home.

  • Enchanted Forest Walk
  • Sheffield Murals
  • Dove Lake
  • Crater Lake