Things to Do and See
A few ideas about what's on, places of interest and where to get a late night meal in and around Hobart.
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Trips and Tours
Take in the Sights on any of these major Day Tours
These are just a few of the trips that you can make from the Hobart area:
Port Arthur is a 19th century convict-era penal settlement on the Tasman Peninsula south-east of Hobart. It’s Tasmania’s premier historic site and is a great day-trip destination. There’s more information here. While on the Tasman Peninsula, you may have time to explore its scenic beauty on land or on a scenic sea cruise. Two sea cruise options are Sea Life Eco Tours or Tasman Island Cruises. If Port Arthur is not your thing, you can always call in for lunch at Bangor Wine & Oyster Shed – fabulous local food and wine, at the extreme southern end of the East Coast Wine Region.
Richmond is a small, historic village about 40 km (25 miles) north-east of Hobart. It’s famous for its old convict-built bridge and gaol. Richmond is in the heart of the Coal River Wine Region where you will find some great cellar door wine tasting opportunities at which to experience a range of our world-renowned cool climate wines.
Mount Field National Park is north-west of Hobart. It’s a great day out for its scenic wilderness areas, forests and waterfalls.
Cygnet and Franklin are two smaller towns in the Huon valley that are well worth a visit. Cygnet is renowned for its annual Folk Festival (January 18-24) and for its wonderful handcraft market, held on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month. Franklin is perhaps best known for its amazing wooden boat building ‘industry’.
The Channel district, south of Hobart, is the gateway to Bruny Island. This is a fabulous day trip that takes in the lovely township of Kettering where you catch the ferry to Bruny Island. The Island itself offers not only spectacular sightseeing, but art galleries, cheeseries, vineyards, chocolatiers, oyster growers and a great selection of handmade smallgoods as well. Not to be missed!
The Tahune Airwalk, an adventurous forest destination, is near Geeveston further south in the Huon Valley.
Have you ever wished you were a better photographer? Shutterbug Walkabouts will show you how to take amazing photographs of Tasmania’s wonderful natural environment on a day trip focusing on exactly that. Their photographer-guided day tours include Hartz Mountains, Bruny Island, Maria Island and Mt Field National Park.
Or Spend a Day in Hobart City
These sites are worth visiting in the city:
Salamanca Place and its beautiful old warehouses and docks is on the southern edge of the Hobart CBD. Nearby you’ll find the ferry to MONA, harbour cruises and much more. On Saturday the whole area comes alive with the Salamanca Market
Battery Point is an historic village precinct immediately to the west of Salamanca. There is much to see in this quaint village which was at the heart of Hobart’s early maritime history.
Cascade Brewery, on the western edge of Hobart city, is Australia’s oldest brewery. You can take a guided tour of the brewery.
Cascades Female Factory, on the way to Cascade Brewery, is the site of an historic women’s prison and barracks. There is also an entertaining historic walking tour based from the Female factory.
Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, on the southern edge of the CBD near the docks, is an important repository for Tasmania’s natural and cultural historic treasures.
Mount Wellington is the mountain that forms the unmistakeable backdrop for Hobart’s western edge. It offers a scenic lookout over the city, Derwent Valley to the north, and South Arm and the Tasman Peninsula to the east. You can catch the Mount Wellington Shuttle (see below) to the top of the mountain, travel there by taxi or go on a cycle tour (drive up and cycle down).
Fast Boat and Ferry Trips
Fast boat and ferry cruises on the Derwent River, to the Tasman Peninsula and to Bruny Island are a delight. Stroll the historic docks area for choices, including:
- Hobart Historic Cruises offers ferry cruises on the Derwent River,
- Peppermint Bay Cruises operates Bruny Wildlife Adventure and Peppermint Bay Cruises,
- Navigators offers cruises on the Derwent River and to Port Arthur,
- Pennicott Wilderness Journeys operates Bruny Island Cruises and Tasman Island Cruises.
Bonorong Wildlife Park is on the northern edge of the suburbs of Hobart, and is the closest wildlife park to Hobart’s CBD. It features Tasmanian devils and other native wildlife.
Hobart has large number of restaurants and there’s something out there for everyone. We have a few favourites that not only suit our taste, but we know them to be consistently good.
Tandoor Curry House (Inexpensive, imaginative India dishes)
101 Harrington Street, Hobart
Ph: 6234 6905
Pasha’s Café Restaurant (Genuine Turkish fare, medium price)
218 Elizabeth St, Hobart (also at Kettering seasonally)
Ph: 6234 6300
Ristorante Da Angelo (Fabulous Italian fare, not too expensive)
47 Hampden Road
Ph: 6223 7011
Pancho Villa Restaurant and Bar (Brilliant Mexican fare… and cocktails)
378 Elizabeth Street, North Hobart
Ph: 6234 4161
Saffron (Imaginative, reasonably priced Indian fare. Great Tasmanian wine list)
15 Hunter Street, Hobart
Ph: 6231 4150
La Provencal (classy French provincial fare at a reasonable price)
417 Macquarie Street, South Hobart
Ph: 6224 2526
Shipwright’s Arms Hotel (Specialise in fresh Tasmanian seafood)
29 Trumpeter Street, Batter Point
Ph: 6223 5551
Patisserie-style food (Breakfast-Lunch):
Jackman & McRoss Bakeries (Best value for money pastry-style food)
59 Hampden Road, Battery Point (also in the city)
Ph: 6223 3186
Daci & Daci Bakers
11 Murray Street, Hobart
Ph: 6224 9237
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