Just like the rest of Australia, the founding of Hobart was done in 1804 as a penal colony – specifically for the clearing of Irish and British convicts. That makes it the second oldest capital city in the entire country, along with being an Australian destination rich in history. For the lucky visitors that arrive to the luscious and fresh lands of the Tasmanian island, a stop in Hobart, on the southern side, will provide a full itinerary.
To help you with your trip planning, we have compiled a list of things to do in Hobart below.
Head down to the waterfront at Salamanca Place. Explore a number of shops, cafes and galleries all in this strip, housed inside the old warehouses from the 19th century. After working up an appetite, relax for a while in the one of the alfresco dining options.
Cadbury Chocolate Factory Tour
Hobart is the lucky home of a Cadbury factory, which you can tour! Learn about the chocolate making process, and of course, taste plenty of chocolate in the process.
Hobart sits at the bottom of Mount Wellington, so, for the best views of the city (and best exercise), make your way to the top. You can drive the 13 miles to the summit, or go for a nice bush walk and work off the calories of your Cadbury Chocolate Factory tour. For a real adventure, try the Mt Wellington bike descent tour for your trip.
The MONA, or Museum of Old and New Art, has made its mark on the art scene. Located just 15 minutes from the city, this gallery has an eclectic mix of art from ancient Egypt to contemporary. Forget squinting at little explanation cards; this gallery gives out electronic devices that let you vote on what you liked or disliked on display.
Cascade Brewery Tour
On par with a visit to Cadbury factory would be a Cascade Brewery Tour. Not only do visitors get a glimpse into the world of the Cascade brew process (and a cold one or two), but also a stroll through the spectacular gardens onsite.
Hobart Historic Walks
Go on a tour with Hobart Historic Walks in order to get a better glimpse into the last 200 years in Hobart. Explore old sandstone buildings, historic landmarks like the Old Gaol, and even some pubs if that’s the path you wish to take.
The Wrest Point Hotel Casino might be your ticket to an even longer holiday should you hit a jackpot. Or, it could be the reason you have to leave early. Still, the casino in Sandy Bay is a worthy spot to hit up if only for the historical research. The Wrest Point Casino was the first in Australia.
Stay close to the city but feel miles away. Several wineries are within a short drive from Hobart, such as the Moorilla Estate Winery, and they allow you to get a taste of Tasmania’s best while in the beautiful natural surrounds. Look for the Southern Wine Route.
Derwent River Cruise
Flowing towards the foot of the famous Mt Wellington, a boat lover will enjoy the scenery that comes from a Derwent River cruise. Float by landscapes and landmarks like the Tasman Bridge and several bays.
If you love fishing, relaxing, exploring and spotting wildlife, a daytrip to Bruny Island from Hobart can be your getaway of choice.