Things to do when visiting Hobart
Hobart, the capital city of Tasmania, offers a plethora of activities and sights that cater to every type of traveler. Whether you're interested in history, nature, or culinary delights, Hobart has something special for you. Here are the 10 most popular tourist destinations in the area, complete with the closest transport links and some insider tips to make your visit even more enjoyable.
1. Salamanca Market - Situated close to Hobart’s waterfront, it's easily accessible by bus (stop Salamanca Square). Local tip: Arrive early to enjoy the market at a quieter pace and have more interactions with the vendors.
2. Mount Wellington - Public bus services take you part of the way, but hiking or driving is recommended for the summit. Local suggestion: Dress warmly and visit during the morning for breathtaking views over Hobart.
3. MONA - Museum of Old and New Art - Reachable by the MONA ferry from Brooke Street Pier or by bus. Insider’s tip: Buy tickets online to skip the long queues and don't forget to check out the onsite contemporary restaurant.
4. Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens - A short walk from the city center, or accessible via bus route 6 or 7. Local suggestion: Visit in spring to see the stunning tulip displays.
5. Battery Point - Easily walkable from Hobart's center. Local tip: Explore the quaint streets in the morning to enjoy the serene atmosphere and historic architecture without the crowds.
6. Tasmania Museum and Art Gallery - Located in the heart of Hobart, it’s a short walk from most central accommodations. Insider’s tip: Entry is free, but donations are appreciated.
7. Hobart Convict Penitentiary - Accessible by a brief walk from the city center. Local suggestion: Book the night tour for a more atmospheric experience.
8. Sullivan’s Cove - Hobart’s picturesque waterfront, easily explored on foot. Photo opportunity: Sunsets at the cove are exceptional, offering stunning views and a perfect backdrop for photographers.
9. Bruny Island - While not in Hobart itself, it’s accessible by a short drive and ferry ride. Local tip: Known for its wildlife and artisanal food products—don’t leave without trying the Bruny Island Cheese.
10. Tasmanian Seafood Seduction Tour - Starts from Hobart’s waterfront. Insider’s tip: This tour is a must for seafood lovers. Book in advance as spaces are limited.
Among these destinations, Mount Wellington and Sullivan’s Cove are particularly noted for being picturesque. The panoramic views from Mount Wellington at sunrise are unparalleled, offering a serene and majestic start to the day. Meanwhile, Sullivan’s Cove during sunset provides beautiful light for photography, with the calm waters reflecting the vibrant skies.