11 Things To Do In Hobart

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Hobart is the capital of Tasmania, an Australian island state. This iconic city is located at the foot of Mount Wellington and is spread out over a large area of the Derwent River. It has a rich history that goes way back to the era of the British penal colony. The city was founded in 1804, which makes it the second-oldest capital after Sydney. It was named after Lord Hobart, who was the British Secretary of State for War and the Colonies.

Hobart is packed with charming offerings to provide to its visitors and has a stylish culture. This is a perfect place to visit for people who are enthusiasts for gathering knowledge about history. Nature lovers can also have an amazing and memorable time in their lives. It has lots of restaurants that serve some of the most delectable meals and classic drinks, which makes it a must-visit place for food fans.

There are a number of relaxing getaways and family-friendly places that are best suited for activities like picnics and spending quality time with family. There are so many things that you can be involved in with your loved ones. Choosing between them can be a tough decision to make. Thus, to help you out, we have created a list of the top 11 must-do activities that you should definitely try to create some of the most amazing memories in your life.

1. Stroll Around Battery Point Sculpture Trail

Battery Point Sculpture Trail

In Hobart, visiting the Battery Point Sculpture Trail must be your first task. This trail is perfect for fun activities where you have to stroll and find nine large numerical sculptures built to provide visitors with a charming introduction to the history of Hobart. This amazing trail has managed to win the Tasmanian Tourism Award for Cultural Tourism in 2012. Each sculpture symbolises the weight, time, date, quality, and distance that are connected to the story about that place.

You can find sculptures in all places, such as floating in the river, glowing in the night, and on the hedge. The trail will lead you to some old parts of the cities, where you will be able to see the residences that are still surviving today. Other than that, you will also get to look at the places where the first industries in Tasmania were established. When you keep walking on the trail of the battery point, then on the shore of the river, you can see the lower Derwent Estuary along with the port.

Name Battery Point Sculpture Trail
Website greaterhobarttrails/battery-point-sculpture-trail
Address Battery Point TAS 7004, Australia
Directions Google Maps
Distance From Hobart CBD 1 km
Opening Hours Monday: Open 24 hours
Tuesday: Open 24 hours
Wednesday: Open 24 hours
Thursday: Open 24 hours
Friday: Open 24 hours
Saturday: Open 24 hours
Sunday: Open 24 hours
Phone Number 03 6238 2886
Nearby Attractions Elizabeth Street Pier, Salamanca Place, Arthur Circus Park
Nearby Accommodation Crowne Plaza Hobart, an IHG Hotel, Allurity Hotel, Salamanca Inn
Google Review: “Absolutely loved it! My husband and I felt like we were on the Amazing Race! It was so much fun looking for the sculptures and reading their history and the suburb of Battery Point is so pretty. Worth exploring when you are in Hobart.” – Philio Georgiades

2. Drink At Cascade Brewery Bar

Cascade Brewery Bar

Do you love to drink? Then this next place on our list is perfect for you. Cascade Brewery Bar, located in the south of Hobart, is considered the oldest brewery in Australia. It was built in the year 1824, which makes it over 198 years old. This makes this bar the longest-standing brewery that is still working and providing service to the people. One of the highlights of this place is that it has a really great location with a dramatic spot at the base of Mount Wellington, also popularly known as Kunanyi.

This iconic place offers you and your loved ones two different kinds of tours. One tour will tell you about the history of this place and the full story of how this place was able to survive for all these years. For participating in another tour, there is an age limit, and a person has to be 18 or older, so this tour is definitely not made for kids. On this tour, you will be able to try the delicious and finest beers that can surely make your taste buds happy if you love to enjoy beer.

Name Cascade Brewery Bar
Website cascadebrewerybar.com.au/
Address 140 Cascade Rd, South Hobart TAS 7004
Directions Google Maps
Distance From Hobart CBD 4.0 km
Opening Hours Monday: 12–5 pm
Tuesday: 12–5 pm
Wednesday: 12–9 pm
Thursday: 12–9 pm
Friday: 12–9 pm
Saturday: 12–9 pm
Sunday: 12–5 pm
Phone Number +61362127801
Nearby Attractions Train Park, Strickland Falls, Myrtle Gully Falls
Nearby Accommodation Cascade Hotel & Holiday Units, Globe Hotel, Best Western Hobart
Google Review: “Walked the entire rivulet track and ended up here in Cascade Brewery. The beer selection is really good! The place was very spacious and they have a lot of seating options inside and outside in the gardens. Will definitely come back to try the rest of their menu” – Abie Reyes

3. Shop At Salamanca Market

Shop At Salamanca Market

Get ready to buy lots of new things at the famous market in Hobart. Salamanca Market looks less like a market and more like an event. This market opens every once a week on Saturday, and that too for a short period of time. At this time of the week, it seems like half of Hobart gathered at the historical Salamanca Place to form a market. A person should visit this place before rush hour begins in the market, after which it gets filled with crowds.

From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., the level of the crowd is at its peak. However, do not get scared of the crowd, as this amazing market offers so many kinds of things that a person can enjoy. This makes the Salamanca market a place worth visiting. There are a variety of stalls that have something for everyone. You can do plenty of shopping here, like handmade coin jewellery, clothing, bags, and accessories for women. And when you get hungry, you can also grab a bite to eat, as there are a bunch of food stalls that serve delicious foods that can surely satisfy your taste buds.

Name Salamanca Market
Website salamancamarket.com.au/
Address Salamanca Pl, Hobart TAS 7001, Australia
Directions Google Maps
Distance From Hobart CBD 800.0 m
Opening Hours Monday: Closed
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: Closed
Friday: Closed
Saturday: 8:30 am–3 pm
Sunday: Closed
Phone Number +61362382430
Nearby Attractions Kelly's Steps, St. David's Park, Parliament House Gardens
Nearby Accommodation Travelodge Hotel Hobart, Grande Vue Hotel, The Tasman, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Hobart
Google Review: “This venue should be on every “to-do” list of travellers to Hobart. The weekend markets go from 8am-3pm every Saturday, and they have a lot to offer. From souvenirs, local art, food, and everything in between. Will definitely come back here soon” – Kristoffer Afable

4. Essence Of The Still, LARK Whisky Bar

The Still, LARK Whisky Bar

Before, we talked about the oldest brewery in Australia, where you can drink some of the most delicious beer. But if you are a big fan of whisky, then the ideal place for you to visit is The Still, LARK Whisky Bar. This is an iconic place, but since it is actually a bar, they have age restrictions. You need to be of legal age if you want to get in and enjoy the delicious whisky they offer. They contain tasting rooms that have a wide variety of whiskies and a comfortable place to have a great time.

Other than that, there is a cocktail lounge where you can enjoy nice, smooth cocktails. So if you are craving some of the most extraordinary and finest whiskies that are selected from all over Tasmania, then this bar is the perfect place for your whisky adventure. LARK Whisky Bar has also managed to win an award for their cocktails. One thing is for certain: this place will help you create some of the best memories of your life.

Name The Still, LARK Whisky Bar
Website larkdistillery.com/the-still-lark-whisky-bar
Address 30 Argyle St, Hobart TAS 7000, Australia
Directions Google Maps
Distance From Hobart CBD 650.0 m
Opening Hours Monday: 12–10 pm
Tuesday: 12–10 pm
Wednesday: 12–10 pm
Thursday: 12–11:30 pm
Friday: 12–11:30 pm
Saturday: 12–11:30 pm
Sunday: 12–10 pm
Phone Number +61362888101
Nearby Attractions Pennicott Wilderness Journeys, Mawson's Huts Replica Museum, Maritime Museum of Tasmania
Nearby Accommodation Mövenpick Hotel Hobart, Queens Head Hotel, Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart
Google Review: “The Still is absolutely beautiful. When you step inside you feel like you could be anywhere. It had low lighting and is impeccably designed and decorated. The staff were so nice – very informative and attentive. And of course the whisky was fantastic.” – Kim Norris

5. History Of Hobart Convict Penitentiary

Hobart Convict Penitentiary

Hobart Convict Penitentiary is one of the most significant places to learn about the history of the Hobert prison system. This is the perfect place for people who are always on the lookout for learning and gathering knowledge about historical events. Hobart Convict Penitentiary is a highly educational place where a person learns about the full procedure that people who are convicted of being involved in any kind of crime have to go through.

There are educated guides with proper knowledge about this place who will give you a great tour, and even if you have any questions or doubts, they will help you by answering your questions. Other than the historical lessons, it has an outstanding architectural structure that is built by using local sandstones that reflect the designs of the principles that people used in the 19th century. They have exercise yards, cell blocks, and administrative areas that give the visitors an idea of how the criminals used to live in this place.

Name Hobart Convict Penitentiary
Website nationaltrust.org.au/places/penitentiary/
Address Campbell St &, Brisbane St, Hobart TAS 7000
Directions Google Maps
Distance From Hobart CBD 1.7 km
Opening Hours Monday: Closed
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 9:30 am–4:30 pm
Thursday: 9:30 am–4:30 pm
Friday: 9:30 am–4:30 pm
Saturday: 9:30 am–4:30 pm
Sunday: 9:30 am–4:30 pm
Phone Number +61362310911
Nearby Attractions Constitution Dock, Tasman Memorial, A J White Park
Nearby Accommodation Mantra on Collins Hobart, Corinda's Cottages, The Quarry House Luxury Retreat
Google Review: “The tour was fascinating. I would go on this again because I am sure I don’t recall all the information that was given. Oscar was so very kind to us as we waited for the tour to begin and Brendan was a wonderful guide. I definitely recommend this tour.” – Andrea Raf

6. Exploring The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery

Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery

Whether you treasure historical things or you are a person who has a real love for the arts, this place is a perfect destination for both types of people. The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) is a cultural organisation that was made as a combination of a museum, an art gallery, and a herbarium. Another fact about this place is that it is the second-oldest museum in Australia. It was founded in the year 1843, which makes it over 180 years old.

Since the time of its establishment, it has been collecting valuable items that once belonged to Australia’s oldest scientific society, which was called ‘the Royal Society of Tasmania’. Other than that, it also has a wide collection of things that display the natural history of their colony and their amazing pieces of art from Tasmania. They have various artwork and artifacts that tell you the story and their deeper connection to the land. Taking your little ones to a place like this gives them a perfect educational opportunity to learn more about its rich history.

Name Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery
Website tmag.tas.gov.au/
Address Dunn Pl, Hobart TAS 7000, Australia
Directions Google Maps
Distance From Hobart CBD 950.0 m
Opening Hours Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 10 am–4 pm
Wednesday: 10 am–4 pm
Thursday: 10 am–4 pm
Friday: 10 am–4 pm
Saturday: 10 am–4 pm
Sunday: 10 am–4 pm
Phone Number +61361657000
Nearby Attractions Hobart Linear Park, Soundy Park, Fitzroy Gardens
Nearby Accommodation The Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel, Salamanca Wharf Hotel, Airone Capsule Hotel
Google Review: “Amazing museum with free admission! Lots of different exhibits with displays on local history, artworks and wildlife. I thought the Antarctic section was super cool and unique. It’s right near the city centre and we spent about 2 hours walking around the whole museum.” – Julian Seow

7. Wonderful Waterfront Constitution Dock

Constitution Dock

Constitution Dock is a waterfront that can give you a delightful experience, as there are a bunch of attractions and various kinds of activities in which you, your friends, and your family can participate. Waterfront have always been well-known for providing visitors with some of the best views. This beautiful place gives you the perfect opportunity to go for a romantic walk, take some amazing photographs, and enjoy the beauty of Tasmania. There are plenty of things that the whole family can get involved in, such as looking at the amazing yachts or watching the incredible Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.

You can find many family-friendly restaurants around this place where you, along with your friends and family, can have a great time eating delicious meals while enjoying the beauty of the waterfront. Other than that, you can also indulge in several marine activities. You can have a peaceful time fishing or book a seat on the boat cruise. If you want to get involved in something extreme, you can have a fun time by participating in yacht races. Hobart Waterfront has something to offer everyone.

Name Constitution Dock
Website enjoytasmania.com.au/constitution-dock/
Address 1 Franklin Whrf, Hobart TAS 7000, Australia
Directions Google Maps
Distance From Hobart CBD 850 m
Opening Hours Monday: Open 24 Hours
Tuesday: Open 24 Hours
Wednesday: Open 24 Hours
Thursday: Open 24 Hours
Friday: Open 24 Hours
Saturday: Open 24 Hours
Sunday: Open 24 Hours
Phone Number +61 1300 366 742
Nearby Attractions Hobart Cenotaph, Kirksway Place, Samchykivka art mural Hobart
Nearby Accommodation Crowne Plaza Hobart, an IHG Hotel, MACq 01 Hotel, The Henry Jones Art Hotel
Google Review: “Great historical places to moor your boat. We were in the Elizabeth St wharf and it was very convenient to everything. The only (small) downside is that it was against a fixed wharf as opposed to a floating dock. Easy to accommodate that though.” – Richard Ovesen

8. Wander In The Royal Tasmanian Botanic Garden

Royal Tasmanian Botanic Garden

The next place on our list is perfect for people who love plants, flowers, and nature. The Royal Tasmanian Botanic Garden is the ideal place for them, as it has a high reputation for having some of the most beautiful plants. This botanic garden is completely covered with beautiful plants and trees, which makes the environment peaceful and relaxing. Taking a walk and spending some time in this beautiful garden can surely have a calming and relaxing effect on your mind.

This place also teaches you a lot about botany and is perfect for people who love to gather knowledge about plants as they have a wide exhibition and provide a tour of the whole place. Since this garden is spread over 14 hectares, it also provides buggy tours for people who have trouble walking. They also have food and drink facilities. You can easily get a cup of coffee with some snacks, and if you want to have a proper lunch, the cafes can also help you with that.

Name Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens
Website gardens.rtbg.tas.gov.au/
Address Lower Domain Rd, Hobart TAS 7000, Australia
Directions Google Maps
Distance From Hobart CBD 2.6 km
Opening Hours Monday: 8 am–5 pm
Tuesday: 8 am–5 pm
Wednesday: 8 am–5 pm
Thursday: 8 am–5 pm
Friday: 8 am–5 pm
Saturday: 8 am–5 pm
Sunday: 8 am–5 pm
Phone Number +61361660451
Nearby Attractions Intercity Cycleway Solar System Model - Sun, The Soldier's Memorial Avenue, Intercity Cycleway Solar System Model - Uranus
Nearby Accommodation The Corinda Collection, Rydges Hobart, Black Buffalo Hotel
Google Review: “It was very sad that the Japanese gardens were shut off. However, the rest of the gardens were still very beautiful. Very nice spot to walk around and enjoy the beautiful plants and flowers.” – Caitlin

9. Explore The Cascades Female Factory Historic Site

Cascades Female Factory Historic Site

Cascades Female Factory Historic Site is the best place to visit if you are curious and want to learn about what happened to Australia’s female convicts. According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), this place is considered the most educational place to learn and know about the lesser-known stories about female convicts. This place is located in the south of Hobart and is within walking distance of the Hobart waterfront.

The Cascades Female Factory was built for the purpose of improving the character and behaviour of females who are accused of being involved in some kind of crime activity. Here, females were given jobs like laundry and needlework services. However, there were thousands of women and even children imprisoned here, and the worst part is that some of them were never set free. This place offers you a complete guided tour called the ‘Convict Women’s Tour’. The first tour of the day starts at 10 a.m. in the morning and takes about 45 to 60 minutes to complete.

Name Cascades Female Factory Historic Site
Website femalefactory.org.au/
Address 16 Degraves St, South Hobart TAS 7004, Australia
Directions Google Maps
Distance From Hobart CBD 3.8 km
Opening Hours Monday: 10 am–4:30 pm
Tuesday: 10 am–4:30 pm
Wednesday: 10 am–4:30 pm
Thursday: 10 am–4:30 pm
Friday: 10 am–4:30 pm
Saturday: 10 am–4:30 pm
Sunday: 10 am–4:30 pm
Phone Number +61 1800 139 478
Nearby Attractions Cascade Gardens, Caldew Park, Waterworks Reserve
Nearby Accommodation Islington Hotel, Lowena Cafe and Accommodation, Bathurst Mews Holiday House
Google Review: “The history and stories here are so tragic! So wonderful that the people working there care so much. The wall with the list of over 2000 babies and young children born and died there was heartbreaking.” – CarolAnn Harstedt

10. Fresh Farm Gate Market

Farm Gate Market

The next place on our list is another market that is similar to the Salamanca Market. Farm Gate Market only opens once a week, and that too for a short period of time. Every week, this market is open on Sunday for only 4.5 to 5 hours. You should definitely check out this place with your friends and family, as this market offers a great experience for both locals and tourists.

The main attraction of this place is the food, which has a great reputation for being fresh because it is produced locally. You can buy some of the best-quality and freshest fruits and vegetables from this market. Other than that, they also have a wide variety of dairy products like butter, yoghurt, cheese, ice cream, condensed milk, and dried milk. For meat lovers, this market also has some of the top-quality meats that you can enjoy with your friends and family. This gives you the opportunity to enjoy the most delectable seasonal-produced food items.

Name Farm Gate Market
Website farmgatemarket.com.au/
Address 104 Bathurst St, Hobart TAS 7000, Australia
Directions Google Maps
Distance From Hobart CBD 450.0 m
Opening Hours Monday: Closed
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: Closed
Friday: Closed
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: 8:30 am–1 pm
Phone Number +61362345625
Nearby Attractions Salamanca Place, Elizabeth Street Pier, Arthur Circus Park
Nearby Accommodation Alluring Hotel, Salamanca Inn, Central Hotel - Bar, Bistro, Gaming & Accommodation
Google Review: “As this market was only a few steps from our hotel we decided to visit. Wonderful fresh produce from local sources. Lots of food & coffee options. Well worth a visit” – Diana Waines

11. Sail On Mona Ferry

Mona Ferry

Mona Ferry offers a unique and memorable experience to its visitors. The ferry ride to the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) takes you on an incredible journey along the Derwent River. On this iconic trip, you will get to see some of the most stunning and breathtaking views of hills and picturesque landscapes in southern Tasmania. It is also a perfect place for celebrating any kind of special occasion. Mona hosts events, festivals, and performances that include music festivals and art installations that are pretty unique and that help in completely transforming Mona into a cultural hub.

Other than that, this also provides you with the opportunity to learn something new with their guided tours, educational programs, and workshops that make the visitors understand the importance of art and cultural concepts on a much deeper level. They also have outstanding dining options, from casual cafes to the finest cooked cuisines, with food ingredients brought from the locals with the guarantee of being fresh and of top quality. This makes the food taste even better.

Name Mona Ferry
Website mona.net.au/visit/getting-here
Address 12 Franklin Whrf, Hobart TAS 7000, Australia
Directions Google Maps
Distance From Hobart CBD 850.0 m
Opening Hours Monday: 10 am–5 pm
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: Closed
Friday: 10 am–5 pm
Saturday: 10 am–5 pm
Sunday: 10 am–5 pm
Phone Number +61362779978
Nearby Attractions Parliament House Gardens, Train Park, Waterfront Harbour
Nearby Accommodation Queens Head Hotel, Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart, The Tasman, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Hobart
Google Review: “So much better going in the posh pit, you get nibbles and flowing drinks. Staff are great and make the experience even better. Definitely a great added experience to start and end your Mona visit.” – Jacinta Dzioba (Jazz)

Wrapping Up

The iconic city of Hobart offers all its visitors a beautiful blend of natural beauty, rich history, and cultural charm. From the trail of battery points to markets like Salamanca and Farm Gate and museums like the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery that give you information about history, whether you seek adventure or simply relaxation, it has something to offer everyone. 

You can commence your journey with tours like Mona Ferry, and Hobart Convict Penitentiary, which can surely be educational for you, your friends, and your family. This city also provides you with delectable meals made from locally produced fruits and vegetables that ensure their great quality. Hobart gives you an unforgettable impression that you, your friends, and your family will cherish.

Frequently Asked Questions

Hobart is quite a famous city to visit because of its rich culture and breathtaking landscapes. There are a number of places to visit and plenty of activities to get involved in that attract tourists from all over the globe. This city has something for everyone, from historical places to beautiful gardens.

This city has lots of places where you and your friends and family can have delicious food and delectable wines. Both of these are produced locally since the ingredients that are used to make them are freshly grown on the farm. The short journey from farm to table makes your meal extremely delicious. Plus, it is one of the major cities where one can see the southern lights year-round.

Hobart got its name from its founder, Lieutenant Colonel David Collins, who was a British naval officer and explorer. He was the one who named this place after Lord Hobart, who was the British Secretary of State for War and the Colonies from 1801 to 1804.

Buses are the main and most used mode of transport in Hobart. The city was introduced to buses in 1968. Before that, people used to travel by tram between the years 1893 and 1960. The trams were replaced by trolleybuses from 1960 to 1968. The low population density of Hobart has led to the development of bus routes that cover a large area.

Hobart has a unique trait that distinguishes itself from other cities. It is the home. of the famous Museum of Old and New Art. It was opened in 2011 and became really popular among people. Apart from this, there are plenty of other things like Mawson’s Huts Replica Museum

Hobart is a perfect example of how Tasmania has some of the most charming cities and adventurous places to visit, especially for families. It has incredible museums, amazing wildlife, and a large space for family bonding activities like picnics, games, and several other things. These features make this destination the perfect place for a family holiday.

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