Hobart is the Capital of Tasmania and offers plenty to do for the quick weekend away or for an extended trip with the family or loved one. Tasmania has burst onto the tourism scene in the last few years and rightfully so, it offers plenty and many areas around hobart can be reached while staying in the one location.
Below is a list of the top areas around hobart and it’s attractions you can’t miss while in the Tasmanian capital. Some are reached by hiring a car or joining a tour and others can be done without leaving the city. I’m sure you will agree this small capital has plenty so what are you waiting for?
Go to the Top of Mount Wellington
Hobart is virtually located right underneath Mount Wellington and heading to the top is one of the first areas around Hobart you should visit. There is even a famous race that is called “Point to Pinnacle”, if you’re a runner then look into testing your self on this challenging race.
If you’re like me though and running up hills is not your thing then the best way to go up and check out the stunning views is to either have your own car/rent a car or jump on a tour that heads there. At the top, you will get a magnificent view looking out over Hobart and the Tasmanian coastline.
There is even a little walk you can complete, this will enable you get the best views on offer.
If needing to do a tour to make this possible here are a couple of great options to look into:
Go to Salamanca Market
This famous market is said to be one of the most vibrant and loved markets in Australia and occurs every Saturday between 8.30am and 3pm. You can find the market in the old historic Salamanca Place.
The market Market is lined with Tasmania’s biggest selection of locally made products including hand-worked glass, innovative designs made from Tasmanian timbers, stylish clothing, bespoke jewellery, organic produce, artworks, bath and body care, ceramics and leather goods, handcrafted cheeses, breads, wines and spirits, and delicious hot foods.
If your lucky you will most likely see some live entertainment of some description playing throughout the venue and if the weather is nice then it’s a great spot to grab some locally produced lunch and a refreshing beverage.
The market is free to enter and explore it at your own pace and has been recognised with many tourism awards not only in Tasmania but also Australian wide.
You can find the market here.
Mona Art Gallery
Mona Art Gallery is located just outside of Hobart, 11km away in a place called Berriedale. There are a variety of transport options for you to take including a lovely ferry ride along the Derwent River, the Hop on- Hop off Bus, driving yourself, catching a taxi or local bus.
Once there you will have a chance to explore the personal art of David Walsh’s $110m collection. It has plenty of highlights and a few lowlights scattered throughout. Once upon a time I would have thought Art Galleries were boring but even if art isn’t your favourite thing in the world, Mona has you covered.
Also, on-site at Mona is Moorilla winery, Source Restaurant, bars, cafe, accommodation pavilions and more. Plus, you can sample a local beer called Moo Brew, that is brewed off-site. On top of this Mona also plays host to music festivals, most notably the MOFO and Dark MOFO which occur in January and June.
If you are under 18 or a Tasmanian local then entrance is free and for everyone else, it is $28 for an Adult and $25 per concession ticket, the transport out to the venue is an added charge.
Port Arthur Tour
Port Arthur is a famous historical place of reference in Australia’s short history and therefore is certainly one of the must-see areas around Hobart. It is the location many of the first convicts were sent to and made to work in the timber mill and shipbuilding yards.
The most popular tour to complete at Port Arthur is the legendary “Ghost Tour” which occurs of an evening under the lightness of a single lantern. Many unexplained occurrences have been reported either on these grounds or during these tours. Don’t believe in ghosts? Well, you just might after you hear some of these stories and complete this tour.
Again, Port Arthur is a little drive from Hobart itself and it is a great idea to rent a car and travel the route at your own pace. If you can’t or don’t want to rent a car, I have included some tours with great reviews that I would recommend doing.
Full Day Trip to Bruny Island
Bruny Island is Tasmania’s premier island destination that can accommodate any travellers holiday style.
It’s home to the stunning South Bruny National Park and the ultimate Tasmanian wilderness experience. Overland, you can discover the wilderness via one of the many “Island bushwalks” or by sea, you can travel on an “Eco-Cruise” exploring the beautiful coastline around the island. Make sure you pack your camera and keep your eyes peeled as the island and surrounding sea is home to fur seals, fairy penguins, white wallaby and provides excellent opportunities for birdwatching.
On the Island you can find a selection of delicious locally produced food and premium quality wine as well as hand-made fudge, chocolate, truffles, berries, cheese and fresh oysters. Bruny Island is also home to Australia’s southern-most vineyard and there are some excellent restaurants and cafés scattered across the island’s townships.
Bruny Island also provides a range of accommodation options. You are able to camp on the island, bring your caravan or stay in one of the many self-contained cottages. Many tours leave from the shores of Hobart if you are unable to find the time to spend an extended period of time on the Island. The best you can find below.
This really is one of the areas around Hobart that should be high on your priority list.
Head to Wine Glass Bay
Wine Glass Bay is one of my favourite destination in Tasmania and again I managed to visit here while I had a short break home for Christmas. I can assure you it has lost none of its charm or amazing scenery.
It is another areas around Hobart that really is a “must do” especially if you are into your hiking or walking. This place has a walk to suit anyone and the views reward you for the sweat you may produce. I have gone into much more detail on this stunning area of Tasmania and I would encourage you to take a look at my “Wine Glass Bay” blog.
Again, if you prefer not to hire a car then there are plenty of great options available to you to ensure you can still see some of the most stunning coastlines Tasmania has to offer.
These are just some of the areas around Hobart I recommended making some time to check out while in the capital city. There are plenty of other tours or destinations to see if these haven’t tickled your fancy including the Cascade Brewery Tour, Sailing on the Derwent River, a trip to Maria Island, a whiskey distillery visit, scenic flight over the rugged coastline and much more. Check out some of the other great options here if you still need to be inspired.
If you have the time and fancy seeing as many of the sights as possible in Tasmania, then renting a car and exploring is a great way to see the whole state in a relatively small amount of time. It has amazing destinations that many tourists are only just discovering including Cradle Mountain, St Helens and the East Coast and the wild and rugged West Coast regions. Some I have already written blogs about which you can read in more detail.
The roads throughout Tasmania are all straight forward to drive on as long as you are willing to take your time and remember that you are on holidays. If you prefer someone else to look after the driving and gaze out the window at the ever-changing scenery, then check out some of these options for an extended trip and complete discovery tour of Tasmania.
It won’t be long before Tasmania in general and not just the areas around Hobart really start getting its due reward. It’s such an amazing destination so get in quick before too many people start to discover the charm and beauty.
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