Things to Do in Hobart
Hobart has stepped into the spotlight recently, seeing a boom in tourism. The old town is bursting with a fresh selection of trendy cafes, bars, and pubs, while the silhouette of Mount Wellington adds an impressive backdrop to the proceedings. Here, the rugged scenery is ideal for hikers and bikers, and, lower down on the waterfront, the attractions of Salamanca Place and Battery Point offer some of Tasmania’s best seasonal produce.
The sombre spectacle of Port Arthur provides a historic glimpse into Tasmania’s past, when the Peninsula was used to confine prisoners with vicious guard dogs and shark-infested waters. Though it might not be imbued with joy, the area offers the opportunity to dig beneath Hobart’s shiny façade.
While here visit take a visit to the Port Arthur Memorial Garden and remember the horrible events of 1996 which changed Australian law forever. While you’re here take in the spectacular Tasman’s Arch and the Devil’s Kitchen rock formations. No Port Arthur trip is complete without a scenic harbour cruise.
Take in the striking scenery of Pirates bay, Eaglehawk Neck and Norfolk Bay. Be sure to remember your camera, so that you can take this incredible view home with you. Head into the perfectly manicured Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens and enjoy the lush greenery. There’s plenty of delightful views here. For a change from green to the sea, sit down for some fish and chips at the docks.
You can’t miss the stunning Mount Wellington, that provides an incredible backdrop for the city. Grab a coffee halfway up the mountain at the quaint café, and stop by Australia’s oldest brewer on the way down. There are plenty of lovely mountain walks for you to complete so remember to bring your walking shoes.
Elsewhere, Bruny Island is chock full of animal encounters – think penguins, echidnas, and mutton birds – with a wild coastline full of picture-perfect scenery. Beach-goers will enjoy the selection of swimming and surfing opportunities, while nature-lovers can bask in the beauty of the South Bruny National Park.
Hobarts foodie scene has really taken off in the past few years. Start your foodie adventure at the Salamanca Market and taste delicious Tasmanian produce, meet local crafters and take home some artisan goods. There are also plenty of amazing restaurants in the port-side city. With so many historic buildings around, many restaurants have fantastically unique locations as well as delicately crafted menus.
Art and Culture
Take a visit to the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery and appreciate Tasmanian art history and culture. It is the second oldest museum in Australia and is Tasmania’s oldest surviving building!
No trip to Hobart would be complete without a visit to the famous, or infamous, Museum of Old and New Art, or MONA. MONA is known for its eclectic, provocative and divisive collections. Famously you’ll either love or hate their collections, and they want you to tell them! Don’t forget to head to their underground restaurant while you’re there for a delightful meal.
Hobart is a fantastic city that should absolutely be on your to-see list when you visit Australia.