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Where in the world: South Pacific  /  Australia  /  Tasmania  /  Greater Hobart  /  Hobart

Top 15 things to do in Hobart

1. Off-Road Tours

Suggested duration: 4 hours
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2. Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens

Established almost two centuries ago, Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens overlooks the Derwent River and the Tasman Bridge. These gardens hold historic plant collections and a large number of significant native and exotic trees and flowers, many dating back to the 19th century. At this location, you can visit the world's only Sub Antarctic Plant House, where plants from the islands located in high southern latitudes are displayed in climatically-controlled habitats mirroring the natural conditions of their native environments. Take a short walk from the city center to see the site's historic convict-built walls, or picnic on the grass. Make sure to stop by the visitor center, which houses a small restaurant, souvenir shop, and a gallery with regularly changing displays.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $17 › Learn more about Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens

3. Mount Wellington

Mount Wellington defines the landscape surrounding Hobart the same way Table Mountain does for Cape Town in South Africa. With a summit rising to 1,271 m (4,170 ft), this wide mountain and its oft-snowcapped peak loom over the Tasmanian capital and surrounding Storm Bay. If you're up for a long stroll, hike 22 km (14 mi) to the top from the city. From here, you'll enjoy commanding views of Hobart, the Derwent River, and the bay. If you view of the mountain from the city, try to spy the Organ Pipes, a magnificent cliff of dolerite columns.
Suggested duration: 1 hour
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4. Bruny Island Produce Sightseeing and Exclusive Lighthouse Tour

Likely to sell out FROM $163
Experience our fully inclusive locally operated Bruny Island Tour, and discover the best Bruny Island Sightseeing, Produce & Lighthouse Tour from Hobart, including a delicious sit down lunch. You’ll sample local mouth-watering produce;  Cheese, fresh oysters with wood oven sourdough for a rustic picnic morning snack on the beach. Sample tasty chocolates, fudges, and honey also. See White Wallaby in the wild, enjoy the Historic Cape Bruny Lighthouse, the only operator with exclusive access to the Lighthouse. You will be able to enjoy a small group tour with our lighthouse expert. Explore the Neck Wildlife Reserve and Truganini Lookout. Our knowledgable Bruny tour guides will show you the best vantage points and mesmerise you with stories from the past. Skip the queues with our pre-booked tour schedules. Lunch is ordered from our collaborative menu including seafood dishes, Tassie lamb, and more yummy items. All foods, ferry trips and lighthouse tour are included. Operating since 2012.
Suggested duration: 10h 30min
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5. Cascades Female Factory Historic Site

Formerly a workhouse for female convicts in the penal colony of Van Diemen's Land, Cascades Female Factory Historic Site is now a museum listed on UNESCO's World Heritage List. Operational between 1828 and 1856, the factory was an important part of the forced migration of convicts and global developments associated with punishment and reform. The site demonstrates how Britain used penal transportation to expand its sphere of influence, as well as to punish female convicts. Guided tours include short dramatic performances presenting the story of the convicts and their guardians.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
Tours from $17 › Learn more about Cascades Female Factory Historic Site

6. Cascade Brewery

Founded by an ex-convict in 1832, Cascade Brewery represents the oldest still-operating brewery in the country. Set against the backdrop of a snowcapped mountain and surrounded by lush gardens, the brewery draws clean water from a nearby cascade for its brewing process. Join a tour to learn all about beer-making, and then reap your rewards with a tasting at the end. Pay attention to the label of the brewery's premium lager, depicting the extinct Tasmanian tiger. Note that you'll have to walk up and down a lot of stairs.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $27 › Learn more about Cascade Brewery

7. Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, Brighton

Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary is home to wombats, koalas, birds, and many amazing natives, including Tasmanian devils, eastern quolls, and bettongs. Meet some of the 80-plus free-roaming kangaroos that enjoy being hand-fed, and receiving a good scratch on the chest! You're allowed to view and share special moments with Australia's unique wildlife. Your entry will also help continue our work with education, conservation, and rehabilitation of Tasmania's threatened wildlife. Bonorong's dedicated volunteers proudly run Tasmania's main 24-hour wildlife rescue service.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $68 › Learn more about Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary

8. 2-Hour Return kunanyi/Mt Wellington Explorer Bus

FROM $27
kunanyi/Mt Wellington Explorer Bus is the official shuttle bus for kunanyi / Mount Wellington. Join us as we travel 1270 metres above sea level to experience spectacular views over Hobart and southern Tasmania. The 2-hr return tour includes 30 minutes to take in the views from the lookouts and observation shelter at the summit. Buses depart daily from Hobart’s waterfront. OR, if you’re looking for a little more adventure, you have the option to hop-on and hop-off at 5 Wellington Park bus stops where you’ll find a variety of alpine walking tracks to explore. Enjoy kunanyi / Mount Wellington at your own pace, then hop-on a later bus to return to Hobart. kunanyi/Mt Wellington Explorer Bus is the only tour company with exclusive access to kunanyi / Mount Wellington when Pinnacle Road is closed due to snow. Tour includes informative local guide commentary and a complimentary bushwalking map. Bus pass valid all day. Buses are wheelchair accessible and can carry mountain bikes.
Suggested duration: 2h 30min
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9. Salamanca Market

Each Saturday, Salamanca Market comes to life with dozens of stalls selling the region's best food, crafts, and souvenirs. Situated in front of large sandstone warehouses that have been converted into a maze of craftspeople's shops and restaurants, the market has been a major tourist attraction for decades. It's also a popular weekend meeting place for local families with kids. The warehouses were built in the 19th century to service the whaling industry. Today the market sells a variety of locally made products at inexpensive prices. This sprawling historic district offers opportunities to shop for gifts, drop by popular eateries, and visit the area's art galleries, which exhibit and sell works by local artists.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $26 › Learn more about Salamanca Market

10. Museum of Old and New Art (Mona), Berriedale

A large, privately owned art museum, Museum of Old and New Art (Mona) represents the love child of Tasmanian millionaire David Walsh, who nicknamed it a "subversive Disneyland for adults." Built into the cliffside, the museum features a labyrinth of intentionally gloomy, windowless exhibition spaces displaying Walsh's collection of fun, quirky, and provocative art. Take a self-guided tour with an iPod--you'll receive one upon entrance--and begin your journey by walking down the spiral flight of stairs. The museum opened in 2011 after a renovation to the tune of $75 million.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $85 › Learn more about Museum of Old and New Art (Mona)

12. Day Tour in Mt. Field, Mt. Wellington, Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and Richmond

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Summit Mt.Wellington before enjoying a scenic drive along the Derwent River to Mt. Field National Park. Visit Tasmanian Devils at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and end the day strolling the historic streets of Richmond. Inclusions: Hotel pickup/drop off Small group Local Guide
Suggested duration: 9h
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13. Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery

Boasting a large, well-maintained, and diverse collection of paintings, sculptures, and other artwork, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery preserves and documents the history and culture of Tasmania. Founded in 1843, the institution possesses an eclectic collection, from old staircases suspended in midair to suits of armor and colonial furniture. The museum was redeveloped in 2013.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
Tours from $27 › Learn more about Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery

14. Dolphin & Whale Watching

Suggested duration: 4 hours
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15. Valleys of Vino Tour

FROM $121
All our tours focus on small group tours to maximize interaction within the group and with each of the people we meet at each stop. We are not just visitors to each stop - we are ambassadors for our local produce. To provide a fresh & unique experience we change our itineraries weekly. Our tours are relaxed, comfortable & easy-going and it doesn't matter if you have never tried a wine or if you are looking to stock you cellar with something unique - we try to ensure everyone enjoys our tour.
Suggested duration: 7h - 8h
Tours from $121 › More about this tour at viator.com ›