Things to See and Do

Whatever the time of year, and whatever the weather there is always something to do in Hobart. Here are some of our top suggestions to make your Hobart stay memorable

Explore Hobart’s waterfront, Salamanca art galleries and craft shops

Visit one of Australia’s most vibrant and loved outdoor markets at Salamanca every Saturday from 8.30am – 3pm

Drive, or take a tour, to the summit of Kunanyi / Mt Wellington for spectacular views

Take in an exhibition at the Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery

Visit the four-storey floating Brooke Street Pier, home to a number of great eateries - all with views to die for; specialty stores and departure point for coach tours, the Peppermint Bay Cruise and the Mona Roma fast ferry

Learn and understand the history and achievements of the early Antarctic explorers at the Mawson’s Huts Replica Museum located on the Hobart waterfront

Pack a lunch and relax in the Tasmanian Royal Botanical Gardens

Satisfy your sweet tooth and pick from over 200 delectable hand-crafted chocolates when you visit Nutpatch Chocolatiers, located conveniently on Murray Street Pier

Explore Battery Point on a city walking tour or at your own pace

Discover the stories of Australia’s female convicts at the Cascades Female Factory

Source some local treats from the Farm Gate Market held in the city centre every Sunday

On Friday nights in summer head to the popular Street Eats@Franko or the Hobart Twilight Market for a night of delicious produce and entertainment

Make the most of Hobart’s expansive Derwent Estuary and take to the water on a harbour cruise, kayaking tour, or wildlife cruise

Step inside Australia’s oldest operating brewery, Cascade Brewing Co

Explore the influence of the sea on the lives of Tasmanians and the strong maritime heritage of the islands at the Maritime Museum of Tasmania

Take a small group tour or travel independently via car, coach or ferry to the Museum of Old & New Art (Mona). Be shocked and amazed in the gallery, stop for a delicious lunch at one of the restaurants or take a Moorilla Wine or Moo Brew Brewery tasting tour

Have an unforgettable experience and book a scenic flight over the city; to the stunning east coast; to the untouched pristine Southwest National Park or even indulge with a helicopter ride to a local winery for a mouth-watering lunch

During the summer months head to North Hobart to the State Cinema and enjoy a hot new release at their Rooftop Cinema

Suggested Half & Full Day Trips

  • Drive or take a tour to the Coal River Valley and explore the numerous wineries and cheeseries. Some of the must stops include Coal River Farm for cheese, chocolate, goat feeding and fruit picking; Frogmore Creek for a delicious lunch and wines to match; and Puddleduck Vineyard for a vineyard tour
  • Visit the historic town of Richmond home to Australia’s oldest bridge and gaol and stroll through the galleries and boutique shops
  • Call in to the Richmond Village Market held every Saturday from 9am – 3pm to sample some local delights
  • Visit Riversdale Estate for high-tea or to explore the only licenced Peter Rabbit garden in the southern hemisphere
  • Pick your own delicious strawberries in season or sample some of the yummy ice-creams or preserves from Littlewood Berry Farm
  • Make your first stop the Bangor Vineyard Shed. Try some of their fine wine and enjoy some fresh local produce. Enjoy the sweeping rural views and country hospitality
  • Explore the natural wonders of the Tasman Peninsula including the Tessellated Pavement, Blowhole, Tasman Arch, Devils Kitchen, Remarkable Cave and Waterfall Bay
  • At Eaglehawk Neck learn the history of the dog line, a deterrent to escaping convicts and get a laugh from the small shack community of Doo-Town. A delightful little place where the owners have all named their properties Doo-something
  • Stop for lunch at Port Arthur Lavender and try one of the delicious lavender-inspired dishes
  • Connect with our convict heritage at Port Arthur Historic Site & the Coal Mines Historic Site
  • Step into the natural habitats of Tasmania’s native animals at Tasmanian Devil Unzoo
  • Visit McHenry’s Distillery Cellar Door for a gin and whisky tasting
  • Head south towards Huonville, stopping in at one or two of the wineries or Willie Smith’s cider house on the way
  • Take a cave tour at Hastings Caves State Reserve and have a relaxing dip in the thermal pool afterwards
  • Take a guided tour at the Wooden Boat Centre at Franklin
  • Experience the stunning Huon River on a calm water sailing tour
  • Take a short walk through glacial landscapes to Lake Osborne at Hartz National Park
  • Take the scenic coastal road from Huonville to Kettering via the townships of Cygnet, Gardners Bay, Verona Sands and Middleton
  • Stop at Grandvewe Australia’s only organic sheep cheesery in Birchs Bay, near Woodbridge
  • In Woodbridge, Peppermint Bay is a great place to stop for lunch with stunning views to Bruny Island (lunch time cruises are also available from Hobart)
  • Take your car on the Sealink Bruny Island Ferry from Kettering to Bruny Island or join a tour and explore the island stopping for amazing local delights along the way
  • Take in the views from Pulpit Rock Lookout, New Norfolk
  • Visit the oldest trout hatchery in the southern hemisphere at The Salmon Ponds and Museum of Trout Fishing in Plenty
  • Head to Mt Field National Park and complete the short walk to Russell Falls
  • Have an empowering wildlife experience at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary. Feed the roaming Kangaroos and learn all about our amazing Tasmanian Devils
  • From Wednesday to Sunday visit the restaurant Osteria at Stefano Lubiana Wines where the menu is fresh, seasonal and based around what comes out of their biodynamic vegetable garden
  • For the foodies, The Agrarian Kitchen offers amazing experience at their cooking school at Lachlan and for those with not as much time available simply stop at their award-winning eatery in New Norfolk
  • Visit Lawrenny Estate at Ouse, one of the world’s only ‘paddock to bottle’ single malt whisky distilleries for tastings
  • In Orford you can enjoy several walks including the Convict Trail along the Prosser River, the coastal walk along the cliff tops between East Shelly Beach and Spring Beach, and the scenic Thumbs Lookout in the nearby Wielangta Forest, with a spectacular view of the region
  • Make an appointment with Spring Bay Distillery and allow 90 minutes to meet the makers, tour the distillery and enjoy a taste of their gin and whisky whilst looking over the stunning bay to which the distillery is named
  • Drive to Triabunna and catch the passenger ferry to Maria Island and choose a walk through the convict heritage, take in the coastal scenery and walk amongst the wildlife on the island. Or join East Coast Cruises for a scenic trip to the island
  • Just before Swansea make sure to stop at Kate’s Berry Farm and grab a treat from the hugely popular ‘Just desserts café’
  • Stop for lunch and enjoy local wine and some of Tasmania’s best fresh seafood at the Freycinet Marine Farm at Coles Bay
  • Explore the amazing Freycinet National Park and walk up to the Wineglass Bay Lookout. Drive out to the Cape Tourville Lighthouse and Lookout for views of Tasmania’s East Coast
  • Have an unforgettable experience with Wineglass Bay Cruises and see the Freycinet Peninsula from another perspective
  • Experience Tasmania's unique animals, birds, reptiles at East Coast Natureworld at Bicheno