Hobart, Tasmania: 5 Best Things to Do and See

Hobart, the capital of Tasmania, is home to a unique blend of history, charm, and modern luxury. Surrounded by rugged mountains, rolling green hills, breathtaking waterways, and rich cultural heritage, Hobart is a must-see when traveling to Australia!

Our Australia experts put together this list of 5 can’t-miss things to see and do while in Hobart:

Port Arthur Historic Site

Port Arthur Historic Site
Port Arthur Historic Site. Image: Tourism Australia

Hobart’s rich history can be seen in the beautifully aged buildings and timeless architecture. One of the main historical attractions is Port Arthur. Whether you drive or take a seaplane to get there, you will be astounded by the gorgeous scenery. Located on the Tasman Peninsula, Port Arthur was once considered an “inescapable prison” that held almost 1,100 convicts. Today, the convicts and guards are gone, but the stories—set in an equally dramatic landscape of craggy cliff faces and the remains of more than 30 buildings—remain.

Museum of Old and New Art

Museum of Old and New Art in Hobart, Tasmania
Guests lounging outside of the Museum of Old and New Art. Image: Tourism Tasmania

Looking for some more modern culture? Make your way to MONA—the Museum of Old and New Art. This is a one-of-a-kind museum, located on the River Derwent just north of Hobart. This iconic Hobart attraction is home to a diverse private collection, ranging from Egyptian mummies to some of the world’s most prized contemporary art. In addition to the museum, the 8.5-acre MONA site holds:

  • The Moorilla Estate winery
  • A wine bar, cellar door, and underground Void Bar
  • Moo Brew microbrewery
  • The Source Restaurant for gourmet dining
  • A 63-seat cinema
  • The MONA library and gallery
  • 8 contemporary pavilion suites for overnight stays

Taste of Tasmania

New Year's Eve fireworks at the Taste of Tasmania
New Year’s Eve fireworks at the Taste of Tasmania. Image: Tourism Tasmania

If you love food and wine, get ready for a scrumptious treat! Every year, from December 28 – 31, one of Australia’s most popular food festivals takes place in Hobart—the Taste of Tasmania. This festival celebrates Tassie’s famous produce and fine food in a carnival atmosphere on the docks. You’ll find anything from fish and chips to unique cuisine like wallaby burritos. The festival coincides with the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, an epic 630 nautical mile offshore race, and New Year’s Eve, creating a momentous celebration you don’t want to miss!

Salamanca Place

Street performer at the Salamanca Market in Hobart
Street performer at the Salamanca Market in Hobart. Image: Tourism Tasmania

Salamanca Place, located near the hustle and bustle of the waterfront, is another spot you must experience while in Hobart. Wander through galleries, learn about Salamanca’s industrial past, enjoy a lazy afternoon under a sun umbrella enjoying a drink, or shop for local souvenirs at the Saturday market.

Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary

Wombat cuddling with its keeper at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
A cuddly wombat at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary. Image: Tourism Tasmania

Just 30 minutes away from Hobart by car, Bonorong is the perfect place to see some of Tasmania’s unique wildlife, from wallabies and quolls to Tassie Devils. There are several small-group and private touring options available if you want the VIP treatment; you can even feed the animals on a nighttime tour!

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