Tasmania’s capital has it all—historic sights, stunning natural scenery, and lively neighborhoods—but with just 24 hours in Hobart, it’s best to focus on the highlights. Plan your itinerary wisely to maximize your time, or join a guided tour to ensure you don’t miss anything. Here are some ideas.
Mawson's Hut Replica Museum
Morrison St & Argyle Street, Hobart TAS 7000, Australia, Hobart, Tasmania, TAS 7000
You can learn about the ground-breaking expedition as you explore each of the four replica huts, which include Main Hut, where Mawson and his team slept and ate; Magnetograph House, which housed equipment for measuring the Earth’s magnetic field; Absolute Magnetic Hut, where measurements were collected and recorded; and Transit Hut, used as an astronomical observatory. You can also see artefacts from the exhibition and a memorial to the expedition members that lost their lives.
Things to Know Before You Go
An admission ticket is required to enter the museum; children under 16 get discounted entry.
Put aside around an hour to visit the museum; although the huts themselves are small, there’s a lot of information to take in.
There are plenty of cafés and restaurants along the waterfront, which is a short walk from the museum.
The museum is wheelchair and stroller accessible.
How to Get There
The Mawson’s Huts Replica Museum is located on Hobart Waterfront opposite Constitution Docks, which is just a short walk from the majority Hobart’s downtown attractions. Buses stop nearby on Franklin Square.
When to Get There
The museum is open daily all year-round although opening times vary throughout the year. Mornings are typically the quietest time to visit but it’s worth timing your visit to coincide with lunch or dinner at one of the waterfront restaurants.
Exploring Hobart’s Waterfront
Lined with colorful fishing boats, and seafood restaurants and bars, Hobart’s waterfront is one of the liveliest areas in the city. Along with the Mawson’s Hut Replica Museum, other waterfront attractions include the Maritime Museum of Tasmania, the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Parliament House and Gardens, and the popular Salamanca Market, held on Saturdays at Salamanca Place.
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- Maritime Museum of Tasmania
- Sullivan's Cove
- Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery
- Lark Distillery
- St. David's Cathedral
- Parliament House
- Hobart Salamanca Market
- Constitution Dock
- Macquarie Wharf Cruise Ship Terminal (Hobart Cruise Port)
- Battery Point
- Hobart Convict Penitentiary
- St. George's Anglican Church
- South Hobart
- Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens
- Queens Domain