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How to Spend 3 Days in Hobart

How to Spend 3 Days in Hobart

Three days in Hobart offer plenty of time to experience Tasmania’s historic sites, natural wonders, and delicious cuisine. Take advantage of money-saving combo deals and sightseeing passes, spend longer at the sights that interest you most, and customize your itinerary to suit your interests. Here are some ideas.

 

Day 1: Sightseeing in the City

A hop-on hop-off bus tour is a great way to get around, offering the convenience of a guided tour while leaving you free to decide where to go and how long to stay at each stop. Spot landmarks like Parliament House and Victoria Docks, hop off to explore the historic neighborhood of Battery Point, or visit the Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery.

 

Time your arrival in Salamanca for lunchtime and visit one of the seafood restaurants along the waterfront before strolling around Salamanca Market (Saturday only) or browsing the shops for souvenirs. In the afternoon, get back to nature with a walk around the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens or pay a visit to Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, where the animal residents include Tasmanian devils, koalas, platypus, and wombats. 

 

After sunset, Hunter Street is the place to be, home to some of Hobart’s coolest bars and pubs.

 

Day 2: Mountains and Museums

The 4,170-foot (1,271-meter) peak of Mt. Wellington is Hobart’s most famous view point and affords stunning views over the city. For the most memorable experience, opt to hike to the summit or drive to the top, then take a thrilling downhill bike ride. Before heading back to the city, make a stop at the Cascade Brewery, where you can enjoy a beer at Tasmania’s oldest brewery.

 

Spend the afternoon at one of Hobart’s other top attractions, the MONA (Museum of Old and New Art). Tickets include a round-trip ferry ride across the Derwent River and entrance to the Moorilla Estate Winery, where you can enjoy lunch and wine tasting before admiring the museum collections.

 

Day 3: Take a Day Trip

The most popular choice for a day trip from Hobart is to nearby Port Arthur, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of Tasmania’s most visited attractions. The former convict site is one of the most important and best preserved in Australia, and taking a tour offers insight into the country’s dark past. Visit the penitentiary, dockyard, coal mines, and separate prison; cruise around the harbor; then ride the ferry out to the Isle of the Dead, once home to the children’s prison.

 

Alternatively, set sail for Bruny Island, where you can spend the day wildlife watching, strolling along sandy beaches, and admiring landmarks like Bruny Island Lighthouse. The island is also a top choice for foodies as there are numerous opportunities to taste local specialties, including wine, whiskey, cheese, and oysters.

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Bruny Island Day Tour, Includes Lunch and Exclusive Lighthouse Tour

Bruny Island Day Tour, Includes Lunch and Exclusive Lighthouse Tour

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Explore Bruny Island on this full-day trip from Hobart. Travel by ferry to the island, look out for seals and penguins as you sail. On the island, admire natural sights like The Neck and Truganini Lookout, and take leisurely walks to look for wallabies and other local wildlife. Discover the island’s food scene with tastings of cheese, chocolate, cider, and oysters, plus a lunch of local produce. An exclusive group tour of the historic Cape Bruny Lighthouse completes your experience.
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  • 10 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$131.41
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Day Trip to Tasman Peninsula and Port Arthur Historic Site from Hobart

Day Trip to Tasman Peninsula and Port Arthur Historic Site from Hobart

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Experience the Tasman Peninsula by both land and sea on this day trip from Hobart that includes a 3-hour cruise along the coast of Tasman National Park. Gaze up at towering sea cliffs, look for wildlife like falcons and seals, and learn about the peninsula’s ecosystem. Then visit the World Heritage–listed Port Arthur Historic Site for an in-depth look at Australia’s penal history at this former convict colony. Lunch is included.
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  • 10 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Hobart Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

Hobart Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

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Book a 1- or 2-day pass on a Hobart hop-on hop-off bus tour for an easy way to explore the city's top attractions at your own pace. Travel by double-decker red bus to 20 stops around the city, where you can hop off whenever you wish to visit the places that interest you. Or opt to stay onboard the bus for the full loop.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Mount Wellington Descent Cycling Tour departs Hobart

Mount Wellington Descent Cycling Tour departs Hobart

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Experience the natural beauty of the Hobart region on a downhill bike tour from the summit of Mt Wellington. With a guide, you’ll start your bike ride at the top of the mountain, elevation 4,160 feet (1,270 meters), where you can marvel at the panoramic view of the city and surrounding scenery before hopping on your bike and taking off down the hill, pedaling all the way back to sea level. Select a departure time when booking.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Private Customized Day Trips from Hobart

Private Customized Day Trips from Hobart

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Seize your day with a highly personalized, private tour from the Hobart area. Rent a 4X4 that seats four people to access off-the-road locations that highlight Tasmania's famous wilderness, or opt for a number of SUV options that seat up to 14 people for a larger party. Your driver and guide will work with you to plan your ideal itinerary based on your time constraints and interests in the Hobart area, from the historical attractions at Port Arthur to the natural wonders of the Huon Valley.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Small-Group tour from Hobart: Mt Wellington, Bonorong Wildlife Park and Richmond

Small-Group tour from Hobart: Mt Wellington, Bonorong Wildlife Park and Richmond

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Admire the historic architecture of Salamanca Place and Battery Point; climb to the 4,167-foot (1,270-meter) peak of Mt Wellington for spectacular views over Hobart; then enjoy a close encounter with wallabies, wombats and Tasmanian devils at the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary on this half-day adventure from Hobart. Then, head to the historic town of Richmond along the Coal River to learn about Tasmania's convict history. This small-group tour is limited to 14 people.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Moorilla Wine Meets Mona Art Day Trip

Moorilla Wine Meets Mona Art Day Trip

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Spend the day at Moorilla Estate for a unique Tasmanian winery experience that includes world-class art. You’ll start with a ferry ride and admission to Mona (the Museum of Old and New Art), known as much for its underground labyrinth-like architecture as for its art collection. Then enjoy a seasonal lunch, followed by a tasting and behind-the-scenes tour at Moorilla Estate, which continues to make ‘best of’ lists since it opened in 2011.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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Mt Wellington Morning Guided Summit Hike

Mt Wellington Morning Guided Summit Hike

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Climb up Mount Wellington on a half-day hiking tour from Fern Tree that gives you the chance to stand at the summit of this 4,170-foot (1,271-meter) mountain outside the city. With two hiking guides, you'll trek uphill, passing by waterfalls and admiring the lush environment dotted with wildflowers.
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  • 4 hours
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