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Welcome to Hobart

Hobart, the capital of the Australian island state of Tasmania, is enjoying a tourism renaissance. More and more visitors are discovering its maritime charm and surrounding natural beauty. Stroll the bustling streets perched on Sullivans Cove and the Derwent River, and those along the waterfront, lining one of the deepest natural ports in the world. Alive with shops, restaurants, cafes, and craft breweries—be sure to stop by Cascade Brewery—there is plenty to keep urbanites interested for days. City walking tours help navigate the scene, and some take travelers in search of outdoor pursuits up to kunanyi/Mt. Wellington, a basalt giant covered with scrubby vegetation. Mountain biking and bushwalking are the best ways to explore the mountain, and at 4,166 feet (1,270 meters), you’re in for a view of the surrounding landscape on clear days or an otherworldly feeling on foggy, cloud-shrouded days. Exploring Hobart proper can also include forays to the Richmond Historic Village for a dose of the past, and the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary to meet some native animal inhabitants—some of whom are endangered. Hobart is also a popular departure point for further exploration of Tasmania, and myriad full-day and longer tours hit the island’s highlights. Bruny Island offers wildlife encounters and gourmet delights amidst breathtaking scenery. Cruise among the rugged Tasman Peninsula’s towering coastal cliffs, sea caves, and native marine life. Or get a history lesson at Port Arthur’s UNESCO-listed convict colony ruins.

Top 10 attractions in Hobart

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Port Arthur

Port Arthur

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A moving reminder of Australia’s harrowing history, the former convict settlement of Port Arthur was a key part of often brutal convict discipline within the colonial system. Today, the Port Arthur historic site is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Tasmania’s most visited tourist attraction, with museums and memorials devoted to telling the area’s history.More
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Richmond Village

Richmond Village

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Less than 30 minutes from Hobart, amid the lush vineyards of the Coal River Valley, historic Richmond village is among the most picturesque in Tasmania. Lined with elegant Georgian buildings and presided over by the much-photographed Richmond Bridge, it’s also an important piece of Tasmania’s colonial heritage.More
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Cascade Brewery

Cascade Brewery

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With a legacy dating back to 1824, Cascade Brewery is Australia’s oldest continually operating brewery, founded by English settler Peter Degraves. The historic brewery, set in Hobart at the foot of Mount Wellington, welcomes guests to its brewhouse and restaurant, and offers tours and tastings.More
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Bruny Island

Bruny Island

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Less than an hour from the Tasmanian capital and yet a world away from the busy streets of Hobart, Bruny Island draws a steady stream of weekenders from the mainland. The two islands, joined by a long narrow isthmus, are a wildlife haven of jagged cliffs and golden beaches swirling with seabirds. Both are dotted with sleepy villages and tranquil guesthouses, and main activities are hiking, fishing, and slurping fresh-from-the-ocean oysters.More
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Mt. Wellington (Kunanyi)

Mt. Wellington (Kunanyi)

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Standing sentinel over Hobart, Mt. Wellington is also known as Kunanyi or simply “the Mountain.” The 4,170-foot (1,271-meter) peak offers unbeatable views over the Tasmanian capital, and the surrounding parklands serve as a popular recreational ground for city dwellers.More
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Russell Falls

Russell Falls

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Visitors to Russell Falls face a difficult question concerning the surrounding beauty: Is it the lush environment and deep green foliage that give this area its splendor, or is it the three-tiered waterfall that powerfully plummets its way through the verdant forest? Either way, Russell Falls is often considered to be the most popular waterfall in Tasmania, and the short, paved walkway that leads to it makes for an easy and accessible hike.The falls are located in Mount Field National Park, where large tree ferns and forests of swamp gum create an exotic, faraway feel. The park also teems with wildlife, and lucky travelers with a keen eye might spot a platypus, echidna or possum. Ten minutes further up a steep trail, another waterfall, Horseshoe Falls, provides a second option for photographing water spilling down through the forest. Visitors who want to work up a sweat can extend their visit and tackle theTall Trees Circuit, a 30-minute trail through towering swamp gums, the tallest flowering trees on Earth.More
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Cape Bruny Lighthouse

Cape Bruny Lighthouse

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Situated on Bruny Island in Tasmania, the Cape Bruny Lighthouse is the second-oldest lighthouse tower in the country, having been first lit in 1838. The structure was commissioned by Governor George Arthur following a series of mishaps and shipwrecks just off Bruny Island and took two years to build by convict labor.Technological advances in the 1980s and 1990s led to the lighthouse being lit for the last time on Aug. 6, 1996, when it was replaced by a solar-powered light nearby. In December 2000, the lighthouse was declared part of the South Bruny National Park.Visitors should be prepared for rough roads and a steep walk to reach the lighthouse, although you’ll be well rewarded on arrival; with some fantastic views out to sea, migrating humpback and southern right whales have been spotted from this vantage point.More
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Hobart Convict Penitentiary

Hobart Convict Penitentiary

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The Penitentiary Chapel, nicknamed "The Trench", designated for male convicts in Hobart Town was a less than holy place. With poor ventilation, 36 solitary confinement rooms and separate punishment chambers hidden beneath the chapel floor, it was truly a spot for torture and despair. The dark cells, referred to as “dust holes” were deemed inhumane and closed in 1849, but visitors can still catch a glimpse of the horrid conditions on a Hobart Convict Penitentiary tour, where guides remind guests about the terrible sounds that could be heard coming from convicts chained beneath the floors.The Hobart Convict Penitentiary grounds include a prison yard, barracks, punishment chambers and an execution yard, as well as the chapel, which was partially transformed into courtrooms in 1859. Visitors who opt for the ghost tour can wander the tunnels and gallows by lamplight while hearing stories of the more than 30 individuals who were executed here.More
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Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary

Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary

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Some of Australia’s most beloved animals—including kangaroos, koalas, and Tasmanian devils—call the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary home. As one of Tasmania’s most important sanctuaries, Bonorong’s aim is to rescue, rehabilitate, and preserve some of the island’s rarest and most endangered creatures.More
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Hobart Salamanca Market

Hobart Salamanca Market

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What was once a rundown warehouse and storage unit on the waterfront of Hobart has since become one of the most-visited destinations in the city. More than 600,000 people visit Salamanca Market for its fresh fruit, organic produce, and handmade craft stalls each year. Its trendy bars, quiet cafes and inventive restaurants attract food-lovers from around the area, making it a uniquely Tanzania experience. Salamanca’s popularity has caused it to grow rapidly from 12 vendors in 1972 to more than 300 in 2010. As a result, there’s something for everyone at this once-a-week market that brings the best of Hobart together.More

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Top activities in Hobart

Bruny Island Day Tour, Includes Lunch and Exclusive Lighthouse Tour
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Tasman Island Cruises and Port Arthur Historic Site Day Tour from Hobart
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5-Day Best of Tasmania Tour from Hobart
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Day Tour in Mt. Field, Mt. Wellington, Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and Richmond
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Wineglass Bay and Freycinet National Park Active Day Trip from Hobart
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3-Day Tasmania Combo: Hobart to Launceston Active Tour
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Bruny Island Traveller - Gourmet Tasting and Sightseeing Day Trip from Hobart
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Full-Day Guided Bruny Island Tour from Hobart
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Full-Day Bruny Island Cruises Day Tour from Hobart
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Port Arthur Tour from Hobart

Port Arthur Tour from Hobart

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Hobart Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

Hobart Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

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kunanyi / Mt Wellington Explorer Bus - 2 Hour Return Tour
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Maria Island Cruise and Guided Walk Full Day Tour with Drinks
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Tasmanian Seafood Gourmet Full-Day Cruise Including Lunch
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Mount Wellington Descent Cycling Tour departs Hobart
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Half-Day Sailing on the Derwent River from Hobart
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Hobart Kayak Tour
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Hobart Kayak Tour

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Tasmanian Whisky Distillery Tour
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Kunanyi/Mt Wellington Tour & Hobart Hop-On Hop-Off Bus
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Recent reviews from experiences in Hobart

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My day up the mount
Mick_L, Jan 2022
kunanyi / Mt Wellington Explorer Bus - 2 Hour Return Tour
Well the view but I really enjoyed stopping at Ferntree, The Springs lookout etc on the way up.
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Not to miss
Elham_H, Jan 2022
Wineglass Bay & Freycinet NP Full Day Tour from Hobart via Richmond Village
Great day trip from Hobart to visit some of the most beautiful beaches of Tasmania.
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A cruise to put on your itinerary
Annette_W, Dec 2021
Hobart Sightseeing Cruise including Iron Pot Lighthouse
Made us want to visit more areas of Hobart :) best cruise ever
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Great day out!
Margaret_F, Dec 2021
Day Tour in Mt. Field, Mt. Wellington, Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and Richmond
Great day out from Hobart, driving through the countryside, Russell Falls was breathtaking, Bonorong was educational, wonderful food at historic Richmond and the views from Mt Wellington competed the day.
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Pure Amazing
Benjamin_B, Nov 2021
Port Arthur Tour from Hobart
He took us to some little beaches and the Remarkable caves, which was just breath taking and such an amazing sight to see It was such a lovely day out to end my holiday in Tassie (from Brisbane) Really really loved the tour
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Brilliant way to see Hobart
Fiona_T, Jul 2021
Hobart Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour
An excellent way to get around Hobart and to see all the sights.
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Wonderful!
Ashleigh_P, Jul 2021
Mt Wellington Tour and MONA Admission
Our tour guide Mark had so much knowledge about Tasmania and it’s history and attractions.
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A must do for nature and history lovers
Jimmy_W, Apr 2021
Tasman Island Cruises and Port Arthur Historic Site Day Tour from Hobart
Very lucky to see a big group of dolphins and seals on the cruise which was an absolute treat.
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Seal Island
Darryl_P, Apr 2021
Maria Island Cruise and Guided Walk Full Day Tour with Drinks
The cruise to seal island to see the many seals basking in the sun and to be able to go into several of the sea caves were a highlight.
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Experience life on a hop on hop off
Tracey_T, Apr 2021
Hobart Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour
Great way to see Hobart if you have limited time..
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Brilliant
Kath_D, Mar 2021
Hobart Sightseeing Cruise including Iron Pot Lighthouse
It was so great to see stunning Hobart and surrounds from the water.
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Worth doing.
Deborah_M, Mar 2021
Derwent River Historic Harbour Cruise From Hobart
The cruise was an interesting way to see Hobart.
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Wonderful way to see Hobart
Philippa_C, Jan 2021
Derwent River Historic Harbour Cruise From Hobart
Great way to see Hobart from the water and learn about salient landmarks!
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A Fabulous must-do tour!
louise_B, Jan 2021
Day Tour in Mt. Field, Mt. Wellington, Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and Richmond
Seeing the pademelons in the bush around the Russell Falls, the beautiful buildings of Richmond, the baby wombat at Bonorong and when the cloud lifted and we could see all of Hobart from Mt Wellington.
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Botanical Gardens guided tour
Sharon_J, Nov 2020
Private Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens Walking Tour
Wonderful experience on a perfect Spring day with our knowledgable and enthusiastic guide, Debbie.
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Mountain extrodonaire
Dennis_Mulligan, Mar 2020
kunanyi / Mt Wellington Explorer Bus - 2 Hour Return Tour
Afantastic way to see Hobart highlights.
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Embrace Life as You Descend Mount Wellington
Kathryn_J, Sep 2019
Mount Wellington Descent Cycling Tour departs Hobart
Great fun way to see the view and conquer the mountain while breathing in the fresh (cool) air on tbe way down.
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Great afternoon
Frances_L, Jan 2019
Hobart Half-Day Sightseeing Coach Tram Tour
We were able to see many places in Hobart and his gave us a good idea of places to follow up with subsequent visits.
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Fantastic!!
Emma_B, Jan 2019
Hobart Kayak Tour
What a great way to see Hobart.
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Great way to quickly learn about...
John M, Apr 2018
Mount Wellington Descent Cycling Tour departs Hobart
Wellington, to see some great views, and to have some fun.
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