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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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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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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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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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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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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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Hobart Sandy Bay

Hobart Sandy Bay

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Hobart's Sandy Bay is a quiet coastal community just past the central business district where sailing, the arts, and serene sea views unite. Hire a yacht and cruise along the coast, where rugged cliffs meet peaceful neighborhoods, or spend an afternoon relaxing on the spotless beaches and wandering the pristine boardwalk. Unique shops selling one-of-a-kind items and a number of local restaurants line the streets of Sandy Bay. After a day outdoors visitors can spend an evening gambling at the Wrest Point Casino, the first in Tanzania.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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Lake St. Clair

Lake St. Clair

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Reaching depths of nearly 700 feet, not only is Lake St. Clair the deepest lake in Australia, it may very well be the most beautiful. Set at an elevation of 2,400 feet, this cobalt lake and its forest-lined shores make up the aquatic pearl of Tasmania’s Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park. The distant peak of Mt Olympus towers above the shoreline as visitors dip their toes in the cool waters,. Though not as tall as the park’s Mt Ossa (which, at 5,400 feet, is the tallest mountain in Tasmania), the jagged spire of Mt Olympus manages to dominate the lakeshore’s skyline.Besides the lake, the entire area is famous for housing some of the best hikes on the island. The six-day Overland Trail has its southern terminus here at Lake St. Clair, and hikers who have just completed the 40-mile trail are often found on the ferry that crosses from Narcissus Bay to Cynthia Bay. Travelers just visiting for the day can spend an hour walking the lakeshore trails or tackle a six-hour backcountry journey into the surrounding Tasmanian wilderness. Since track conditions change frequently, the first stop should always be at the informative Lake St. Clair Visitor Center, where not only will you get information on current trail conditions and closures, but also find exhibits on early settlers and original Aboriginal inhabitants. At the end of your hike, fire up the BBQ at the Cynthia Bay campground, wash your feet in the refreshing waters and watch as the fading afternoon sun drapes Mt Olympus in shadows.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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Cascades Female Factory Historic Site

Cascades Female Factory Historic Site

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This all-female prison is one of 11 places that make up the Australian Convict Sites World Heritage Property. Between 1788 and 1853 approximately 25,000 women—and even some of their children—were held in one of Cascade’s five structures. High rates of illness and infant mortality, as well as grim conditions led to tragic ends for many of the inmates who were forced to sew and mend to repay their debts to society.Three of the five original buildings are open to the public, so visitors can see the heavy stone walls and thick metal bars that held so many women captive. The Matron’s Quarters in Yard 4 provides travelers with details about the lives of civilians who were charged with punishing and reforming Cascade’s wayward women. This female factory is a fascinating introduction to Tasmania’s role in convict transportation for Great Brittan.More

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Hobart Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

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Recent reviews from experiences in Hobart

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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
Jim_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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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
Ali, Jun 2021
Kunanyi/Mt Wellington Tour & Hobart Hop-On Hop-Off Bus
Hobart is a beautiful city and this is the best way to see everything in a relaxing, stress-free way.
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Great way to see a lot of Hobart
Sam_LB, May 2021
Kunanyi/Mt Wellington Tour & Hobart Hop-On Hop-Off Bus
We did a loop to see what was at each point.
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Hobart Botanical Gardens
Anna_T, May 2021
Private Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens Walking Tour
Look forward to returning to see the rebuild of the old Fernery area which was wrecked by floods (opening around November 2021) and exploring more of the Gardens.
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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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Nice day trip from Hobart
Cheryl_M, Feb 2020
Day Tour in Mt. Field, Mt. Wellington, Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and Richmond
A nice taste of things to see and do from Hobart.
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Fantastic!!
Escape11215136123, Jan 2019
Hobart Kayak Tour
What a great way to see Hobart.
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Great overview of Hobart
FarAway17607882773, Nov 2018
Five of Hobart's Best In One Day
Great personalized tour of various attractions near Hobart.
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Great afternoon
rooster10069, 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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Great way to see historical Hobart
Paul_W, Jan 2021
Hobart Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour
The hop on hop off BIG red bus was a perfect way to see some great sights around Hobart.
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Best of Hobart
turbo830, Jan 2019
Shore Excursion: Five of Hobart's Best In One Day
A good cross section of the island's best sights.
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Tour was excellent. We had a lot of...
fkoeneke, Nov 2017
Mt. Wellington, Bonorong Wildlife Park and Richmond Tour
Wellington so Garreth, the owner and operator of the enterprise, took us to alternate sites to see as much of Hobart as possible.
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