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Trip List by Luigi A

Luigi's Top 10 "Must Sees" for Hobart

25 Oct 2010  I love Hobart.
4.5 of 5 bubbles based on 12 votes

I have limited time in Hobart. What are the things I must see and do?

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  • 1. No 1 - Salamanca Markets

    Salamanca is the picturesque and historic dockside precinct of Hobart city, just to the eastern side of the docks. It's worth a visit any time, but especially on a Saturday morning when it holds the biggest and best art, craft, food and entertainment market in Australia. It's the place to be on Saturday:- full of life and atmosphere.

    If you're travelling around Tasmania, try to organise your trip to be in Hobart on Saturday.

    If Christmas Day (25th December) or ANZAC Day (25th April) falls on Saturday, the market is on Sunday.

  • 2. No2 - Louisa's Walk

    Louisa's Walk - a guided history tour of old Hobart - is the ideal introduction to Hobart and its history as a major penal colony for Britain's convicts during the 19th century.

    The walk starts at Cascade brewery each afternoon and wends its way to the Cascades Female Factory, where women convicts were imprisoned.

    Make it a day's activity by doing the Cascade brewery tour in the morning, then lunch in the brewery restaurant, before doing the guided tour at 2pm.

  • 3. No 3 - Mount Wellington

    Mount Wellington is Hobart's mountain - snow-capped in winter and always blustery due to its exposure to the westerly winds. It towers over the western edge of the city and is the ideal place for a panoramic view of Hobart and the Derwent River estuary.

    To get to the top of the mountain, follow Davey Street west from the city centre or take a bus tour from the Tourist Info Centre in Elizabeth Street near the docks.

    There are walking tracks and picnic sites on the way up the mountain and you can do a bike ride down with Mount Wellington Descent.

  • 4. No.4 - Day trip to Port Arthur

    Port Arthur is Tasmania's premier tourist attraction, situated about 1hour 45 minute's drive south east of Hobart on the Tasman Peninsula. It was the main prison town during the period of British convict transportation to Tasmania and is now a haunting ghost town. Guided tours are conducted daily, as well as short cruises to the Isle of the Dead and ghost tours in the evening.

    Rent a car and drive yourself to Port Arthur or go with a guided bus tour from the Tourist Info Centre in Elizabeth Street.

    You can combine a trip to Port Arthur with a fast boat cruise around the spectacular Tasman Peninsula.

  • 5. No.5 - Day Trip to Tahune Airwalk

    Tahune Airwalk - operated by Forestry Tasmania - is an ideal destination for a day trip from Hobart. The drive takes you through the scenic Huon Valley, famed for its fruit orchards and rural beauty. Tahune is the closest place to Hobart where you can see the iconic Huon Pine tree growing in the wilds of a temperate rain forest.

    Rent a car and drive yourself or take an organised bus tour through the Tourist Info Centre.

  • 6. No.6 - Day trip to Mount Field National Park

    Mount Field National park is the closest major national park to Hiobart. It's the location of the beautiful Russel Falls and is a haven for native wildlife, especially wallabies and birdlife.

    Tasmania is famed for its World Heritage wilderness and this is the best way to see part of it from Hobart.

    Drive yourself or take an organised day tour from the Tourist Info Centre.

  • 7. No.7 - See Tasmanian Devils at Bonorong Wildlife Park

    A trip to Tasmania wouldn't be complete withour seeing the ferocious tasmanian devil - made famous by the Warner Brothers cartoon character "Taz".

    Bonorong Wildlife Park is the closest wildlife park to Hobart and is one of Tasmania's finest refuges for the devil. Plan to be there during feeding time for a real treat.

    Bonorong is on the northern edge of the city and can be accessed off the main highway from Brighton township or by driving along the scenic road on the eastern shore of the Derwent River past Old Beach.

    Or you can go there with an organised tour (usually including a trip to Richmond historic village) from the tourist info centre.

  • 8. No.8 - Richmond Village and the Coal River valley

    Richmond is a picturesque historic village half an hour's drive east of Hobart. It's the location of an old gaol (jail) where convicts were imprisoned and has an old stone bridge built with convict labour. It is also a major centre for the arts and crafts and is an ideal destination for a day trip.

    Richmond is also the main town in the centre of the Coal River wine region - Hobart's premier vineyard country.

  • 9. No.9 - Cruise to the Tasman Peninsula or Bruny Island
    Hobart, Greater Hobart

    The coastal scenery around the southern coastline of Tasmania is spectacular and it's easily seen via a fast boat tour around the Tasman peninsula or to Bruny Island. Take a trip to see the rugged cliffs and watch the dolphins, seals, whales and sea-birds.
    Several companies conduct tours starting at Hobart's docks - sometimes commencing with a bus trip to make a connection with a fast adventure boat.
    There are also more sedate cruises on the Derwent River, including ones to a fine restaurant at Peppermint Bay and to the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) at Moorilla.

  • 10. No.10 - Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery

    The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) is situated between Davey and Macquarie Streets - just a stone's throw from the historic Constitution Dock area of Hobart.
    TMAG is housed in a cluster of old biuildings dating back to the earliest years of Hobart's establishment as a town. Its exhibitions feature displays of the extinct Tasmanain tiger, aboriginal and colonial convict history. You'll also find giant squid, fine furniture and a wide range of natural treasures there.
    TMAG is worth a trip, especially if you're visiting with kids.

    NOTE: At present TMAG is closed until further notice for renovations (Dec 2012).

  • 11. No. 11 (OK, OK, I know.) MONA: Museum of Of and New Art

    MONA is one man's vision of Australian and World art.
    Prepare to be amazed and stunned at an extraordinary collection of modern and ancient art. Also be prepared to be horrified, titillated and maybe even disgusted by the weird, erotic and scatological. You certainly won't forget this extraordinary vision.
    Catch the ferry from Hobart city docks or drive to Berriedale on the Derwent shore in northern Hobart.

    Entry is free for Tasmanians; $20 for others (That's part of the artistic experience, folks.)