Hobart Travel Guide
Are you tired of doing the same stuff, staying in ordinary hotels, and eating at fast food joints? Hobart has more to offer and we at VroomVroomVroom have come up with a list of unique things to do during your holiday – from thrilling seaplane tours to historical tours. We also selected distinct accommodation and dining venues to give you an extraordinary holiday!
Where To Go
Tasmanian Air Adventures
The best way to see the beauty of Hobart's wilderness is by riding a seaplane. Just like Alaska, Tasmania has numerous protected water bodies that are located near populated areas, which makes it more accessible for seaplanes. Tasmanian Air Adventures has two DeHavilland DHC-2 Beavers that can take you to iconic destinations – from the scenic Hobart city to the spectacular Cradle Mountain and Gordon River.
Go back in time and see how life was in Hobart by watching the shows of Live History! Instead of watching performances in a theatre, you will have to take a stroll outside to see different scenes. They called the strolling theatre Louisa's Walk as it tells the story of a character named Mary James, who was convicted in 1832 for stealing a square of silk. The show begins at the Cascade Brewery then it passes by the beautiful parkland, Hobart Rivulet, and Female Factory.
Where to Sleep
The Henry Jones Art Hotel
What was once a jam factory, The Henry Jones Art Hotel is now one of the most sought after hotels in Hobart because of its amazing interiors and exteriors. There is art everywhere – from the Peacock Terrace and the Art Installation Suite to the Studio Suites. You will find the works of talented Tasmanian artists exhibited all over the hotel. Art can also be seen at Henry's Restaurant as Executive Chef Andre Kropp creates his own culinary masterpieces.
Where To Eat
Address: 103 Murray St, Hobart TAS 7000
For a unique dining experience, make sure to drop by Garagistes located along Murray Street. Just like the name suggests, the site of the hip restaurant is a former car rental garage. It is advisable to arrive at the restaurant early because of its no reservation policy and shared table dining. If you're a group of six and above, then you can make a reservation up to 14 days in advance. Chef Luke Burgess has championed the idea of using natural landscape such as edible shore plants, berries, herbs, and weed to add flavour to his dishes.
Here are other ideas on what to do in Hobart!
Mount Wellington - To discover Hobart and take some breath taking views, visit Mount Wellington. The 1270m high mountain is surrounded by lush forest with many options for walks and mountain biking. It is a very popular Hobart attraction. Your Hobart car rental will provide you with transport as you drive right to the summit on the sealed road. The mountain often has snow in the winter, so you will need to check that you are not voiding your rental car contract.
- Nothing says freedom more than a picnic in a beautiful spot, and what better spot could you find than at the Botanical Gardens. You can enjoy a day in the sun with a good book or the family, just park your rental car up, there is plenty of parking available.
Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery - TMAG
- Located on the Hobart waterfront, the TMAG is Australia's second oldest museum and is Tasmania's cultural heart. Catering to all ages, it's collection includes permanent exhibitions on the extinct Tasmania Tiger as well as Tasmania's other native animals and pieces symbolizing Tasmania's colonial history including works by John Glover.
Situated 15 minutes in your Hobart car hire (or 30 ferry ride) from central Hobart, MONA has put Tasmania on the international art stage. It's collection of old and new art includes antiquities and ancient coins as well as custom and sometimes shocking modern art. The site is also home to restaurants, a winery and a microbrewery and is a completely unique experience in Australia.
Check out our guides to making your Hobart experience one to remember. If you have some ideas to share, let us know. We are always looking for more ideas for what to do in Hobart.
What other info is good for visitors to know about Hobart?
Hobart is the capital and largest city of Tasmania and is located in the South East corner of the State. The city is rich in history as Tasmania was once a former penal colony and Georgian era sandstone architecture peppers the streets of the city and outlying towns such as Richmond. A drive around the city in your car rental is what you need to get the most out of your stay in Hobart. Soak up it's spectacular sites and atmosphere.
Set on a magnificent deep-water harbor with a stunning mountain backdrop, there is no Australian city quite like Hobart. Don't miss a drive to the Salamanca Market, held every Saturday on the Hobart Waterfront, or a visit to Port Arthur, arguably one of the Australia's most significant cultural sites.
Must-see Attractions Near Hobart
the state capital and most populous city of the Australian island state of Tasmania. It is also Australia's second oldest capital city after Sydney. The city is located in the river mouth of the Derwent River. And the skyline is dominated by Mount Wellington which is about 1,271 meters high. The city is the financial and administrative heart of Tasmania, and it also serves as the home port for both Australian and French Antarctic operations. Maritime history is everywhere. Hobart is ideal for an adventurous road trip with your rental car.
And here we will give you advice about some of the places around the city where you will surely enjoy.
Inverawe Native Gardens is Tasmania's largest landscaped native garden which is only a 15 minute drive from Hobart.
You will see a vast collection of Australian native plants which is spread over almost 10 hectares that stretches down to the shoreline of North West Bay. You will be aghast by the color, texture and subtle scents of this beautiful garden.
Soak up the serenity and watch some of Inverawe's 88 bird species hubbub around the area.
All twelve endemic bird species can be seen here.
There are over 7000 native plant species in this vast garden. The plants are also identified by name with cultivation details. And guess what, you can borrow some of their landscaping ideas. The beautiful path, rock walls, sculptures and poetry will surely enrich your experience in this garden.
Inverawe Native Gardens — a divine paradise.
Kangaroo Bluff Historic Site is a gun emplacement and fort built in 1880 on Hobart's eastern shore.
Here's a trivia: the battery guns were never fired and today, the site has been preserved for its picturesque location and its historic significance.
A place of sensory indulgence!
Moorilla is just a 15-minute drive from the CBD. Who would have thought that something so majestic is only a few minutes away?
Wanting for more exalting views, check out Moorilla.
Moorilla features a cool-climate vineyard and cellar door, a micro-brewery, a world-class restaurant, events on the lawn, eight art-filled accommodation pavilions and, soon, Australia's largest private museum combining contemporary and historic art, MONA. This place is truly an eye catcher.
Explore caves and indulge yourself in the Hasting Caves and Thermal Springs
. Hasting Caves and Thermal Springs is only a 90-minute drive south.
See and explore the dolomite caves — which were discovered in 1917 — in a 45-minute tour through the large cavern. The cave is spacious and well-lit which will surely reward you with discovering spectacular subterranean formations such as flowstone, stalactites, columns, shawls, straws, stalagmites and unusual helictites.
Just 5 kilometers from the Cave entrance is the Hastings Cave Visitor Centre and Thermal Springs Pool, where you can swim and pamper yourself in thermal pools —at around 28 degrees Celsius — fed by a natural spring. The pools are also surrounded by forest and ferns with a large picnic area and equipped with change rooms, showers and toilets. It's a great spot for a BBQ.
A trip this great will surely go well with a nice rental car.
Australia's first casino, Wrest Point has a waterfront location on the Derwent River in Hobart. If you want the best experience in accommodation, dining and entertainment, this place has got it all!
You might be travelling to Hobart for a business trip, or taking a much-deserved vacation in Tasmania, or coming in for a conference. Whatever you go there for, Wrest Point is still the place you want to get a good night's sleep in.
But not just yet, yeah? Before you officially hit the hay you've got to immerse yourself in the entire Wrest Point experience. There's a lot of stuff to try and I'll be damned if you don't get everything done in the checklist I'm about to give you!
1. Derwent River
There's multiple tour companies offering half or full day tours on Hobart's Dewevent River. Take a luxury catermaran or a Tall Ship and journey north to the Tasman Bridge or MONA, or south to Bruny Island or the Iron Pot. On your journey you'll get to take in views of secret bays, quaint seaside towns, theatric coastline and forested hills.
2. Bruny Island Cruises
Next up, you should go on the Bruny Island Cruise. Experience the sculpted coastline and plentiful wildlife of South Bruny. You can then journey into the heart of a remote Australian fur seal colony to get up-close and personal with these friendly animals in their natural habitats. Take the all-day tour from Hobart or drive yourself and catch the ferry to Bruny Island from Kettering. Be sure to check with your rental car company if this is okay. Bruny Island is famous for its cheese, fudge, oysters and berries. Yumm!
3. The Loft Bistro
Back at Wrest Point, right in the heart of it, you'll find up-market, bistro style meals that incorporate fresh Tasmanian produce in a friendly, casual atmosphere. The Loft Bistro lets you pick wherever you want to sit, enjoy spectacular sights, and eat the tastiest Tasmania has to offer.
Right, that's the best of it! So do you think Wrest Point can rock your world? Better find out for yourself then! Make the arrangements and head off to this sparkling jewel of a place! Enjoy your trip!