Hobart may be a small city geographically and population-wise, but it has a lot to offer! With a vibrant art scene, delicious restaurants and produce, surrounded by beautiful natural attractions it is no wonder Hobart is becoming a very popular destination to visit.
- Salamanca Markets
- Battery Point
Things to do and top attractions in Hobart-
1. Shop for trinkets at Salamanca Markets
Salamanca Market is located on Hobart’s waterfront and is one of Australia’s largest outdoor markets. It is open 8:30-3pm every Saturday with more than 300 stalls filled with arts, crafts, jewellery, fresh food and produce and homewares.
2. Be awed by art at MONA
The Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) is an art museum located within the Moorilla winery in Hobart. It is the largest privately funded museum in the Southern Hemisphere. MONA is a phenomenal art museum, with artworks ranging from ancient, modern and contemporary from the David Walsh collection. It is immersive, fun and weird. This should not be missed on a trip to Hobart!
3. Walk Hobart’s waterfront
Take some time to walk along the waterfront. Start from the beautiful sandstone buildings at Salamanca Place and stroll around to the docks at Brooke Street Pier. Whilst here it would be a crime not to get stuck into an iconic box of fish and chips.
4. Go on a free walking tour around Salamanca and Battery Point
One of my favourite things to do in any city I visit is to go on a free walking tour. I went with this company, who were really great! It was a 2 hour tour of Hobart, Salamanca and Battery Point where I learnt about Hobart’s fascinating history (which is quite different to mainland Australia) and other great tips and facts about the beautiful city.
5. Taste craft beer
Craft beer is very important in Hobart! For a great craft beer check out Shambles Brewery or Hobart Brewing Company. If you’re looking for a place with a cool vibe on a Friday or Saturday night, check out Preachers in Battery Point. It is a hip bar with a bus parked in the courtyard! You can get craft beers, cocktails and burgers.
6. Salivate over Hobart’s delicious food scene
A large portion of your time in Hobart should be spent scouting out delicious restaurants and eating until you can’t any more. All of the produce is amazing quality, and fish is a must. There are so many delicious cafes, bakeries, restaurants and food stalls in Hobart- I barely even touched the surface!
For brunch I recommend checking out Born in Brunswick. Get the potato and pecorino hash, celeriac and black sesame remoulade with smoked crème fraîche and a fried egg, you will not be disappointed! Cargo Bar for pizza in Salamanca was really good and had a great vibe. Jack Greene, just next door to Cargo Bar, has half price burgers every Sunday!
7. Go on a day trip to Bruny Island
Bruny Island is a small island located off the south-eastern coast of Tasmania. You can get here by taking the barge with your car; you will definitely need a car to drive around the island. We visited the Neck Lookout, Cape Bruny, South Bruny National Park, and Bruny Island Cheese Company. One day on the island is more than enough time, I wouldn’t recommend staying over night unless you are after a very remote getaway.
Make sure you keep an eye out for the white wallabies which are located on Bruny Island. Unfortunately, I didn’t spot one, so let me know if you do when you go!
I stayed at Montacute Boutique Bunkhouse which is a multi-award winning boutique hostel suitable for backpackers, groups of friends, couples and families. It’s located in central Hobart in the historic village of Battery Point- which in my opinion, is the most beautiful part of the city! If you’re visiting Hobart, I definitely recommend staying here. The place was perfect, complete with two french bulldogs to play with!
Bay of Fires is a truly beautiful part of the world. Located on Tasmania’s north-east coast, expect to be greeted with iridescent blue water, white sandy beaches and huge, granite rocks splashed with orange lichen. The juxtaposition between the blue and orange is a magnificent sight to see.
The area is well known for its bird watching and beach activities such as snorkelling and diving, with scenic reefs, corals, and varied sea life. Whilst driving along the roads keep a look out for native Australian animals such as kangaroos, wallabies and pademelons (a real marsupial, found only in Tasmania).
To get to this picturesque destination, we drove to Eddystone Point Lighthouse from Launceston airport. It was a 2.5-hour drive, with a large part of it on a dirt road. Luckily, there were barely any other cars on the road, which is what you can largely expect during your whole trip around Tassie.
Allow for a few hours to wander up and down the coastline here, taking in the beautiful scenery. You never know what you’ll find; we spotted a wobbegong (carpet shark) in the shallow waters!
From Bay of Fires, we needed to make our way to Coles Bay. We stopped off at Binalong Bay, a small coastal town situated at the southern end of the Bay of Fires, just in time to watch the sunset over the ocean. There isn’t much here, but it made for a peaceful stopover on a multi-hour drive.