Situated off the southern coast of Australia, the island of Tasmania offers great outdoor expanses, unusual wildlife and a remarkably sophisticated dining scene. Visitors who enjoy the great outdoors are in for a treat at Wellington Park, which offers excellent views, hiking and rock climbing. To see some of the island’s exotic and unique wildlife you can take a tour of the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary. If you would like to learn about the origins of Tasmania, a visit to Battery Point and the Port Arthur Historic Site are in order, while lively Salamanca Square showcases modern-day Hobart. Beer enthusiasts should not miss the chance to tour Australia’s oldest brewery. After a busy day of sightseeing you can enjoy fabulous Tasmanian farm-to-fork fare at a variety of excellent restaurants. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
Nature-loving Hobart residents and visitors are extremely fortunate to have Wellington Park right on their doorstep. The park provides an enormous outdoor recreation area where visitors can enjoy hours of outdoor fun surrounded by nature at its best. There is something for everyone at Wellington Park – most visitors come to explore the outstanding scenery on foot along a vast network of trails which range from short, family-friendly walks to strenuous hikes. Many of the tracks are multiuse and are suitable for horseback riding or mountain biking. The park also offers world-renowned rock climbing and can also be explored by 4X4 enthusiasts. The cherry on the top is that Wellington Park is free to visit and is open all year round.
Wellington Park, TAS 7054, Australia
Nestled in the heart of Hobart’s bustling waterfront, Salamanca Place is a popular meeting place for the city’s creative community. This cobble-stone square is located just five minutes from the city center in Sullivan’s Cove, once the preserve of fishermen, sailors and whalers. Today this cultural hub attracts large numbers of locals and visitors who come to soak up the vibrant atmosphere or enjoy a meal or drink. Buildings which were once warehouses have been re-invented to house art galleries, boutiques, theatres and bars. There is also a regular Saturday Market, home to over 300 stalls selling everything from farm-fresh produce to one-off fashion bargains.
Salamanca Place, Sullivan’s Cove, Hobart
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Battery Point was originally a maritime village settled in 1804. Expect to find narrow streets and lanes lined with quaint sandstone and weather board cottages which date from the early 19th century. Don’t let the outside appearance of these cottages fool you – most have been extensively modernized inside and Battery Point is considered to be prime real estate these days. You can join a Historic Walking Tour before visiting some of Hobart’s most popular boutiques, coffee shops, galleries and restaurants along Hampden Rd. Other attractions include the Narryna Heritage Museum and the architecturally significant St. Georges Anglican Church. Battery Point can be reached on foot in about 10 minutes from the city centre.
Battery Point, Hobart
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4.Museum of Old and New Art (MONA)
Hobart’s amazing Museum of Old and New Art will delight, surprise (and possibly shock) art and architecture enthusiasts around every corner. This unique exhibition space is carved into a hillside, where it blends with its surroundings and fools visitors into thinking that it is much smaller than the sum of its eccentric parts. The museum is one of the largest privately funded museums of its kind in the world and is mainly dedicated to showcasing sex and death-themed artworks. Visitors can make their way around the exhibits guided by a device which delivers various interpretations of the works via headphones. You can reach the museum by ferry from the Port of Hobart.
MONA, 655 Main Rd, Berriedale, Hobart, Tasmania 7011, Phone: +61-3-62-77-99-11
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5.Port Arthur Historic Site
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Scenically situated on a picturesque harbor at the southern-most tip of the Tasman Peninsula, the Port Arthur Historic Site is a must-see attraction for visitors to Hobart. The site was originally settled as a penal colony in 1830 and many convicts spent years of their lives here learning the ship-building trade. The sprawling historic site offers over 100 acres for visitors to explore as you learn about Australia’s colonial history. You have a choice of joining a guided tour or wandering around at your own pace with the assistance of an audio guide. Adults and older children will love the Ghost Tour, where the penitentiary’s notorious past is vividly brought to life by costumed guides.
Port Arthur Historic Site, Arthur Highway, Port Arthur, Tasmania 7182, Phone: 800-659-101
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6.Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens
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Conveniently located just two kilometers from the center of Hobart, the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Garden is a must-see attraction for gardeners and nature lovers. The gardens showcase a wide variety of endemic plants, including many rare or threatened species. There are also several themed gardens including highlights like the unique Sub-Antarctic garden, housed in a special climate-controlled building. Other gems include the Japanese Garden, the Succulent Garden, the Chinese Garden and the herb garden. If you would like to find out how to grow your own vegetables you can visit the thriving Community Food Garden to see how it is done. You can wander around at your own pace or join a guided tour.
Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, Lower Domain Rd, Queens Domain, Hobart, Phone: +31-3-61-66-04-51
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Nestled in the heart of 3 acres of beautiful heritage gardens at the foot of majestic Mount Wellington, Cascade Brewery welcomes all beer enthusiasts. Cascade Brewery has been brewing premium Tasmanian beer for nearly 100 years and is the oldest brewery in Australia. The brewery still occupies its impressive original building which was built in 1824. Today visitors can learn all about the brewery and its products by joining the Cascade History and Brewing Experience which includes a tour of the historic premises followed by a tasting. Serious beer enthusiasts can sign up for Beer School to learn all the intricacies of producing a brilliant brew.
Cascade Brewery, 140 Cascade Road, Hobart South, Tasmania 7004, Phone: +61-3-62-12-78-00
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8.Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
No visit to Tasmania would be complete without getting to know some of the unique Tasmanian wildlife endemic to the area. The Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary offers visitors an unbeatable opportunity to come face to face with several species of wildlife you will not find anywhere else on the planet, including Tasmanian devils, wombats and more. The sanctuary offers a rescue and rehabilitation service across Tasmania and your visit to the sanctuary will assist them to continue this essential service. Visitors are welcome to browse the sanctuary at their own pace or to join one of the many informative tours on offer, including a very special night tour to see nocturnal species. The sanctuary hosts daily special close animal encounters which need to be booked in advance.
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, 593 Briggs Rd, Brighton, Tasmania 7030, Phone: +61-3-62-68-11-84
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Pulling on your hiking boots and setting off along the Truganini Track is undoubtedly one of the best ways to observe and enjoy the outstanding scenery in Sandy Bay and Mount Nelson. The 2.1km trail is suitable for most reasonably fit people and can be completed in about two hours. The first half of the trail is quite steep as you make your way through gullies and open forest to the impressive summit, which rewards you with outstanding views from the Mount Nelson Signal Station. If you hike in spring you can enjoy an excellent wildflower display as you make your way through the Truganini Conservation Area. You will find water and parking at the trailhead.
Truganini Track, Sandy Bay Rd, Hobart, Tasmania
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10.Machine Laundry Cafe
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Kill two birds with one stone as you get your washing done and enjoy one of Hobart’s most popular eateries at the same time. Machine Laundry Café is tucked into a quiet corner of Salamanca Square and is widely acknowledged to serve up some of the best food and coffee in the city. You can leave your laundry washing in the adjoining coin-op Laundromat while you enjoy an excellent breakfast, coffee or lunch. The service is rumored to be excellent and the vibe is relaxed and laid-back. Start your breakfast with granola and fresh pears but be sure to leave room for their legendary Eggs Benedict.
Machine Laundry Café, 12 Salamanca Square, Hobart, Tasmania 7004, Phone: +61-3-62-24-99-22
11.Solo Pasta and Pizza
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When taste buds demand the flavorsome tastes of Italy, Hobart locals and visitors head to Solo Pasta and Pizza in Sandy Bay. This well-known trattoria has been pleasing Hobart palates since it first opened in 1983. The original restaurant was modernized and enlarged in 2014 to accommodate a growing following of loyal fans. You can start your feast with one of their tasty antipasti before settling down to enjoy a classic pizza, risotto or pasta of your choice. For even larger appetites there is a good selection delicious entrees to choose from. Be sure to save room for a delicious Italian dessert.
Solo Pasta and Pizza, 50B Kings Street, Sandy Bay, Tasmania 7005, Phone: +61-3-62-34-98-98
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12.Frank Restaurant and Bar
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Conveniently located on Franklin Wharf, Frank Restaurant and Bar is a popular Argentinean eatery. The restaurant is famous for its fun and quirky décor and atmosphere and for serving fresh and delicious South-American inspired dishes. There is an emphasis on tasty vegetarian dishes which are reputedly good enough to temp the most ardent carnivore. Most of the tasty meat dishes are grilled on a traditional barbecue for added flavor and authenticity. The waterfront restaurant boasts a brilliant glass frontage overlooking the bay where you can enjoy a feast of freshly-shucked oysters as you watch the sunset. Frank Restaurant and Bar is open daily for lunch and dinner.
Frank Restaurant, 1 Franklin Wharf, Hobart, TAS 7000, Phone: +61-3-62-31-50-05
13.Peacock and Jones
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Located in an ancient tall and narrow sandstone warehouse on Hunter Street, Peacock and Jones is one of Hobart’s most popular restaurants. At Peacock and Jones the emphasis is decidedly local – the restaurant strives to offer customers the very best Tasmanian fresh produce. The interior of this nostalgic colonial era warehouse now includes an open kitchen, where customers can see the chefs preparing their meal. The menu is on the small side and changes regularly to showcase whatever is fresh and in season. To compliment your dining experience the staff is on hand to suggest the ideal wine to accompany your menu choices.
Peacock and Jones, 33 Hunter Street, Hobart, TAS 7000, Phone: +61-3-62-21-16-34
© Urban Greek
Following the traditions of the sunny island of Crete, food at the Urban Greek Restaurant is all about fresh produce prepared according to age-old family recipes. Here you can feast on a selection of delectable Greek delicacies, prepared from fresh local produce and key imported Greek ingredients. Choose from a selection of Pita wraps filled with flavorsome Greek-style fillings, feast on traditional stuffed peppers and tomatoes or go for a delicious helping of Moussaka, redolent with rich home-made béchamel sauce. There are several good vegetarian options and plenty of fresh and delicious sides. Remember to save some space for a genuine Greek pastry dessert.
Urban Greek, 103 Murray St, Hobart, TAS 7000, Phone: +61-3-61-69-11-29
15.Landscape Restaurant and Grill
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Drawing inspiration from the landscape paintings of John Glover, who immortalized the early pioneer days in Tasmania, Landscape Restaurant and Grill celebrates everything Tasmanian. The emphasis is to showcase the amazing diversity and quality of local Tasmanian fresh produce, meat and seafood. At the heart of the kitchen you will find an Asado grill which is used to sear prime cuts of beef, lamb, poultry and seafood to produce the unique flavors of the island. Dishes are accompanied by a curated collection of fine wines from around the world. For the ultimate treat you can book a Chef’s Table Private dining experience for a special occasion.
Landscape Restaurant and Grill, 23 Hunter St, Hobart, TAS 7000, Phone: 800-436-797
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Offering customers a relaxed and laid-back atmosphere in which to enjoy delicious contemporary Mediterranean cuisine, Templo is a popular eatery in Patrick Street. The restaurant is small and you could be seated at a long communal table – relax and enjoy the experience as you make new friends. Most customers go for the fixed Chef’s Menu which consists of a string of delicious small plates with innovative taste combinations to get your taste-buds excited. The restaurant has a large wine menu which features several lesser-known gems, many of which are available by the glass and cocktails are also very popular. Templo offers a good selection of vegetarian options.
Templo, 98 Patrick St, Hobart, TAS 7000, Phone: +61-3-62-34-76-59
17.The Drunken Admiral
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Located in an historic old warehouse on Hobart’s Old Wharf, the Drunken Admiral Seafarer’s Restaurant is the place to go for fresh and delicious Tasmanian seafood. The interior of the restaurant offers a warm and cozy atmosphere enhanced by plenty of maritime props and décor. The fish and seafood offerings change daily to showcase whatever is freshly caught on the day and you can choose how you would prefer your choices to be prepared – grilled, battered, crumbed or spiced. Stalwarts like Fishmarket Chowder and fresh oysters are always in season, along with a large selection of seafood combinations. Although this is predominantly a fish restaurant, carnivores can feast on expertly charred fillet of beef.
The Drunken Admiral, 17-19 Hunter Street, Old Wharf, Hobart, TAS 7000, Phone: +61-62-34-19-03
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One of Hobart’s most unusual fine-dining establishments, Dier Makr has built up a solid following of foodie fans. Luckily you do not need to understand or pronounce the name of the restaurant to enjoy the exquisite flavor combinations which feature on the 7-course Chef’s Degustation Menu. Each of the seven or so courses is explained on a chalk board or by one of the restaurant’s enthusiastic wait staff. You can select a bottle of wine from their “wine room” to accompany your meal or enjoy a wine and food pairing experience. The restaurant interior is sleek and sophisticated – a perfect backdrop to the innovative and modern cuisine.
Dier Makr, 123 Collins St, Hobart TAS 7000, Phone: +61-3-62-88-89-10
Located in an old Ford showroom in the historic Mercury Newspaper building, Franklin Restaurant is a sleek and modern Hobart eatery. Since its inception in 2014, Franklin has attracted a loyal following of locals who come to savor fresh locally procured seasonal produce. The interior makes use of polished concrete and lots of light wood to provide a contemporary atmosphere, the perfect backdrop to their innovative style of cooking. The menu changes on a regular basis to showcase whatever is fresh and seasonal, and many dishes are created using an enormous wood-fired Scotch oven. The carefully curated wine list has something for everyone.
Franklin, 30 Argyle Street, Hobart TAS 7000, Phone: +61-3-62-34-33-75
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19 Best Things to Do in Hobart, Tasmania
- Wellington Park, Photo: balky79/stock.adobe.com
- Salamanca Place, Photo: Melinda/stock.adobe.com
- Battery Point, Photo: David_Steele/stock.adobe.com
- Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), Photo: dudlajzov/stock.adobe.com
- Port Arthur Historic Site, Photo: Rafael Ben-Ari/stock.adobe.com
- Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, Photo: Houshmand Rabbani/stock.adobe.com
- Cascade Brewery, Photo: Cascade Brewery
- Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, Photo: bennymarty/stock.adobe.com
- Truganini Track, Photo: Alex Green/stock.adobe.com
- Machine Laundry Cafe, Photo: Machine Laundry Café
- Solo Pasta and Pizza, Photo: Solo Pasta and Pizza
- Frank Restaurant and Bar, Photo: Frank Restaurant and Bar
- Peacock and Jones, Photo: Peacock and Jones
- Urban Greek, Photo: Urban Greek
- Landscape Restaurant and Grill, Photo: Landscape Restaurant and Grill
- Templo, Photo: Templo
- The Drunken Admiral, Photo: The Drunken Admiral
- Dier Makr, Photo: Dier Makr
- Franklin, Photo: Olga/stock.adobe.com
- Cover Photo: alpegor/stock.adobe.com
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