Top 8 Things to Do in Hobart
Tasmania’s capital city, Hobart, is a delightful small city situated on the banks of the Derwent River with a rich and colourful history. Here are eight must-see things to do when you are in Tasmania’s capital.
1. Salamanca Market
Situated on Hobart’s picturesque waterfront with a backdrop of historic sandstone warehouses, you find the famous Salamanca markets where around 300 stallholders set up shop. Here you can purchase gourmet foods direct from small producers, enjoy coffee and a croissant beneath a graceful plane tree, be entertained by buskers and find the finest examples of Tasmanian art and craft and quirky collectables. This happens every Saturday of the year from 8.30am to 3pm.
Journey upriver to Moorilla Estate winery to experience the amazing MONA – the Museum of Old and New Art. Entirely funded by a private art collector, MONA is intended to challenge your sense and your morals through controversial and confronting pieces of art. Since its opening it has become an international tourist attraction. Accommodation is available here also, in stunning high-tech pavilions designed by acclaimed Melbourne architect Nonda Katsalidis.
3. Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race Finish Line
Every Boxing Day, a flotilla of super-yachts power out of Sydney Harbour and journey south in an exciting race to the finish line in Hobart. Time your stay in Hobart for the excitement of watching the yachts cross the finish line after days in rough seas.
4. Climb Mount Wellington
Towering over Hobart is towering Mount Wellington. You can drive right to the summit for superb views over Hobart and a snow fight with the kids. From the summit there are also walking and mountain bike trails to explore.
5. Cruise the Derwent River
One of the best ways to see Hobart and its surrounds is on the Derwent River. Cruise boats leave from Watermans Dock and head upriver to Moorilla Estate vineyard and downriver to the D’Entecasteaux Channel.
6. Learn about Convict History
Take a day trip to the infamous island penal colony of Port Arthur, among the best-preserved convict settlements in Australia with more than 30 historic buildings and ruins to explore.
7. Sample Gourmet Food and Wine
Tasmania is justly famous for its fine wines and amazing range of fresh regional produce. Indeed, Hobart has all the ingredients for a true gourmet dining experience. Seafood is a Hobart specialty and there are many waterfront restaurants where chefs make create use of the daily catch.
8. Bike Ride Around the City
Hire a bike to explore this small and laid-back city at a leisurely place. Cycle along the waterfront to historic Battery Point with its Georgian sandstone cottages and village atmosphere. Why not stop in at an old village pub for a Cascade beer and bistro lunch after your journey?
There are many ways to get to Hobart and one of them is to travel to Tasmania from Melbourne in comfort aboard the Spirit of Tasmania. Drive your car on to the ship and enjoy a leisurely paced holiday exploring the many delights the Apple Isle has to offer – from superb food and wine experiences to spectacular scenic beauty and charming historic villages.