5 Things to See and Do in Hobart

The museum is world famous for its radical, unconventional and challenging approach to art curation.

Visit Salamanca Place

Salamanca Place is Tasmania’s favourite cultural precinct. Bordered by historic 19th-century sandstone warehouses, occupied by galleries, retailers, restaurants, cafés and bars galore, the square is a Mecca for tourists and locals alike. Saturday mornings are a particularly good time to visit, as the precinct buzzes with the famous Salamanca Marketa showcase more than 300 stallholders, selling fresh and gourmet produce, and local arts and crafts.

Explore the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA)

Since opening in 2011 Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) has become one of Tasmania's top attractions, and has been credited for putting Hobart on the tourism map. Showcasing an art collection valued at more than $100 million  boasting everything from ancient Egyptian mummies to risqué contemporary pieces  the privately owned museum is world famous for its radical, unconventional and challenging approach to art curation.

Stay at the Henry Jones Art Hotel

Jam-factory-turned-boutique-hotel, Henry Jones Art Hotel is one of Hobart’s most esteemed and interesting properties. It not only enjoys a prime location on Victoria Dock, but also boasts a reputation of one of Australia’s most innovative hotels. The harbour-front hotel promotes Tasmanian art, culture and history with 350 works of art for sale, and even employs an art curator and a history-liaison officer to brief guests.

Uncover Local History

There’s a whole lot of history that comes with the status of Australia’s second oldest city. Founded as penal colony in 1803, Hobart and its surrounds are speckled with impressive and interesting historical sites. The city’s heritage is best reflected through its ambiance and architecture. The sandstone buildings of Battery Point, colourful wharf areas, and locations like the Cascade Brewery, Penitentiary Chapel, St George’s Church and Port Arthur all throw back to centuries past.

Experience Unique Wilderness

There’s no doubt about it, Tasmania’s biggest drawcard is its natural settings. Home to unique flora, fauna and terrains, the state provides is a marvelous playground of discovery for nature lovers. Hobart’s most iconic natural locale is Mt Wellingtonthe imposing peak that shadows the city. Other impressive and celebrated natural environments like Cradle Mountain, Bruny Island, Wineglass Bay and the Bay of Fires can all be reached with within easy driving distance of the capital.

Plan Your Hobart Holiday

  • Flights to Hobart: Virgin Australia operates flights to Hobart daily, direct from all Australian state capitals.
  • Hobart Holiday Packages: Take the hassle out of planning your holiday, our partner Virgin Australia Holidays offers exceptional Hobart holiday packages.
  • Hobart Hotels: Establish a great base from which to experience all that Hobart has to offer. Select from a wide choice of hotels and resorts with our hotel partner Agoda.
  • Hobart Car Hire: Take to the road and discover Hobart, and nearby regions with a hire car from one of our partners.
  • Hobart Tours and Activities: Discover Hobart though a number of fantastic tours and activities. Our partner GoDo has a number of great Hobart offers.
Words by Alice Nash - Published 29 July 2013
Quick Facts 
Population Approx 247,000
Area 1,357 km2
Time Zone GMT +10
Languages English (official)
Currency Australian dollar (AUD)
Electricity 220 – 240v 50Hz
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