HOBART & TASMANIA
Hobart is a compact city, oozing with both modern and historic charm. Wander through colonial architecture and take in the vibrant energy of the creatives who choose to live here. Find pristine nature and artisanal produce, daring modern art and hip bars and restaurants. Hobart is a very special place. Tap into its eclectic magic.
Tasmania and Hobart experience four distinct seasons. Its climate is described as mild temperate maritime. The warmest months are December, January, February and March with average temperatures of around 21°C/70°F With an annual average of 626 millimetres of rainfall, Hobart is Australia's second-driest capital city. Rainfall is spread fairly evenly throughout the year, although the winter months are the wettest. During winter the island feels the southerly winds from the Antarctic and experiences some of Australia’s coolest temperatures.
Find world class art, convict history, pristine nature and award winning whiskey in the Top 10 list of things to do in Hobart.
Hobart’s Art Scene
Take the ferry to the Museum of Old and New Art, or MONA, and see what all the fuss is about at this truly daring, eccentric, privately owned museum. Keep the creative juices going at Hobart’s other great galleries, including the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery and Salamanca Art Centre, which champion local artists and artisans.
Sip an espresso at Tricycle Cafe in Salamanca Place with its boutiques, eateries and providores. Find a rare book at old world Astrolabe Books or handmade jewellery at Rebecca Roth Gallery, and cutting-edge fashion at Forest Dragon and Double Daffodil. Don’t miss the 300-stall Saturday Salamanca Market that sells produce, arts and crafts and homewares.
Drive or take the seaplane to Port Arthur for the chance to see the wild Tasman Peninsula. Make sure to pick up a convict card and follow the story through the imposing structures. Closer to the city centre, only 30 minutes away, discover Richmond, with convict roots and now gateway to some of Tasmania’s finest wine-growing areas.
Tasmania’s Whisky and Bars
Tasmania is home to the award winning Sullivan Cove Whisky, as well as Tasmania’s finest whisky distilleries, Nant Whisky Cellar and Lark Cellar Door. Find an array of wines at Sidecar, grape cocktails at Bar of the Year winner Amor or great tunes at Isobar
Take the car ferry from Kettering, a 45-minute drive from the city centre, and drop by Bruny Island Berry Farm for ice cream. Nick Haddow’s Bruny Island Cheese Co also awaits. Picnic on Bruny Island Smokehouse delicacies, eat fresh oysters from Get Shucked, tipple on local wines and join Pennicott Wilderness Journeys to cruise the stunning coast of South Bruny National Park.
Explore Tasmania’s pristine, scenic coastline – and more than 300 offshore islands – on a half- or full-day kayak tour. For those who want to take a longer expedition, Roaring 40ºs Kayaking also offers 3 day and 7 day adventures. If you’d rather not paddle, a custom boat cruise with Pennicott Wilderness Journeys can see you entering sea caves, marvelling at spectacular rock formations and spotting wildlife like seals, dolphins or even whales.
Take the 175-year-old Kelly’s Steps from Salamanca to Battery Point and walk around Hobart’s oldest suburbs, with beautiful sandstone mansions, colonial cottages and impressive river views. Stop by a great place for a drink, the Shipwrights Arms Hotel or “Shippies”, an authentic pub and a perfect place to savour the local Cascade beers.
Seventy-five kilometres east of Hobart is Maria Island. Enjoy astonishing pristine beauty – historic ruins, rugged cliff faces, sweeping beaches and unique wildlife – including Tasmanian devils and Bennetts wallabies. Stop to appreciate Bishop and Clark Islets and view the ancient fossils and weather-shaped formations. There are great trails which are also suitable for cyclists.
Tasmania’s great produce means amazing restaurants in Hobart. Head to Elizabeth Street for popular restaurants such as Ethos Eat Drink and Sweet Envy. Find hip Garagistes on Murray Street and Remi De Provence, with its amazing cheese and wine selections on Macquarie Street. Prepare to be amazed by chef Philippe Leban’s artistry at The Source at MONA.
It only takes a 10 minute drive to reach the bottom of Mount Wellington. From there, choose a short walk, a long hike, a mountain bike ride or scale the 1300-metre sub-alpine rocky summit and reward yourself with incredible views of the city and Derwent Valley. Head to the village of Fern Tree for lovely picnic spots.
Tasmania is an outdoor paradise, making it the spot to go for a coastal hike or to play on the world-class coastal golf courses in the north of the state.
As Australia’s island state, Tasmania has an abundance of fresh seafood, eco-cruises that get up close to sea cliffs and migrating whales, premium rafting and canyoning experiences, world-class fishing and a maritime culture that provides a strong link to the sea and island waterways.
Drive north along the island’s eastern coastline and find sandy stretches of beach and the luxurious Saffire Freycinet as well as other aquatic plus food and wine experiences.