Hobart is a beautiful city that has a lot to do. I have only visited once for a weekend but I think It is one of the most beautiful and interesting places in Australia, and it’s also one of the best places for travellers to visit. It has many historical sites and museums that are worth seeing, as well as lots of entertainment options if you’re looking for something fun or educational. You can also explore its natural beauty by taking an easy hike up Mount Wellington or going kayaking down the River Derwent!
Here are some of the top picks that we’ve heard others raving about to explore on your next trip…
Hobart’s Salamanca Market
The Salamanca Market is one of the most famous markets in Hobart, and it’s not hard to see why. It’s held on Saturdays from 8:30am – 3pm at the Salamanca Precinct, which is about a 15-minute walk from downtown Hobart.
The market was established in 1987 by local artists and craftspeople who wanted to share their wares with other people who also loved art, music and food! Today there are over 300 stall holders selling handmade products such as ceramics, jewellery and clothing alongside fresh produce stalls offering fruits & vegetables grown locally to sell alongside your purchase at Salamanca Market. There are even more stalls selling food if you want something sweet after shopping around all day!
If you are travelling from interstate, my tip is to grab some fresh, delicious Tasmanian apples for a munch while you browse.
MONA (Museum of Old and New Art)
MONA (Museum of Old and New Art) is a museum of old and new art, located in the Hobart suburb of Berriedale on the banks of the Derwent River. The museum opened its doors in October 2018 after five years of construction.
MONA houses an extensive collection of contemporary art from both local and international artists including Damien Hirst’s shark sculpture known as ‘The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind Of Someone Living’, Jeff Koons’ giant balloon animal called ‘Balloon Flower’, Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Cans series, Richard Estes’ ‘Bodies’ collection along with works by many other notable artists including Ai Weiwei who has donated his entire collection to MONA after being denied entry into Australia due to his political activism against China’s government which resulted in him being detained by police at Pearson International Airport near Toronto when attempting travel there for medical treatment following injuries sustained during an attack by Chinese security forces while visiting his wife during her pregnancy..
Battery Point is a beautiful area of Hobart, surrounded by hills and forested areas. The Battery Point Lighthouse is close to the waterfront, offering views over Bass Strait and over to Mt Wellington.
Battery Point is a popular spot for locals and tourists alike. There are some good restaurants and cafes nearby if you want to grab something to eat or drink while visiting this area. It’s also close enough to walk down onto the waterfront where you can see beautiful views all around!
Battery Point Lighthouse
Battery Point Lighthouse is a great place to get a view of the city. It’s also open in the evenings and you can climb up the lighthouse for an even better view. Be sure to check out Battery Point Lighthouse when you visit Hobart, Tasmania!
Pigeon Island is one of Hobart’s most popular tourist destinations. The island has a lighthouse and offers wonderful views of the city, which you can enjoy from its many walking trails.
There are two ways to reach Pigeon Island: either by ferry or cruise boat. Both options are good options if you want an easy way to get there and see some great sights along the way.
If you choose to take your own boat ride, there will be plenty of time for a swim before docking at Port Arthur Quay where you can rent kayaks or stand-up paddle boards (SUPs) if they aren’t already available on board!
Take A Historic Walking Tour of Hobart
If you are like me, you might enjoy just walking around and taking in the rich history of this beautiful city. Consider taking joining a Hobart Historic Walking Tour which takes you on a journey back in time over a 90 minute walk. You’ll learn about some of the key figures who made Hobart what it is today. I’d suggest doing this early in your trip as it will give context and may highlight other things you’d like to explore further.
There is so much to see and do in Hobart, Tasmania. The city is filled with beautiful historical buildings, parks and gardens as well as museums that showcase local history. Hobart has many entertainment venues such as cinemas and theatres as well as restaurants offering a variety of cuisines from around the world. The best way to explore this beautiful city is by walking around with your camera in hand!