Things to do in Hobart
A leisurely walk from the CBD, historic Battery Point is worth a visit for its well-preserved architecture, restaurants and arts and crafts shops. Check out Arthurs Circus - a charming circle of cottages build in the 1800s, and Kellys Steps – named after Australian mariner and explorer James Kelly. If you have some spare time, wander around the Heritage museum and learn about Hobart’s colonial past.
Hobart is really does cater to the wine lover - some come here solely to hop from one boutique cellar door to the next – with wineries all within a short drive of the city. There are 3 distinct grape-growing regions to sample excellent cool-climate wines from: Derwent Valley, Coal River Valley and Huon Valley. Or live out your childhood Willy Wonka fantasies at the Cadbury Chocolate Factory. Just 15 kilometres north of the city centre, you can eat your body weight in chocolate samples and score on take-home chocolate seconds, all while learning about the chocolate-making process. Take a day trip that incorporates the Cadbury tour with a river cruise along the Derwent River.
Festival goers can make the pilgrimage to The Falls Music and Arts Festival on a farm overlooking Marion Bay every summer with many often travelling from the mainland purely to enjoy the festival in the magical Tasmanian surrounds.
Take solace in being on the water? Why not take a sunset kayak around the Hobart waterfront, gliding across the waters of the Derwent and taking in the view Hobart from a very unique perspective. Paddle up to a local fish and chippery and dinner is served without even having to leave your vessel.
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Described by owner David Walsh as a "subversive adult Disneyland", the Museum of the Old and New Art (MONA) is a must on any Hobart itinerary. A celebration of the contemporary and controversial, MONA will challenge your perceptions of art and the city of Hobart.
Is it a coincidence that the word 'art' is part of the name, Hobart? We think not. Salamanca Market is another showcase of the burgeoning arts and cultural scene in the Tasmanian capital with plenty of artisans, crafters and designers purveying their wares alongside fresh produce, homemade goodies and homewares.
Take a ferry from Hobart to Bruny Island and revel in stunning wilderness with long stretches of beaches, pristine countryside and coastline treks to explore. Reward your efforts with a gourmet picnic - the island is renowned for its cheeses, wine, seafood and truffles.
Known as just 'the Mountain', Mount Wellington is a hulking presence above Hobart and a day trip to Wellington Park is the ideal way to catch a bird's-eye panoramic view of the city, Derwent River and the Tasman Peninsula.
One of Australia's top brews, the historic Cascade Brewery is also tops of most vistor's lists. Australia's oldest, still-functioning brewery welcomes visitors to tour the gardens, learn about the brewing process and have a drink and meal at the onsite restaurant.