Hobart is the capital of Australia’s smallest state, the island state of Tasmania. Located at the foot of Mt Wellington, it is a truly historic city that was founded in 1804, which makes it one of the oldest capitals on the continent. By spending a couple of days in this charming town, you can learn first-hand a lot about its history and its origins, so make sure you don’t miss out on any of the following amazing things to see and do in and around Hobart.

Walk the streets

The best thing to do at the beginning of your visit to get acquainted with the town and the local atmosphere is exploring the streets and the famous landmarks. Start with the harbor, which, as opposed to busy metropolitan harbors, is a calm and serene place, especially in the morning hours. Located south of the harbor, it’s also worth checking out Battery Point. This quarter is known for its historic 19th-century buildings, many of which were erected by convicts. Today, it has become one of the prestigious areas of the city, with boutique hotels and restaurants on every corner. Finally, don’t forget to check out the Tasman Bridge at sunset and the Hobart Town Hall for at least a quick look.

Check out museums and galleries

The city boasts a good number of museums and galleries from which you can choose your favorites to visit. Many say that the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) should be the first stop on your list. It’s actually an underground facility with an innovative, interactive approach that is very entertaining for the adult audience, with many things to do. The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, on the other hand, takes a more traditional approach, but it is the best source if you want to get a good picture of Tasmania’s natural and cultural heritage.

The Salamanca Market is a must

Almost as famous as the city itself, the Salamanca Market, held every Saturday at the Salamanca Place, is something you must check out yourself when you’re there. Here, too, you will see the historic sandstone buildings, many of which were converted from 19th-century warehouses. At the market, you can find a wide range of products that were locally made, including jewelry, decor pieces, artworks, fresh produce and everything you can imagine.

Visit the Cascade Brewery

If you’re interested in a good pint, you might want to visit the continent’s oldest operating brewery, the Cascade Brewery Company, established in 1824. You can take a tour of the facility if you’re curious about the secrets of the brewery, or you can taste their renowned beers and ciders at their lovely bar while enjoying the serene view.

Experience the grand nature

If you want a breath of fresh air after a few days in the city, you can go for a hike on one of the many tracks in the area. Less than 100 km away from Hobart, you can explore the rich natural sites of the rugged southern coastline of the Tasman National Park. You can make this little excursion a multi-day getaway and you don’t even have to worry about the transportation if you sign up for a guided tour. The picturesque 3 Capes Walk is a great choice for such an adventure, as it will take you from Hobart to the national park and walk you through lush forests and scenic heights, giving you views of a lifetime. The namesakes of this track are some of the most beautiful cliffs on the continent, and at the end of your tour, you can even experience their grandness from sea level while taking a comfortable cruise.

A good look at the history

While it is true that the entire city exudes a historic vibe, to learn about the dark past of Hobart, you should visit some of its heritage historic sites. For example, The Cascades Female Factory will tell you the story of female convicts that were transported to the island – and it is the only Australian site dedicated to female convicts. If you get curious, you can even see one of the live plays that walk you through the story of a convict called Louisa. Another renowned historic site in Tasmania is Port Arthur, at one and a half hour ride from the city. This site gives a vivid picture of the convict days of the island and even offers ghost tours for their brave visitors, where they can learn about the bone-chilling legends that surround the location. So, if you’re curious about this side of Tasmania’s history, Port Arthur can be a good day trip from Hobart.

Hobart is not only a great town in itself; it is also a great starting point for further Tasmanian adventures. So, write your itinerary today and don’t forget to include the above mentioned must-see stops to make the most of your trip to this Australian capital!

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