Tasmania may look little on the map, but it’s brimming with things to do, especially in Hobart and beyond. Whether you’re into art and culture, outdoor adventure or have a penchant for exploring the past, Tasmania has plenty to fill your day with. So pop on some boots and venture into our wilderness, meet a maker, walk the vines of a cool climate vineyard or get up close to a Tassie devil. Perhaps you like the idea of cruising the waterways while sipping a local cider. There are things to do here that you can’t do anywhere else on the planet.
The following are just a small sample of things to do in and around Hobart, whilst the Discover Tasmania website highlights even more options.
The site of Tasmania’s famous Salamanca Market (held every Saturday 8:30am – 3:00pm) where over 300 stallholders sell produce and crafts from all over Tasmania. Salamanca is lined with a long row of simple Georgian sandstone warehouses built in the 1830s. Salamanca Place also hosts many shops, cafes and restaurants, just a 10 minute walk from Hotel Grand Chancellor.
Wellington Park, featuring Mount Wellington, locally known as ‘the Mountain’ or Kunanyi, stretches over 20km west of the Mountain’s pinnacle, and encompasses 18,250ha. Easily accessible from Hobart, Glenorchy and other regional areas, this reserve connects the city to the bush, and the mountains to the waterways.
Museum of Old and New Art
Located on picturesque Derwent River, MONA is Australia’s largest private museum housing diverse collections ranging from ancient Egyptian mummies to some of the world’s most infamous and thought-provoking contemporary art. The building was designed around specific art pieces and is one of the few museums in the world to have a water covered gallery floor, a waterfall installation, a crimson velvet-lined gallery with gilded walls, two bars, and facilities to handle effluent from an art piece.
Convict Trail & Port Arthur
The best preserved convict settlement in Australia and among the most significant convict era sites in the world. Covering more than 40 hectares there are over 30 historic buildings and ruins to explore.
Richmond Historic Village
Walk across Australia’s oldest bridge, built by convict labour between 1823 and 1825. Stand in the cell of the Richmond Jail (1825), Australia’s oldest jail, for an eerie insight into the hardships of early Van Diemen’s Land convict life. Richmond Historic Village is a short 20-minute drive from Hobart.