Best Things to do in Hobart

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Many travelers underestimate just how much there is to see and do in Tasmania. If you plan a trip here; and you absolutely should, make sure that you plan enough time to enjoy your stay and to see and taste this beautiful island.

Hobart, the capital of Tasmania, is just one of the stops you must have on your travel itinerary. With a dynamic foodie scene, fun markets, and vibrant neighborhoods all on the banks of the River Derwent, it was an easy decision to start our Tasmanian road trip here.

Tip: When you come to Tasmania, be prepared for all types of weather because it is possible to have all 4 seasons in a single day! It can change from glorious sunshine to quite cold weather quickly, so don’t forget your jumper. We heard from a real Tassie: “If you don’t like the weather, come back in 5 minutes!”.

City Hall Hobart
City Hall Hobart

Mount Wellington

Probably one of the first stops every traveler who comes to Hobart, is to Mount Wellington. The drive up is windy and extremely steep, but once you arrive, you will be rewarded with breathtaking views. As we slowly drove up and finally reached the top, it was very foggy and cold. Even though we couldn’t see anything, the fog draped the area and turned it into a mystic wonderland. Next time we will take the bus* in order to give our campervan Putu a break, and then soak in the 360° views! Hopefully ?

Foggy view from Mount Wellington
Foggy view from Mount Wellington

Salamanca Market

We were told that the market was downsized due to COVID, so we weren’t expecting much. But man, what an amazing market!! The Salamanca Market was a huge wow when we arrived after our little stroll from Battery Point. The stallholders are all local, and the products are mostly made in Tasmania. When visiting the Salamanca Market, you will find a large variety of fresh produce, flowers, woodcrafts, clothes, hats, tempting food stalls, delicious smelling coffee, and colorful toys. There are also a surprisingly large number of local wines, beer, vodka, and gin stands. All with free tasting of course! It is easy to spend a few hours here! Be sure you explore all the cute boutique stores in the stone building next to the market.

Salamanca Market

Opening hours: every Saturday 08:30 am – 3:00 pm

Address: Salamanca Place

Phone: +61 (03) 6238 2430

Email: salamancamarket@hobartcity.com.au

Website: Salamanca Market

Salamanca Market
Salamanca Market

Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery

If you are interested in history and art, then the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery is the place to be! Wonderful exhibitions are awaiting you in this well-organized museum and art gallery in Hobart*. Our favorite display was the one that showcased the extinct Tasman Tiger. The cherry on top: the museum entry is free!

TMAG
TMAG

Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG)

Opening hours: daily 10:00 am – 4:00 pm (26 December – 31 March)

Tuesday – Sunday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm (1 April – 24 December)

10:00 am – 4:00 pm Tasmanian public holiday Mondays year-round

Closed Good Friday, Anzac Day (25 April) and Christmas Day

Address: Dunn Place, Hobart

Phone: +61 (03) 6165 7000

Email: tmagmail@tmag.tas.gov.au

Website: Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery

At the TMAG
At the TMAG
Tasmanian Tiger
Tasmanian Tiger

Battery Point and the Sculpture Trail

On our first day in Hobart, we had a picnic in our campervan at Little Sandy Bay, when a large “1909” at the end of the bay caught our attention. It was part of the Battery Point Sculpture Trail which winds its way through the prestige suburb of Battery Point. Curious as to what this was about, we started walking the Sculpture Trail. The large white 1909 numbers tells a little of the early life of the actor Erol Flynn. Did you know that Erol Flynn was born in Hobart?

Battery Point
Battery Point
Battery Point Sculpture Trail
Battery Point Sculpture Trail

Continuing our walk, we found ourselves in a lovely neighborhood lined with historic appartements and cottages. Most of the houses have beautiful roses in their front yard, mostly in pure white and shades of pink. A must do is to take a coffee break at the Jackman & McRoss Bakery and try one of their cakes! They are delicious! We had the Chocolate Espresso Cake and Vanilla and Strawberry Slice, and it was so good. We even came back and tried an Almond Croissant!

Battery Point is a neighborhood located south of the Business District.

Jackman & McRoss is found at 57-59 Hampden Road, Hobart Tasmania 7004.

Goodies at Jackman and McRoss
Goodies at Jackman and McRoss

Lark Distillery

Back home, we started a little whiskey collection, so it was no surprise that while in Hobart, we took the chance to visit the Lark Distillery. Learn about the history of Tasmania’s whiskey industry while relaxing in a cozy red leather armchair, soaking in the ambience, and indulging a dram.

At the Lark Distillery
At the Lark Distillery

Lark Distillery

Opening hours: various due to COVID

Address: 14 Davey Street, Hobart Tasmania 7000

Phone: +61 03 6231 9088

Email: over the website

Website: https://larkdistillery.com/

Lark Distillery
Lark Distillery

Van Diemens Land Creamery

Who doesn’t love ice cream?! We are definitely team ice cream, regardless if it is warm or cold outside. Strolling along the pier, we came across Van Diemens Land Creamery. Coincidence?

Probably not. And we loved the huge variety of flavors they offer. Our favorite was the lemon sorbet. What is yours?

Van Diemens Land Creamery

Opening hours: Monday – Thursday: 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm | Friday – Sunday: 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Address: Constitution Dock, Hobart TAS 7000

Phone: +61 0448 849 724

Email: hobart@vdlcreamery.com.au

Website: Van Diemens Land Creamery

Favorite Ice Cream at Van Diemens Land Creamery
Favorite Ice Cream at Van Diemens Land Creamery
Van Diemens Land Creamery
Van Diemens Land Creamery

Cascade Brewery

The Cascade Brewery is “home to the oldest operating brewery in Australia” and we must say that we really like the taste of their beers. Especially the Cascade Pale Ale! The interior is very inviting and has views of the old Cascade building and is surrounded by their heritage garden. What a nice place to enjoy a picnic!

Inside the Cascade Brewery
Inside the Cascade Brewery

Cascade Brewery

Menu  Food_Menu_

Drink List Cascade_Brewery_Bar_Drinks_Menu

Opening hours: Sunday – Tuesday: 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

Wednesday – Saturday: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm

Address: 140 Cascade Road, South Hobart Tasmania 7004

Phone: +61 03 6212 7801

Email: over the website

Website: www.cascadebreweryco.com.au

Cascade Brewery
Cascade Brewery

Cascades Female Factory Historic Site

If you are in the area, we would recommend visiting the Cascades Female Factory. This World Heritage listed site shares stories of female convicts from the early days of Tasmania. Read here more about it.

Cascades Female Factory Historic Site

Opening hours: Seven days 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Address: 16 Degraves Street, South Hobart Tasmania 7004

Phone: 1800 139 478

Email: reservations@femalefactory.org.au

Website: Cascades Female Factory

Cascade Female Factory
Cascade Female Factory

Food and Coffee on Elizabeth Street

We love to explore neighborhoods and ended up walking down Elizabeth Street. We were quite surprised by how many great food places it offers. Elizabeth Street is lined with coffee shops and restaurants, all the way down into the CBD. Delighted, we ate and drank our way through Queens Pastry, Straight up Coffee and Food, The Stagg, Bury Me Standing, Veg Bar, Born in Brunswick, and so many others. In random order we put together our recommendations of some of the coffee shops and restaurants on Elizabeth Street as well as in the CBD area.

Deliciousness at Van Diemens Land Creamery
Deliciousness at Van Diemens Land Creamery

Bury Me Standing

Menu: Menu | Bury Me Standing, Hobart

Phone: +61 424 365 027

E-mail: over their website

Address: 83-85 Bathurst Street, Hobart

Website: https://www.burymestanding.com.au

We LOVE the Bagels from Bury me Standing
We LOVE the Bagels from Bury Me Standing
Best bagels at Bury me Standing
Best bagels at Bury Me Standing
Bury me Standing
Bury Me Standing

Veg Bar

Menu: Veg Bar MENU

Phone: +61 6231 1593

E-mail: info@vegbar.com.au

Address: 346 Elizabeth Street, North Hobart

Website: Veg Bar

Delicious Burgers and Cauliflower Wings at the Veg Bar
Delicious Burgers and Cauliflower Wings at the Veg Bar
Veg Bar
Veg Bar

Jackman &McRoss

Menu: not found

Phone: +61 03 6223 3186

E-mail: over facebook

Address: 57-59 Hampden Rd. ,Hobart

Website: Jackman and McRoss | Facebook

Jackman and McRoss
Jackman and McRoss

Pigeon Whole Bakers

Menu: not found

Phone: +61 0408 681 185

E-mail: over their website

Address: 32 Argyle St, Hobart

Website: www.pigeonwholebakers.com.au

Pigeon Whole Bakers
Inside Pigeon Whole Bakers

Queens Pastry

Menu: not found

Phone: +61 3 6236 9198

E-mail: hello@queensfinepastry.com

Address: 144 Harrington St, Hobart

Website: Queens Pastry | Facebook

Straight Up Coffee and Food

Menu: not found

Phone: +61 0432 482 764

E-mail: straightupcoffeeandfood@gmail.com

Address: 202 Liverpool Street, Hobart

Website: Straight Up Coffee and Food

Straight up Coffee and Food
Straight Up Coffee and Food
Quiche at Straigt Up Coffee and Food
Quiche at Straigt Up Coffee and Food

The Stagg

Menu: The Stagg Midtown

Phone: +61 3 6295 5776

E-mail: coffee@thestagg.com

Address: 138 Elizabeth St, Hobart

Website: The Stagg Midtown | Facebook

Coffee at The Stagg
Coffee at The Stagg

Born in Brunswick

Menu: Born In Brunswick

Phone: +61 438 250 515

E-mail: info@borninbrunswick.com.au

Address: 410 Elizabeth Street, North Hobart

Website: Born In Brunswick

Coffee at Born in Brunswick
Coffee at Born in Brunswick
Born in Brunswick
Born in Brunswick

OZUS Coffee

Menu: not found

Phone: +6162477709

E-mail: ozuscoffee@gmail.com

Address: 56 Hampden Rd, Hobart

Website: Ozus Coffee | Facebook

Ozus Cafe
Ozus Cafe
Ozus Coffee
Ozus Coffee
Muesli at Ozus Cafe
Muesli at Ozus Cafe
Avocado Toastie at Ozus
Avocado Toastie at Ozus

Pancho Villa

Menu: Pancho-Menu

Phone: +61 3 6234 4161

E-mail: over their website

Address: Corner Elizabeth St & Pitt St, North Hobart

Website: Pancho Villa – Restaurant & Tequila Bar

Little Miss Espresso

Menu: not found

Phone: not found

E-mail: littlemissespresso@gmail.com

Address: 479 Sandy Bay Rd, Hobart

Website:  Little Miss Espresso | Facebook

Little Miss Espresso
Little Miss Espresso

And if you have more time, there are many more things to do in Hobart like the MONA, the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, the Tasman Bridge and the Mount Nelson Lookout.

We hope you enjoyed our best things to do in Hobart. Let us know your favorites, so we can add them to our list.

Beautiful Lavender in Tasmania
Beautiful Lavender in Tasmania

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