Hobart holds a special place in my heart. Whenever i go there i feel instantly at home and relaxed. So after our second trip here I decided it’s about time to share this beautiful place with the world. Here are the top 15 must do things in Hobart, Tasmania.
1. Explore Bruny Island for the day
If you have some free time I would definitely spend it on Bruny Island. Bruny Islands is truly magical, from the rugged walking tracks and coastal scenery through to drool worth food!!
2. Enjoy the views at the top of Mount Wellington
Take a trip to the top of Mount Wellington in the late afternoon and watch the sun sink over Hobart painting beautiful colours across the sky. Make sure you take some nibbles and enjoy the panoramic view.
3. Taste of Tasmania
Did someone say food?!?! Tasmania is renowned for its fresh, flavoursome cuisine and this is where some of the best come to show case it. There is plenty more on offer then just food, so make sure you head on down. The Taste of Tasmania is held along Hobart’s waterfront from 28 December – 3 January every year, so if you are planning on visiting in summer this one is not to be missed.
4. Embrace the Winter Solace at Dark MOFO
On the opposite end of the scale sits Dark MOFO. For those of you visiting Tasmania in the winter months make sure you head into Dark MOFO to welcome the winter solace, Pagan style, with good food, drinks and entertainment. I LOVED (and i mean loved) Dark MOFO, there was so much going on around the city – it is a MUST!! It usually runs in mid-late June each year so make sure you grab a ticket!!
5. Spend a day at MONA
No trip to Tasmania would be complete without a visit to the famous MONA (Museum of Old and New Art). This 3.5 hectare site is not just about the amazing art collection (although it is ridic!!)- it is also home to Moorilla winery and vineyard, great restaurants and stunning views.
6. Indulge at THE Cascade Brewery
Ok who doesn’t love a brewery, especially one with bunnies!!!! Cascade Brewery is the oldest brewery in Australia (est. 1824) producing a range of fine Tasmanian beers and ciders. This one is a good stop off on your way up or down Mount Wellington. When we visited they were having a lot of trouble with the super cute rabbits eating all the hops (no pun intended).
7. Feast on all the delicious food Hobart has to offer
Eating in Tasmania is a culture unto itself. There is a plethora of restaurants and cafes in Hobart all with their dining experiences – Tassie has everything a food lover could want and more. I have put together a quick list of some of my favourite places to eat when in Hobart.
- The Glass House – positioned at the very end of Hobart’s Pier this restaurant overlooks the beautiful Derwent River. Head on over to enjoy a sophisticated dining experience with a view (try to get there early and watch the sun set). You can view the menu here.
- Fish Frenzy – sells super fresh and tasty seafood, chips, salad and there all famous hot seafood chowder. Pop on down for lunch and enjoy some fresh tassie seafood but remember ‘doint feeda da boids‘. You can view there menu here.
- Berta – OMGosh I loved Berta. We didn’t discover this place until our second visit to Tassie. It offers good quality, wholesome, hardy meals. Wander down the back stairs and grab a table in the secluded courtyard. They have an extremely impressive Breaky menu and great coffee, check it out here.
- Born in Brunswick – The incredible interior decor of this place is worth a visit alone. The local, seasonally sourced menu is pretty impressive. We came here for breakfast which was great, but i feel the meals are more suited to brunch or lunch – give it a go. Menu can be found here.
- The Republic Bar & Cafe– This is one of the most popular pubs in Hobart and for good reason. They serve traditional big, hearty meals that are sure to satisfy even the fussiest of eaters. We find ourselves eating here quite a bit thanks to the wide variety or good quality food. Check out there menu here.
- Room for a Pony – The food and coffee here is bloody good!!! They serve breakfast and lunch, both of which are amazing!! There menu can be found here.
- Salamanca – Any of the little restaurants in Salamanca Place are worth a visit. This little cove is so beautiful in the afternoon, go for a walk around before deciding on a place to eat. There is a range of options from pub style meals to fine dining. Here is a list of cafes/ restaurants in Salamanca Place you may wish to try.
8. Wander through the Salamanca Markets
Watch Salamanca come to life as the streets transform into a busy market place. Have a wander through and enjoy the sights, sounds, smells, colours and taste of the markets.
9. Cheer on your favourite yacht during the Sydney to Hobart
Over the past 72 years the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race has become an Australian icon. The race begins in Sydney on Boxing Day and ends in Hobart, which is where all the fun begins. We ventured down here from the Taste of Tasmania to watch some of yachts come in at the Pier and admire their sheer size, the atmosphere was electric.
10. Mawson’s Hut Replica Museum
Mawson’s Hut Replica Museum is located down near the waterfront of Hobart. This quaint museum gives visitors an insight into what living and working in the windiest place on Earth is like – If you are into museums this one is pretty cool!!
11. Party into the night at Falls MUsic and arts Festival
If you have lots of time to travel Tasmania i would suggest booking some tickets to the Marion Bay Falls Festival. Not only will you get to enjoy some of the best music and art the country has to offer, you will get to camp on a beautiful farm in Tasmania, seeing some of the countryside as well.
12. Watch a movie at the old State Cinema
If you are bored in the afternoon and wanted something fun to do, head on down to the State Cinema – an old school cinema that has been entertaining Tasmanian’s for over 100 years. You can check out screening times here. The State Cinema also offers a Cafe/ Bar that you can enjoy a relaxed dining experience before or after your movie.
13. Visit the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Garden
I love me some greenery and well kept pastures – the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens was all that and more. This botanical garden is HUGE and show cases a variety of gardens from the sub-Arctic plant house, Japanese gardens, community food garden, lily ponds and much more!! I loved it here and i am certain you will too, even if you are generally not into this type of thing.
14. Visit A Winery
There are tonnes of wineries throughout Tasmania that you can visit, but for this post i will just talk about my two favourite ‘close’ to Hobart.
Bangor Wine and Oyster Shed – I LOVE this place. I would put it up there as one of my favourite places to eat in Tasmania. Perched up on a rolling green hill with sweeping views of the winery and river this place is definitely worth the visit. I am not really an oyster fan, but in Tassie, i developed a deep love affair with them – they are sooooo fresh, give them a go, especially at Bangor!! It is located about 45 mins drive from Hobart so you get to see lots of the cute little country towns on your way. We stopped in here for lunch after a day of exploring Eagle Hawk Neck and the Tasman Peninsula (National Park).
Frogmore Creek Winery – This winery has grown extremely popular in recent years and in the busy periods you will need to make a booking. It is located about 15 mins from Hobart in the picturesque Coal River Valley. We didn’t manage to get a reservation the last time we went as they were booked out, so make sure you book in advance.
15. Take a step back in time: Battery Point
Just like stepping back in time Battery Point will transport you to another era, the 19th century to be exact. The beautifully crafted narrow streets and sandstone buildings make for a charming afternoon stroll.
Have you been to Hobart? Do you agree with this list or is there something you would add? Let me know what you think 🙂