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View of the Hobart central business district and Mt Wellington from Constitution Dock
For other places with the same name, see Hobart (disambiguation).

Hobart [19] is the capital city of the Australian state of Tasmania. Hobart is small and intimate (population 250,000) compared to larger mainland Australian cities, reflecting the small size of the state. The metropolitan area stretches north and south along the Derwent River, crossed by several bridges. It has a mild temperate oceanic climate, with four distinct seasons.

Get in

By plane

Hobart city centre is 15 km from Hobart International Airport (HBA) [20] at Cambridge. The following airlines fly to HBA:

There used to be two shuttle buses from the airport to Hobart, but one stopped service and now your only option is Redline. Reservations are recommended. Redline [25], will cost $15 one way or $25 return, and takes around 45 minutes to/from the airport. Staff at the call centre for Redline are hard to deal with – impatient and unhelpful – and they have a poor track record with looking after their customers [26]. However, online booking and payment is available on their website.

A taxi will cost around $45.

By car

It is a couple of hours drive from Launceston airport (hire cars can be rented either in advance or at the airports), or three to four hours drive from the ferry terminal in Devonport.

Get around

Two main methods of transport in Hobart are by private car or by public bus. Hobart has a sufficient public bus system. The main interchange is in front of the GPO (General Post Office). Ticket prices depend on the distance and start slightly above a dollar. A day pass is AUD 4.80.

Because Hobart is small, riding a bike is always an option, although factors such as Hobart's mild climate and considerable distance from many of Tasmania's main attractions should be taken into consideration when staying in Hobart as a tourist. Walking is also a good option. Between the City Centre and Sandy Bay is less then an hour walk.

On a Saturday, avoid using a car around the Salamanca area because of the market.

The are no passenger trains in Hobart.


Salamanca Markets

Founded in 1804 by Colonel David Collins, Hobart is the second oldest city in Australia. It grew out of the penal settlement on the island at Risdon Cove, eight kilometres up river, which was founded in 1803 and abandoned five months later for the present site of Hobart. The city has many beautiful historic buildings and precincts, especially in the area around the river. There are many fine examples of Georgian and Victorian architecture, such as Salamanca Place, which has a terrace of warehouses dating back to the whaling days of the 1830s. Nearby Battery Point, the original seamen's quarters of the city and Macquarie and Davey Street offer more than 60 buildings classified by the National Trust.


  • Salamanca Market [27] - a major Saturday morning attraction, for locals and visitors alike. Situated in front of large sandstone warehouses which have been converted into a maze of craftsmen's workshops, giftshops, restaurants and other 'artsy-crafty' shops. These warehouses were mostly built to service 19th century whaling. Market stalls are one of the cheapest places to buy Tasmanian timber products.
  • Battery Point, behind Salamanca Market. This area is very old and full of interesting architecture. Many of these buildings are built in the area's golden sandstone, giving the older parts of the city a warm golden glow.
  • Botanical Gardens.[28] Beautiful location about fifteen minutes walk from the city centre. A must see attraction is the sub Antarctic garden. Its like walking into a freezer full of plants!

Museums and Art Galleries

  • the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery [29] - donate some money so they can tart up their act. Has one of the best coin collections in any museum. It also houses stuffed versions of unique Tasmanian animals including Tasmanian Devils and the extinct Tasmanian Tiger. Currently hosting an excellent exhibition about Australia's antarctic history.
  • the Maritime Museum of Tasmania [30], Carnegie Building, cnr Argyle and Davey Streets
  • Salamanca - there are many small art galleries located around Salamanca Square
  • MONA Museum of Old and New Art [31] - Built by David Walsh of Moorilla fame this newly opened museum features alternative and some confronting art to make you think.


  • Wrest Point Casino, 410 Sandy Bay Road., tel 1800 030 611 (free call Australia only) or 03 6211 1750 (), [1]. - Australia's first legal casino was built in Hobart, and the complex has been upgraded many times to keep it at a high standard
  • Cascade Brewery, 140 Cascade Road., "tel. Australia's oldest brewery offers beer brewery tours for people aged 5 and over with tastings. Visitors must wear flat covered shoes and long pants. The tour can not be done by those who require a walking aid as there are over 200 steps.
  • Cadbury's Chocolate Factory, Cadbury Road, Claremont., tel 1800 627 367 (free call within Australia), [2]. M-F 8AM-4PM. At the Cadbury factory you are able to listen to talks on how chocolate is manufactured and the history of Cadbury. There is a chocolate shop, souvenir shop and cafe onsite. Visitors also receive a chocolate gift. $7.5 per adult (accompanied children under 15 are free).
  • The Domain. Walk from the city a few blocks towards the Tasman bridge and you'll suddenly be out of the city and amongst greenery and trees on the Domain... (head towards the bridge from the city but once you see greenery head up the hill towards it) Of note is the fact that you can always be sure to see plenty of parrots in the trees. They are relatively tame so it's a superb opportunity to see some brightly coloured parrots up close.
  • Mount Wellington, [3]. fantastic view from the top of Mount Wellington, take a bus to "Fern Tree" and then walk a steep zig-zag track to the top or enjoy a scenic drive to the summit. There are walks for all fitness levels. Be sure to bring warm clothes as even in summer the summit is around 4°C. Be wary of long, sharp icicles falling off the mobile phone tower. Take care when driving especially at night due to the abundant wildlife on the mountain. Mount Wellington Descent [4] provides downhill bicycle tours from the summit, with transport from Hobart provided.
  • Live Music, [5]. The Tasmanian Gig Guide publishes a monthly live music listing that is available for download on their website. Check out what music is playing at all the venues in Hobart. [6]
  • Runnymede, Bay Rd, New Town - gracious 1840s colonial home set in beautiful gardens, open to public
  • Peppermint Bay Cruise, [7]. If you are in Hobart and need to kill half a day, this is an absolute must! You start off in Hobart and board a luxury passenger yacht, which takes you for a cruise around the bay. On the way to Peppermint Bay the crew points out different sites like Salmon Farms, Local Sealife, and geographic wonders. When you arrive at Peppermint Bay you are treated to an amazing Tazmanian clambake, of clam chowder, fish, and rock lobster. The restaurant is wonderful with its rich hard wood floors and a wall that is completely made of glass so that you can enjoy the picturesque scenery. After a fun day they take you home. You can make your bookings at 1300 137 919. Ticket Sales: Hobart Cruise Centre, Brooke Street Pier, Sullivans Cove, Hobart. Departures: Cruises depart from Brooke Street Pier, Sullivans Cove 11.30AM Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday (May 1st - September 30th). Returns 4.30PM. 12PM daily (October 1st - April 30th). Returns 5.00PM.
  • Shot Tower, Taroona - colonial stone tower for making gun shot, tours and souvenir shop
  • Government Antarctic Division, Kingston -has two rooms of exhibits both historic and modern. Canteen in basement acts as cafe till 3.30PM
  • Walk, The tourist information has a free booklet of walks in Hobart and up Mt Wellington. Kingston has a similar booklet


Hobart has a good wine industry, with many well established wineries just outside of Hobart. Tasmania's cool growing climate lends very well to production of the lighter varieties, such as riesling, sauvignon blanc, and point noir. The primary wine growing region around Hobart is known as Coal River Valley and encompasses the towns of Cambridge and Richmond; but here are also other wineries in the Greater Hobart area. Due to the distances and lack of public transport to these areas the best way of visiting them is by car. There are also places that do organised tours, usually of a weekend. 2 places are Boutique Wine Tours [32] and Classic Car Tours [33]

  • Charles Reuben Estate, 777 Middle Tea Tree Road, Tea Tree 7017, (03) 6268 1702. W-Su. The range of wines by winemaker Tim Krushka includes pinot noir, chardonnay, a Bordeaux-blend red and a sauvignon blanc semillon.
  • Coal Valley Vineyard, 257 Richmond Road, Cambridge 7170, (03) 6248 5367, [8]. Th-Su from 10AM - 4PM. Coal Valley's range includes riesling, chardonnay, pinot noir, tempranillo and a cabernet merlot blend.
  • Moorilla, 655 Main Rd, Berriedale 7011, (03) 6277 9900, [9]. Open Daily. Conor van der Reest is Moorilla's winemaker. Moorilla's range includes sparking, riesling, sauvignon blanc, chardonnay and pinot noir.
  • Meadowbank Estate, 699 Richmond Road, Cambridge 7170, (03) 6248 4484, [10]. 7 days 10AM – 5PM. Meadowbank features sparkling white, riesling, chardonnay, pinot gris, pinot noir and cabernet


Hobart has a profusion of eating establishments ranging from the cheap to the luxuriously expensive. Freshly caught seafood is a specialty of the region, and there are several excellent seafood restaurants. Deep-sea Trevalla is unique to Tasmania and must be tried. Tasmanian lobster is also excellent. Scallop pie is also unique to Tasmania and can be easily purchased from the Salamanca Market food stalls. Restaurants are concentrated in the Salamanca and North Hobart areas.

  • Machine Laundry Cafe, 12 Salamanca Square, tel 03 6224 9922 (fax: fax 03 6224 7967.). This cafe (which also houses a laundromat, hence the name) is a good place for a filling breakfast of $8-$15. Eggs benedict and banana and ricotta pancakes are recommended.
  • Mures Fish Centre, Victoria Dock, 03 6231 1999 (upper deck) or 03 6231 2121 (lower deck). (fax: 03 6234 4464), [11]. Mures has two sections: the upper deck is a stylish seafood restaurant (mains $20-$30); the lower deck is a cafeteria style bistro (mains approx $10) and served mainly deep fried fish and the like. Reservations are usually required for the upper deck.
  • The Drunken Admiral, 19 Old Wharf, Hobart Town, (03) 6234 1903 (fax: (03) 6231 1259), [12]. Dinner from 6PM - Seven nights a week. Wonderful restaurant close to Mures. The seafood platter is highly recommended. It is important to make a reservation as this is a popular restaurant. Mains $21.90-$31.90.
  • Ball and Chain, Salamanca, long established and very popular steakhouse
  • Lark Distillery (Tasmanian Whisky), 14 Davey Street Hobart (Next to the Tourist Information Centre), 03)6231 9088, [13]. 10AM-till evening. Tasmania's first whisky distillery since the 1830's. Internationally acclaimed Whisky and spirits, Tours and guided tastings, rare whisky archive, unique whisky inspired gifts, coffee, plowman's lunch, tap beer, live music
  • HeartFood, Street entrance to Bank Arcade (at Liverpool St), 6234 2884. Vegetarian/Vegan restaurant that offers organic, gluten-free and whole foods. Open for lunch only. M-F 10AM - 4PM.
  • Jackman & McRoss Bakery, 57 Hampden Rd, Battery Point. A Hobart institution with fantastic bakery treats - a must visit when in town. Walk in and take one look at the counter display and you'll see why. Eat-in is table service with a different price list. Short walk from Salamanca Place - head up the stairs by the gallery, keep walking along the road and it's just on the right. You can't miss it, there will be lots of cars parked nearby.



  • Bar Celona, 45 Salamanca Place, ph 03 6224 7557 (fax 03 6224 7388). Bar Celona is a combined wine bar and cafe. The decor is open and wood panelled: while it can get a bit noisy, it's a good place to escape some of the much more crowded bars on a busy weekend night, especially if you want to have a nice glass or two of wine.
  • Isobar, 11a Franklin Wharf. Formally known as 'carbon', Isobar lounge and Isobar_the nightclub are open 3 nights a week and is a popular hang out for the younger crowd with 3 distinctive areas in the nightclub and the bar downstairs catering more to the upmarket drinkers. Some say that Isobar is probably one of the most popular nightclubs in Hobart, others would disagree. Beware that the male patrons get into fights with the bouncers with disturbing regularity.
  • The Lower House, 9 Murray St.. The mildly witty name of this lounge bar across the road from parliament is a decent metaphor for the atmosphere. Colloquially known as 'lower' it is a pre-drinking venue of choice for a mostly young crowd. There is seating inside, as well as a reasonably large outside area. They do food, but it does get very crowded after about 10PM. Directly across the lane from Mobius.
  • Mobius, Despard St. Depending on who you ask, Mobius will be described as either the seediest or the best club in Hobart. The grumpy bouncers and reasonably seedy atmosphere though, can't detract from the fact that the DJ's are clearly some of the best in Hobart and the dancefloor is regularly full. Generally plays more underground, electronic music. Recently quite enthused by dubstep.
  • The Lark Distillery, 14 Davey Street, Ph. (03) 6231 9088, [34]. The Lark Distillery is the first licensed distillery in Tasmania since 1839 and now operates as a bar, store and distillery in one. It produces fine single malt whiskey and other liqueurs. It provides free tastings of liqueurs and spirits and charges a small fee to taste their 3 types of whiskeys ($2 each tasting or $5 for all 3). Their bush liqueur also has a distinctive taste through the use of pepperberries. There are several live music performances a week. Entry is always free and students receive a 10% discount on drinks.
  • The Quarry Salamanca, 27 Salamanca Place, Ph. (03) 6223 6552, [35]. The Quarry is a sophisticated modern bar, the building has been part of the Salamanca landscape for nearly 200 years and has been beautifully restored integrating a modern edge with the original sandstone facade. They also have a restaurant and apartment accommodation.
  • Cargo Bar Lounge, 47-51 Salamanca Place, Ph. (03) 6223 7788. Cargo is one of the more recently opened bars in Hobart. Modern feel with a mix of outdoor seating on the street, or a quieter secluded booth style seating at the back of the bar. Drinks are the usual fare; a selection of beers on tap, a good choice of wines and most spirits.
  • Flamingo's Dance Bar, 201 Liverpool St, Ph. (03) 6294 6173. Hobart's only gay bar. This place is small and intimate and it goes off on Friday and Saturday night, especially during the summer months. They also put on a pretty wild New Year's Eve party.


  • The New Sydney Hotel, 87 Bathurst Street. One of the most popular inner-city pubs, the cosy New Sydney is home to Hobart's Irish community and offers an Irish pub atmosphere rather more authentic than that of an Irish theme pub (see Irish Murphy's, below). Large range of imported and local beers on tap.
  • The Alley Cat, Corner of Federal and Elizabeth St. North Hobart, Ph 03 6236 9777. A five minute cab ride/30 minute walk from the city, the Alley Cat is one of the homes of Hobart's live music scene. Only a basic range of beers on tap, with standard pub meals available, the Alley Cat is worth a look if you wish to sample some Tassie bands.
  • Republic Bar & Cafe, 299 Elizabeth Street, North Hobart, Tel: (03) 6234 6954, [36]. In its day, the former Empire Hotel was one of Hobart's roughest pubs, hosting a shoot-out during the 1980s. Australian cricketer Max Walker grew up in the Empire, which was run by his parents. After a re-modelling and re-branding as the Republic Bar in the mid-1990s, it has become one of the State's most popular pubs.Today The Republic Bar is Tasmania's premier music venue, with live music 7 days. It hosts an award winning restaurant, art gallery and a large covered beer garden that is good all year round.
  • Knopwood's Retreat, 39 Salamanca Place, Hobart, Tel: (03) 6223 5808. Possibly Tasmania's most famous pub, Knopwood's is set in one of the ancient sandstone warehouses that line Salamanca Place. It remains THE place for after-work drinks on Fridays, when the crowd spills out into Salamanca and many punters take their drinks across the road to sit on the lawns. Particularly popular with univerisity students, the pub hosts Syrup nightclub upstairs, one of Hobart's more intimate (and better) clubs. A pint of James Boags Wizard Smith's is a must!
  • The Shipwright's Arms, 29 Trumpeter St, Battery Point, Tel: (03) 62235551. Located in Battery Point, one of Australia's oldest suburbs, the Arms opened in 1842. Cosy fires and Chesterfields is the atmosphere here and the nautical theme attracts participants in the Sydney-Hobart yacht race around the new year. A popular local pub, slightly off the tourist trail, the beer garden is an attractive place for a meal on summer evenings.
  • Irish Murphy's, 21 Salamanca Place, tel 03 6223 1119 (fax 03 6223 1133, email [email protected]), [37]. Irish Murphy's is a busy Irish pub on one of the prime nightlife strips. It has a young crowd dancing to pop hits from their childhood in a fake Irish franchise pub.


  • Villino Espresso, 30 Criterion St, 03 6231 0890, [14]. Small cafe in the CBD of Hobart. Good coffee made well and consistently.


  • Adelphi Court YHA, 17 Stoke Street, New Town, phone 03 6228 4829 (fax 03 6278 2047, email: [email protected]), [38]. Prices $22 dorm bed, $56-$62 for a double room and $65-$71 for a single room.
  • Alexandra on Battery, 3 Sonning Crescent, Sandy Bay, phone 03 6225 2574 (fax 03 6225 3522). Prices $80-$90 per night.
  • Battery Point Boutique Accommodation, 27-29 Hampden Road, self contained apartments in historic Battery Point. $145-$210 per night. [39] ph 0422 629432 email [email protected]
  • Cottage on Lord, 49 Lord Street, Sandy Bay, phone 03 6224 0823, [40]. Prices $255 per night.
  • Dr Syntax Hotel, 139 Sandy Bay Road, Sandy Bay, phone 03 6223 6258 (fax 03 6224 0132). Pub-style accommodation. Prices $45-$70.
  • Montgomery's Private Hotel & YHA Backpackers [41].
  • Motel 429, 429 Sandy Bay Road, Sandy Bay. phone 03 6225 2511 (fax 03 6225 4354, email: [email protected]), [42]. Prices $99-$113 per night.
  • Rydges Hobart, Cnr Argyle Street & Lewis Street, ph 1300 857 922. Rydges Hobart is located just 2 km from hobarts central business district. Rydges Hobart’s heritage listed buildings and antique suites capture the essence of historic Hobart. Rydges Hotels and Resorts is an Austrailian owned and operated company.
  • Somerset on the Pier Hobart, Elizabeth Street Pier, (61-3) 6220 6600 (, fax: (61-3) 6224 1277), [15]. Somerset on the Pier is an award-winning transformation of the early 1930s pier building, offering views of the River Derwent and Historic Sullivan's Cove. All 56 apartments, which range from one-bedroom executives to two-bedroom premiers are non-smoking, and have a kitchen and broadband internet access. Daily rates starts from $190.
  • Somerset on Salamanca Hobart, No 8 Salamanca Place, (61-3) 6220 6600 (, fax: (61-3) 6224 1277), [16]. The serviced residence offers a range of apartments from studios to two-bedroom executives that comes with a private balcony or courtyard, kitchen and broadband internet access. Situated minutes from the Central Business District and Salamanca Market. Daily rates starts from $175.
  • Waterside Accommodation [43], phone 62492352. The Hobart properties are located at Austins Ferry. All have views, are on the water and are available for short term rental.
  • Welcome Stranger Hotel, Cnr Davey and Harrington Sts (Opposite St David's Park), +61 3 62236655, [17]. Good Hotel in Hobart that is close to the city and waterfront. Breakfast is included.
  • Brunswick Hotel (Tassie Backpackers), 67 Liverpool Street, 03 6234 4981, [18]. checkout: 10:30am. Great location a half block from the pedestrian mall on Elizabeth Street. Dorm rooms start at $23. Private en suite rooms start at $65. Big covered outdoor area in the back. Very nice bar and restaurant out front. $23 and up.


  • Lenna, 20 Runnymede Street, Battery Point, tel +61 3 6232 3900, Reservations freecall 1800 030 633 (within Australia), mailto:[email protected], [44]. one of Hobart's most stylish boutique hotels.
  • Grand Chancellor, Davey St. Attached to the hotel is the Federation Concert Hall, the home of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.
  • The Henry Jones Art Hotel, winner of a national award for luxury small hotels.
  • The Islington, 321 Davey Street, Hobart, tel +61 (0)3-6220-2123, [45], Is an amazing converted mansion built in 1874. Rooms are fantastic with a view of Mt Wellington and a garden. Public spaces inside the hotel have open fires, original art work and antique furniture. Service is excellent. Room rates can be negotiated, but don't expect cheap (400+ / night).

Stay safe

While Hobart is safe to navigate by foot during daylight hours, walking alone after dark in the CBD should be avoided, particularly in and around the Elizabeth Street Mall, St David's Park, Franklin Square, and areas close to drinking establishments in Salamanca Place and on the waterfront. Poorly lit streets, minimal police presence and a general lack of foot traffic make areas of Hobart at times more dangerous than parts of more populated Australian cities.


The Service Tasmania & Parks and Wildlife office on Macquarie St. has free internet. Hadleys Hotel foyer has a free WiFi hotspot and excellent public bar for sheltering from the cold in comfort. There are numerous internet 'cafes' in the city center. Many actual coffee shops offer free wireless internet with a purchase.

Get out

From Hobart, the attractions of southern and central Tasmania are in easy reach, including:

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