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How to Spend 1 Day in Hobart

How to Spend 1 Day in Hobart

Tasmania’s capital has it all—historic sights, stunning natural scenery, and lively neighborhoods—but with just 24 hours in Hobart, it’s best to focus on the highlights. Plan your itinerary wisely to maximize your time, or join a guided tour to ensure you don’t miss anything. Here are some ideas.

 

Morning: Visit Mount Wellington

Make an early start and head for Hobart’s most famous view point: Mt. Wellington. Known to locals as The Mountain, the 4,170-foot (1,271-meter) peak affords stunning views over Hobart, and a guided visit helps you save time and drive directly to the summit.

 

At the foot of the mountain, the Cascades Brewery, Tasmania’s oldest brewery, is a popular stop for refreshments before returning to the city to explore the neighborhoods of South Hobart. If you’re visiting on Saturday, Salamanca Market is a must, filled with art, handicrafts, and delicious foods. Even if you miss the market, Salamanca is the perfect spot to shop for souvenirs and enjoy fish and chips as you stroll around the harbor.

 

Afternoon: Sightseeing in the City

A sightseeing tour is the ideal way to take in the highlights of Hobart, but travelers who want a bit more flexibility can opt for a hop-on hop-off bus tour. Perhaps stop at nearby Battery Point to admire central landmarks like Parliament House and Victoria Docks, or take a stroll around the beautiful Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens.

 

Alternatively, pay a visit to the MONA (Museum of Old and New Art), one of Tasmania’s most beloved art museums. Reached via a scenic ferry ride across the Derwent River, the museum is a must for art lovers and is home to the Moorilla Winery, where you can sample Tasmanian wines.

 

Night: Hobart Lights Up at Night

Hobart’s picturesque waterfront and harbor are even more stunning at night. Sign up for an evening city tour and admire illuminated landmarks such as Tasman Bridge, Cornelian Bay, and Mt. Nelson Signal Station.

 

Back in the city, book a dinner date at one of Hobart’s top restaurants—The Glass House and Aloft both offer waterfront views—or head to Hunter Street, where you’ll find some of the city’s coolest bars.

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Private Customized Day Trip from Hobart

Private Customized Day Trip from Hobart

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Seize your day with a highly personalized, private tour from the Hobart area. Rent a 4X4 that seats four people to access off-the-road locations that highlight Tasmania's famous wilderness, or opt for a number of SUV options that seat up to 14 people for a larger party. Your driver and guide will work with you to plan your ideal itinerary based on your time constraints and interests in the Hobart area, from the historical attractions at Port Arthur to the natural wonders of the Huon Valley.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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Hobart Half-Day Sightseeing Coach Tram Tour
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Hobart Half-Day Sightseeing Coach Tram Tour

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See Hobart’s top sights on a city tour by coach tram, a historical Hobart tram that’s been converted into a motorized coach. On either a morning or afternoon tour (select when booking), discover attractions like Sullivan’s Cove, St. David’s Cathedral, the Queens Domain, and Cascade Gardens. Admire the historic homes and pubs of Battery Point, and view Georgian warehouses that have been turned into restaurants and galleries at Salamanca Place.
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  • 3 hours
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Five of Hobart's Best In One Day

Five of Hobart's Best In One Day

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Enjoy five of the top activities in Hobart in one day on this tour designed for those who are short on time in the city and don't want to miss its best experiences. Attractions include Salamanca Market (on Saturdays), Mount Wellington, city highlights, the historical nearby town of Richmond, and the option to visit either Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary or the MONA (Museum of Old and New Art).
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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Hobart City Sightseeing Tour Including MONA Admission
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Hobart City Sightseeing Tour Including MONA Admission

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Enhance a Hobart sightseeing tour with included admission to the MONA (Museum of Old and New Art), one of the most fascinating—and talked-about—museums in Australia. Start with the city tour to see top Hobart attractions like Cascade Gardens, the old Female Convict Prison, and Rosny Hill Lookout Then arrive at MONA for a look at its varied collection, from Neolithic artifacts to controversial art installations.
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  • 8 hours
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Mount Wellington Ultimate Experience Tour from Hobart

Mount Wellington Ultimate Experience Tour from Hobart

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Visit Mt. Wellington for views of Hobart and the surrounding scenery on this coach tour. After hotel pickup, travel to the summit of the mountain, where, on a clear day, you can look out at the city, the D’Entrecasteaux Channel and Bruny Island. Admire the rocky landscape of the mountain, including the Organ Pipes rock formation, and see sights like Cascade Valley. Admission to the Female Factory Historic Site included.
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Hobart Historic Walking Tour
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Hobart Historic Walking Tour

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Hobart’s history is full of colonial conquests and convict stories, and what better way to discover it than a walking tour? Follow your guide on a 90-minute route around Hobart, stopping to admire city landmarks and heritage buildings. Along the way, learn about the key characters and events that helped shape Hobart into the city it is today, and enjoy plenty of great photo opportunities.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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2-Hour Small-Group Walking Tour of Hobart

2-Hour Small-Group Walking Tour of Hobart

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Take in the highlights of central Hobart on a 2-hour walking tour led by a local guide. Stroll along Hunter Street and the Hobart waterfront, view Salamanca Place, and walk through a city park as you hear about the colonial roots of the capital of Tasmania, and see heritage buildings with Victorian and Georgian architecture. Enjoy a more intimate perspective on the city during this small-group tour that has a maximum group size of eight people.
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Old Hobart Pub Walking Tour

Old Hobart Pub Walking Tour

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Discover the secrets of the old taverns, brothels and pubs of old Hobart during a 1.5-hour walking tour. Your guide shares entertaining stories of the smugglers, convicts and other characters that were involved in shaping the city's history and legends.
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Historic Battery Point

Historic Battery Point

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Discover the charms of the historic Battery Point neighborhood in Hobart on a 2-hour walking tour. Proceed at a leisurely pace through the elegant district, which contains some of the oldest homes in Tasmania. View a variety of architectural styles in homes that range from colonial estates to quaint cottages for workers, and hear from the guide about historical figures who shaped the development of Hobart and Tasmania.
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