Hobart is the capital and largest city on the Australian state of Tasmania. Hobart is located in the south east on the mouth of the Derwent River. The population is about 220,000. The weather is generally much cooler than mainland Australia.
January and February are the warmest months with an average day time temperature of around 22º C (71º F) and the coolest months are June and July with average temperatures of 12º C (53º F). In addition, there is the first legal casino in Australia.
Now we will give our list of 10 things to do in Hobart.
1. Mount Wellington
This wonderful mountain dominates the skyline of Hobart and is often snow capped in winter, sometimes snow can also fall on its summit in summer too. It rises to a height of 1271 metres (4170 feet) above ground level. There is much forest on the lower part of Mt. Wellington but it becomes more sparse at higher altitudes. There are many walk trails and there is a narrow and winding road that takes you to the summit.
The weather conditions at the peak can be very windy and cold compared to conditions at ground level. Even in the summer months the average temperature in the day is only 13º C (56º F) Wind speeds of over 100 km/h (62 mph) are not uncommon.
Once at the summit the views are amazing and on a clear day it’s possible to see almost 100 km (62 miles). There is an enclosed viewing area if the weather outside is too cold or windy. You can reach the summit from the city by taking Huon Road and Pillinger Drive. The distance in about 20 km.
2. Battery Point
This is a suburb of Hobart only about 1 km from the city centre. It’s well know for its history and architecture as it’s one of the oldest parts of Hobart. This area was first settled in the early 1800s. Not long after this a battery of guns were places here to protect the Hobart area, hence the name of this suburb.
For those who love architecture and history this is the place to visit. It’s best seen on foot and there are many cafes and restaurants around if you need to sit down for a while. Around Hobart accommodation is also readily available.
3. Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens
These beautiful gardens make up part of an area just north east of the city called the ‘Queens Domain’ The gardens are the second oldest botanic gardens in Australia, and were established in 1818.
They cover an area of about 14 hectares (35 acres) There are around 6500 species growing here and many hundreds are Tasmanian types. There are many different areas displaying thousands of beautiful plants of all types. Some of the area include: Cactus House, Lily Pond, Japanese Garden. There is a shop and restaurant here as well. You can access the gardens from Lower Domain Road.
4. Tasmanian Air Adventures
Would you like to see the amazing beauty of Hobart and surrounds from the air? Among Hobart attractions we suggest you take a scenic flight by seaplane. There are different scenic flights available but if you wish to stay in the Hobart area you can do the ‘Hobart City Scenic’ flight. All flight depart from the corner of Hunter Street and Franklin Wharf.
The City Scenic flight has a duration of 30 minutes and costs about A$125 pp. You will get wonderful views of the Derwent River, beaches, botanic gardens and of course Mt. Wellington. For full information on flights and prices you can call 1300 359 822 in Australia or +61 409 430 667 outside Australia.
5. Port Arthur
The town of Port Arthur is a former convict settlement and lies about 60 km (38 miles) to the south east of Hobart. The town can be reached by bus and ferry as well as car. From 1833 to 1853 the worst offending convicts were sent to this area. You can see more than 30 historic building, ruins, homes that have been restored.
The entire site covers about 40 hectares (100 acres). There are also shops, cafes, picnic area and barbecues. Be sure to go to the Visitor Centre too where they will tell you what to do in Hobart and give you all the latest information on tours and other things such as cheap accommodation Hobart.
6. Bruny Island
This beautiful island is located approximately 20 km south of Hobart. The island has some incredibly beautiful scenery and is home to a lot of different animals and birds. There are actually two islands, North Bruny and South Bruny and they are connected by a narrow piece of land. The entire length is about 100 km (62 miles).
Ferry services depart the mainland from Kettering, about 45 minutes drive south of Hobart. The ferry goes to the north island and the journey time is around 20 minutes. Please phone 03 6273 6725 for information.
7. Salamanca Place
Named after the Spanish province. Salamanca Hobart is one of the most visited. It’s famous for its nightlife, pubs and clubs, restaurants, cafes. There are also art galleries and many shops. One of the most popular events here happens each Saturday, the Salamanca Markets.
Opening at 8.00 am you can browse at around 300 different stalls selling foods and other goods made locally, from interstate and overseas. Salamanca Place is also close to Parliament Square and Sullivans Cove on the Derwent River so why not have a look at these picturesque sights when you are in the area?
8. St David’s Cathedral
Hobart tours often include visiting St David’s Cathedral. This beautiful Cathedral was built over a number of years with construction finishing in 1936.
It is located on the corner of Murray Street and Macquarie Street. There is a 650 seat capacity and many different military bands and choirs have performed here over the years. The Cathedral is open every day and is well worth a visit.
9. Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
This wildlife park is about a 30 minute drive north of Hobart, at 593 Briggs Road, Brighton. There are many animals here that are now only living in Tasmania as they have become extinct everywhere else. One of the most popular animals to see is the Tasmanian Devil, which has been listed as endangered since 2008. These animals are about the size of a small dog and are not as bad as their name suggests!
This Hobart zoo is open daily from 9.00am to 5.00pm. Tours are conducted day and night.
10. Mt Field National Park
This beautiful area is about 60 minutes drive north west of Hobart. It is the number one national park in Tasmania, and with good reason. This area offers wonderful views, many wonderful scenic walk trails, a large amount of beautiful flora and fauna. One of the main attractions here is the wonderful Russell Falls.
This beautiful waterfall is set amongst lovely tall trees and ferns and makes an incredible site and photo opportunity. There is a shop and lovely cafe where you can buy some very tasty meals. If you want accommodation in this area caravan and camp facilities are available. Accommodation is also available in the nearby towns of New Norfolk, Westerway and Ellendale.