Hobart is far from the big city lights of Melbourne and Sydney. It possesses an authentic small-town vibe which draws millions of Australian and international tourists each year. Situated on the gorgeous Australian island-state of Tasmania, Hobart offers travellers the chance to explore glorious mountains, vibrant history, and extraordinary restaurants and bars for foodies and beer connoisseurs. The capital of Tasmania is something special and it feels like a world away from the major cities on Australia’s eastern seaboard.
How to get in and out of Hobart
The city of Hobart is not as big as other Australian travel destinations. Much of its charm is based around it being a small city away from the bigger locations that attract more travellers. Hobart is home to around 224,000 people, so some of the amenities of other big
Australian cities are available. There are plenty of ways to reach Hobart and
to get around town.
Hobart Airport – The main gateway to Hobart is via the airport which services the city. Hobart Airport is a regional airport that receives domestic flights, which means you will enter Australia from an international airport elsewhere before connecting to a flight to the city. The airport's main shuttle service is the
SkyBus Airport Shuttle
Flights arrive and go to Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, and Sydney to name a few destinations.
Spirit of Tasmania – You can reach Hobart via the Spirit of Tasmania ferry. The ferry takes both passengers and cars across the Bass Strait. Starting in Melbourne, travellers will be dropped off in northern Tasmania and can then drive to Hobart. Driving from Devonport to Hobart takes around three hours and is the cheapest way to reach the Tasmanian capital.
Coach/Bus – Once passengers reach Devonport on the Spirit of Tasmania ferry, they can hop on a coach/bus that runs between the ferry terminal and Hobart. The bus takes just under five hours to reach Hobart.
How to get around Hobart
Hobart offers travellers a variety of options for getting around. The good news is that the capital city isn’t as big as Sydney or Melbourne, which makes getting around easy. However, if you want to reach some of the destination outside of Hobart and explore Tasmania’s great natural surroundings, then you may have some difficulty getting to them. Having a rental/hire car may be handy as it allows you to get to other points of the island-state.
Buses – You can catch most buses from Elizabeth Street or Franklin Square. These buses cover a large network and provide a variety of services, including express travel. A Metro Greencard can be purchased prior to using the bus network for easy travel. Cards can be purchased at designated shops for $25.
Red Decker – Hobart offers sightseers the chance to hop on and hop off the Red Decker bus. This gives you the chance to see the city and get up close to the sites you want to explore more in depth.
Ferries – MONA is one of the most popular destinations and the ferries take visitors to the crazy art museum. You can hop on a ferry at Brooke Street Pier and travel the 25 minutes to Claremont where MONA resides.
Rideshare – If you fly into Hobart or take a passenger ferry and coach, then you may need to use a rideshare app to move about the city. Uber and Lyft currently operate in Hobart. There are also local taxi services.
What to do in Hobart
Hobart may be smaller than the other main tourist cities in Australia, but it delivers some outstanding sites to see. From a world-class art museum to hipster breweries, Hobart has everything and more you could want on holiday.
MONA is one of the coolest art museums in the world. Opened in 2011, the Museum of Old and New Art offers an extensive range of artworks. The museum’s architecture is just as unique as the works inside.
A trip to Battery Point offers you the chance to explore Hobart’s history. People began living at Battery Point in the early 1800s. Once home to the city’s coastal defences, it is now the site of beautiful homes, cafes, and restaurants for foodies to explore.
Kunanyi, aka Mount Wellington, is the backdrop to Hobart. If you want to get your exercise, then take the rigorous hike up to the summit. You can drive to the top in just 30 minutes.
Hobart is situated 20 minutes from Coal River Valley. The region is Tasmania’s main wine-producing area. After you explore the natural scenery of the valley, stop off and sample local wines.
If wine isn’t your drink, then head over to Australia’s oldest brewery for a beer. Cascade Brewery dates back to 1824. Situated at the foot of Mount Wellington, you can sip beers at the brewery’s revamped bar.
You have got to try
Wasabi grows wild in Tasmania and many artisan cheesemakers have added the ingredient to their cheese. Wasabi cheddar cheese offers a zing with every bite.
You can experience four different weather seasons in Hobart. From cool winters to warm summers, there is a variety of weather patterns, and each season offers a unique experience.
is at its peak during December and January in Hobart. It is around this time that you will experience the city’s best and warmest weather.
lasts between March and June and offers comfortable temperatures for exploring Hobart.
hits full strength in July, which is the coldest month of the year. July is also the driest month. You will experience average temperatures of 12-degrees Celsius.
occurs from September through November. You will find more comfortable weather as December approaches and Hobart experiences its wettest month of the year.
Fun Fact about Hobart
Tasmania is an incredible island-state with beautiful natural scenery like no other place in Australia. Over 42% of Tasmania is a World Heritage Area, forest reserve, national park, or marine reserve. The island is ideal for travellers seeking outdoor adventure and an escape from the hustle and bustle of major cities. Its natural setting and laidback vide are why people give up living on the mainland and move to Tassie.