History is everywhere in Hobart, the charming capital of Tasmania.
Hobart has been named in so many ‘Hot Lists’ it is hard to believe the place still gets cold. Mt Wellington soars 1270 m above a wide harbour and is frequently dusted with a layer of snow well into spring. A cosy fireplace is seldom far away in winter in Tasmania. Hobart may be where the action is when it comes to up and coming Australian hot spots, but it offers a refreshingly change from your average capital city. Rush hour traffic is virtually non-existent and the compact town centre is a pleasure to navigate on foot with so many picturesque historic streetscapes to admire along the way. Venture beyond the city centre and you can see contemporary art at the world-famous MONA gallery and experience Australia’s convict history at Port Arthur.
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Trips from 1 January 2023 onwards
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Hobart Airport is located 17 kilometres east of the CBD. A SkyBus service travels to and from the city but it costs about the same (or sometimes less) to catch a taxi or an Uber. Car rental desks are available at the airport and many companies also have an office in town. If you need a hire car, book early as prices rise substantially during peak travel periods when hire cars are in high demand.
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Most places in Hobart are within easy walking distance. There are no trains, trams or public ferries but there are buses. If possible, you might like to avoid travelling around using public transport on Sundays as it can get tricky due to the reduced timetable. If you need a hire car, book early as prices rise substantially during peak travel periods when hire cars are in high demand.
If you want to depart from Hobart to visit the rest of Tasmania, check out our Tours from Hobart.
Hobart's weather is (very) changeable. There can be snow on top of Mt Wellington in December or you could be walking around in shorts and a t-shirt in winter. Or piling on warm clothes because the temperature has dipped towards zero degrees at pretty much any time of year.
In short, pretty much everything. Bring clothes you can layer plus a jumper or jacket, wet weather gear, sunscreen, a hat and a beanie. And don't be surprised if you end up wearing all these things on the same day.
Hobart is a fairly casual place although locals do tend to dress up if they are 'hitting the town' at night. Smart casual is the norm at restaurants in Hobart, aside from the signature 'date night' ones like Landscape Restaurant & Grill where people tend to dress up more.
Hobart is the capital of Tasmania so there is good WiFi coverage in town and most of the surrounding area.
Hobart is a small but vibrant city and has a busy festival and event calendar. Some of the most popular festivals in Hobart include:
- Mona Foma - January
- Dark Mofo - June
- Festival of Voices - July
- Taste of Tasmania - December/January
Hobart is the capital of Tasmania so there is good mobile coverage in town and most of the surrounding area.
Intrepid is committed to making travel widely accessible, regardless of ability or disability. That’s why we do our best to help as many people see the world as possible, regardless of any physical or mental limitations they might have. However, we’re always happy to talk to travellers with disabilities and see if we can help guide them towards the most suitable itinerary for their needs and where possible, make reasonable adjustments to our itineraries.