Welcome to Hobart, the charming capital of Tasmania

Hobart offers a refreshing change from your average city. The air feels fresher, restaurants get their produce from farms on the city fringe, and you can explore mountains and modern art museums on the same day. After uncovering Hobart‘s thriving foodie scene, venture beyond the city to discover unique creatures and habitats in the Tarkine Region, explore Freycinet's pink peaks or try to spot Tasmanian devils at Cradle Mountain National Park.

Our Hobart tours

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Explore Cradle Mountain National Park and the Bay of Fires on this nature-filled...

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Explore the best of south eastern Tasmania, from Hobart to Bruny Island to Port Arthur,...

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Taste Tasmania’s finest cuisine on this trip through Launceston, Cradle Mountain...

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Tour the enchanting natural wonders and charming coastal towns of Tasmania, including...

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Tailor-Made trips

Take four or more on an exclusive trip and tailor your itinerary

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From your base in historic Port Arthur, walk a section of the famous three capes track...

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See Tasmania’s highlights from north to south, including visits to takayna/Tarkine,...

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Discover the best of Australia’s Tasmania with a visit to the Tarkine rainforest and...

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Visit Hobart and southeastern Tasmania with a short trip to the Tasman Peninsula, Hartz...

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Discover the best of Tasmania’s coastal walks. From Launceston to Hobart, see Freycinet...

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Explore Maria Island where you’ll discover convict history and First Nations sites, go...

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Discover the rugged beauty of Bruny Island on a Bruny Island 6-day hiking trip with an...

Highlights of Hobart

Hobart waterfront

Explore Hobart's waterfront

Explore Hobart’s waterfront area and browse Salamanca Place where you will find private art galleries and fashion boutiques plus eateries and pubs built inside historic bond stores from the 1800s. It costs nothing to admire beautiful artworks from local artisans.

Shopper at Salamanca Market, Hobart

Shop at Salamanca Market

The Salamanca Market is a longstanding Saturday morning tradition in Hobart. What started as a few pop-up stalls has grown into half a kilometre of seasonal and artisanal food stalls, locally produced fashion, art and crafts, and a selection of boutique distilled spirits.

Port Arthur

Visit Port Arthur

Step back in time at the historic penal colony of Port Arthur, where more than 12,000 convicts served their time between 1830 and 1877. This open-air museum is one of Australia’s most compelling historic attractions, and visiting is a deeply moving experience with a wealth of stories to uncover.

Cascade Brewery

Raise your glass

Wineries, breweries and distilleries are everywhere in Hobart. Roll into Cascade Brewery for a hands-on tour of its historic brewery which is the oldest in Australia. Or, if whisky is your tipple, pop into Lark Distillery to enjoy a tasting flight on a whiskey barrel table.

Two people walking at MONA in Hobart

Get arty at MONA

Get ready for wonderful, weird (and occasionally wacky) artwork. The cutting-edge Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), which is located just out of town, has a world-class reputation and is well worth a visit. Getting to MONA on the ferry is half the fun — imagine a camouflaged catamaran with fibreglass animals for chairs.

Mt Wellington view

Visit Mt Wellington

Head to the top of Mt Wellington for a wilderness experience within 10 minutes of the city. The 21-kilometre drive to the summit climbs from temperate rainforest to sub-alpine flora and glacial formations, ending in panoramic views of Hobart and beyond. 

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Hobart FAQs

Trips from 1 January 2023 onwards

From 1 January 2023, Intrepid will no longer require travellers to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 (excluding all Polar trips and select adventure cruises). However, we continue to strongly recommend that all Intrepid travellers and leaders get vaccinated to protect themselves and others.

Specific proof of testing or vaccination may still be required by your destination or airline. Please ensure you check travel and entry requirements carefully.

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Hobart Airport is located 17 kilometres east of the CBD. A SkyBus service travels to/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.

Learn more about how to get to Hobart

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, and Tassie in general, is a year-round destination. There's a buzz in summer (December-February) with alfresco diners along the waterfront, warm weather for exploring the Botanic Gardens and walking trails around Hobart, and heaps of festivals and events.

Spring (September-November) and autumn (March-May) are great times to go walking thanks to seasonal colours throughout Hobart and southern Tasmania, while winter is perfect if you love crisp winter days and rugging up in cosy pubs around a log fire.

Learn more about the best time to visit Hobart

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 wi-fi coverage in town and most of the surrounding area. 

Hobart is a small but vibrant city with 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's good mobile coverage in town and most of the surrounding area. However, your phone reception may be a little patchy on the road and in more remote areas.

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.

Learn more about Accessible Travel with Intrepid

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