Visiting Hobart

Hobart is the vibrant capital city of Tasmania, Australia’s southernmost state.

Tasmania’s fine food, great outdoors, cutting-edge cultural attractions and packed events calendar all combine to make it a truly unique experience for international visitors.

The Lonely Planet guide lists Tasmania at No. 4 in its top global travel destinations, describing Hobart as “wild and dramatic, cultured and quirky, isolated yet accessible.”

Nestled between the banks of the Derwent River and the foothills of Mt Wellington, the city combines the colonial charm of Georgian sandstone architecture with a modern lifestyle - in a setting of exceptional beauty.

Take a walk along Hobart’s waterfront, explore the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery or take a ferry up river to the world-famous Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) for an unparalleled modern art experience.

As the home of the Australian Antarctic Division, the Antarctic Climate & Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre and the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, Hobart is also a thriving hub of polar science and logistics and a regular port of call for the world’s Antarctic programs.

Visitors to the city can explore Salamanca Place, a short walk from the waterfront, with its galleries, theatres, craft shops and on Saturdays enjoy the food and entertainment of Salamanca market, Australia’s best outdoor market.

The city is also close to many of Tasmania’s best travel experiences, from historic Port Arthur penal colony and the rugged Tasman Peninsula to Bruny Island, the Huon and Bay of Fires and Mount Field National Park.


Getting Here

Hobart is well served by the Sydney and Melbourne international airports.

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There are countless family friendly attractions and activities around Hobart in February. The Lonely Planet website keeps an extensive list.

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Public Events Calendar

Southern Tasmania has a packed year-round events calendar. Check the Events Tasmania website for more details.

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