Hobart and Surrounds

Arts, Culture and Heritage

The pretty city of Hobart lies at the foot of Mount Wellington in the state's south-east. Famous for its 19th-century waterfront warehouses that now house cafes, restaurants, arts, crafts, music and theatre studios, Hobart is a fantastic place to spend some time.

Visitors can enjoy browsing the markets and art galleries as well as admire the talents of buskers performing along the waterfront. The cosmopolitan dining of North Hobart and the historic charm of Battery Point also beckon the visitor, as does a flutter at the Wrest Point Casino. For a taste sensation, a tour of the Cascade Brewery or Cadbury Chocolate Factory should do the trick!

Hobart is also a good base from which to do day trips. A must-see is Port Arthur Historic Site: created with convict labour, the impressive architecture, delightful gardens and chilling prison facilities survive today for you to explore. From Hobart, you can also head to the rugged south-west. Have an adventure out to Bruny Island, explore the beauty of the Huon Valley or cruise the dazzling Derwent River.

Historians will love the Derwent Valley region, as tales filter down from the arrival of Irish rebels who were sent over as convicts. Settlement first took place along the banks of the Derwent as early as 1810, in the heart of the Valley at New Norfolk.

Insiders' Tips

  1. Beer and Food Matching: As well as fascinating brewery tour, Cascade Brewery also hosts a daily food and beer matching gourmet experience
  2. Visit MONA: Take a ferry up the Derwent River to the museum of Old and New Art.
  3. Walk Among Giants: Get right up into the canopy of the forest at the Tahune Forest Airwalk.
  4. Dinner All Around: Visit the Wrest Point Casino's revolving restaurant for an ever-changing view.

For More Information

For maps, days tours and accommodation options, visit the Hobart and Surrounds chapter in our Tasmania online brochure. Click here.

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