Tasmanian touring ideas – Hobart and surrounds

From the lively waterfront to Port Arthur and in between

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Port Arthur Historic Site - Tourism Tasmania and Stuart Crossett

Port Arthur Historic Site - Tourism Tasmania and Stuart Crossett

Hobart, Tasmania from the air
Salamanca Market - Tourism Tasmania/Hobart City Council
Fresh fish on the Hobart Waterfront - Tourism Tasmania and Nick Osborne
Fortescue Bay, Tasman Peninsula, Tasmania


Hobart, with its majestic waterfront, history, culture and of course, wining and dining offers plenty to explore whatever your taste. Plus there's more to discover just a short drive away.

This itinerary from Tourism Tasmania provides many reasons to dream about, and then book your next Tasmanian holiday!


Day 1: Hobart

  • Explore Sullivans Cove and colourful Salamanca Market (Saturdays only) – art, produce and craft focused around local materials and unique ideas. There’s also buskers performing anything from the blues to folk or jazz.
  • Step back in time with a historic walk of the city or an old pub tour for insight into its once rollicking underbelly.
  • Drive or take a tour to the summit of Mt Wellington for spectacular views of Hobart and beyond. Then stop at the iconic Cascade Brewery at the base of the mountain and sample a variety of ales.
  • Overnight: Hobart

TIP: These excellent accommodation providers in Hobart are offering you a special incentive to enjoy your holiday with them:

Hotel Collins »

The Old Woolstore »


Day 2: Hobart to Port Arthur

  • Explore Australia’s fascinating convict history at World Heritage Listed Port Arthur Historic Site – the knowledgeable guides bring history to life here with their intriguing stories.
  • Take a coastal walk on the Tasman Peninsula and admire the breathtaking scenery, spectacular sea cliffs and wild ocean views. The area is also popular for surfing, sea kayaking and diving.
  • Join a spooky evening Ghost Tour at Port Arthur Historic Site and enjoy a meal at one of the local restaurants serving fresh regional fare and Tasmanian wines.
  • Overnight Port Arthur


Day 3: Port Arthur to Hobart

  • Take a thrilling eco-cruise to Tasman Island and observe a variety of marine wildlife – whales, dolphins, seals, birds and more in their natural habitat.
  • Soak up the village atmosphere of historic Richmond – stop for coffee and browse the galleries, gift shops and antique stores.
  • Visit the wineries of the Coal River Valley and enjoy a leisurely vineyard lunch at Meadowbank.
  • Overnight: Hobart

Day 4: Hobart

  • Taste succulent oysters at Barilla Bay – they don’t come any fresher than this – or sample a variety of other seafood options at the restaurant.
  • Visit MONA (the Museum of Old and New Art) with its infamous and thought-provoking art or satisfy your sweet tooth with a visit to the Cadbury Chocolate Factory.
  • Try ice skating on Hobart’s waterfront and then take a tipple of award winning whiskies at the nearby cosy and inviting Lark Distillery.
  • Overnight: Hobart


Day 5: Hobart to Mt Field and return

  • Visit Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and meet a Tasmania devil and other native wildlife.
  • Take a cooking class at the acclaimed Agrarian Kitchen or try a single malt whisky at the Nant Distillery at Bothwell.
  • Take a short walk and be amazed by the spectacular Russell Falls at Mount Field National Park.
  • Overnight: Hobart


Day 6: Hobart and depart

  • Visit gourmet delis in Salamanca Place like A Common Ground and the Wursthaus Kitchen and stock up on tasty treats to take home.
  • Depart Hobart.

Itinerary provided by Tourism Tasmania – www.discovertasmania.com

For more inspiration, follow the links below.

Hide Seek Hobart is a quirky little guide for all those unusual places you might not usually find »


Inspired to come and visit?

VisitVineyards.com has some great accommodation offers from around the state to entice you to make that booking »


Need more regional touring ideas?

 Check out these sample itineraries for inspiration:

North West »

East Coast »

East Coast Wineries »

Huon Valley »

Launceston and surrounds »



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