Things to do in
Hobart

With Mount Wellington, the sea, and the old town, the Tasmanian capital has something for everyone.

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Bruny Island: Full-Day Food, Lighthouse & Sightseeing Tour

1. Bruny Island: Full-Day Food, Lighthouse & Sightseeing Tour

The ultimate way to experience Bruny Island’s wild beauty, history, and delicious foods such as a selection of Bruny Island cheeses, freshly shucked oysters and wood oven bread for morning tea. Hotel pickup and drop-off, roundtrip ferry ride,  a lighthouse tour, tastings and lunch included.  Marvel at the views from scenic lookouts at Adventure Bay, The Neck Lookout, Cape Bruny. Spot echidnas, white wallabies, seabirds and wildflowers. Be guided through the Mount Mangana Rainforests and tour the inside of Cape Bruny Lighthouse.  Savor a delicious lunch featuring locally caught fish, Tasmanian beef and lamb. Taste locally-made artisan cheeses, chocolates, fudge, and honey. Enjoy some short walks or a paddle in the cool ocean waters of the Tasman Sea. Enjoy locally-grown island produce at lunch.

Bruny Island Wilderness Cruise

2. Bruny Island Wilderness Cruise

Choose to begin your tour on Bruny Island or from Hobart. Cruise by some of Australia's highest sea cliffs and drift up close to listen to the awesome Breathing Rock. Enter deep-sea caves, pass through the narrow gap between the coast and The Monument, and feel the power of nature where the Tasman Sea meets the might of the Southern Ocean. On this activity, search for wildlife such as seals, dolphins, migrating whales, and sea birds with an interpretive guide. At the Friars, drift quietly past rare nesting seabirds and a large haul-out home to thousands of seals. The custom-built yellow boats feature open-air tiered seating providing excellent all-round views. When the cruise finishes, disembark and have time to explore Bruny Island. After, enjoy a guided bus tour as you return to Hobart (if option selected).

Hobart: 24-Hour Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Bus Ticket

3. Hobart: 24-Hour Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Bus Ticket

Get the perfect introduction to Hobart aboard the official sightseeing bus and see the best sights and attractions on a 90-minute loop. Enjoy unobstructed views from the top deck of the open-top double decker bus, and avail of the informative commentary in English, with an 7 additional languages on selected buses. Your ticket is valid for 24 hours from the time you first board, and buses run from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM, 7 days a week. Hop on and off at your leisure to discover a range of visitor attractions to suit everyone! • Brooke Street Pier • Salamanca Place • Princes Park • Battery Point • St Georges Church • St Georges Terrace • Wrest Point Casino • Sandy Bay Village • Cascade Brewery • Female Factory • South Hobart Village • Village Cinema • Hobart CBD • Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery and Maritime Museum of Tasmania • Hobart Convict Penitentiary • Aquatic Centre • Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens • Victoria Docks

Hobart: 2.5-hour Iron Pot Lighthouse Cruise

4. Hobart: 2.5-hour Iron Pot Lighthouse Cruise

Travel aboard a brand new vessels in a small group of up to 12 passengers. The spacious enclosed cabin contains comfortable leather seats. Large awning windows provide a great view and allow you to immerse yourself in the surroundings. Cruising down the Derwent River you'll pass historic Battery Point, now one of Tasmania's premium residential addresses. You'll see well-known landmarks like the iconic Wrest Point Casino and the Shot Tower. Further south, you'll truly appreciate the scale of Mount Wellington as it towers over the city. Arrive at the Iron Pot, Australia's oldest lighthouse, you'll be immersed in the fascinating history as your guide shares stories of Hobart's early settlement. Cruising into Storm Bay, you'll reach Betsey Island. This uninhabited island is home to a variety of seabirds, including gulls, cormorants and the majestic white bellied sea eagle. As you circumnavigate Betsey Island, Hope Beach comes into view. This isolated beach is known for its large breaks and offshore winds. You'll cruise close in to the shore and feel the swell surging straight from the Southern Ocean; these conditions make this a favorite spot with local surfers. After 2.5 hours on the water you'll return to Hobart refreshed, with a newfound appreciation for this beautiful harbor city.

Drink Tasmania Signature Tour: Wine, Cider, Beer and Whisky

5. Drink Tasmania Signature Tour: Wine, Cider, Beer and Whisky

Spend a day sampling the traditional drinks of Tasmania on this guided tour. Enjoy natural landscapes and a tasteful combination of award-winning wines and ciders. Start the day at Brooke Street Pier on the picturesque Hobart Waterfront. After a welcome coffee, the tour sets off to the beautiful Huon Valley, home to Tasmania’s bountiful apple and cherry orchards. Sample award-winning wines at Home Hill Winery, including sparkling, chardonnay, pinot noir, dessert wines, and more while taking a leisurely stroll through the vineyards. At Pagan Cider Cellar Door, experience traditional farmhouse-style organic apple ciders and compare them to more modern examples made from a variety of fruits from the valley. Delicious cider tastings at Willie Smith's Apple Shed, and local produce from the valley will be on offer for lunch. In the afternoon we head to the Hobart Brewing Company for a brewery tour and tastings of their beers, then it's off to either Spring Bay Distillery or Charles Reuben Estate, both amazing distilleries with delightful spirit tastings. Often a visit to the Tasmanian Tonic Company is in the cards, with a tour of their production and taste of their products that aren't available to the general public. Say goodbye with a farewell drink, a taste of the famous Lark Classic Cask Whisky, at Lark Cellar Door or The Still.

Bruny Island Wilderness Coast Eco-Tour from Hobart

6. Bruny Island Wilderness Coast Eco-Tour from Hobart

Experience Bruny Island on a full-day eco-adventure from Hobart. Experienced guides will make your adventure fun, entertaining, and informative. The meeting point is quite central, just a short walk or taxi ride from most Hobart hotels. Check-in at 7:30 AM then enjoy a scenic bus tour from Hobart to Bruny Island. After the ferry crossing, savor sightseeing and morning tea on Bruny Island. Morning tea is a freshly baked blueberry muffin and a hot or cold drink. Listen to live commentary on the bus on the way to the cruise departure point at Adventure Bay. Embark on a 3-hour wilderness cruise on a custom-built boat. Explore the rugged coastline, cruising beneath high sea cliffs and entering deep sea caves. Encounter seals, dolphins and whales. At the end of your cruise, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before a sightseeing bus tour of Bruny Island. Savor homemade pumpkin soup and a gourmet salad roll with your choice of Tasmanian Salmon or local ham (gluten-free & vegetarian options available). After the ferry crossing, relax on the return journey to Hobart. Be dropped back to your hotel around 5:30 PM.

Hobart: Bruny Island Gourmet Sightseeing Day Tour

7. Hobart: Bruny Island Gourmet Sightseeing Day Tour

Explore Bruny Island’s spectacular landscapes, gourmet produce, and inspiring locals on a small group tour of around 20 passengers, plus your knowledgeable local guide. Tours depart daily from Hobart and local accommodation. Relax and enjoy this fully inclusive experience showcasing the best of Bruny Island. Try cheeses, oysters, fudge, premium wines, honey and mead. Meet some of the island’s artisan producers, people who put their energy and spirit into handcrafting these renowned products. Stop for a delicious lunch at Pennicott’s beachside restaurant with sweeping views of Adventure Bay.  Throughout the day you'll see incredible scenery. At The Neck, see the narrow isthmus stretch away south in graceful curves. Take a stroll and leave your footprints in the sand of a deserted beach. The light bush of the northern island gives way to the dense rainforest of the south's Mavista Rainforest - a pristine environment home to diverse wildlife including rare white wallabies. Your return ferry crossing departs at 4:30 PM for a 5:00 PM arrival in Kettering, followed by a short 30-minute drive back to Hobart, where hotel drop offs are available on request.

Hobart: kunanyi/Mt Wellington Explorer Bus Pass

8. Hobart: kunanyi/Mt Wellington Explorer Bus Pass

Hop aboard the Explorer Bus nearby Hobart’s waterfront and begin the 1270 meter ascent up kunanyi/Mt. Wellington. As you make the upward journey, you’ll be treated to spectacular views over Hobart and deep into the horizon. At the summit, explore the lookouts and observation shelter. Enjoy the freedom of being able to hop-on and hop-off the bus at whatever stop you choose. If you like, instead of taking the bus straight to the top you can get off at some of the stops along the way and then hop back on a later bus. Explore stops including Fern Tree Park, The Springs, The Chalet, Big Bend, and The Pinnacle. Discover a wide range of bushwalking tracks throughout Wellington Park, suitable for all ages and abilities. Afterward, hop-on a later bus to return to Hobart. Listen to an informative commentary as travel. Buses are wheelchair accessible and can carry mountain bikes, providing easier access to the growing network of mountain bike trails throughout Wellington Park.

Port Arthur Historical Site: Full-Day Tour with Admission

9. Port Arthur Historical Site: Full-Day Tour with Admission

Interpretive and interactive presentations at the Port Arthur Historical Site bring to reality the harrowing life of convicts 2 centuries ago. This full-day tour from Hobart ensures that you have maximum time at the site. You’ll cross the Tasman Bridge, and head out on the Tasman Highway over the Pitwater Causeway onto Forestier Peninsula. Admire the pristine beauty of Pirates Bay, Eaglehawk Neck, and Norfolk Bay. Visit Tasman National Park, where you’ll marvel at the spectacle of Tasman Arch and enjoy superb views of the rugged coastline. You’ll be amazed at the magnitude of the Devil's Kitchen! Finally, you’ll have a chance to explore Port Arthur, where you’ll take a guided walking tour of the historic convict site, with access to over 30 restored buildings and ruins. See the penitentiary, the separate prison, the commandant's house, the church, and more. On Saturdays, the tour includes a visit to Hobart’s Salamanca Market. Delight in a shopping experience at this popular, colourful outdoor marketplace. You'll have time to explore the market at leisure for approximately 2 hours. Then, you will need to meet your coach at 11:00 to continue on with the Port Arthur tour and acquire a sense of Australia’s convict era and the early settlement of Tasmania.

Hobart: Historic Lunch Cruise

10. Hobart: Historic Lunch Cruise

Starting from Murray Street Pier, the cruise heads south to Battery Point and Sandy Bay, passing by the oldest casino in Australia. You'll then cruise across the Derwent River to the Eastern Shore, Bellerive, and Kangaroo Bluff, before travelling under the Tasman Bridge. You'll head back via the Royal Botanic Garden and Government House. The boat trip will take about 1.5 hours, with the captain providing an interesting live commentary to tell you what to look out for. Onboard, you'll enjoy a one-course meal. Choose from steak, crumbed fish, chicken schnitzel or a veggie patty.

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We loved it!! Robyn was a great tour guide! The paths are not good for wheelchair access, especially if you use a manual chair. We managed to get around some of it with a power chair with very good suspension & tilting; but just take the “wheelchair access” in the description with a very big grain of salt. Especially if you want to see the Quolls & tawny frogmouth. Couldn’t get to their enclosure with a chair.

It was fantastic, Toby our guide was so good, we learnt a lot about the area. The boat was very comfortable and you were able to move to the front and back freely if you wanted to. Definitely recommend this.

Oh was such wonderful day with Peter! Every moment was fun, and the Island was freaking beautiful.♥️

Fabulous day! Great organisation and very friendly and knowledgeable bus driver/ guide! Thank you

Had the most wonderful day Great fun in the posh pit ,wine tour was great ,food fabulous