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Hobart is the capital city of the Australian state of Tasmania. It is Australia’s second oldest city (after Sydney) and is a beautiful and historic place.
If you’re in Hobart for the day, perhaps on a cruise stop-over, you have essentially two choices to fill your day: either do a major day tour to nearby attractions, or else stay in Hobart and explore the city.
Major Day Tours
Port Arthur is a 19th century convict-era penal settlement on the Tasman Peninsula south-east of Hobart. It’s Tasmania’s premier historic site and is a superb day-trip destination. There's more information here. Navigators offers a cruise from Hobart and tour of Port Arthur several days a week.
While on the Tasman Peninsula, you may have time to explore its scenic beauty on land or on a scenic fast boat trip around the peninsula with Tasman Island Cruises They offer connections by bus from Hobart to their cruise dock near Port Arthur and a tour of Port Arthur can be included also.
Richmond is a small, historic village about 40km (25 miles) north-east of Hobart. It’s famous for its old convict-built bridge and gaol (jail).
Lake St Clair National Park is north-west of Hobart and is part of Tasmania's World Heritage Wilderness Area. It is known for it’s lake, bush walks and as the southern end of the Overland Track – a six-day hiking trail from Cradle Mountain.
Mount Field National Park is also north-west of Hobart . It's famed for its scenic wilderness areas, forests and waterfalls.
The Huon Valley, south-west of Hobart, is a picturesque farming valley, known for its waterways, apple orchards and forests. The Tahune Airwalk, an adventurous forest destination, is near Geeveston in the Huon Valley.
The South West National Park, encompasses over 600,000 hectares of wild wilderness, and forms part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. Par Avion do day tours from Hobart which will fly you over this area, land at Melaleuca, enjoy a boat trip and have lunch
Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) MONA is worth a full day by itself. Catch the ferry "Mona" from the Brooke Street Pier at the western end of the docks to MONA at Berriedale up the Derwent River.
Salamanca Place and its beautiful old warehouses and docks is on the southern edge of the Hobart CBD.
Cascade Brewery, on the western edge of Hobart city, is Australia’s oldest brewery. You can do a guided tour of the brewery.
Cascades Female Factory, on the way to Cascade Brewery, was a convict women's prison and is now Australia's most significant female convict site. Tours are available on-site and every day there is a performance of Her Story, which dramatises a female convict's life at the Female Factory.
Louisa’s Walk is an entertaining historic walking tour starting at the Cascades Brewery and finishing at the Cascades Female Factory.
Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, on the southern edge of the CBD near the docks, is an important repository for Tasmania's natural and cultural historic treasures.
Mount Wellington is the high mountain on Hobart’s western edge. It is a scenic lookout for the city, Derwent Valley and surrounds. You can catch the Mount Wellington Shuttle (see below) to the top of the mountain, travel there by taxi or go on a cycle tour (drive up and cycle down).
Ferry cruises on the Derwent River and to Bruny Island are a delight. Stroll the historic docks area for choices, including:
Bonorong Wildlife Park is on the northern edge of the suburbs of Hobart, and is the closest wildlife park to Hobart's CBD. It features Tasmanian devils and other native wildlife.
Options are to join a small group tour or rent a car (especially if you wish to venture out on a major day trip), hire a private limousine, use taxis or catch buses. The Hobart CBD is small enough to walk and is easily accessible on foot from the cruise ship docks.
Day Tour Companies
The following locally-based companies are a mixture of big and small, personal and group, budget to luxury tour companies. Check out the websites.
Nature Tour Specialists
There are also small companies that specialise in tours - often very small or private - to Tasmania's unique wild places.
Food and Wine Tours
Hobart City Council operates the free "Hobart Hopper" bus loop on Saturdays to get you to Salamanca markets, details here.
Red Decker operates a double-decker bus on a 90 minute loop of the city from the Tourist Info Centre in Elizabeth Street.
Hobart Coach Tram Tours operate around the city from the tourist information centre.
The Mount Wellington Shuttle also operates twice daily from the Hobart Tourist Info Centre in Elizabeth Street. It also goes to Richmond .