Hobart is a history rich city in the Australian state of Tasmania. Its history leads back to the 1800s where it was first established as a penal colony to avoid overcrowding in British prisons.
Today, Hobart is a hybrid city of culture and contemporary developments. We embarked on a journey to Tasmania's capital and here are the top 5 things you must do when you're in Hobart!
1. SALAMANCA MARKETS
Salamanca Markets is one of our favourite markets in Australia. Why? They have an exclusive range of local made products such as eco skincare, clothing, and home decor. They also have an abundance of local coffee and food stalls for you to enjoy as you shop!
Open every Saturday from 8:30am to 3:00pm
2. BATTERY POINT
Battery Point has a range of restaurant and cafe options, perfect for casual or more formal gatherings. Here are some of our favourites:
Tricycle Cafe & Bar - Delicious breakfast options. Their Chai Latte is amazing and is brewed from real tea.
Salamanca Cream - Coffee & donuts!
Salamanca Markets - There are a range of coffee and food options available.
Restaurants off Kings Pier Marina - Plenty of choices to choose from here - fish & chips, seafood restaurants, burgers, the choice is yours.
Drunken Admiral - The Yachie's Seafood Mixed Grill on a hot stone is pretty unique.
Blue Eye Restaurant - The Tasmanian scallops are a must try!
Afterwards, you can also take a stroll along the waterfront to absorb the beautiful views.
3. MOUNT WELLINGTON (KUNANYI) SUMMIT
Mount Wellington aka Kunanyi is about a 25min drive from Hobart city. On arrival at the summit, you'll be rewarded with an immaculate view of Hobart city.
In winter, Mount Wellington will also be covered in snow, creating an absolutely stunning winter wonderland. You can check the snow cams for Mount Wellington here.
In extreme snow conditions, vehicle access may be limited. You can check the City of Hobart website for any road closures beforehand.
4. SOUTHERN LIGHTS (AURORA AUSTRALIS)
Want to see the aurora in the southern hemisphere? Well, here is your opportunity! We travelled to this location just out of Hobart in winter (early September) in an attempt to see the southern lights. This place has minimal light pollution but unfortunately the solar activity when we were there was relatively weak. If you intend on going to see for yourself, you can check it out on the Australian Bureau of Meteorology website before you go!
5. ROYAL TASMANIAN BOTANICAL GARDENS
The Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens is the second oldest botanical gardens in Australia after the Sydney Botanical Gardens. In the 1800s, convicts worked in the gardens to help grow fruit and vegetable. These days, the gardens are open to the public with 14 hectares to explore, including a conservatory, Tasmanian Native Plant collection area, Japanese Garden and many more. It really is a picturesque place!
EXTRA RECOMMENDATION - MACQ01 HIDDEN HOBART: THE VIEW FINDER TOUR
Due to time constraints, we actually didn't get to see this for ourselves, but this is a tour run by the MACQ01 hotel along the Salamanca Waterfront. A guide takes you through the history of the area, and you're given the opportunity to look back in time through a viewfinder, to see what it was like 35-150 years ago in that very same spot you stand on.
The tours are $20 for the general public as of August 2021.
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