Hobart more than makes up for its small stature with a wealth of attractions and areas of interest—these are five to prioritise.
Battery Point: This historic waterfront village is a lovely place to wander. It’s one of the oldest residential areas in Hobart and home to some marvellous mansions and charming cottages.
Mount Wellington: There’s no better place to bask in the area’s stunning scenery than 1,270 meters high at the peak of Mount Wellington. You can walk there—good luck making it both ways—bike there, split the difference by taking a local bus halfway up, or rent a car or join an organized tour and get all the way to the top without breaking a sweat. There are no restaurants, so don’t forget to pack provisions for the trek.
Museum of Old and New Art: This is not your everyday art museum. Opened in 2011 and completely funded by Tasmanian arts collector (and multi-millionaire) David Walsh, MONA is an avant-garde arts showcase, craft brewery, winery, luxury hotel, and dining hotspot all wrapped up into one bold architect-designed space. Get there by ferry or express coach.
Salamanca Market: Open from 8am to 3pm year round, this outdoor market is a Saturday institution in downtown Hobart. There are some 300 traders here any given week selling all manner of arts and crafts, vintage curios, fashion, jewellery, seasonal foods, and much more. It’s worth planning your visit around a weekend so you don’t miss it.
Seven Miles Beach: Located about 20 kilometres outside Hobart, near the airport, this pretty expanse of sand stretches along the Frederick Henry Bay coastline. It’s ideal for refreshing swims, invigorating walks, and lazy afternoon picnics, and most easily reached by rental car or taxi.