Hobart Tourist Attractions and Sightseeing

(Hobart, Tasmania - TAS, Australia)




Hobart Tourist AttractionsSightseers on holiday in Tasmania will invariably find themselves staying in Hobart, its capital, where various different tourist attractions present themselves. Possibilities include a walk along the Trail of Discovery, a cruise along the River Derwent, or perhaps a bus tour around the suburbs.

Tourists who would prefer to plan an itinerary and visit specific attractions around Hobart can choose between the appealing lively Constitution Dock area and its waterfront restaurants, guided tours of the Cadbury-Schweppes Chocolate Factory, and the Cascade Brewery, which is more than 150 years old and is interestingly the city's oldest working brewery.

Also very popular are trips along the Derwent Valley Railway, excursions to neighbouring Franklin or the nearby Mount Nelson Lookout, and visits to experience the leading dive spot that is the Tinderbox Marine Reserve.

For evening entertainment around Hobart, tourists will find numerous theatres available, such as the Playhouse on Bathurst Street, and the Theatre Royal on Campbell Street, which is actually the oldest theatre in the whole of Australia, dating all the way back to the 1830s and built using convict labour.


Walking Tours


Address: Tasmanian Travel and Information Centre, 20 Davey Street, Hobart, Tasmania (TAS), 7000, Australia
Tel: +61 (0)3 6230 8233
Walking tours are one of the best ways to sightsee in Hobart and a number of different trails are available. Often led by friendly and informative local guides, walks provide a real insight into the city's Tasmanian heritage. The Trail of Discovery is one of the most popular self-guided tours and maps are available from the centrally located Tasmanian Travel and Information Centre. Passing by many of the most popular attractions, the Trail of Discovery can easily fill an entire day, when walked at a leisurely pace.
Open hours: daily - 24 hours
Admission: charges vary

Hobart Tourist Attractions

Hobart Cruises


Address: Brooke Street Pier, Hobart, Tasmania (TAS), 7000, Australia
Tel: +61 (0)3 6234 9294
Cruises along the River Derwent provide a very easy and relaxing way to fully appreciate the city's skyline and its major sights. With regular boat trips departing from different locations on the waterfront, including the Brooke Street Pier, cruises often feature commentary and connect various places of interest. Depending upon the package, refreshments may be included. Some trips take in the d'Entrecasteaux Channel, Peppermint Bay, the Tasman Bridge and the Tinderbox Marine Reserve, with underwater cameras offering a glimpse into the sea creatures living in the kelp forests below.
Open hours: daily - hours vary
Admission: charge, discounts available for children and seniors

Busy Bee City Bus Tours


Address: Transit Centre, Elizabeth Street, Hobart, Tasmania (TAS), 7000, Australia
The Busy Bee city bus tours are operated by the Hobart Transit Centre and circle past major attractions, including Battery Point and the East Coast. Lasting around 30 to 40 minutes, the tour ticket remains valid for one complete circuit and allows you to leave the bus at any one of the designated stops, to explore. You can then catch any other following Busy Bee bus.
Open hours: daily
Admission: charge, discounts available for children

Hobart Tourist Attractions

Constitution Dock


Address: Davey Street, Hobart, Tasmania (TAS), 7000, Australia
Tel: +61 (0)3 6230 8233
Situated on the picturesque waterfront, Constitution Dock is a trendy and relaxed area, regularly hosting many exciting festivals and events. Featuring a number of highly regarded restaurants, cafés and trendy wine bars, the dock is full of boats and yachts of all sizes. This is a very pleasant place to hang out on a sunny evening, enjoying a drink, waterfront views and a friendly atmosphere.
Open hours: daily - 24 hours
Admission: free

Cadbury-Schweppes Chocolate Factory


Address: Cadbury Estate, Cadbury Road, Claremont, Tasmania (TAS), 7011, Australia
Tel: +61 (0)3 6249 0333
Hobart's famous Cadbury Chocolate Factory can be found within the northerly suburb of Claremont, roughly 15 km / 9 miles away and next to Windermere Bay. Dating back to the 1920s, the factory features distinctive architecture, regular guided tours, various confectionary related artefacts, interesting demonstrations and a well-stocked gift shop, full of tasty choccy goodies.
Open hours: Monday to Friday, guided tours at: 09:00, 09:30, 10:30, 11:15 and 13:00
Admission: charge, discounts available for seniors, children and families

Cascade Brewery


Address: 140 Cascade Road, Hobart, Tasmania (TAS), 7004, Australia
Tel: +61 (0)3 6224 1144
The Cascade Brewery features regular guided tours, taking you through the various stages of brewing beer. There is also a museum area with brewing memorabilia, as well as a themed gift shop. This attraction resides in between the Cascade Gardens and Wellesley Park, on the south-western side of the city centre.
Open hours: Monday to Friday, guided tours at 09:30 and 13:00
Admission: charge, discounts available for children and seniors

Derwent Valley Railway


Address: Station Street, New Norfolk, Tasmania (TAS), 7140, Australia
Tel: +61 (0)3 6234 6049
Located a little more than 35 km / 22 miles to the north-west and within the suburb town of New Norfolk, the Derwent Valley Railway is home to an impressive steam locomotive, which regularly transports passengers to the magnificent Mount Field National Park and back. Passengers can be assured of some spectacular scenery along the way. Close to the train station, the Boyer Oval and the New Norfolk Golf Course may also be of interest to those with some spare time on their hands.
Open hours: hours vary
Admission: charge, discounts available for children



Eaglehawk Lookout


Address: Forestry Tasmania, 79 Melville Street, Hobart, Tasmania (TAS), 7000, Australia
Tel: +61 (0)3 6233 8203
The Eaglehawk Lookout is situated on the outskirts of Hobart, on the Tasman Peninsula. With magnificent views of the surrounding area and coastline, other highlights at the lookout include picnic spots, walking trails and regular hang gliding.
Open hours: daily - 24 hours
Admission: free

Fern Tree


Address: Hobart, Tasmania (TAS), 7054, Australia
Tel: +61 (0)3 6230 8233
Fern Tree is a popular area located in South Hobart, close to Mount Wellington. Featuring outstanding views of the surrounding area, picnic spots, nature trails and cycling tracks, a trip here makes for a popular excursion.
Open hours: daily - 24 hours
Admission: free

Franklin


Address: Franklin, Tasmania (TAS), 7113, Australia
Tel: +61 (0)3 6264 8400
The small township of Franklin is located within the breathtaking Huon Valley area, being in the region of 45 km / 28 miles to the south-west of the city, just beyond Huonville and Upper Woodstock. Full of character and local attractions, Franklin is a historic port with a rich shipbuilding heritage, and regularly features seasonal events at its former Town Hall (the Palais Theatre). Close by you will find the Snug Tiers Nature Recreation Area.
Open hours: daily - 24 hours
Admission: free

Mount Nelson Lookout


Address: Nelson Road, Hobart, Tasmania (TAS), 7007, Australia
Tel: +61 (0)3 6230 8233
Located in the Sandy Bay area, a short distance to the south, the Mount Nelson Lookout is a popular draw card for tourists. Featuring panoramic views across the city and beyond, the lookout also offers walking trails, picnic spots and a restaurant, while the nearby Signal Station dates back to 1861 and may appeal to sightseeing history buffs.
Open hours: daily - 24 hours
Admission: free

Picton River


Address: Huonville, Huon Valley, Tasmania (TAS), 7109, Australia
Tel: +61 (0)3 6233 8203
Picton River can be found within the Huon Valley suburbs, approximately 80 km / 50 miles to the south of the city. Featuring walking trails, white water rafting with moderate rapids and extreme kayaking, the river provides an appealing place to escape from the city and is situated right next to a chunk of genuine Australian rainforest. Those who opt for a trip along the river will be sure to see some specimen eucalyptus trees and myrtles, passing through a small gorge before ending the excursion with a light lunch.
Open hours: daily - 24 hours
Admission: free

Hobart Tourist Attractions

Salamanca Place


Address: Salamanca Place, Hobart, Tasmania (TAS), 7000, Australia
Tel: +61 (0)3 6230 8233
Salamanca Place, in the centre of the lively Salamanca district, lines the scenic waterfront. Featuring renovated warehouses, trendy bars, street cafés and restaurants, this part of the city is also home to numerous, interesting shops, harbour views and seating areas. At night, it is transformed into an exciting and fashionable nightspot, attracting people from all over Hobart and other nearby locations. Of note, neighbouring attractions are in good supply and include the likes of St. David's Park, Parliament Square, the Supreme Court, the Real Tennis Club and numerous pubs.
Open hours: daily - 24 hours
Admission: free

Steam Train Tours


Address: Anfield Street, Hobart, Tasmania (TAS), 7010, Australia
Tel: +61 (0)3 6261 1171
Regular steam train tours travel around scenic Tasmania, departing from the station in the Glenorchy area. Lasting around three hours in total, these tours feature lovingly restored steam locomotives, renovated wooden carriages and magnificent views of the surrounding countryside and genuine Aussie bushland.
Open hours: hours vary
Admission: charge, discounts available for children

Tasmanian Seaplanes


Address: Port Arthur Historic Site, Arthur Highway, Port Arthur, Tasmania (TAS), 7182, Australia
Tel: +61 (0)3 6250 1077
Departing from Port Arthur, Tasmanian Seaplanes provide one of the most exciting ways to view the island. With amazing, panoramic views from high up in the sky, friendly commentary by the pilot, superb photo opportunities and a variety of different flights, seaplane trips should always be booked in advance and provide an extremely memorable addition to any Australian adventure.
Open hours: daily
Admission: charge

Tinderbox Marine Reserve


Address: Tinderbox Bay, Hobart, Tasmania (TAS), 7054, Australia
Tel: +61 (0)3 6233 6191
The Tinderbox Marine Reserve can be found within the Tinderbox district, being a popular excursion for those interested in getting close up to the sealife in the waters surrounding Tasmania. The reserve is best reached by one of a number of cruises and boasts clear, calm waters suitable for swimming, snorkelling, scuba diving and boating. Other highlights include walking trails and extremely appealing picnic spots.
Open hours: daily - 24 hours
Admission: free

Theatres


Hobart has more than a handful of theatres, offering both afternoon and evening entertainment for all ages. The most popular are listed below:

  • Backspace Theatre
    Address: 29 Campbell Street, Hobart, Tasmania (TAS), 7000, Australia
    Tel: +(0)3 6233 2299
  • Playhouse Theatre
    Address: 106 Bathurst Street, Hobart, Tasmania (TAS), 7000, Australia
    Tel: +61 (0)3 6234 1563
  • Stanley Burbury Theatre
    Address: University of Tasmania, Churchill Avenue, Hobart, Tasmania (TAS), 7005, Australia
    Tel: +61 (0)3 6226 2799
  • Studio Theatre
    Address: University of Tasmania, Churchill Avenue, Hobart, Tasmania (TAS), 7005, Australia
    Tel: +62 (0)3 6226 2799
  • Terrapin Puppet Theatre
    Address: 77 Salamanca Place, Hobart, Tasmania (TAS), 7004, Australia
    Tel: +61 (0)3 6223 6834
  • Theatre Royal
    Address: 29 Campbell Street, Hobart, Tasmania (TAS), 7000, Australia
    Tel: +61 (0)3 6233 2026







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