A brief overview of the place
Tasmania’s capital Hobart is a colourful place that offers a combination of culture and nature with a rich history. Situated next to Mount Wellington, Hobart is one of the oldest Capital cities in Australia. Famous for its sandstone buildings and its pretty waterfront, Hobart is somewhere everyone will enjoy.
What I did there.
From the ship, you can either take the shuttle bus or make the 20 minute walk into Battery Point.
I didn’t book an excursion because I only had a few hours off, but I wish I would have had the time time to climb Mount Wellington.
I spent my hours wandering around the very famous Battery Point and the colourful waterfront.
Full of boutique shops, little cafes and pubs, it had a really cosy feel to it. The week before arriving in Tasmania, Hobart’s sandstone buildings had been a common topic of conversation so, as I’m a bit of an architecture buff, I had to take a look at them. They are truly a marvel.
I had lunch in Smolt, which is a very popular eatery with the locals, and I can see why. My spinach ravioli was exquisite! Highly recommended if you find yourself in Hobart! The coffee and the service are both excellent.
Like many cities, Hobart is buzzing with life, however, the energy here is very relaxed. I think it has something to do with being by the water. It seems that any city I go to that is on the water has a very chilled atmosphere, like Sydney and Vancouver.
Although my day spent in Hobart wasn’t the most exhilarating due to the short amount of time I had to explore, I did enjoy it and would very much like to come back here one day to climb Mount Wellington.
Most popular excursions
Huon Valley and Tahune air walk
This is the longest tree top walk in the world. The Tahune walk through the trees takes you up to 50 metres above the ground. While walking, you will get a bird’s eye view of the lush forest beneath you, and when you cross over the river and see that view, you are sure to be left speechless.
Hobart historic walking tour
This walk will take you through Hobart’s historic treasures like St David’s Cathedral, the first burial ground and some of the first sandstone buildings. You will be taken around the city by a guide who will explain all there is to know about Hobart’s history.
Climb up the magnificent Mount Wellington and get an outstanding view of Hobart from the top. It will take about 1 and a half to two hours to reach the summit from the very bottom. Apparently, the zig-zag trails are steep and rocky so make sure you wear comfortable footwear.
Things to know
If you happen to like your fish, the Constitution Dock is a great place to buy freshly caught fish.
If you arrive in Tasmania on a Saturday, there are markets in Salamanca Place, where you are sure to find a bargain.
Elizabeth Street, North Hobart is famous for its award-winning restaurants.