How to Spend 1 Day in Hobart
Tasmania’s capital has it all—historic sights, stunning natural scenery, and lively neighborhoods—but with just 24 hours in Hobart, it’s best to focus on the highlights. Plan your itinerary wisely to maximize your time, or join a guided tour to ensure you don’t miss anything. Here are some ideas.
Morning: Visit Mount Wellington
Make an early start and head for Hobart’s most famous view point: Mt. Wellington. Known to locals as The Mountain, the 4,170-foot (1,271-meter) peak affords stunning views over Hobart, and a guided visit helps you save time and drive directly to the summit.
At the foot of the mountain, the Cascades Brewery, Tasmania’s oldest brewery, is a popular stop for refreshments before returning to the city to explore the neighborhoods of South Hobart. If you’re visiting on Saturday, Salamanca Market is a must, filled with art, handicrafts, and delicious foods. Even if you miss the market, Salamanca is the perfect spot to shop for souvenirs and enjoy fish and chips as you stroll around the harbor.
Afternoon: Sightseeing in the City
A sightseeing tour is the ideal way to take in the highlights of Hobart, but travelers who want a bit more flexibility can opt for a hop-on hop-off bus tour. Perhaps stop at nearby Battery Point to admire central landmarks like Parliament House and Victoria Docks, or take a stroll around the beautiful Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens.
Alternatively, pay a visit to the MONA (Museum of Old and New Art), one of Tasmania’s most beloved art museums. Reached via a scenic ferry ride across the Derwent River, the museum is a must for art lovers and is home to the Moorilla Winery, where you can sample Tasmanian wines.
Night: Hobart Lights Up at Night
Hobart’s picturesque waterfront and harbor are even more stunning at night. Sign up for an evening city tour and admire illuminated landmarks such as Tasman Bridge, Cornelian Bay, and Mt. Nelson Signal Station.
Back in the city, book a dinner date at one of Hobart’s top restaurants—The Glass House and Aloft both offer waterfront views—or head to Hunter Street, where you’ll find some of the city’s coolest bars.