Over 50s Lifestyle Tasmania Travel

Discovering Tasmania – Hobart and Surrounds

November 16, 2022

In my previous post Tasmania – a foodies delight I shared with you the delicious food we enjoyed on our discovering Tasmania holiday. It was the second post in my Discovering Tasmania series where I will be sharing our travels throughout this small, but delightful State in Australia.

In this post we explore Hobart and Surrounds and although we didn’t see everything, we saw a lot, and of course we always have a reason to return to the Apple Isle.

First up on our discovering Tasmania driving holiday was Hobart for 5 nights. We flew into Hobart from Brisbane via Melbourne so that took up most of the first day.

Travel Tasmania – Hobart & surrounds


Although not a bustling city like Sydney or Melbourne, Hobart, the capital of Tasmania, has a charm that visitors immediately are drawn to. We stayed for 5 nights, arriving on the first day late in the afternoon.

A 5-night stay was plenty of time to visit the city and also take a day trip or two using Hobart as a base.

MONA – Museum of Old & New Art

When we said we were coming to Tasmania, several friends and even our doctor said that MONA is a ‘must see’ when in Hobart but must be visited with an open mind. It definitely is something I’ve never experienced before and was a sensory experience for sure. Catching the MONA ferry, a 30-minute ride from Brooke Street Pier along the Derwent River, the visitor is afforded views of Hobart from the water.

Arriving at MONA there are 99 steps to be navigated before arriving at the complex, made up of the Museum, restaurants, garden and vineyard with views back to Hobart. You can drive and avoid the steps but the ferry ride is a lovely way to travel and see Hobart and surrounds from the water.

The Museum takes about 2-3 hours to see all the exhibits and as I wrote above, one must keep an open mind. The photos of creative works I’ve included are very tame but there is such a wealth of creativity – some I understood and others I had no idea what the artist was thinking. You are encouraged to download the ‘O’ app to be used when walking through the museum. The app explains each piece of work and the artist.

The building is very impressive and you can get easily lost. There are also restaurants outside the museum and areas to sit and ponder.

The consensus is you either ‘love it’ , ‘aren’t sure’ or it isn’t your ‘thing’ but it is definitely an experience you should take whilst in Hobart. In fact, the next day we were having lunch at Pearl & Co and the group at the next table were discussing one of the more controversial exhibits. It was an enlightening conversation that’s for sure.

If you plan to visit MONA, is only open Friday to Monday and at different times for Winter or Summer so check when you are in the planning stages of your trip so you don’t miss out.

The Waterfront Area

The waterfront area, of Hobart is a great place to wander and has many restaurants, coffee shops and historic buildings. Constitution Dock is the finish line of the famous Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race which starts on December 26 each year.

Salamanca Markets

Each Saturday, Salamanca Place, close to Hobart’s Historic waterfront, comes alive with artisans, designers and producers presenting their wares. The area is full of galleries, coffee shops, restaurants


Kunanyi/Mt Wellington

Rising 1,271 metres (4,170 ft)  is Kunanyi or Mt Wellington, which affords beautiful views of Hobart and beyond is a ‘must do’ when visiting Hobart. It is said that on a clear day you can see almost a third of Tasmania. We took the 2-hour kunanyi/Mt Wellington explorer shuttle bus from the Brooke Street Pier to the summit. Our driver was informative and a just a word of warning, the weather can change in an instant. We arrived and it was sunny, then showery then it started to snow. The shuttle bus has multiple departure times and you can stay at the top and take walking tracks back if the weather is good.

Hop-on-hop-off Bus Tour

The Hop-on-hop-off Bus is a great way to see Hobart. You can stay on the bus for the 1.5 hour round trip or hop off at various stops and then jump back on when you are ready. It departs regularly from the Information Centre and you can select from 24 hour, 48 hour or 48 hour plus Kunanyi/Mt Wellington. Some of the stops include Battery Point, Wrestpoint Casino (first casino in Australia), Cascade Brewery and The Female Factory, Sandy Bay Village, Hobart CBD, The Botanical Gardens.

Perfect base for Day Tours

Bruny Island or Port Arthur are ideally located for a day trip from Hobart. We took a one-day tour with Pennicott Wilderness Journey Bruny Island Cruises around Bruny Island which I will be writing about in a future post. It was great and I highly recommend it.

Accommodation

When we travel, we like to have self-catering accommodation. This provides extra space as well as the flexibility to prepare meals if we want to, which can cut down on costs. I’m an early to bed and early riser and Mike is the opposite so having a one bedroom apartment is the best solution for us. I can get up early and have a coffee without disturbing him and he can stay up late without disturbing me. It is also more comfortable having a sitting area to relax.

The following photos are the view from our balcony looking over Hobart.

No car required

We decided not to have a car during our stay in Hobart. If you are staying in the City it is so easy to walk everywhere, however if you are staying in West Hobart, where we stayed the hills are very steep. We chose to walk into the City which was downhill and then catch a taxi home which cost about $10 a trip and only took about 7 minutes. This was still cheaper than having a hire car, paying a daily rate and also then having to find parking.

Advice

Don’t rush – take your time wandering and discovering

Keep a short daily diary of where you visited and what you did.

Sue Loncaric

Other posts in the Discover Tasmania series

BE-ing in Tasmania – 3-week driving itinerary

Tasmania – a foodies delight

Women Living Well After 50

Living Life Your Way

28 Comments

  • Reply Retirement Reflections November 16, 2022 at 10:01

    What a wonderful trip. Your photos are gorgeous. I especially love that one of you and Mike on the Summit — beautiful!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 17, 2022 at 05:48

      It was freezing on the Summit, Donna. I thought of you often on the trip as there are so many lovely hikes you can do. x

  • Reply leannelc November 16, 2022 at 10:05

    Hi Sue – I’m still planning on a Tassie trip sometime in the next few years and the markets look great. Also good advice about not needing to hire a car while in Hobart – something I’ll add to my “things to remember” list – good to save a few $$ and the added stress.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 17, 2022 at 05:49

      Just make sure you stay close to the City centre if you don’t have a car, Leanne because Hobart is quite hilly especially West Hobart. I would still recommend not having a car though to save some money for your tours. x

  • Reply Toni Pike November 16, 2022 at 14:40

    A fantastic article about Hobart, Sue – I’m so glad you enjoyed MONA, I thought it was amazing. I’m visiting Hobart in a couple of weeks on a cruise. Emma Rock is going to show me around, so I’m very lucky. Toni x

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 17, 2022 at 05:50

      Thank you, Toni. We did enjoy MONA and also how the building is built into the rock. How lovely that you will be catching up with Emma. She was on the Gold Coast would you believe, when I visited Hobart – we swapped cities! Perhaps next time I can catch up with her. x

  • Reply Susan November 16, 2022 at 19:03

    Sue What a lovely article on Hobart. Back in 2019 we had just booked flights to Melbourne from England and wasn’t sure what holiday to make from this, a friend recommended Tasmania, we did a 10 night drive around this beautiful island and Hobart was certainly one of the highlights, all those fish and chip shops on the harbour.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 17, 2022 at 05:51

      Thank you, Susan. We enjoyed Tassie very much and I really haven’t heard of anyone who has visited that hasn’t enjoyed it. The fish and chips are delicious aren’t they and you are spoilt for choice of where to eat on the harbour. x

  • Reply Joanne November 17, 2022 at 06:00

    That sounds like such a lovely trip! The views from the summit are amazing. It sounds like you got to experience ALL the weather up there too.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 17, 2022 at 06:14

      Hi Joanne, yes Mt Wellington can surprise you with the weather, so unless you are experienced it is better to take the bus tour. Fortunately, we came prepared for all seasons. The view is spectacular though. x

  • Reply Min Write of the Middle November 17, 2022 at 06:25

    Lovely wrap up on your Hobart experience Sue and great photographs too! I loved Hobart when we were there. We stayed in North Hobart and had a hire car. We did walk a lot of places too though. We never got to Bruny Island though so we will have to go back! I look forward to the next of your Tassie posts. xo

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 17, 2022 at 08:00

      thanks Min! I think Tassie is somewhere you could always revisit over and over. So much to offer isn’t there? xx

  • Reply Jennifer Jones November 17, 2022 at 19:04

    I love this Sue as we are going to Hobart in January. I have been to Mona and love it. I always enjoy the peace and charm of Hobart. It’s a very special place and a great walking city. I didn’t realise there was a Hop On Hop Off Bus so will definitely do that. I always look for those buses when away travelling.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 18, 2022 at 11:45

      HI Jen, thank you for your comment and I’m sure you will enjoy the Hop On Hop Off Bus. It’s a great way to get a ‘feel’ for a city. x

  • Reply Suzanne@PictureRetirement November 18, 2022 at 06:38

    Sue, Hobart looks like a wonderful place to explore, although a bit chilly and gray. We are also fond of the hop on hop off bus when we visit a new city. It provides a convenient overview while noting highlights to revisit at our leisure. Ditto your accommodations, especially for stays over three days. You certainly chose a lovely view.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 18, 2022 at 11:48

      Hi Suzanne, we always join a Hop-on-hop-off tour when we first arrive anywhere as it gives a great overview, as you say. Hobart weather wasn’t flash but we managed to see all we wanted to and the sun shone when we needed it too. x

  • Reply Denyse Whelan Blogs November 18, 2022 at 09:09

    This was a great introduction for me about Tasmania, the Hobart bit, and I found it very interesting. I am not sure I will ever get there but glad friends who blog can share their travels for me to know more.Thank you for linking up for Wednesday’s Words and Pics on my blog. Always good to see and read one of your posts. Hope you return next Wednesday too. Denyse.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 18, 2022 at 11:50

      Thank you, Denyse and like you, I love following the travels of others.

  • Reply Debbie November 18, 2022 at 20:23

    A fabulous post Sue, I also learnt a lot from your travels. I haven’t been to MONA but have heard lots of interesting things about it. I’ve visited Hobart before but only for a short amount of time, so next time I’ll be better prepared! Thanks for sharing your travels with us.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 19, 2022 at 10:36

      Oh thanks, Deb! I’m not sure I’m a travel writer but I wanted to share some ideas and thoughts on my recent trip. x

  • Reply Natalie November 19, 2022 at 12:56

    Hi Sue, Thank you for sharing your trip and beautiful photos with us at #Weekendcoffeeshare. Hobart and the surrounding area look delightful. I love travel destinations where I can walk or take public transit. Good advice to take time to explore and keep a short daily diary. I look forward to your next post.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 19, 2022 at 13:15

      Thanks, Natalie. We had a lovely time and it is good to document our travels. x

  • Reply Amila November 20, 2022 at 00:43

    These photos from Hobart are really stunning and it seems like a great destination for a relaxing holiday. I like the beautiful sky photos and old buildings with wonderful architecture. Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend!
    #Weekendcoffeeshare

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 23, 2022 at 05:30

      Hello Amila and thanks for visiting! Tasmania certainly has everything or such a small State. The sandstone buildings in Hobart, rugged coastline and wilderness in the West and Beaches in the East. It is certainly a beautiful holiday destination. x

  • Reply Janet Alcorn November 21, 2022 at 02:58

    Gorgeous photos! Looks like you had a great trip.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 23, 2022 at 05:35

      We had a wonderful time Janet and hope to write more posts about Tasmania. There is so much on offer from wilderness, beaches, history and of course the food is amazing. x

  • Reply Susan November 21, 2022 at 06:40

    I went to Tasmania once and absolutely loved it. Your post brings back wonderful memories.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 23, 2022 at 05:36

      Tasmania is so beautiful with much to offer the traveller. I’m glad my post brought wonderful memories for you and I will be writing more about Tassie in the future. x

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