Hobart, the capital and major seaport of Tasmania, lies on the estuary of the Derwent River, with Mount Wellington dominating the skyline in spectacular glory. Founded in 1803 as a British penal colony, it is one of Australia's oldest cities and serves as the home port for both Australian and French Antarctic operations. A city of contrasts, there is much to see and do. Bush walkers and photographers are rewarded by the views from the summit of Hobart's famous backdrop, whilst Battery Point is a 'slice of history' with unspoiled examples of Victorian and Georgian buildings.


Inner City

Suburban Hobart

Hobart Surrounds



Unique Australan Holidays

Popular Tours and Experiences
Around Hobart
Beyond Hobart
travel map

Travel Options

By Car

Self drive tours in and around Hobart .

By Bicycle

exploring Hobart and surrounds on two wheels.

By Bus

Exploring Hobart and surrounds by Bus or Coach.

On Foot

Guide to the best walks in and around Hobart.


Guided tours and activities in and around Hobart.

Surprise Me!

Hobart Waterfront

The harbourside dock area forms part of the foreshore of Sullivans Cove. It is one of Hobart's historic landmark areas where visitors can watch motor pleasure boats, yachts, and fishing boats come and go, explore the old buildings which line its shores, or enjoy a meal or a coffee at one of the many restaurants and cafes here.

Salamanca Place

Head down to Salamanca Place where you will find 19th-century waterfront warehouses dating back to the 1830s whaling days. Today they house cafes, restaurants, galleries and art studios, the ideal place to wander or enjoy alfresco dining. On weekends, enjoy the famous Salamanca Markets.

Battery Point

Retaining the character of a Cornish fishing village of the last century, the inner Hobart suburb of Battery Point began life as a home for mariners who worked out of Hobart Town. It is still mainly a residential area, with many historic homes and shops, some which are open for inspection as folk museums and art galleries.

South Arm Peninsula

South Arm Peninsula is one of Hobart's forgotten places. Forming the eastern bank of the lower Derwent Estuary, this U-shaped peninsula is the perfect desination for an unhurried day out. The terrain is relatively flat so walking is easy for anyone with an average level of fitness, and the rows of social fishing boats on the shoreline of Opossum Bay are telltale signs that this is good fishing territory.

Hobart's Beaches

Hobart is surrounded by water and the River Derwent provides for a host of beautiful beaches near to the city. Swimming and other water sports such as small boat sailing, rowing, windsurfing and water-skiing are all enjoyed at sites up and down the Derwent estuary.