Hobart oozes historic charm and is an idyllic location for your next family getaway. Tasmania, or ‘Tassie’, as it’s known to most Australians, has a fascinating capital city that is well worth visiting on your next holiday.
Whether you’re admiring stunning panoramic views from the soaring heights of Mount Wellington or stepping back in time with the historic, colonial-era style of Battery Point (founded in 1830), there’s plenty to do in Hobart.
Book your accommodation at Club Wyndham Seven Mile Beach, located just a quick 12-minute drive from Hobart International Airport. The resort is set along a picturesque beachfront, making it the perfect place to unwind after your travel escapades.
Here are the top three things to tick off your Hobart bucket list.
1. See the city from Mount Wellington/Kunanyi’s summit
In Tasmania, both the European and traditional Aboriginal names for places are displayed side by side. Mount Wellington, or Kunanyi, is a geographic and cultural landmark of the region, and a must-see during your stay in Hobart. It was formed millennia ago during the Jurassic period.
A section of Mount Wellington is called the Organ Pipes, referring to fluted dolerite rock formations. When the wind blows, you can hear the breeze whistling through these slender columns.
Drive up to the summit along Pinnacle Road. Once you’re at the top, you can breathe in crisp, fresh air as you gaze over the World Heritage wilderness spread out beneath you. Bonus photography tip: If you have a smartphone with a panorama function, snapping a photo here would make for an iconic image of Hobart.
2. Sip coffee at an al fresco cafe in Battery Point
Situated in the south-eastern area of Hobart, Battery Point oozes colonial charm. The quaint architecture reflects its 17th-century British origins; the streets are dotted with a plethora of cafes, restaurants and bars. If you’re here on a Saturday, be sure to visit the Salamanca Markets for some arty and crafty treasures.
History lovers should head to the local post office to collect a walking guide, with highlighted points of interest like St George’s Anglican Church. After your leisurely stroll, enjoy a hot cuppa while soaking up the Tassie sunshine.
3. Stop to smell the roses at Hobart’s Royal Tasmanian Botanic Gardens
Spread across 13.5 hectares, these gardens host more than 6,500 plant species. The RTBG have been around for nearly two centuries, making them the country’s second-oldest public gardens. Conservation collections of endangered plants, such as Shy Susans and Davies Wax Flowers, are built on site for green-fingered tourists to peruse.