Surrounded by old sandstone warehouses and colonial-era cottages, Hobart is a nature lover’s paradise situated on the River Derwent with a clear view of Mount Wellington in its backdrop. Also popular among festival attendees is the city’s famous MONA’s Dark Mofo festival that attracts more than 100,000 people. Whether it’s Hobart’s history, culture or natural beauty that takes you there, you won’t forget a picturesque trip to Tasmania’s capital city.

With so much to explore, here’s how to spend 48 hours in Hobart.

Day 1

8am: Get your caffeine fix

The perfect way to start your day is by making your way to Pollen Tea Room. Described as a hidden gem by one of the many travellers on a popular travel website, this café delivers some of the tastiest varieties of teas and coffee. Want to grab a bite? Add a vegetarian snack from the menu alongside several gluten-free and vegan options.

10am: Head to Mount Wellington for some serious adventure

Just a half hour drive from Hobart and you’ll find yourself in Wellington Park. Whether it’s summer or winter, travellers are advised to rug up as the wild weather adds to the great experience and panoramic views make it worth the trek. If you want to try something different, how about a horse ride or the perfect picnic in the Wellington Range? There’s plenty to do in this scenic spot.  

Tip: Make sure you check the weather before you decide to go here… even the slightest cloud could hinder your view from on top of the mountain. If you’re after the perfect sunrise or sunset shot, make sure you leave for Mt Wellington 2 hours beforehand.

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View of Hobart city from Mt Wellington. Image courtesy – Tourism Tasmania & Kathryn Leahy

12:30pm: Enjoy the local vibe at the Salamanca Market

Arguably, Tasmania’s numero uno tourist attraction, the Salamanca Market is one of Australia’s most famous outdoor markets (with no entry fee!). Situated right next to the Hobart waterfront, the Salamanca Market is set up on Saturdays only with over 300 stalls that sell everything from local food and wines, jewellery, and artworks to name a few.

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Salamanca Square. Image courtesy – O&M St John Photography

3pm: Learn about Tassie’s history

Pay a visit to The Tench a.k.a Hobart Convict Penitentiary and hear tales of punishment and crime from your friendly tour guide. Wander the narrow tunnels and solitary cells of this infamous site and travel back in time as you experience a convict’s life in the 1800s.

6pm: Time for some local fish & chips

What better place to have fish and chips than at the iconic Hobart landmark Constitution Dock. Located close to several local attractions, walk around the harbour-side dock and watch the boats sail by.

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Seafood on Hobart Waterfront. Image courtesy – Samuel Shelley

Day 2

7am: Start your day with a gorgeous view

There’s nothing like starting your day with a view of Hobart and the River Derwent. Make your way to the Rosny Hill Lookout located just 6 kilometres from the city. From this viewing platform, not only will you have an aerial view of the city, but you’ll also be able to spot Mount Wellington in the backdrop.

9am: Grab some brekky

Now that you’ve worked up an appetite, we’ve picked out a popular breakfast spot just 15 minutes from the Rosny Hill. Known as an excellent coffee and breakfast spot, Danny Lane is very much a local favourite.

10:30am: Visit a famous World Heritage listed site

Have you really been to Hobart if you haven’t been to its famous world heritage listed site? One of the most significant convict era sites in the world, Port Arthur Historic Site offers rich history and scenic beauty. Get to hear tales of strict discipline among convicts and a significant part of Australian history. With several tours to choose from – whether you book the  ‘Escape from Port Arthur’ touror the Commandant’s Carriage tour – your trip to this historic site will most definitely be the highlight of your holiday.

Tip: if you’re looking to extend your trip, we recommend hanging back for the 2-course dinner with a ghost tour. Sounds like something you’d like to experience? Book the After-dark package at the Port Arthur Historic Site.

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Penitentary – Port Arthur Historic Site. Image courtesy – Alastair Bett

4pm: Take a stroll through the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens

Once you’ve made your way back to Hobart, drop by the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens. Sitting at about 14 hectares, the botanic gardens is home to the largest collection of mature conifers in the Southern Hemisphere. The best way to enjoy the botanical gardens is by getting some take away from the Sprout Café and having it anywhere surrounded by nature.

Fun fact – The Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens has the only subantarctic plant house in the world!

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Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens – Lily Pads. Image courtesy – Lusy Productions

6pm: Experience Australian local cuisine

Celebrate your Hobart trip with local cuisine at The Lounge by Frogmore Creek – Bar & Restaurant. Enjoy outdoor seating with some of the finest Aussie wines and make sure you take heaps of photos to share back home with family and friends.

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