Photo journal – trip to Hobart, Australia

Photo journal – trip to Hobart, AustraliaThis article may contain compensated links. Please read disclaimer for more info

Back when we were living in Melbourne we took a mid winter trip to Hobart in Tasmania. For my international readers, Tasmania or ‘Tassie’ as we like to call it, is the island at the bottom of Australia that often gets missed out on maps of my country. Hobart is its capital and is a wonderful thriving city of foodies, art lovers and craftspeople. The city is off the main tourist and backpacker routes but a visit there is well rewarded.

Hobart, Australia

Australia’s second oldest city Hobart lies on the estuary of the Derwent River on Tasmania’s south-east coast. Founded in 1803 as a British penal colony, the area was home to the Palawa indigenous tribes for tens of thousands of years prior. Flanked by the pristine waters of the Southern Ocean and rugged bush, Hobart is also the gateway to the Antarctic. The area is known for beautiful landscapes and some of the oldest sandstone buildings in Australia.

1. Mount Wellington dominates the city skyline and the views from its summit are wonderful

trip to Hobart - Mount Wellington

2. The freshest seafood – Bruny Island oysters are amazing

trip to Hobart - Bruny Island oysters

3. Pristine landscapes – Hobart sits on the Derwent River and is surrounded by bushland

trip to Hobart - MONA jetty

4. Modern architecture of Hobart’s MONA (Museum of Old and New Art) built into a cliff

hobart trip - MONA exterior

5. Sparkly art installation at MONA – exhibitions are updated often throughout the year

trip to Hobart - MONA

 6. Sandstone, a Tasmanian tiger & a brewery – the old site of Hobart’s famous Cascade Brewerytrip to Hobart - Cascade Brewery

7. A slower pace of life and retro goodness found in signs like this one from a milk bartrip to Hobart - retro goodness

7. The haunting and tragic beauty of Port Arthur

trip to Hobart - Port Arthur

Why visit Hobart

With a thriving food and art scene as well as amazing natural resources Hobart is great destination for culture lovers and adventurers. The world class Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) is a big drawcard for visitors with many unique exhibitions and events throughout the year. A favourite is Dark Mofo, MONA’s mid winter food, arts, cinema and music festival. Each Saturday the popular Salamanca markets are held with over 300 stores of crafts and gourmet produce.

Within easy reach of the city you will find fantastic wineries, fascinating old towns and the tragically beautiful and UNESCO listed Port Arthur historical site. I also recommend a day trip to Bruny Island famous for stunning landscapes, wildlife and the freshest local produce.

Build up an appetite climbing Mount Wellington or hiking along rainforest trails. Hobart has a fantastic restaurant and cafe scene that is served by wonderful local produce of the region.

Tip – wine lovers should not miss Stefano Lubiana’s cellar door and their specialty biodynamic sparkling wine and pinot noir.

Further reading

Here you will find some great blog posts and guides from fellow travellers about visiting Hobart.

A list of great things to do in Hobart by ytravel blog
Learn about Hobart’s thriving food scene via food writer and photographer Katie Quinn Davies
A food and MONA focused travel guide by Love Swah

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  1. 10th May 2016 / 9:47 AM

    Great photos! I’ve been to Melbourne like, 5 times, and every time I go there I tell myself I should go to Tasmania. But it never happened. Ugh! Wish there was a more seamless way to get from Singapore to Tasmania. #CityTripping

    • 10th May 2016 / 10:30 PM

      Hmm. There are lots of regular flights to Hobart from Melbourne if you can pull yourself away for a day. It’s definitely worth a trip although Melb is very attractive too!

  2. 10th May 2016 / 2:01 PM

    It looks absolutely wonderful, Katy! Love your photos. I was particularly keen to see your post because I’ve just finished reading the brilliant novel, The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Tasmanian writer, Richard Flanagan, some of which is set in Hobart.

    • 10th May 2016 / 10:34 PM

      Ahh, that book is on my to read list Clare. Sitting on my shelf actually. Now I’m trying to think of other novels set in Hobart but the only one that comes to mind is Marcus Clarke’s For the Term of his Natural Life. Off to google ?

      • 11th May 2016 / 9:57 AM

        Read it! It’s the best book I’ve read all year – utterly devastating and beautifully written. A very deserved Man Booker winner.

  3. 10th May 2016 / 2:48 PM

    wow you’ve really brought this quaint – and often forgotten – little Aussie city to life. I adore all the fresh produce in Tassie, arguably some of the best food and wine you’ll get in the world, well worth visitors including in an Australian agenda #citytripping

    • 10th May 2016 / 10:36 PM

      I agree wholeheartedly Keri and thanks for the lovely comments. We ate and drank so well in Tassie. Luckily there are so many great hikes to offset the indulgence!

  4. 10th May 2016 / 4:55 PM

    Hobart looks such a great place to visit…love your photos. I have been reading and hearing quite a bit about Tasmania recently but, you are right, it often gets forgotten. Next time I go to Oz (not sure when that will be!) I must put it on my list. Thanks for linking to #citytripping

    • 10th May 2016 / 10:37 PM

      Do let me know if/when you plan a trip and I’ll do my very best to ensure it is a special one. Hobart is great. Can’t wait to go back

  5. 10th May 2016 / 7:49 PM

    What great photos – I’d love to visit Tasmania, my parents were there not too long ago and really enjoyed it. Art, food and scenery is a pretty good mix after all! When I finally get on to my long-planned Australia trip, I shall have to make time to get over to Tassie too. Thanks for linking up with #citytripping

    • 10th May 2016 / 10:38 PM

      Hee, hee. Yes that combination of attractions is hard to beat. Be sure to let me know when you head down under so I can give you my extra special tips ?

  6. 11th May 2016 / 5:48 AM

    Hobart seems to have everything I like: great scenery, history and a vibrant food and drink scene my husband will visit just for the oysters). It will be a dream to visit.

    • 11th May 2016 / 7:15 AM

      It’s a wonderful place Ruth but just stuck right at the bottom of the earth. This may also be one of its major attractions!

  7. 12th May 2016 / 6:39 AM

    Being a fellow Aussie, who grew up in Melbourne Im ashamed to say Ive never been to Hobart! I have family in every state but Tassie so it always gets missed unfortunately! Looks so nice!

    • 12th May 2016 / 8:55 PM

      I’m pretty sure Hobart won’t be changing any time soon. It’s nice to know there’s so much of Australia to explore. I haven’t seen Uluru!

  8. 12th May 2016 / 8:16 AM

    Awesome photos! I am pretty sure this is the first post on Hobart I come across, but it’s definitely bumped it up my list of Australian destinations to explore. Not big into seafood, but the oysters do look super enticing.

    • 13th May 2016 / 2:46 PM

      Thanks for dropping by Alina. Hobart and Tasmania are a little forgotten by the mainstream travel/tourist traffic but they are really missing out. If you don’t like seafood the cheese and wine is also amazing there.

  9. 12th May 2016 / 8:57 AM

    Looks beautiful!
    I’m heading to Australia in a couple of weeks but sadly only to Melbourne but I will be back! Definitely will be checking all this out 😀

    • 12th May 2016 / 8:59 PM

      Enjoy Melbourne Janey, it’s my favourite place and also home. Thanks for stopping by

  10. 12th May 2016 / 1:11 PM

    I love beautiful landscapes! This seems like a perfect place for summer or spring. How long do you recommend to stay here? I wish to visit someday! 🙂

    • 12th May 2016 / 9:02 PM

      Great question Melai. I think to do it justice you would need to spend at least 10 days in Tasmania. Hobart and surrounds are a perfect place to go for a long weekend. Thanks for your lovely comment

  11. 12th May 2016 / 1:13 PM

    The building of Mona looks awesome!

    • 12th May 2016 / 9:05 PM

      It’s very cool Ivana. The gallery is built into the rock face which is exposed inside the building. I love it!

  12. 12th May 2016 / 1:46 PM

    Awesome photos! Never been to Australia but sure would love to visit soon!

    • 12th May 2016 / 9:07 PM

      Thanks Carla. Australia is an amazing country to visit. Thanks for your lovely comment

  13. 12th May 2016 / 3:32 PM

    Great to know. I love oysters and beautiful views so will have to add this to my list!

    • 12th May 2016 / 9:08 PM

      Best oysters in the world! Thanks for stopping by

  14. 13th May 2016 / 7:39 AM

    Looks gorgeous ! Lovely pics and a great guide ! F x

  15. 13th May 2016 / 7:58 AM

    I’ve heard Hobart mentioned in Neighbours a few times ? It looks beautiful and you captured the place perfectly. What camera do you use?

    • 13th May 2016 / 8:02 AM

      Hee hee Neighbours! Almost all photos taken with iPhone actually Thanks for your lovely comment Marteen

  16. 13th May 2016 / 11:46 AM

    What a great guide. I’ve never been in Hobart but I’ve heard about Port Arthur. As I’m a culture and history lover, I’m sure I’ll like it there.

    • 13th May 2016 / 2:31 PM

      Thanks Evelina – sounds like we have a lot in common! Thanks for your support and I hope you visit Hobart soon

  17. 17th May 2016 / 11:02 AM

    Hobart has an out of the way old world charm which you don’t get in many Australian cities. Definitely one of my favourite destinations.

    • 17th May 2016 / 3:30 PM

      Thanks for stopping by Lyn. Hobart is a very beautiful place

  18. 27th May 2016 / 9:55 PM

    Hi Katy,

    I really love your post about Hobart as your words and photos travel me there already. I have never visited yet I consider doing so! The sparkly art got my eye accompanied with all the fantastic nature photos. Thank you for sharing your experience!


    • 30th May 2016 / 8:45 PM

      Thanks Zaria for your lovely comment. I hope you make it to Hobart very soon

  19. 9th June 2016 / 5:00 AM

    Everything about Hobart sounds enticing. My husband will visit just to taste those oysters. I will be happy to try the other culinary highlights.

    • 9th June 2016 / 9:07 AM

      It’s really a lovely place Ruth. Tasmania warrants a couple of weeks exploring in itself actually. So much to see and do!

  20. 25th June 2016 / 12:20 PM

    Beautiful photos and views.Views of Mount Wellington is really amazing.The Port Arthur looks like a great historical attraction.

    • 25th June 2016 / 1:38 PM

      Glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for stopping by Amila

  21. 26th June 2016 / 3:58 AM

    Hobart looks wonderful, I hadn’t read much about it before. I’ll definitely consider adding Tasmania next time we visit Australia though.

    • 26th June 2016 / 7:37 AM

      Tassie has that pure wilderness feel like NZ. I’m sure you’d love it Rhonda

  22. 26th June 2016 / 9:39 AM

    Hobart is so on my “to do” list, and your pictures are just fueling my fire. Gorgeous images.

    • 26th June 2016 / 9:40 AM

      Warning for you Corinne, you might not leave ?

  23. WhenTwoWander
    8th August 2016 / 9:56 AM

    We’re hoping to visit Hobart for New Years this year and the end of the Sydney to Hobart race. Will take some of these ideas into account, but I cannot understand how anyone can eat Oysters!

    Sam @ WTW

    • 8th August 2016 / 2:22 PM

      They are delicious and taste of the sea! The end of the race in Hobart would be fantastic to see. Have fun

      • WhenTwoWander
        8th August 2016 / 2:24 PM

        Tastes like the sea? Can’t say that’s very appetising to me… Do they taste like snails?

        • 9th August 2016 / 4:24 PM

          Ohhh well, maybe try one in a few years and see if you like them. Best fresh from the sea with a squeeze of lemon

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