Two Days in Hobart, Tasmania

I spent 2 days in Hobart, Tasmania, while I was road tripping around that stunningly beautiful Australian island state. At first my plan had been to visit Freycinet National Park, but I was diverted to Hobart, the state’s capital, by bad weather. So, I waited out the storm in the city and headed up the east coast a couple days later.

During those two partially rainy days in Hobart I tried to see as much as I could. My first impression when I arrived there was excellent. It’s not a vast metropolis like the capital cities on the mainland – think Sydney, Melbourne and Perth – but rather a small harbor town. There are no skyscrapers; instead there are old brick buildings and a gorgeous boat-filled waterfront. Of course there were a few fine museums as well, which I loved.

2 Days in Hobart: Hobart Waterfront
Hobart Waterfront

Spending 2 Days in Hobart, Tasmania

I spent the first night drinking cheap beer and goon in the hostel in the city center where I stayed. In the (late) morning I headed out to explore the city, walked past the waterfront, visited a museum and saw Salamanca Place. On day two I went on a day trip to nearby Port Arthur, Tasmania’s old convict settlement.

The Waterfront

The Hobart waterfront is a peaceful area where piers extend into the ocean, fishing boats bop quietly on the water’s surface, sea gulls scream in the skies and seafood restaurants are filled with hungry tourists. It was my favorite area of the city and even on a cloudy and rainy day I enjoyed strolling around.

2 Days in Hobart: Waterfront in Hobart

Salamanca Place

Located near the waterfront, Salamanca Place is arguably Hobart’s liveliest neighborhood. This is where beautiful old sandstone buildings have been converted into shops, bars, theaters and restaurants. On Saturday morning this area is taken over by the fantastic Salamanca Market where hundreds of vendors sell everything from Tasmanian arts and crafts to second-hand books and fresh produce.

2 Days in Hobart: Salamanca Market
Salamanca Market

Battery Point

Battery Point is one of Hobart’s many historic neighborhoods – it is in fact the city’s oldest. It is located up the Kelly Steps, which date from 1839, from Salamanca Place and is made up of little cottages, narrow streets and cul-de-sacs. There are views of both the waterfront and Mount Wellington.

2 Days in Hobart: Battery Point
Battery Point

Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery

The wonderful Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery was founded in 1843 by the Royal Society of Tasmania, the oldest Royal Society outside of England. The museum covers both art and natural history. During my visit to Hobart, this was the absolutely perfect place to shelter from the rain.

2 Days in Hobart: Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery
Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery

Port Arthur

Located on a narrow peninsula a short drive southeast of Hobart and surrounded by an ocean inhabited by sharks, Port Arthur was an inescapable prison in the mid-19th century. Once home to more than 1,000 convicts, including the most hardened of the entire colony, nowadays Port Arthur consists of landscaped Victorian gardens and both ruined and restored prison buildings. This is a major highlight in Tasmania.

2 Days in Hobart: Port Arthur
Port Arthur

Other suggested activities (that I didn’t do) when staying in Hobart are touring the Cascade Brewery, hiking to the summit of Mount Wellington and visiting the renowned MONA Museum.

About Bram


Bram is a Belgian guy who's currently living in the USA. For over four years now, he has been wandering the globe, with jobs here and there in between. So far, his travels have taken him to four continents and twenty-two countries. Bram likes to try different styles of travelling: from backpacker and adventurer to tourist and local, he has been all those stereotypes and probably will be many more in the future. You can follow his adventures on his travel blog, on Twitter and on Facebook.

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    great post..thanks for sharing lovely post………….


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