There are art festivals…and then there’s Dark Mofo. This wildly provocative 12-day winter festival launched in 2013 and has become one of the most sought after tickets in the southern hemisphere. Past performances have included the burial of an artist in a shipping container below a main street, a nude swim with 752 participants and the erection of red neon inverted crosses around the city. The event has established Hobart as one of Australia’s leading cultural centres.
Hobart holidays take you 149 miles south of the Australian mainland to the island state of Tasmania. Hobart is a vibrant city with a distinctive cultural scene, beautifully-preserved colonial architecture and breath-taking landscapes. The city lies at the foot of the majestic Mount Wellington, which provides a picturesque backdrop to everyday Hobart life.
Hobart boasts a charming waterfront, with excellent bars and brunch spots. For a taste of the city’s cultural heritage and an insight into the surrounding area, the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery will inform and entertain you with exhibitions on Tasmania’s convict history, plus artefacts from the whaling industry and the infamous Tasmanian tiger to discover. The Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) hosts a dazzling collection of works from Australian and international artists. MONA’s acclaimed MONA FOMA and Dark MOFO festivals, which take place in the summer and winter months respectively, have put the city on the map as an avant-garde hotspot.
Holidays in Hobart
If you prefer to explore beyond the city of Hobart, just a short drive from the city, you’ll find yourself in the heart of the spectacular wilderness. Take in the majestic Cradle Mountain National Park, enjoy a boat cruise along the Gordon River, and explore the eerie ruined penal colony of Port Arthur.
Along the way, you’ll stay in some of the island’s best hotels.
Enjoy a luxury holiday in Hobart at your own pace, with our expert knowledge to guide you to the best sights. Why not pair your holiday in Hobart with our Grand Circle tour, a self-driven circuit around Tasmania?
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Enjoy Hobart’s dining scene
Hobart is home to some world class restaurants. The explosion in the city’s art and cultural scene has led to an influx of adventurous chefs from the mainland. Here you’ll find small but distinctive venues serving up incredible cuisine – like Fico, which merges Italian and Japanese cooking to show stopping effect. On Saturday mornings, head to Salamanca Market for fresh local produce and delectable street food.
Explore Tasmania’s rugged landscapes
One of the best things about Hobart is its proximity to untouched wilderness. You can be lacing up your walking boots at the base of Mount Wellington in under 30 minutes or taking in the dramatic landscapes of Southwest National Park in just over an hour. Hobart’s location serves as the perfect gateway to the rest of the island.
Best time to visit Hobart
Hobart can be enjoyed all year round and the weather is dependent on the region. The best time to go to Hobart is between the summer months of December and February, which offer long warm days and gentle coastal breezes. This is also the season of festivals and coastal escapes, making it the ideal period for beach days and exploring Tasmania’s al fresco hotspots, where you can relax and unwind and enjoy the island’s food and wine.
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“Check out Salamanca Market, held every Saturday. This is one of the most vibrant and loved markets in Australia, offering an array of local arts, crafts and delicious food and drink. Take a short walk along the waterfront to Hobart Harbour for brunch beside the water at Brooke Street Larder.”
“Take a stroll down the narrow lanes of Battery Point and soak up the colonial history. For a unique experience grab a beer in a bus at Preachers.”
Events & Festivals
Festivals and events are wonderful to include during your Hobart holiday, offering a glimpse into the country’s authentic culture and traditions. Hobart offers a huge selection of fun events held throughout the year that can be enjoyed by everyone.
Royal Hobart Regatta
The Royal Hobart Regatta is a three-day event that runs over the weekend of the second Monday of February. The long weekend is packed with water events on the Derwent River with sailing, powerboat, jet skiing, kayaking and canoeing events, plus a bi-annual sail past of wooden boats. Enjoy entertainment for all the family, a live music concert, and a fireworks display.
Taste of Tasmania
Held between the 28th of Sember and the 3rd of January, Taste of Tasmania offers a week of world-class entertainment and the chance to explore the sumptuous flavours of the state with its many food stalls and restaurants taking part in the event.
Get a flavour of the local culture through your palate during your Hobart holiday. When it comes to food and drink, Hobart truly is the land of legends, offering a culinary playground with a plethora of cuisines on offer. Steeped in history and drenched in class, this Australian state has been named one of the Great Wine Capitals of the World. There are several award-winning chefs creating incredible dishes made with locally- sourced produce. Here are a few of our favourite dishes.
Ashgrove Tasmanian Farm Cheese’s Wasabi Cheddar is made with a blend of Tasmanian-grown wild wasabi, adding a fabulous zing to the flavour. Why not visit the Ashgrove Cheese Farm gate? Here you can meet both the cows and the cheesemakers.
Freshly Shucked Oysters
Grab the ferry over to Bruny Island and visit Get Shucked for fresh oysters that have been grown and harvested locally. You can enjoy them with a crisp glass of wine as you take in the views over the oyster farm.
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