• Hobart

Hobart Holidays

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?

Hayes & Jarvis has been organising tailor-made holidays since 1952. We’re travellers ourselves, with an in-depth knowledge of all our destinations, and we are committed to responsible and ethical tourism. Give our Destination Specialists a call to plan your ideal tailor-made Hobart holiday today.

Destination Highlights
  • Scale Mount Wellington for stunning 360 views of Hobart or explore Bruny Island and go in search of the Tasmanian devil
  • Experience the wide variety of walking, cycling, mountain biking and horse-riding tracks and trails such as Fern Tree to Wellington Falls or the Organ Pipes Circuit
  • Enjoy beer tasting at Cascade Brewery Company and immerse yourself in the art of Tasmania with a visit to MONA or the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery
  • Take a stroll through the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens and explore the vast and unusual species of flowers and trees

Time Zone

GMT +11

Flight Time

London Heathrow to Hobart is around a 26-hour flight with two stops typically at Singapore and Melbourne, or Singapore and Sydney on the way back.

Currency

Australian dollar (AUD)

Visa Information

All tourists require an Australian Tourist Visa, you can apply for an instant tourist visa, this is also known as an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) visa.

Language

English

Health Information

No mandatory vaccinations required. It's important to contact your GP for latest recommendations.

Hobart Attractions

  • Experience Dark Mofo

    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.

  • 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.

  • Charlie, Destination Manager

    Charlie

    Destination Manager

    “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.”

  • Lucy, Destination Specialist

    Lucy

    Destination Specialist

    “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.

Local Cuisine

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.

 

  • Wasabi cheese

    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.