Hobart Itinerary for 3 Days
Hobart is Australia’s best-kept secret! This charming little city is an underrated gem, and while it might not get as much attention as Sydney or Melbourne, it has plenty to offer.
If you ever find yourself winning one of those huge American Lotteries and when COVID is finally over, a quick trip to Hobart and Tassie should be the first thing on bucket list!
Perched on the picturesque River Derwent, Hobart’s fresh coolness is a nice change from the heat of the mainland. It’s nailed that sweet spot between modern harbour city and rural Tasmania, with its cosmopolitan vibe and easy access to Tasmania’s beautiful natural scenery.
It’s a compact and very walkable city; it’s easy to stroll around for hours around while you explore the sights. It’s can be quite hilly in parts, however, so make sure you’ve got your comfy shoes with you.
- 1 How to get to Hobart?
- 2 Where to stay in Hobart
- 3 Day 1: Hobart Itinerary
- 4 Day 2: Hobart Itinerary
- 5 Day 3: Hobart Itinerary
How to get to Hobart?
It’s only about a 15 minute drive from the Hobart Airport into the city, so I recommend getting an Uber. Because Hobart is a small city, walking and Ubers are a great way to get around, although if you plan to visit Port Arthur (and I recommend that you do) you may wish to hire a car for that day, if you don’t want to take a tour.
Where to stay in Hobart
There’s no shortage of great places to stay in Hobart, but it’s really hard to go past the Hotel Grand Chancellor; it’s on the River and the sweeping views are sensational. Looking over Franklin Wharf, it’s in the heart of the action and is walking distance to great restaurants, cafes and bars.
Day 1: Hobart Itinerary
AM – Shop at Salamanca Market
Along the waterfront, only a short walk from the Grand Chancellor, you’ll find the famous Salamanca Market. With about 300 stalls on show, it’s a must visit for its delicious food and produce, crafts, jewellery, homewares and art.
It’s the place to go if you’re after Tassie made produce and products. It has a lively atmosphere, with a variety of buskers and performers. Stop by for lunch; you won’t be wanting for choice.
The market is open each Saturday from 8:30am until 3:00pm.
Whisky Tasting for Lunch
Lovers of the ‘water of life’ will find that Hobart suits them very well! There are several very well regarded distilleries in the area, including Sullivans Cove. This small distillery has managed to win ‘World’s Best Single Cask Single Malt’ (with its French Oak Single Cask) at the World Whiskies Awards in 2018 AND 2019, the ONLY distillery in the world to win it twice! On top of this, in 2014 it won ‘World’s Best Single Malt’, the only Australian distillery to ever do so. The distillery is only a short 15 minute Uber ride from the city and a tour and tasting is well worth the effort. It’s amazing to see how such a small scale operation has managed to conquer the whisky world! They’re a true Tasmanian success story.
I can also recommend local tipples from Lark and Hobart distillery. The Salamanca Whisky Bar is a great place to try them all! It’s super cosy and has a great range.
Dinner at The Drunken Admiral
This place is amazing! It’s got a really surreal feel, almost like you’re in the cabins of a fishing trawler. They’ve gone all out on the nautical theme, and you’ll definitely remember your special experience here. They serve fresh Tasmanian seafood (of course!) and the menu is as impressive as the décor. No trip to Hobart is complete with a stop at The Drunken Admiral; it’s an institution!
Day 2: Hobart Itinerary
Day Trip to Port Arthur
Port Arthur is a must see, and Hobart is the perfect place to start the journey. If you decide to hire a car the drive takes roughly an hour and a half. The drive itself is beautiful, with the lush, green landscape of Tasmania on show. There’s also a day tour that leaves from several Hobart locations, and this includes a bus trip to the Tasman Peninsula and a wildlife cruise through the Tasman National Park to Port Arthur, and back again.
Port Arthur has a rich history and began as brutal convict settlement. You can walk all around the site, exploring all the buildings and learning about the super harsh conditions that the inmates were forced to endure. In some cases only ruins are left, but this only adds to the charm of the place. It’s truly beautiful and a fascinating place to spend some time.
Day 3: Hobart Itinerary
Take a Tour of Australia’s Oldest Brewery
Only a few kilometres from the city centre is Cascade Brewery. It’s been here since 1824, so by now they’re well versed at making good beer! It still uses water from nearby Mt. Wellington in its brews along with Tasmanian hops and barley. Check it out with a tour and tasting. You get to hear about the history of the brewery, and see the nuts and bolts of it… but the main draw of course is the beer tasting at the end. And no, they don’t let you skip straight to that bit!
Explore Battery Point
Battery Point is truly unique. It’s like stepping back in time into an old English fishing village! Its quaint old buildings and unusual architecture are fascinating. Back in the day it used to be a military outpost, defending the point with artillery. If you like antiques and book stores, Battery Point is a great place to be. Stop by one of the homely cafes and restaurants to grab a bite to eat. It’s tough to go back to the real world after spending some time here.
Dinner at Peacock and Jones
You’ll find this gem down on the waterfront, in an old warehouse. You’ll love the cosy fit-out, but the menu is the star here. While it’s not super cheap, you’ll find that it’s well worth the money. One piece of advice; if you don’t finish up with the Peacock and Jones cherry cheesecake you’ve really wasted a chance to experience an exceptional dessert!
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