Hobart and Beyond Road Trip
Take off and explore Tasmania's first city by land, air and sea.
3 Day itineraries
- Cradle Mountain
- East Coast
- Freycinet Peninsula
- Heritage Highway
- Hobart and Port Arthur
- Hobart and Beyond
- North West
- Launceston & Tamar Valley
Introduce yourself to Hobart with a 30-minute flight over the city courtesy of Tasmanian Air Adventures. From a seaplane up in the clouds, take in the capital as a whole while the pilot points out the finer details: the buildings, the beaches, the gardens and – if you’re lucky – the dolphins and whales.
Then walk your wobbly legs to Castray Esplanade Food and Wine (closed weekends). Organic produce from all over the state meets in the kitchen here to make up an interesting seasonal menu. Share your street-side eating spot with the dogs who pop by for ‘puppy latte buckets’.
From here it’s only a short walk to Anglesea Barracks, where the heritage-listed buildings have remained largely untouched since the early 1800s. You’re in the grounds of the Military Museum of Tasmania, so you can dig deeper into history across a range of exhibitions, some housed in former cells.
Check into your Hobart accommodation for the next two nights.
Come evening, order an English pub-style dinner at Shipwright’s Arms in Battery Point. The dedication to a good dinner here is matched only by a dedication to maritime history. And with good reason: a shipwright was the guy who built it.
After yesterday’s birds-eye view, get a ground-level look at Hobart on a Gray Line city tour. Join a morning expedition to see the city sights, or sign up for a full-day experience including a trip out to MONA – otherwise known as a vast underground wonderland of antiquities and contemporary art.
If you choose the morning tour, give your legs a rest before lunch by grabbing an electric bike from Moto Adventure Tasmania or a Segway from Segway Tasmania and wend your way across the city’s historic waterfront. Motor past sandstone buildings, original piers and dockside cranes, see where European settlers first landed and take in the grandeur of the colonial Georgian-style Parliament House – designed in the 1830s by convict architect John Lee Archer.
Look out for the locals in front of the rustic Daci & Daci. This is your lunch stop! And don’t forget one of their meringues for dessert. Actually, some say no meal’s complete without a whisky so it’s lucky you’re only a short walk from Lark Distillery. A guided tour of Tasmania’s first licensed distillery includes a thoughtful lesson on whisky tasting.
Cap off your day at Alexander’s Restaurant inside the sandstone mansion Lenna of Hobart. Enjoy a fine-dining take on modern Australian cuisine as you survey Salamanca in colonial style.
You may have a short sleep-in, so long as you get to the Cascade Female Factory in time for the Her Story performance at 11am. Over the course of 45 minutes, this theatre show brings one of Australia’s most well-known heritage convict sites to life, telling the stories of the women who once toiled there.
For lunch it’s only a short walk (or three-minute drive) to Ginger Brown Café, where you can settle right in on a comfy retro couch. This place is busy for two reasons: their delicious, inventive twists on breakfast and lunch, and their regular specials updates on Facebook.
Finally, head out of Franklin Wharf on one of Pennicott Wilderness Journey’s Iron Pot Cruises. You’ll be whisked past the Iron Pot Lighthouse, the final turn in the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race and the site of a dark, tragic history. This two-and-a-half-hour tour includes everything from views of Wrest Point Casino and the Shot Tower to glimpses of Betsey Island and Hope Beach.
Availability of experiences in this itinerary may be subject to opening times, seasonal operation or booking requirements, please call ahead to plan each day.
Photo Credit: Tourism Tasmania. All rights reserved @Tourism Tasmania and Garry Moore, Jonathan Wherrett, Kathryn Leahy