Holidays are a time for rest and relaxation, but where should you go if you’re only able to sneak away for a short amount of time? If it’s a weekend away you’re looking for, then Hobart is the place to go. With a unique mix of exciting activities and laid-back vibes, you can pack the most into your weekend with a trip to Hobart whether you’re travelling solo or with a companion.
Hobart is the capital of Tasmania, Australia’s island state. Situated on the River Derwent, Hobart is surrounded by popular attractions, sweeping views, scenic cycling and hiking tracks, as well as stunning waterfront accommodation options.
With the clock ticking, here are the must-sees for your 48 hour Hobart holiday:
Step back in time at Battery Point
Start the day off right by heading to Daci & Daci Bakers in Hobart for their delicious Belgium waffles. You’re going to need the fuel as to set off for Hobart’s oldest suburb, Battery Point.
Just a 15-minute walk from Hobart’s city centre, Battery Point is absolutely bursting with character; colonial history, cafes, and cute cottages. While you’re there, allow an hour or so to walk along the sculpture trail. These nine sculptures each represent a defining moment in Battery Point’s history.
Explore Mount Wellington
Enjoy a scenic 30-minute drive up to the top of Mount Wellington, but be sure to take a deep breath before you go. The panoramic views of Hobart, the Tasman Peninsula, and Bruny Island will steal it. From here you can drive back down or, for the adrenaline junkies, book a tour and make your way back down the hill via bike.
At the base of Mount Wellington, you’ll find impressive sandstone buildings which are home to Australia’s oldest operating brewery. Go behind the scenes and submerge yourself in the Cascade Brewery experience, and learn about the history and brewing of Cascade beer.
More interested in how it tastes than how it’s made? Visit the brewhouse and enjoy the outlook of the heritage gardens, brewing factory, and Mount Wellington as you enjoy a drop of Hobart’s very own award-winning lager.
Dinner At Franklin
Head back to Hobart as the sun begins to set, and settle in for a fine dining experience you won’t forget. ‘Franklin’ is home to chef Analiese Gregory, who has worked in numerous world-class kitchens so you just know you’re in for a treat. Analiese bases her ever-changing menu around local produce, providing her patrons with the freshest ingredients Tasmania has to offer.
Enjoy A Performance At The Royal Theatre
After dinner, catch an evening performance at Hobart’s Royal Theatre before resting up for the night back at one of Hobart’s many waterfront hotels. There’s nothing better than waking up to majestic waterfront views and snow-capped mountain backdrops.
Breakfast At The Pigeon Hole
Prepare for the day ahead with a true paddock to plate experience at The Pigeon Hole. Indulge in fresh, organic produce from high-quality, sustainable farms and experience a true Hobart brekkie.
Take A Stroll Around The Waterfront
After breakfast, take a stroll along Hobart’s beautiful waterfront past converted galleries, cutting edge boutiques, restaurants, and theatres. While you’re there, wander to Salamanca Market and browse one of Australia’s most loved outdoor markets.
The market brings over 300 stallholders so there is always loads to see (and buy), including everything from hand-worked glass to handcrafted cheese, Tasmanian timbers through to bespoke jewellery, as we as organic produce and delicious hot foods.
Catch The Ferry To Mona
Jump aboard the ferry and enjoy a twenty-five-minute boat ride along the River Derwent to MONA (Museum Of Old And New Art). Treat yourself and book the ‘posh pit’ to experience the full package with complimentary canapes and drinks from the exclusive lounge, bar, and private deck.
Depart the ferry on arrival, and experience the controversial and thought-provoking works of Australia’s largest privately-owned museum. Allow 3 – 4 hours to fully explore this expansive space, as you listen to the companion audio recordings and interviews while wandering the exhibits.
Experience Drink Tasmania’s Premium Tours
With the afternoon to spare, head over to Drink Tasmania’s premium tours for a half-day tour where you can treat your taste buds to Tasmania’s award-winning craft beverages including the finest whisky, wine, beer, and cider. It’s a relaxing, well-deserved way to wrap up your 48 hours in Hobart.
Make The Most Of Your Time In Hobart
Hobart is the perfect destination when time is of the essence. Between exploring the history, culture, surroundings, wine tasting, and incredible food, Hobart will leave you captivated and wanting more. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself wanting to book a return trip to Hobart or to another of Australia’s incredible cities once you arrive home.