How to spend 24 hours in Hobart, Tasmania

Are you planning a trip to Tasmania and wondering what there is to see and do in Hobart? We spent 24 hours in Hobart and are planning a trip back again!

What to see

Salamanca Market: If you’re in Hobart over a weekend (which we weren’t unfortunately) then you do need to get to Salamanca Market. The markets are open from 8.30am – 3 pm on a Saturday and the location is probably one of the most famous parts of Hobart, Salamanca Place.

The area is filled with gorgeous sandstone warehouses which were built-in the 1830’s which were later converted into restaurants, shops, pubs and other shops.

Battery Point: If you take Kelly’s steps up to Battery Point, you will be amazed at how historic this area is.  It happens to be the oldest area in Hobart and the houses still look like they were back since the early 1800’s.

Mount Wellington: We had read about how quickly the weather can change in Tassie, so we decided to make that our first stop in Hobart before we checked in to our hotel. The weather was amazing but we opened the door and quickly realised that it was nearly freezing! Luckily, we packed for all types of weather so out come the gloves, beanie and jacket! If you’re unsure what to pack for your trip, click here for our ultimate packing guide for Tasmania.

thewelltravelledman visiting Hobart in 24 hours

Being freezing was absolutely worth it for views like this though!

Here is a short video from our time at Mount Wellington!

Hiring a Bike: We were able to borrow bicycles from our hotel at no additional cost and ride around the city. It is a great way to get around, but of course, there are a couple of hills around Battery Park so you may need to walk up those (if you’re anything like us!). It was a heap of fun and I’d recommend doing that as a quick way of getting around on your full day in Hobart.

You can ride past some gorgeous spots!

Richmond: Driving from Cradle Mountain to Hobart, we stopped in at Richard. It is worth pointing out here that the drive through Tassie is gorgeous. So much beautiful farmland.

This gorgeous little town has plenty to offer. There is a famous chocolate and lolly shop called Sweets and Treats which is worth a stop!

Sullivans Cove: The world’s best Single Malt Whiskey… if you’re into whiskey, you should stop in here!

We had a tasting tour and were able to check out the warehouse. The whiskey is delicious and the experience takes about 30 – 40 minutes. Helpful hint: we had the option of two packages, the tasting and tasting and the tour. If you just get the tasting and then use the bathroom – you can see the warehouse out the back anyway as that’s where the toilets are! So unless you want a guided tour with some information, this will show you what you’re after!

Botanical Gardens

Where to eat in Hobart

Machine Laundry Cafe: We ate breakfast at this highly recommended cafe – Machine Laundry Cafe. It was conveniently located in Salamanca Square and the menu was really good with reasonable prices.

It is legitimately a laundry as well so you can do some washing while you’re eating breakfast! It does get pretty busy so best to get in early especially on the weekend.

Smolt: Smolt is an Italian restaurant located in Salamanca Square. The food was nice and the service was good but it wasn’t the most amazing restaurant we went to on the trip.

Ristorante Da Angelo: Our hotel recommended us to visit this place in Battery Point. It was cold and a little rainy but we started the walk to get there. We arrived and all we could smell was the aromas of the most delicious Italian food. We walked into the cozy restaurant and they were fully booked… FULLY BOOKED!! We were so disappointed given it was our only night in Hobart. So, our recommendation to you is to book a table!!! Part of the reason we want to go back to Hobart is to just eat at this restaurant.

Where to stay in Hobart

We stayed at the Hotel Grand Chancellor which is located conveniently across from Franklin Wharf and is within walking distance to everything you need in Hobart. Our room overlooked the harbour and was very spacious.

Bicycles were available for us to borrow and cycle around town and undercover car parking was complimentary.

If we had more time…

We would have visited MONA, Bruny Island & Port Arthur… so next time we’ll add this to our list!

Do you have travel insurance?

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Alternative accommodation

If you’re looking for alternative accommodation to either save some money or share with friends or family, click here for information on Air B&B ($50 discount on your first booking), hotel price comparison websites etc.

Spending some time around Tassie?

Click here to see all of our Tasmania related posts to help plan your trip!

“When overseas you learn more about your own country, than you do the place you’re visiting.” – Clint Borgen

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