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When we first started planning our trip to Hobart, Tasmania, everything and everyone told us we would need a car. Our Hobart Itinerary research made us wonder if we might feel trapped without our own wheels. Our quirk of not driving abroad while sticking to a budget in Australia (meaning no expensive tours) has become an increasingly pesky impediment, but we were determined to visit – and experience – Hobart without a car.
Hobart Without A Car
When creating our Hobart, Tasmania 5-Day Itinerary, we fiercely debated whether it was possible to visit Hobart without a car – and stay on budget. As we sifted through the top attractions in Hobart, we determined if each sight could be reached on foot or by bus. In the end, we realized that there are many fun things to do in Hobart, Tasmania – even without a car!
Not only is Hobart an extremely walkable city, there is ample public transportation that is affordable and efficient. We are sharing all of the details in our fun-filled 5-Day Itinerary in Hobart (without a car!).
Things To Do in Hobart, Tasmania
Hobart is one of the best places in Tasmania to visit! The city is the capital of the Australian island – and features natural wonders and a thriving Central Business District that is both historic and modern.
When we were planning what to do in Hobart, we were impressed by the number of sights we could walk to or reach with public transportation. We filled our Hobart Itinerary with top places to visit, must-see sights and outdoor adventures.
About Our Hobart, Tasmania 5-Day Itinerary
We designed our perfect 5-Day Hobart Itinerary without a car. In our trip plan, we highlight the best places to visit in Hobart – and our recommended way to get there.
Because some Hobart things to do are day-of-week-specific (like the famous Salamanca Market, which is Saturday only), we outline what day of the week to partake in specific Hobart activities. Our 5-day itinerary for Hobart is ideal for spending Wednesday through Sunday in the city – or Friday through Tuesday (just move Days 1 and 2 to Monday and Tuesday).
How Many Days in Hobart?
We think 5 days in Hobart is the perfect amount of time to see the sights. That said, we know not everyone is planning to spend 5 days in Hobart. No worries – you can still use our Hobart trip plan as a guide!
Whether you are planning a weekend in Hobart, scheduling a 3 Days in Hobart getaway or plotting the best 4-Day Itinerary for Tasmania, our detailed Hobart Itinerary is a great starting point for planning your trip.
Pro Tip: Get (and stay) organized for your trip to Tasmania by using our Trip Planning Printables!
5-Day Hobart Itinerary – Without A Car
Our Hobart Itinerary is packed with the top things to do in Hobart, TAS – and no driving is necessary! However, for visitors who decide a car would be more convenient and economical, we have included information about getting a car rental in Hobart, Tasmania at the end of the post.
Additionally, we include our top tips for Hobart Public Transport, fun Hobart day trip options and other essential trip info – like how to get there and where to stay – at the end of the post.
Our Hobart Itinerary includes everything you need. Save, Pin or Bookmark this Tasmania blog post so that you can access while planning – and during – your trip to Australia!
HOBART DAY 1
One the first day of your Hobart, Tasmania Itinerary get a lay of the land, a taste of the local cuisine and a small dose of nature.
Daci and Daci Bakers Café in Hobart
Start your day at the highly-rated Daci and Daci Bakers Hobart Café. Choose from a selection of bakery sweets or savory breads and sip a coffee at the artisan bakery to fuel your day of sightseeing.
Getting There: Daci and Daci Bakery in Hobart is located in the CBD at 11 Murray Street.
Mount Nelson, Hobart
Mount Nelson is not nearly as tall as Mount Wellington (which we will visit on Day 2), but we think the views of the Derwent River and surrounding landscapes are still pretty spectacular.
The Mount Nelson signal station, built in 1811, still stands on the top of the hill. Inside, there is a fun history lesson on signal stations and their importance. We set off on a few of the Mt Nelson walking tracks – and even caught sight of a couple of wallabies.
If you’re ready for another cup of coffee, The Signal Station Hobart Cafe offers incredible views. We would have loved to sink into a chair and soak in the relaxing atmosphere, but we had a bus to catch!
Getting There: Bus 58 from Franklin Square on Macquarie Street. It takes about a half hour and drops off at the Mount Nelson carpark.
The Cascade Brewery has been brewing beer since 1832 and is one of the top Hobart attractions. Cascade ranks as the oldest brewery in Australia that is still in operation.
The iconic building has a mysterious look to it, which somewhat matches the uncanny history of ownership. Visitors can choose to take one of the tours (book it here!), sit down for lunch or just pop into the tasting room.
Getting There: Bus 44, 46 and 47 from Franklin Square on Macquarie Street. You will see the building before the stop, but let the driver know you’re going to the brewery and they’ll likely make a stop there.
Walking Tours Hobart
The tour of the Cascade Brewery is one of the fun things to do in Hobart, but it may not be suited for everyone. History buffs and families may be more interested in historic walking tours of Hobart.
The 90-minute Hobart Historic Walking Tour provides an excellent introduction to the city’s intriguing past. Participants will learn about famous residents, city landmarks and key sights. Book it in advance to reserve your spot!
Getting There: The Hobart Walking Tour departs from the Tasmanian Travel and Information Centre at 2:00pm.
Miyabi in North Hobart
Situated in North Hobart’s popular restaurant row, Miyabi is a little gem of a restaurant. The small, dimly lit and intimate dining room is accessed by a set of inconspicuous stairs. With affordable options on both the prix fix and tapas-style menu, diners have plenty of choices!
Getting There: It is about a 20-minute walk up Elizabeth Street from the waterfront, but it is uphill. Several bus lines service Hobart’s northern suburbs and take Elizabeth Street as the route out of town. Catch a bus from the Hobart City Stop, the north corner of Elizabeth and Macquarie, opposite Franklin Square. Ask the driver if they stop on Elizabeth in North Hobart.
DAY 2 IN HOBART
On Day 2 of your Hobart, Tasmania Itinerary, lace up your hiking shoes and hit the trails on Mount Wellington – then end the day with local drinks.
Mount Wellington, Hobart
Mount Wellington stands at 1270 meters and looks absolutely stunning in the distance from the city. However, the better views are from the Mt. Wellington summit looking down on the city and around the region. Going to the top of the mountain – whether by hiking or by car – is a must-do in Hobart!
We semi-challenged ourselves to conquer the mountain by taking a one-way shuttle bus up to the peak of Mt Welly and then hiking down to Fern Tree. We learned just how challenging it can be to hike down through snow and ice, but loved the trek regardless of the few sketchy parts of the trail. Read all the details about our Mount Wellington Walk.
Getting There: Public buses don’t go to the Mount Wellington summit, but the Hobart Shuttle Bus makes the trip 2-3 times a day. If hiking down, in Fern Tree, catch bus 44, 45, 46, 47, 48 or 49 back to the city.
Lark Distillery Cellar Door
After a day of trekking around on Mount Wellington, relax with a glass of locally produced whiskey. Lark Distillery, which is located in the heart of the Hobart CBD, was established in 1992.
The distillery uses time-old traditions and Tasmanian ingredients to produce their Australian craft whiskey. Tastings are available in full or half measure – and a range of other beverages are also offered at the bar.
Visitors who are interested in learning more about Tasmania’s wine, cider and whiskey production can take an all-day tour with a local guide. Get the details here!
Getting There: Walk! Lark Distillery is located at 14 Davey Street.
Tom McHugo’s Pub
One of the best bars in Hobart, the original version was established on this site in 1842 and named the Hobart Hotel. The classic corner pub has held many other names over the years, but it is currently the Tom McHugo’s Hobart Hotel.
The inviting pub has a warm and casual ambiance, a traditional menu with a modern flair and plenty of ice-cold craft beer on tap. Go for the chicken schnitzel and stay for a few brews – it’s one of the fun things to do in Hobart at night!
Getting There: Walk! Tom McHugo Bar is on the corner of Macquarie and Argyle.
HOBART DAY 3
On the 3rd day of your Hobart trip plan, enjoy a day filled with Hobart culture. Visit a world-class art museum, sip wine on a riverside vineyard estate and listen to the sweet sounds of a local band.
The Hobart MONA Museum – Museum of Old and New Art – is highly rated as one of the top things to see in Hobart. Featuring both ancient masterpieces and contemporary art-forms, the collection belongs to Australian celebrity, David Walsh. Many of the displayed artworks are heavily themed in sex and death.
Getting There: Numerous buses depart from the Hobart CBD and stop at the MONA bus stop, including the 510, 520, 521, 522 and X20. Ferries also transport passengers from the CBD to the museum and there is a MONA Roma Express bus, but the city Metro bus is – by far – the cheapest option.
Moorilla Estate Wine Tasting and Tour
The Moorilla Estate, a small, boutique winery founded in 1947, is located 15km north of Hobart on the banks of the Derwent River next to the MONA Museum.
The Moorilla winery tour, which is casual and entertaining, is led by enthusiastic tour guides. On our tour, we had a glass of sparkling wine in our hands before we even left the lobby. As we toured different sections of the winery, a bottle of what was appropriate for the story was opened and shared. During the tour, we poured directly from casks and barrels and finished off the afternoon with several more sips in the tasting room.
MONA Museum and Moorilla Winery Combo Tour: Visitors who want to package the museum and winery visit with ferry boat transport should consider the Winery Museum Lunch Transportation package.
Getting There: The Moorilla Winery sits next to the MONA Museum. Use the Hobart bus and transportation information listed above for the MONA Museum – as it is the same for the winery.
Rektango at Salamanca Arts Center Courtyard
The Salamanca Arts Center is one of the premier art galleries in Hobart, Tasmania that is heavily invested in showcasing the culture of the city. One of their fun (and free!) events is Rektango – and attending is one of the unique things to do in Hobart.
During the early Friday evening soiree, which only happens from 5:30 until 7:30, musicians take the stage in the courtyard of the Salamanca Arts Center and put on a free show. When we attended Rektango, we could feel the energy the moment we walked in. The place was packed with jubilant people and the music was fantastic!
Getting There: The Salamanca Arts Center is located just outside the CBD. Simply follow the signs on Salamanca Place to the arts center.
DAY 4 IN HOBART
On Day 4 of your Hobart Travel Itinerary, peruse the goods at the best Hobart weekend market, explore the historic Battery Point district and walk along the River Derwent to one of the best beaches in Hobart. Day 4 is all about fun things to do in Hobart that are free!
Salamanca Market (Saturday Only)
On Saturdays from 8:30am to 3pm, Salamanca Place turns into Salamanca Market. Tents are set up along the entire stretch of the road offering fresh Tasmanian produce, homemade crafts and prepared food.
And, in addition to all the sights and sounds of the most popular market in Hobart, there are also several street performers to keep the crowds entertained. Going to the market is one of the best free things to do in Hobart!
Getting There: The market takes place on Salamanca Place; you can’t miss it.
Battery Point Exploration
The Battery Point neighborhood is one of the best places to visit in Hobart. Named for the defensive battery that was situated on the coastline in the early 1800s, the guns never had to be used to defend the city. Today, the historic subdivision is rather prestigious – and a perfect place to explore.
Visitors can devise their own Battery Point Self-Guided Walking Tour – or simply stroll through the pleasant neighborhood. Some of the Battery Point Hobart attractions include Kelly’s Steps, the Arthur Circus cottages, Princes Park and the old Shipwright’s Arms Hotel pub. The Jackman & McRoss Bakery Hobart in Battery Point is considered to be one the best bakeries in Hobart – and it makes a great stop for some mid-afternoon fuel.
Getting There: Walk! Start at Kelly’s Steps on Salamanca Place.
Short Beach, Long Beach and Nutgrove Beach Hobart
Although the beaches in Hobart, Tasmania are not as stunning as the long sandy shores of Australia’s Gold Coast, the coast along the River Derwent is a beautiful and peaceful place to visit.
Just to the south of Battery Point in the Sandy Bay neighborhood, there are three small Hobart beaches – Short Beach, Long Beach and Nutgrove Beach – that are perfect for an evening stroll. Consider eating dinner at one of the riverside restaurants.
Getting There: From Battery Point, it is just a 30-minute walk to Nutgrove Beach (the best of the three – and the furthest south). To return to the city, hop on a city bus. Routes 402, 426 and 429 are good options to get back to the Hobart CBD.
HOBART DAY 5
On the last day of your 5-Day Hobart Trip Itinerary, visit a smaller Hobart weekend market, indulge in local fare and take a cruise on a river boat.
Farm Gate Market, Hobart, TAS
The Farm Gate Market in Hobart may be much smaller than the Salamanca Market, but it excels as a local event. Focusing on in-season produce and prepared foods using fresh local ingredients, the Farm Gate Market retains a community market ambiance. The Farm Gate Hobart Market is held on Sundays from 8:30am to 1pm.
Getting There: The Farm Gate Market is on Bathurst between Murray Street and Elizabeth Street.
Constitution Dock, Hobart Views and Fish & Chips
Constitution Dock is the main Hobart harbor that accommodates fishing boats and yachts alike. Discover the area on a stroll; walk toward the IXL Jam Factory building and then turn around for the most fabulous view of the Hobart skyline and Mount Wellington.
For lunch, feast on a portion of fish-and-chips from one of the casual take-away floating restaurants (it’s one of the fun and cheap things to do in Hobart!).
Flippers is rated as one of the best Hobart restaurants for Fish & Chips; we ordered the combination plate for two and enjoyed the phenomenal fish while sitting on the docks (and fending off hungry seagulls!).
After your lunch, walk to the modern Brooke Street Pier and shop for souvenirs at the local vendor shops.
Getting There: Walk from the corner of Argyle Street and Davey Street.
Hobart Historic Cruise on Lady Nelson Tasmania
A replica of a late 1700s English ship, Lady Nelson sails on Saturdays and Sundays on the Derwent River. The historic cruise in Hobart, Tasmania is a 90-minute trip that sails upriver to the Tasman Bridge and back. Completely manned by volunteers – who encourage passenger participation – a ride on the Lady Nelson is one of the fun things to do in Hobart with kids (but we enjoyed it as adults, too!).
During our Hobart river cruise, we helped let out the sails and even took the helm! As we sailed downriver, we took in the phenomenal views of Hobart and Mount Wellington.
Another Hobart river cruise sightseeing option is a lunch or dinner cruise on the Derwent River. The relaxing ride is complemented with on-board commentary of the best Hobart sights. Get the details!
Getting There: You’ll find Lady Nelson docked on the Pier at Constitution Dock next to Fish Frenzy and T42°.
Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens
If you have time to fit one more Hobart attraction in your itinerary, spend the afternoon in the Hobart Botanical Gardens. The gardens were established in 1818, making it one of the oldest botanic gardens in the world. The 35-acre grounds boast native and rare plant species, intertwining walking paths and a cafe.
Getting There: The Hobart Botanic Garden is located north of the CBD – and it is a bit of a walk. Unfortunately, there are no public buses that stop at the gardens, but the double-decker tourist bus (which we share details on in a minute) has a stop at the Botanic Gardens.
Alternatively, instead of spending a day outdoors, consider visiting one of the magnificent museums in Hobart. Two fantastic museums are located near the docks: Tasmanian Museum and Maritime Museum.
Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery
The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (which is free, but accepts donations) offers an array of interesting displays on the natural history of the land, settlement history and artworks.
Maritime Museum of Tasmania
Visitors of the Maritime Museum of Tasmania can explore the ship and whaling history of Tasmania through models and stories.
More Things To Do in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Our Hobart Itinerary for 5 Days features the best city sights, attractions and nature. One thing we did not include, however, is day trips around Hobart – and there are numerous opportunities for day long excursions!
We recommend searching online for the best tours from Hobart (where you can read invaluable reviews from fellow travelers) – or consider one (or more) of the highly-rated Hobart tours listed below to add to your Hobart Itinerary.
Day Trips From Hobart, Tasmania
These are some of the top-rated Hobart tours that we found on Viator.
Port Arthur Day Trip from Hobart
One of the best day trips from Hobart, Tasmania, a Port Arthur day trip combines history and nature. The all-day trip to the Tasman Peninsula takes participants via boat to the most beautiful landscapes in the country where sea cliffs rise from the water and wildlife is abundant. At the Port Arthur UNESCO World Heritage Historic Site, visitors learn about Tasmania’s intriguing history as a former convict colony. Reserve your space now!
Bruny Island, Tasmania
Ranked as one of the Tasmania top things to do, Bruny Island day trips from Hobart are a full-day adventure. Participants take a 3-hour cruise around Bruny Island, which features incredible beaches, craggy coastlines, sea caves and epic wildlife. Lunch is also included in this day tour expedition! Book it now!
Full-Day Hobart Tour to Wineglass Bay
A highly rated day trip from Hobart, the tour travels through Coles Bay and Wineglass Bay to Freycinet National Park. The tour is highlighted by incredible scenery, quaint coastal villages and the opportunity for a short walk. Participants can count on their tour guide to share interesting facts and information about Tasmania. Find out more!
Visiting Hobart Without A Car: What You Need To Know
While public transport in Tasmania, Australia – between the cities – is limited, the city and regional Hobart public transportation system is well-connected, efficient and easy to use. Using the public transport, visitors will find many things to do in Hobart without a car!
Public Transport Hobart, Tasmania
Travelers visiting Hobart without a car have a few options for getting around the city – including organized tours (find the best ones on Viator!), Uber taxis, or the incredible network of buses in the city.
The Metro Shop Hobart
To travel by bus in Hobart, visitors can pay for fares on the bus – or obtain a Greencard transit card from the Metro Shop for discounted fares. At the Metro Shop, visitors can pick up specific route schedules and maps, too. However, the best way to look up current schedules is by using Trip Planner feature on the Metro app or official website.
Metro Green Card Hobart
Normal Greencards require an application and activation, but there is a special tourist GreenCard for Hobart visitors. The visitor pre-paid adult Greencards are already activated and come with a useful tourist guide for using Hobart buses.
Using the card is not only easier when boarding the bus (just tap on), it also makes each ride a little cheaper. If not using a card, tell the driver you want an all-day pass, which grants unlimited rides throughout the day. Go to the Metro Shop website for more fare information.
Hobart Sightseeing Bus
Rather than sorting details of public transportation, visitor can also catch a ride on the Hobart Hop-On Hop-Off Bus that makes stops at all the top tourist attractions. Buy your tickets online!
Pro Tip: Visitors can buy a discounted combo ticket on the Hop On Hop Off Bus Hobart and on the Mount Wellington express bus. Get the details!
Getting Around Tasmania, Australia
While public transport in Hobart and the surrounding region is plentiful, getting around Tasmania without a car is not as easy! There are no passenger train services and buses between cities are few and far between. Honestly, the best way to get around Tasmania without a car is with tours – which can get pricey – but they can be the ticket to seeing the best of Tasmania.
3 Days in Tasmania Tour
A multi-day sightseeing tour might be just what you are looking for when visiting Tasmania without a car. This 3-Day Hobart to Launceston Tour includes visiting Port Arthur, Cradle Mountain and Freycinet National Park. Find out more to see if it works for your schedule and budget!
Public Bus from Hobart to Tasmania Destinations
Traveling by public bus outside of Hobart is limited – but not impossible.
Bus: Hobart to Port Arthur
No direct public buses connect Hobart to Port Arthur, a popular nearby historic sight. However, it is possible to take a Hobart bus to Clifton Beach or Lauderdale – and then take a taxi from either of those cities into Port Arthur.
Alternatively, there is a Port Arthur Shuttle Express, which provides tourists with a ride to and from Port Arthur, with four hours to explore once in the city. Get pricing and details here!
Buses: Hobart to Launceston
There is a direct bus route between Hobart and Launceston (which bypasses all of the sights along the way). The line is serviced by Tasmania Redline; find more info and timetables on their website.
Car Rental Hobart, Tasmania
Some travelers may find that driving in Tasmania is the best way to see the sights at the most affordable price. If you are considering a car hire in Hobart, Tasmania, check online for the best prices on car rentals – but first, read our tips for getting the best car rental price.
Getting There: How to Navigate to Hobart
From Australia’s mainland, Hobart can be reached by plane or boat. Our preferred method of getting anywhere is by flying (we are JetSetting Fools, after all!), which is how we arrived in Hobart from Melbourne.
Bus to Hobart CBD from Hobart Airport
Hobart flights arrive at the Hobart Airport, which is located 17km northeast of the city. There is no public bus from the airport to the city center, but there are a range of options for getting from the Hobart Airport to the CBD.
The SkyBus Hobart City Express is the least expensive way to transfer from the airport to the city (and you can also catch the Sky Bus to Hobart Airport from the CBD). Visitors can also use taxis or Uber.
Where To Stay: The Best Hobart Accommodation
During our visit to Hobart, we stayed in an amazing Airbnb Apartment. Visitors will find that there are an abundance of holiday apartments in Hobart, Tasmania. We have found that staying in vacation rentals is often less expensive than hotel rooms – with the added benefit of a kitchen and, usually, more space.
Accommodation: CBD and Hobart Waterfront Hotels
However, for those who prefer staying in traditional accommodations, there are many Hobart hotels to choose from in – or close to – the city center. The post Henry Jones Art Hotel is a superb 5-Star Hobart Accommodation right on the water.
Budget travelers don’t dismay! There are affordable places to stay in Hobart, too! In addition to budget-friendly Airbnb rooms, visitors on a budget and backpackers in Hobart can find affordable beds at Hobart Hostels.
What To Pack For Your Hobart Trip
Tasmania Sightseeing Card
Travelers visiting multiple attractions in Hobart may find that a Tasmania Sightseeing Card will save money. Two of the top sightseeing cards are the See Tasmania Card (info here!). We recommend researching the activities on the card to see if it will save you money.
City Walking Shoes
Hobart is a walkable city…but only if you have the right travel shoes! Don’t forget to pack a pair of lightweight and comfortable walking shoes for your trip. I (Sarah) have traveled with these shoes by Skechers. Kris prefers wearing these shoes by Merrell.
We’re certain you’ll be snapping tons of photos during your trip. Rather than relying on your mobile phone to capture the sights, upgrade to an actual camera for higher quality photos. We travel with a Canon Rebel and use an everyday 18-135mm lens. This DSLR is perfect budget camera for beginner photographers – as it comes bundled with a fantastic set of accessories.
Australia Travel Insurance
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We Want To Know: Is there anything you would add to our Hobart Itinerary? Have you visited Hobart without a car – do you have any tips for fellow travelers? Give us your best tips in the comments!
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