Uncover Hobart's best fashion, design, food and lifestyle destinations with Urban Walkabout's Hobart guide. A directory of the best the city has to offer, the print guide is perfect for the inquisitive urban explorer, with a curated selection of boutiques, bars, restaurants, galleries and markets for locals and visitors to enjoy. Pick up a print guide at Hobart's hotels and independent businesses for the latest news on what's happening around town.
The Tench (Penitentiary Chapel Historic Site)
Was it fear of the 'convict stain' that kept this incredible site secret for so long? Dating from 1830, originally spanning over two acres and hosting thousands of convicts, 'The Tench' was the main prisoners' barracks for Van Diemen's Land and later became Hobart Gaol. Today, the sinister tales of crime and punishment are revealed by National Trust volunteers as they guide you through the old Supreme Courts and tunnels to the chapel, cells and gallows. Or, experience it after dark on a ghost tour. Bookings essential.
The Maria Island Walk
Recognised as one of Australia's truly outstanding experiences, Tasmania's multi-award-winning four-day Maria Island Walk is a delightful blend of rare wildlife, fascinating history, island tranquillity and gourmet delights.
Set on a beautiful island national park off Tasmania's east coast, small groups of just ten guests and two friendly guides explore the pristine beaches, tall ancient forests and world heritage sites by day, before relaxing with candlelit dining and elegant accommodation by night.
The all-inclusive package starts and finishes in Hobart with daily departures from October to April.
Phone: +613 6234 2999
The Apple Shed
Learn about the Huon Valley's fascinating apple heritage through the eyes of Willie Smith. Sample an assortment of delicious ciders or dine on simple, fine fare made from regional products - all within an original 1942 apple shed.
Bruny Island House of Whisky
Featuring an extensive range of single malt and limited edition whiskies - including the fifteen-year-old 'Trappers Hut' limited single cask release - complete with open fire, water views, gourmet platters and a boutique provedore. Tastings, flights and take homes available. A true Tasmanian whisky experience.
Bruny Island Safaris Gourmet Food & Sightseeing Tours
Be guided around Bruny Island on our gourmet food, nature, wildlife and sightseeing day trip (or overnight stay), departing Hobart. Visiting scenic lookouts, you'll witness wild ocean vistas and pounding swells against Bruny Island's southernmost tip, where the lighthouse sits perched one hundred meters above the Tasman Sea. Take a stroll along the beach and feel the fine white pristine sands between your toes or taste the locally made island produce at many wonderful restaurants. Smell the rainforests and see the amazing white wallabies, all the while listening to the island's stories from experienced tour guides.
Budget Rent a Car
Budget Rent a Car offers a wide range of cars, four-wheel drives and mini-buses, as well as Australia's largest fleet of truck and commercial vehicles.
Driving is one of the best ways to see the sights of Australia and Budget offers customers convenience with 190 car hire locations Australia-wide so you are never far from a pick up point or friendly service.
When you rent a car from Budget Australia you can also earn valuable rewards points. Budget is a proud car rental partner of the Qantas Frequent Flyer program as well as a program participant with the flybuys program.
Gourmania Food Tours Tasmania
Discover Hobart's secret ingredients on a Gourmania tasting experience. Stroll through picturesque Hobart and meet the passionate industry professionals driving our blossoming food scene. Stopping at great local cafes, restaurants and providores delicious Tasmanian food and beverages are generously sampled on these progressive feasts as your guide shares stories of Hobart, old and new.
Hastings Caves & Thermal Springs
Immerse yourself in the awesome rainforest, soothing thermal springs and amazing underworld of Hastings. Just 90 minutes south of Hobart, this natural wonderland is a treat for the senses. Fill your lungs with the sweet freshness of the tall timber forests and lush ferny glades, feast your eyes on the ancient crystal formations of the majestic cave system and wallow in the glorious mineral springs pool. Then, relax by a log fire and enjoy a picnic. Regardless of the season, retreat to Hastings Caves and Thermal Springs and experience its magic.
Sail aboard the magnificent 62-foot maxi yacht, Helsal IV - a veteran of three Sydney to Hobart yacht races. Take a turn at the helm or sit back and enjoy the ride. This luxury racer/cruiser is as comfortable as she is quick and with her professional skipper and crew, she'll take you anywhere you want to go. Sail for a few hours on the River Derwent or on into the night on one of Hobart Yachts' unforgettable adventure charters while enjoying the best Tasmanian food, beer and wines along the way.
Nant Whisky Distillery and Restaurant
Whisky tours and tastings, as well as delicious meals, all within an hour's drive of Hobart. At Nant, discover the land, air, soil, water and spirit that make Tasmania's only Highland Single Malt Whisky so special, or sample the multi-award winning liquid gold. No wheels? Visit Nant's bar in Salamanca Place.
Par Avion Wilderness Tours
Daily tours from Hobart into the remote Southwest National Park of Tasmania. This world heritage listed area is only accessible by a 7 day bush walk, boat, or aircraft. Full and half day tours include scenic flights over the south coast of Tasmania, guided walks at Melaleuca, a boat trip to Bathurst Harbour and lunch with Tasmanian wine and produce. The return flight to Hobart is via the mountains. Overnight packages in the Wilderness Camp are also available.
The World Heritage listed Port Arthur Historic Site, 90 minutes' drive southeast of Hobart, is the best-preserved convict settlement in Australia. With more than 30 historic buildings, plus guided tours and activities, plan to spend at least a day exploring. Stay overnight to experience an eerie lantern-lit Historic Ghost Tour and enjoy a meal at Felons Bistro.
Phone: 1800 659 101 or +61 3 6251 2310
Since 1997, this family owned and operated business has taken locals and interlopers alike around the city on its iconic red double decker buses. On two deckers and one open topper, you can enjoy 360-degree views (from the top deck) for ninety minutes (city loop) or on and off from one of our twenty stops, more than once: tickets are valid for three days. All deckers are wheelchair accessible, environmentally friendly and available for custom tours and private hire.
Phone: +613 6236 9116
Tahune AirWalk and Lodge
Tasmania's premier forest attraction, the Tahune AirWalk, offers a full day of family fun in the great outdoors. Experience breathtaking views of the forest canopy, spine-tingling swinging bridges across the mighty Huon and Picton Rivers, the thrill of mountain bike riding and peaceful forest walks, plus fine Tasmanian food and wine in the licensed café. If it's thrill you're seeking, opt for the Eagle Glide Adventure through tall trees and over the Huon River. Can't fit it all in one day? Stay at the AirWalk Lodge and sleep among the giants of the forest.
Tasmanian Arts Guide
Take this award-winning three-hour wilderness cruise along the spectacular coastline between Port Arthur and Eaglehawk Neck. You'll sit at the base of Australia's highest sea cliffs, cruise into deep-sea caves and see abundant wildlife including seals, dolphins, sea birds and migrating whales. Jump on board at Port Arthur, or join a Full Day Tour from Hobart which includes the cruise, morning tea, lunch and an optional visit to the Port Arthur Historic Site.
Phone: +613 6250 2200
Tasmanian Walking Company
The Tasmanian Walking Company offers a range of multi-day guided walking journeys within Tasmania's Wilderness World Heritage Area and National Parks. Each walk features high quality accommodation from eco huts to lodges and even a 75-foot ketch - not to mention great food and Tasmanian wines. From our island's highest mountains to the indulgence of a spa at the Bay of Fires Lodge to the iconic Overland Track, there is something for everyone.