It’s easy to fall in love with Hobart. Whether you are mountain biking down Mt Wellington, seeing outrageous modern art at MONA or tucking into freshly caught seafood at one of its smart new eateries, the Tasmanian capital will quickly work its charms. Despite its remote southern location, Hobart is an open-minded, cosmopolitan, bohemian and festival-loving city with a huge range of things to see, do and taste. Culture vultures will enjoy its art galleries, museums and Georgian architecture, while sporty types can go bushwalking, cycling or kayaking on the harbour. Food lovers will be in heaven. Hobart is also a great stepping off point for several Tasmanian icons, such as the convict ruins at Port Arthur, Maria Island, New Norfolk and Bruny Island.
Who goes there: The World, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Carnival Cruise Line, P&O Cruises, Royal Caribbean, Crystal Cruises, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, Azamara Club Cruises.
Cruisers like: A couple of hours exploring MONA (Museum of Old and New Art) is now an essential part of the Hobart experience – fast catamarans operate from the Hobart waterfront. The $75 million art gallery contains Australia’s largest private collection of art, installations and antiquities. A trip to the Salamanca Market, held every Saturday morning, is also mandatory. Other attractions include Maswon’s Huts Replica Museum, the Cascade Brewery, the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery and the Female Factory which once housed female convicts sent to Van Diemen’s Land. The Mawson’s Huts Replica is handily located right next to the Lark Distillery which produces award-winning whiskies and fine spirits.
Best for: Art lovers, kayakers, gourmands and anyone who enjoys clean air, bright skies and the outdoor life.
Getting around: Hobart Cruise Terminal is a ten-minute walk from the city centre. Most of the city’s attractions are easily reached on foot, but there is a good bus service, plentiful taxis and a free bicycle hire scheme.