Visiting Historical Hobart With Kids
Hobart has a rich history and is as close to a European city as you’ll get in Australia. It has an abundance of fresh produce on offer, plenty to see and do and it’s a great place to take kids. A city full of history, great food and wine, nature all around, and only an hour’s flight from Melbourne and two hours from Sydney—what more could you ask for?!
One of our ellaslist Explorers made the journey with her family and has shared her top tips about all-things Hobart with us.
How To Get There
There are a range of options for getting to Hobart; first and foremost—flying! The quickest option by far is to fly into Hobart and then snag yourself a bargain Sky Bus Transfer from Hobart Airport to Hobart City for under $20!
Alternatively, if you want an adventure, a 9 to 11-hour ride aboard the Spirit of Tasmania and then a 3.5-hour drive from Devonport to Hobart down the Midlands Highway should be your modus operandi. It is quite easy driving but probably only recommended if you intend to be in Tasmania for more than a week.
Tasmania has some public transport but mainly taxis and buses, so a hire car is always a good option even if you are only staying for a weekend. This city has a lot to see but getting between places can be difficult if you do not have a car. Oh, and be sure to follow the one-way street signs when driving in the CBD! (You're welcome.)
Where to Stay
If you're new to Hobart and want to be right in the thick of things—Hobart CBD is the place to stay. There is an abundance of hotels and Airbnb to choose from, but we'd recommend booking as far in advance as you can as the good ones tend to go pretty quickly. For families, Battery Point is quieter, extending along the River Derwent but still only an easy 10-minute walk from the city centre. Sandy Bay is also a great choice if you want to be close to the beaches!
Things to Do
Hop On Hop Off Hobart City Sightseeing Tour: Soak up the city sights in one fell swoop with a fun-filled sightseeing tour!
Mt Wellington Tour: This imposing mountain stands above the city and offers lots of hiking tracks, but we reckon the best option is to drive up it (especially if you've got kids in tow!). See the snow in winter and watch the rolling clouds move around the city in this must-try activity in Hobart.
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary Tour: This awesome sanctuary is always a hit with the kids as they'll be able to get up close with native Aussie wildlife.
Hobart City Tour with MONA Ferry & Entry: Discover the magic of the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) and Hobart's finest attractions in this value-packed tour package. Cruise the scenic Derwent River to MONA, a globally acclaimed art destination known for its modern architecture and thought-provoking art. Experience a unique collection of artworks that challenges convention, seamlessly blending adult themes with traditional exhibits. MONA is a one-of-a-kind museum that will stimulate your curiosity and creativity, making it a must-see attraction.
EXPLORER TIP: While the Museum of Old and New Art has some artwork that you may not want your children to see, it is pretty easy to make your way around avoiding these exhibitions. The staff at each exhibition told us which sections to avoid. The most amazing part of this art gallery was not only the art but the architecture—it is cut into the side of a hill and you feel as though you are entering Batman’s cave—definitely something the whole family can enjoy!
And while you're there, make sure you check out Moorilla. Moorilla is the winery and brewery on the same premises as MONA and has some lovely areas for the kids to run around and play while you dine or drink. Our children loved following the rabbits and chickens that were running around through the vineyard!
Salamanca Place: If you are lucky to be in Hobart on a Saturday, the markets fill the street from 8:30 am-to 3:30 pm. You can find lots of local produce and it has a great atmosphere. If you aren’t here on a Saturday still take a stole along Salamanca as it is a beautiful old docks area with some very lovely pubs and restaurants.
Constitution Dock: Constitution Dock is the harbour area of Hobart and often where you can get fresh fish n’ chips at a floating restaurant, see boats coming in and out and catch a cruise down the Derwent River. There are many restaurants around this area and a great stroll with an ice cream in hand.
Tasman Island Cruise from Port Arthur: Head out on an epic journey to visit one of Australia's most unique and unusual islands on this memorable full-day tour which includes an unforgettable three-hour Tasman Island cruise.
Bruny Island Wilderness Cruise: Set sail on an extraordinary three-hour adventure with this acclaimed Bruny Island wilderness cruise. Explore the stunning sights and wildlife wonders, including playful dolphins and much more.
Wineglass Bay Cruises: Discover jaw-dropping coastal wilderness and cruise the waterways of Freycinet National Park; an absolute haven for wildlife.
Iron Pot Scenic Cruise: Unearth the captivating history of Hobart from a unique waterfront perspective as you embark on the Iron Pot Scenic Cruise Hobart.
Beaches: Hobart has lots of little beaches that have beautiful blue water and gorgeous views with Mt. Wellington in the background. EXPLORER TIP: We loved Nutgrove Beach but there are many along the coastline that are perfect for a play and a swim!
Beyond the extensive list above, there is even much more to do in Hobart. Here are a few of my top suggestions:
- Cascade Brewery
- Royal Hobart Botanic Gardens
- St Davis’s Park
- Cascades Female Factory Historic Site
- Maritime Museum of Tasmania
- Walk through and explore the CDB
- Visit nearby towns such as: Richmond, Port Arthur, Kettering and Bruny Island
- Visit one of the nearby vineyards
- Always pack a coat as the weather can change very quickly and dramatically
- Hire a car to get around
- Pack walking shoes to truly experience all the beauty the city has to offer—and depending on the age of your kids, it might be worth bringing a backpack carrier or a lightweight stroller.
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