Most trips to Tasmania will start in Hobart. This is a vibrant and energetic harbour town, where modern galleries and museums sit inside colonial sandstone buildings and 19th-century pubs rub shoulders with a trendy gourmet food scene.
You’ll spend two nights in Hobart, with one day for exploring the city, and another for taking a day trip to explore the nature of the south. Aim to arrive early in the morning on your first day, so you have plenty of time to explore Hobart itself.
If you coincide your arrival to be on a Saturday, you’ll be able to take in the famous Salamanca Markets, where over 300 stalls showcase local arts, crafts, and some of Australia’s finest fresh produce (treat yourself to breakfast or lunch). The markets are open every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Though even once the stalls have cleared, the boutiques, galleries and restaurants at Salamanca Place are still open seven days a week.
Just before sunset, enter ‘Pinnacle Road’ into your GPS and drive to the summit of Mt Wellington. Locals call this ‘The Mountain’, and from the observation platform at the top, you’ll be greeted with sweeping panoramic views over the city.
Block off day two for a day trip from Hobart; there are ample opportunities to choose from depending on your interests. History buffs can spend the day at Port Arthur, nature enthusiasts can head south to the Huon Valley, and wildlife fans can take the ferry for the day to Bruny Island and their unique white wallabies.