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With Mount Wellington, the sea, and the old town, the Tasmanian capital has something for everyone.

Our most recommended things to do in Hobart

Hobart: 24-Hour Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Bus Ticket

1. Hobart: 24-Hour Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Bus Ticket

Get the perfect introduction to Hobart aboard the official sightseeing bus and see the best sights and attractions on a 90-minute loop. Enjoy unobstructed views from the top deck of the open-top double decker bus, and avail of the informative commentary in English, with an 7 additional languages on selected buses. Your ticket is valid for 24 hours from the time you first board, and buses run from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM, 7 days a week. Hop on and off at your leisure to discover a range of visitor attractions to suit everyone! • Brooke Street Pier • Salamanca Place • Princes Park • Battery Point • St Georges Church • St Georges Terrace • Wrest Point Casino • Sandy Bay Village • Cascade Brewery • Female Factory • South Hobart Village • Village Cinema • Hobart CBD • Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery and Maritime Museum of Tasmania • Hobart Convict Penitentiary • Aquatic Centre • Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens • Victoria Docks

Hobart: Kunanyi/Mt Wellington Hop-on Hop-off Bus Pass

2. Hobart: Kunanyi/Mt Wellington Hop-on Hop-off Bus Pass

Journey 1270 meters above sea level to the summit of Kunanyi/Mt. Wellington, and experience magnificent views over Hobart and Southern Tasmania. Have 30 minutes to explore the summit or hop on and hop off along the way. Enjoy the freedom of being able to hop on and off the bus at whatever stop you choose. At the summit of Kunanyi/Mt Wellington, you'll have 30 minutes to visit the observation shelter and take in panoramic views from the lookouts. If you're looking for a little more adventure, get off at five Wellington Park bus stops. Explore stops including Fern Tree Park, The Springs, The Chalet, Big Bend, and The Pinnacle.

Hobart: kunanyi/Mt Wellington Explorer Bus Pass

3. Hobart: kunanyi/Mt Wellington Explorer Bus Pass

Hop aboard the Explorer Bus nearby Hobart’s waterfront and begin the 1270 meter ascent up kunanyi/Mt. Wellington. As you make the upward journey, you’ll be treated to spectacular views over Hobart and deep into the horizon. At the summit, explore the lookouts and observation shelter. The 2.5 hour return tour includes 40 minutes to explore kunanyi/ Mt Wellingtons summit or enjoy the freedom of being able to hop-on and hop-off the bus at whatever stop you choose. If you like, instead of taking the bus straight to the top you can get off at some of the stops along the way and then hop back on a later bus. Explore stops including Fern Tree Park, The Springs, The Chalet, Big Bend, and The Pinnacle. Discover a wide range of bushwalking tracks throughout Wellington Park, suitable for all ages and abilities. Afterward, hop-on a later bus to return to Hobart. Listen to an informative commentary as travel. Buses are wheelchair accessible and can carry mountain bikes, providing easier access to the growing network of mountain bike trails throughout Wellington Park.

Hobart: Mt Wellington, Mt Field, Bonorong and Richmond Trip

4. Hobart: Mt Wellington, Mt Field, Bonorong and Richmond Trip

This nature lover’s day trip begins with pickup from Hobart hotel. Then, journey through the picturesque Derwent Valley. Drive past Australia's oldest operating pub. Continue on to Mt. Field National Park, where Russell Falls is a must-see. Stroll underneath enormous fern forests and some of the world’s tallest trees to the waterfall. Next, follow the freshwater back to New Norfolk, where your guide will explain its interesting history.   Stretch and grab a bite to eat before the next stop. Head to a Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary to hand-feed kangaroos and discover Tasmanian devils. End your day in the picturesque town of Richmond before returning to Hobart. The Mt Wellington summit time depends on the weather (cloud cover) and will either be early in the morning or late in the afternoon.

Bruny Island Day Trip from Hobart

5. Bruny Island Day Trip from Hobart

Get back to nature and enjoy local produce on a full-day trip to Bruny Island, tailored to the day's weather conditions to create the most enjoyable experience, offering a 50/50 nature and food balance. With its diverse offerings, Bruny Island is the perfect destination for nature enthusiasts and food lovers alike. Catch the ferry from Hobart to go on a nature walk in the temperate rainforest, or enjoy a swim in a hidden lagoon or the ocean, weather permitting. Encounter unique wildlife, such as the rare albino wallaby as your guide shows you some of the hiding spots of this elusive creature. Soak up the panoramic views from the Neck and Cape Bruny Lighthouse, and marvel at the picturesque beaches along the way. Stop to sample local produce, including award-winning cheeses, wines, beers, ciders, berries, chocolates, and oysters at your own cost. There will be a lunch stop where you can enjoy locally cooked and farmed produce from the land and the sea at you own expense, or bring your own picnic if you prefer.

Hobart: Mount Wellington and Hobart Sightseeing Combo Ticket

6. Hobart: Mount Wellington and Hobart Sightseeing Combo Ticket

A combined ticket for two iconic Hobart sightseeing tours. Board the kunanyi/Mt Wellington Explorer Bus and travel 1270 metres above sea level to the summit of kunanyi/Mt Wellington. It's a 2 hour return tour with 30 minutes at the summit to visit the observation shelter and lookouts. Experience panoramic views over Hobart and Southern Tasmania. Hop back on the bus for the return journey down the mountain to Hobart. Next it's time to join the official sightseeing tour of Hobart! Hop-on and hop-off at 20 different stops featuring the best sights and attractions in and around the city. Or stay on board and do the full 90-minute city loop tour. The choice is yours! Red Decker’s open-top double decker buses provide unrivalled views of this beautiful city, including local landmarks such as the River Derwent, Tasman Bridge and kunanyi/Mt Wellington as well as an abundance of colonial architecture and city streetscapes.

Tasman Peninsula Tour, Cruise & Port Arthur Historic Site

7. Tasman Peninsula Tour, Cruise & Port Arthur Historic Site

Experience the best of the Tasman Peninsula on an informative and entertaining day trip from Hobart.  Journey 1.5-hours from Hobart to Port Arthur by comfortable coach. Enjoy morning tea on the Tasman Peninsula. Climb aboard a custom-built boat for an unforgettable 3-hour wilderness cruise. Explore the spectacular coastline between Port Arthur and Eaglehawk Neck. Look for seals, migrating whales, seabirds, or even dolphins.  At the end of your cruise, spend 3-hours at the Port Arthur Historic Site. You will have time for lunch on site and to explore before the return journey to Hobart. Be dropped back to Hobart or your hotel around 6 pm.

From Hobart/Adventure Bay: Bruny Island Wilderness Cruise

8. From Hobart/Adventure Bay: Bruny Island Wilderness Cruise

Choose to begin your tour on Bruny Island or from Hobart. Cruise by some of Australia's highest sea cliffs and drift up close to listen to the awesome Breathing Rock. Enter deep-sea caves, pass through the narrow gap between the coast and The Monument, and feel the power of nature where the Tasman Sea meets the might of the Southern Ocean. On this activity, search for wildlife such as seals, dolphins, migrating whales, and sea birds with an interpretive guide. At the Friars, drift quietly past rare nesting seabirds and a large haul-out home to thousands of seals. The custom-built yellow boats feature open-air tiered seating providing excellent all-round views. When the cruise finishes, disembark and have time to explore Bruny Island. After, enjoy a guided bus tour as you return to Hobart (if option selected).

Port Arthur Shuttle and Tasman Sights Tour

9. Port Arthur Shuttle and Tasman Sights Tour

Take a convenient shuttle transfer service from Port Arthur to Hobart. Travel in comfort on air-conditioned vehicles driven by a friendly local driver. After pickup, set off on the journey to Port Arthur. Along the way, stop at Eaglehawk Neck’s Pirates Bay lookout and the Dog Line monument to soak up the scenery and take fantastic photos. The next stop will have the mouths of sweet tooths watering as you visit the Tasmanian Chocolate Foundry. After the chocolate factory, explore the beautiful Port Arthur Lavender Farm. Discover unique handmade products made from Tasmanian Lavender and take a stroll around the scenic lavender trail. Next, visit the Port Arthur Historic Site (entrance fee not included). Immerse yourself in the fascinating, rich, and dark history of the best-preserved penal settlement in Australia. Admission is at your own cost and the entry fee will include a self-guided audio experience and a 20-minute harbour cruise. If history is what you came for, enjoy the full 4 hours exploring Port Arthur Historic Site. However, if you are up for one more experience, then you can hop back onboard the bus after 3 hours for a trip to the Remarkable Cave. Just a short 8-minute drive away, be greeted with the spectacular vista of Maingon Bay. At the lookout, you can take in the exceptional views of Penguin Rocks and the bay. Descend down the 115 steps to view the Remarkable Cave from a viewing platform where you will be surrounded by ancient sandstone cliffs. Return back to the historic site to pick up the remaining passengers and then return to Hobart in the late afternoon.

Hobart: Bruny Island Adventure with Lunch & Lighthouse Tour

10. Hobart: Bruny Island Adventure with Lunch & Lighthouse Tour

Embark on the ultimate Bruny Island adventure! Immerse yourself in its untamed beauty, rich history, and delectable cuisine. Indulge in a morning tea of Bruny Island cheeses, freshly shucked oysters, and freshly baked bread on the beach. Our guides even pack a thermos for those who would like a tea, coffee or hot chocolate. Hotel pickup and drop-off for most hotels, a return ferry ride, Cape Bruny Lighthouse & exclusive lighthouse group tour, tastings, and amazing sit down lunch at Hotel Bruny. Nothing to spend as it's all included. Prepare to be captivated by breathtaking views from Adventure Bay, The Neck Lookout, and Cape Bruny. Look out for fascinating wildlife like echidnas, white wallabies (They are not Albino, but sure look like it), seabirds, and other native flora and fauna. Drive the gravel tracks to see the enchanting Temperate Rainforests, nestled at the base of Mount Mangana with an expert guide, smell and taste the forest. This tour also includes a visit to the Cape Bruny Lighthouse and tour inside to explore the inner workings, promising stories of ship wrecks and tragedy at sea, not available to other tours. The highlight is getting out onto the balcony, where you are elevated 115m above the ocean, the views are simply stunning. Feel the wind in your hair and taste the sea air. This experience can be extremely wild and invigorating, the ocean swells are pumping on some days, other days, the sun is out and the seas are flat. Delight your taste buds with a mouthwatering lunch featuring locally caught fish, seafood platter, Tasmanian beef and lamb. We also cater for most dietary requirements. Choose from our onboard menus and we will order your sit down lunch for you. Skip the queues and relax. Lunch is included in your ticket price. Experience the flavours of locally-made artisan cheeses, chocolates, fudge, and honey. Enjoy a special morning tea on the beach in Adventure Bay. Here you will have freshly shucked oysters, locally made cheese and freshly baked bread. Your guides will have hot water available for tea, coffee or hot chocolate. Take a leisurely stroll or enjoy a refreshing wade in the cool waters of the Tasman Sea after morning tea. An authentic Bruny Island experience guided by passionate locals. Our team of knowledgeable guides, many of whom are generational residents of Bruny Island, will lead you on an unforgettable journey. Their deep connection to the island and their expertise will ensure you gain unique insights into its history, culture, and natural wonders. Get ready for an immersive adventure with the true spirit of Bruny Island! This immersive tour promises unforgettable moments filled with natural wonders and culinary delights on beautiful Bruny Island!

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(4,127 reviews)

This was a great tour and highly recommend. Sam, our guide was brilliant and really knowledgeable. The pickup time was 6 Am and we got dropped at our hotel at 9 pm. Although a long tour, there were adequate breaks and we didn’t feel tired. Cradle mountain is beautiful and anyone who’s in Hobart and wants to visit this place, should book this tour.

Both the Mt Wellington and Richmond trips were fantastic. Make sure you are well rugged up for the Mt Wellington trip. It was very cold but the views were breathtaking.

Bruny island is beautifull i can absolutly recommend this tour,we had a great day everything was good organized and our guide/driver was very friendly😄.

Even though lunch was not included, the pre order menu did not have much options for vegetarian dietary requirements.

Amazing tour with amazing people, definitely worth it !!