Attractions

Top Choice Museum in Central Hobart & the Waterfront

Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery

Incorporating Hobart’s oldest building, the Commissariat Store (1808), this revamped museum features Aboriginal and colonial relics and excellent wildlife displays. The gallery curates a collection of Tasmanian colo…
Area in Central Hobart & the Waterfront

Waterfront

Hobartians flock to the city’s waterfront like seagulls to chips. Centred on Victoria Dock (a working fishing harbour) and Constitution Dock (chock-full of floating takeaway-seafood punts and the odd wayward seal), …
Historic Site in Central Hobart & the Waterfront

Hobart Convict Penitentiary

The courtrooms, cells and gallows here at 'the Tench' had a hellish reputation in the 1800s: a stint here was to be avoided at all costs. This perhaps goes some way towards explaining how these amazing old convict-b…
Museum in Central Hobart & the Waterfront

Mawson’s Huts Replica Museum

This excellent waterfront installation is an exact model of one of the huts in which Sir Douglas Mawson hunkered down on his 1911–14 Australasian Antarctic Expedition, which set sail from Hobart. Inside it is 100% a…
Museum in Central Hobart & the Waterfront

Allport Library & Museum of Fine Arts

The State Library is home to this excellent collection of rare books on the Australia-Pacific region, as well as colonial paintings, antiques, photographs, manuscripts, decorative arts and furniture. Special exhibit…
Historic Building in Central Hobart & the Waterfront

Hobart Real Tennis Club

Dating from 1875, this is one of only three such tennis courts in the southern hemisphere (the others are in Melbourne and Ballarat). Real (or ‘Royal’) tennis is an archaic form of the highly strung game, played in …
Historic Building in Central Hobart & the Waterfront

Theatre Royal

Take a backstage tour of Hobart’s prestigious (and very precious) Theatre Royal. Host to bombastic thespians since 1837, and despite a major fire in 1984, it remains Australia’s oldest continuously operating theatre…
Square in Central Hobart & the Waterfront

Franklin Square

Encircling a statue of Sir John Franklin, Lieutenant-Governor of Van Diemen's Land (aka Tasmania) from 1837–43, Franklin Sq is one of central Hobart's main public spaces (along with the Elizabeth St Mall). Sit on th…
Historic Building in Central Hobart & the Waterfront

Parliament House

Presiding over an oak-studded park adjacent to Salamanca Place, Tasmania’s sandstone Parliament House (1840) was originally a customs house. There’s a tunnel under Murray St from Parliament House to the Customs Hous…
Museum in Central Hobart & the Waterfront

Army Museum of Tasmania

The Anglesea Barracks were built adjacent to Battery Point in 1814. Still used by the army, this is the oldest military establishment in Australia. Inside is a volunteer-staffed museum, which runs 45-minute guided t…