16 Best Day Trips from Hobart

Day trips from Hobart showcase everything from Tasmania’s convict history, wildlife and wilderness to its colonial history and cuisine. Depending on what you feel like doing, your Hobart day trip can involve a short drive with lots to do when you arrive, or the road trip can be part of the adventure. We have also included a few short day trips from Hobart if you feel like a slower day.

In this complete list of the best self-drive day trips from Hobart we have included travel times (one way) to give you an idea how long you might be in the car versus doing things. If you open the day trip FAQs box, you’ll get even more information to help you plan your day. See what costs to expect, food, picnic and BBQ facilities, what other attractions are nearby, seasonal highlights, and public transport options.

Featured Image – Hartz Mountains

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Port Arthur Ruins

Port Arthur

🕒 Hobart to Port Arthur Travel Time – 1 hour 20 minutes
❤️️ Who will like this?  History buff or not, the variety of things you can do at Port Arthur, the visual impact of the grounds and the stories from here give Port Arthur wide appeal. Perhaps not a day trip for very young children, but there are activities for primary school aged children to do as they walk around.

Port Arthur FAQ’s

Your ticket gives you entry for 2 consecutive days and includes a 20 minute harbour cruise, introductory guided tour, entry to the buildings and Port Arthur Gallery.
See admission and tour prices here – Two Day Port Arthur Historic Site Entry

Public transport to Port Arthur
There is a public transport bus to Port Arthur. Private shuttle buses are also available from Tassie Tours and Pennicott Journeys.

If you don’t want to carry around your own food, there is a restaurant, café and coffee shop on site.

What to wear
Port Arthur is a big, open area. Have comfortable shoes and check the forecast before going, you’ll be spending most of your day walking outside.

Port Arthur Tips
Do the free ferry ride. It might not be long but the views and stories you get on the tour are great.

The Port Arthur Historic Site is one of the most popular day trips from Hobart. The site has the remains of over 30 buildings, many you can walk through. The Penitentiary dominates the landscape but, in every direction, there are fascinating buildings. The Law Courts, Guard Tower, Church and Asylum are some of the most spectacular.

The grounds are beautiful and together with the old buildings create a park-like atmosphere that belies the harsh history of the place. You will need a minimum of 3 hours to look around Port Arthur and that is before you do any of the half dozen extra tours that are available.

There are dinner packages, ghost tours, and the Isle of the Dead cemetery tour to name but a few. You’ll hear some amazing stories on The Escape from Port Arthur tour too. On the short Harbour Cruise, not only will you hear more stories, but you’ll get great views of the settlement from the water.

Day Tours to Port Arthur

Read More :  Best Things to do at Port Arthur

Tasman Peninsula Cruise
Tasman Peninsula Waterfall

Tasman Peninsula

🕒 Hobart to Tasman Peninsula Travel Time – 1 hour 20 minutes
❤️️ Who will like this?  Everyone! This is a day trip from Hobart with something for everyone. There’s history, fantastic coastal scenery, delicious food and beautfiful walks.

Tasman Peninsula FAQ’s

There is no cost to see the natural attractions, no National Parks pass is needed.

Where to eat
Nubeen has an IGA and cafes. You can also get a great meal at the Port Arthur Lavender Farm.

Public transport
There is a bit of driving between sites on the Tasman Peninsula so public transport is not really an option.

You won’t find toilets at all the natural attractions, so make the most of the one at the Blow Hole!

There is a lot more to the Tasman Peninsula than Port Arthur. The Tasman Peninsula also has many natural wonders. Remarkable Cave, the Tessellated Pavement, Waterfall Bay, Tasman Arch, Devils Kitchen and the Blow hole are all coastal features you should check out on a day trip to the Tasman Peninsula. They are all accessible by short walks and give you a great view of some of the Tasman Peninsula’s best attractions.

The Port Arthur Lavender Farm is a great spot to stop for a snack and sample all things lavender. When the flowers are in bloom in summer it is a spectacular sight. Some other nice spots for lunch are Blue Seal Café near Eaglehawk Neck and the Nubeena Café. For a wildlife experience, visit the Unzoo. There are no enclosures here, instead you venture into the world of the animals. It is a great place for an Australian wildlife experience, allow a couple of hours.

An activity we can recommend is the 3 hour Tasman Island Wilderness Cruise with Pennicott Wilderness Journey. From the water, see towering sea cliffs, waterfalls, caves and a lucky dip of wildlife from dolphins and seals to whales and albatross. You zoom along in a fast rubber duck-style boat and the guides and drivers are brilliant. This will make your day trip to the Tasman Peninsula and unforgettable experience, the views from the water are brilliant.

Day Tours to Tasman Peninsula

  • 3 Hour Tasman Eco Cruise – Spot eagles, dolphins, seals as you cruise by vertical sea cliffs, sea caves, rugged shoreline

Review :  Our Experience on the Tasman Island Wilderness Cruise

Huon Valley

Huon Valley

🕒 Hobart to Huon Valley Travel Time – 60 minutes
❤️️ Who will like this?  This is a relaxing day trip that features river views and many food, art and museum options.

Huon Valley FAQ’s

The great views are free and window shopping is free. There is a small cost to do a tour of the Wooden Boat Museum.

Public Transport
Several Tassielink bus services run between Hobart and Geeveston.

Once a region dominated by sawmills and logging, the Huon Valley has transformed into a lovely area dotted with cafes, bakeries, wineries, quirky boutique shops and opportunities to take in a bit of history. Make Huonville your first stop. It is a beautiful place with glassy river views and plenty of apple orchards. Try one of Tasmania’s most famous exports at Willie Smith’s Apple Shed. There’s a museum and cider tastings or grab a morning coffee at one of the many cafes.

Franklin is the next stop. It is not surprising that on such a beautiful river there are also beautiful boats, and the Wooden Boat Centre in Franklin is the perfect place to see them. There is more cider to try here along with a range of art and craft shops including glass blowers, jewellery making, vintage clothes shops and galleries.

A little further on is Port Huon. There are more Insta-worthy river views, and this is also the departure point for river cruises. If it’s lunchtime, make sure you check out the Kermandie Hotel, its menu features locally sourced produce, and the open fires make it an easy place to settle in.

Your next stop is Geeveston – Australia’s most southerly town. The green rolling hills and river mouth will have your camera busy again. Highlights here are the many art and craft shops to look through. Heritage Park is a great spot for a picnic and make sure you do the nearby Geeveston Platypus Walk along the Kermandie River. If you’re quiet, you might spot a platypus at any time of day.

Geeveston is the gateway to three more great day trips from Hobart – a visit to Hastings Caves, the Tahune Airwalk and Hartz Mountains. If you don’t mind a big day, you can get to any of those attractions and still have time to stop at a Huon Valley town for a relaxing cider or meal on the way back to Hobart.

Day Tours to Huon Valley

Tahune Air Walk
Swinging Bridges Walk © Tahune Adventures Tasmania

Tahune Airwalk

🕒 Hobart to Tahune Airwalk Travel Time – 90 minutes
❤️️ Who will like this? This is a daytrip for nature and adventure lovers. Not only can you explore the Huon Valley Forest, but you can also paddle along the Picton River.

Tahune Airwalk FAQ’s

Tickets for the Airwalk include access to the other walks. See Tahune Airwalk Entry Ticket here. Kayaking and rafting are booked separately.

The Airwalk is wheelchair and pram friendly

Can I bring dogs?
Dogs on leads are allowed.

Camping and cabins are available at Tahune Adventures.

The Tahune Airwalk is in the Huon Valley. Your journey there will take you through the Huon Valley towns mentioned above in Geeveston, Port Huon and Franklin. From Geeveston it is another 30 minutes to the Tahune Airwalk on sealed roads.

The main feature here is the 650m Airwalk that finishes at a cantilever bridge 50m above the Huon River Valley.  You get a spectacular bird’s eye view of the Huon pine forest and the junction of the Huon and Picton Rivers. There are a few steps involved so you’ll need to be of average fitness. The airwalk takes about 50 minutes to complete.

Back at ground level, you can do the Swinging Bridges Walk over the Huon and Picton Rivers. The swaying bridges are both over 60 metres long. The walk takes about one hour. The new 20 minute Huon Pine walk gets you right into the beautiful forest.

Kayaking and rafting adventures are also available here. You paddle down the Picton River along a mix of calm and faster flowing water. There are 4 km and 11km options available, the long paddle is only operates when river levels are higher. If you decide to get on the water, between the walks and kayaking your day will be full. Otherwise, you’ll have a bit of time on your way back to Hobart to stop in Geeveston for afternoon tea or an early dinner.

Day Tours to Tahune Airwalk

Newegate Cave
Newdegate Cave, Hastings Caves and Thermal Springs © Jess Bonde

Hasting Caves and Thermal Pool

🕒 Hobart to Hastings Caves travel time – 1 hour 40 minutes
❤️️ Who will like this? Spelunkers (people who like caves) and anyone who fancies soaking in a hot thermal pool surrounded by forest – so that would be most of us!

Hasting Caves FAQ’s

View tour prices and tour times for Hastings Caves and Thermal pool here.  The Thermal Pool is free with a cave tour or you can pay to just use the thermal pool. A National Park pass is not required to visit Hastings Caves

Light snacks and coffee are available at the Visitor Centre.

Can I bring Dogs?
Dogs are not permitted in the cave or on the walks.

Newdegate Cave is not suitable for people with mobility issues, but the Platypus walk near the pool is.

If you love the sight of an ornate cave, this is the day trip for you. Buy tour tickets from the Hastings Caves State Reserve Visitor Centre for a guided tour of Newdegate Cave – the largest dolomite cave open to tourists in Australia. The cave is spacious and easy to get around. Be aware that you will have to negotiate 250 stairs to get in and out of the cave.

The 45 minute tour highlights the cave’s many beautiful features and the wildlife that lives there. Back at the surface, there a several short walks you can do to explore the forest and thermal springs. The Platypus walk is a short walk along a boardwalk. You can also do the Hot Springs Track and see the source of the thermal pool, or the nearby Duckhole Lake walk through the forest where you can spot wildlife.

For many though the main reason to visit here is the 28 degree thermal pool. Tickets for the pool can be bought separately or your cave admission includes the pool too. A dip in the thermal pools can be the perfect way to end your day. Whether you get just the pool access or the pay for the cave and pool, you get all day access to the area as well as use of picnic and shower facilities.

This is another day trip from Hobart that could incorporate a few hours in the Huon Valley towns of Geeveston, Huonville and Franklin. You’ll pass through them on your way to Hastings Caves so grab some supplies for a picnic lunch or stop on your way back for a meal and afternoon views over the river.

Day Tours to Hastings Caves & Thermal Springs

Hartz Mountains
Lake Esperance

Hartz Mountains National Park

🕒 Hobart to Hartz Mountains National Park travel time – 1 hour 20 minutes
❤️️ Who will like this?  If you live in your hiking boots this is a great day trip from Hobart for you.

Hartz Mountains FAQ’s

You will need a National Park Pass to enter Hartz Mountains National Park

There is no camping at Hatz Mountains National Park and campfires are not allowed

Hikers should use the sign in –sign out register in the main carpark.
Road closures – The road into Harzt Mountains can close in winter due to snow.

Tip for Day Trippers 
If you visit in spring or early summer look out for the bright red flowerheads of the Tasmanian waratahs.

If you have come to Tasmania for a wilderness experience, a day trip to Hartz Mountain National Park must be on your list of things to do from Hobart. It is a landscape of glacial lakes, waterfalls and alpine peaks; you’ll feel like you’re walking on top of the world. What we like about the park is that it isn’t a long drive to get there, and you can get up to 4 or 5 walks done in the day.

The Waratah Lookout (300m), Arve Falls (1km), Lake Osborne (2km) and Lake Esperance (3.4km) walks are quite short but give walkers a taste of a wide range of landscapes. You could almost get these done in the morning and leave one of the two longer walks – Hatz Peak or Hatz Pass – for the afternoon. The trail heads for the walks are all quite close together too. Besides the great views, keep an eye out for wildlife – echidnas, platypus, wallabies and kangaroos can all be seen in the park.

There are limited facilities in the park so a quick stop at Geeveston on the way through to get some supplies for the day is the way to go. The last 10km into the park is on unsealed roads so if it has been wet check the track conditions before going in. There are toilets and water at the start of the Waratah Lookout track and toilets at the Hartz Visitor shelter.

Bruny Island Neck
Bruny Island Honey

Bruny Island

🕒  Hobart to Bruny Island travel time – 30 minutes to Kettering then a 15-20 minute ferry ride
❤️️ Who will like this? If you salivate at the thought of an artisan food trail, take a day trip to Bruny Island. But there is plenty for nature lovers too.

Bruny Island FAQ’s

Sealink ferry to Bruny Island runs multiple times a day. See ferry fares and schedule here.

Don’t be fooled by the short travel time.  Your day trip to Bruny Island will be full of activity. The island has a flourishing gourmet food scene. Gin, chocolate, berries, cider, honey, cheese, craft beer, wine… You can try them all on Bruny Island. From Get Shucked Oysters to the Bruny Island Smoke House, Bruny Island is foodie heaven. Take an esky or fridge on your day trip, you’ll be bringing home a lot of great produce.

To burn off a bit of the fine food, there are walks and beaches all over the island to explore. The 230 steps to the top of The Neck lookout are worth climbing for great views. Keep an eye out for the little penguins that return to the area around dusk. Continue (stopping briefly at Bruny Island Chocolates) to Adventure Bay. Several beautiful walks start near here including the Mavista Nature Walk through the forest and the longer Fluted Cape Track with great ocean views. For hikers, the 12km, 4 hour Cape Queen Elizabeth Track is Bruny Island’s best walk. It starts at the airstrip carpark.

Do a tour of the Cape Bruny Lighthouse that sits atop the cliffs at the southern end of the island. The dirt road to the lighthouse is suitable for 2WD. There is wildlife everywhere along Lighthouse Road so give yourself plenty of time and take the drive nice and slow. If you take a walk around the Adventure Bay jetty, keep an eye out for Bruny Island’s famous white wallabies. For more wildlife and amazing views of the coastline we recommend the Bruny Island Wilderness cruise.

Day Tours to Bruny Island

Review :  Our Day Trip to Bruny Island

Snug Falls
Near Snug Falls © Ash Thomson Photography

Snug, Kettering and Woodbridge

🕒  Hobart to Woodbridge travel time – 40 minutes. A bit less to Snug and Kettering.
❤️️ Who will like this?  This is a day trip from Hobart that has a little of everything – food, relaxing picnic spots and waterfalls.

If you are doing a day trip to Bruny Island you will have come through Snug and caught the ferry at Kettering. But if you have been to Bruny Island before, it is worth spending some time exploring these towns along the Channel Highway. If you feel like a bit of exercise before lunch, make your way to the Snug Waterfall. It is a 4km return walk. The track is uneven, steepish and gets a bit slippery if it is wet, but the view from the base of the falls is really nice.

Between Snug and Kettering, you can have a unique wildlife experience at Raptor Refuge. The private walk and talk tours aren’t cheap but you are guaranteed ‘90 minutes of awesomeness’ on the tour. If you’re a bird lover, getting up close to falcons, kestrels, eagles, hawks and owls will be an unforgettable experience.

Lunch must be at the impressive Peppermint Bay Hotel  in Woodbridge with its views over D’Entrecasteaux Channel and Bruny Island. Both the seasonal menu and wine list is a showcase of Tasmanian produce. If you want to leave the car back in Hobart, you can take a cruise to the hotel leaving from the Brooke Street Peir. Ticket prices include lunch, you couldn’t want for a more relaxing day!

After lunch you can make your back to Hobart after stops at Grandvewe Cheese (open Friday to-Monday), Tasmania Birches Bay Cherries and Hunnington Distillery. If you want to stop and stretch your legs one more time, there is a lovely picnic area at Snug Beach. The beach, picnic area and a playground are all right next to each other. While you relax, keep an eye out here for the local red capped robins.

Russell Falls Mount Field

Mount Field National Park

🕒  Hobart to Mount Field National Park Travel Time – 90 minutes
❤️️ Who will like this?  Anyone who enjoys waterfalls or who is looking for a forest wilderness experience.

Mount Field National Park FAQ’s

You will need a National Park Pass to visit Mount Field National Park. You can one at the Visitor centre or buy them online.

Meals and drinks are available from the Waterfalls Café. Picnic and gas BBQs are available in the grounds near the Visitor Centre.

For more Tall Trees
If still have the time and energy, the Styx Tall Trees Walk in the Styx State Forest is about 45 minutes from Mount Field. The 1km, 20-30min Tall Trees walk is spectacular. It is a more remote location than Mount Field so give yourself time get in and out of the forest.

The drive to Mount Field takes you through the Derwent Valley. If you want a big day, you could explore the Derwent Valley including New Norfolk and Plenty on your way through, but we have left this to a separate day trip. There is plenty to do at Mount Field!

Mount Field is the perfect place to get a taste of the Tasmanian wilderness. The best known feature of the park is the beautiful multi-tiered Russell Falls. It is an easy ten minute walk along a pram/wheelchair friendly boardwalk from the carpark at the Visitor Centre. The Visitor Centre is a good place to start your day. You can get your park pass there if haven’t got one already.

From Russell Falls, you can walk for a couple of hours along the Three Falls Walk and see Horseshoe and Lady Barron falls and the Tall Trees Track. The forest is stunning. Giant swamp gums will have your eyes looking skywards. The air is cool, clean and damp. You will see everything from giant tree ferns to colourful fungi and Lichens. Be aware, there is quite a stair climb at the end of the trail!

Further into the park along Lake Dobson Road you can explore Seagers Lookout, Lake Fenton and Lake Dobson. The wonderful views never end. If the weather is wet or snowy, the Lake Dobson Road could be closed. You can get a great feel for the park in a day. When you check in at the Visitor Centre, staff will give you all the maps and trail information you’ll need for the day. Read about our walk along the Three Falls Track here

Day Tours to Mount Field National Park

Our Day Trip :  Mount Field Walks & Waterfalls

New Norfolk
Salmon Ponds

Derwent Valley

🕒  Hobart to New Norfolk Travel Time – 35 minutes
❤️️ Who will like this?  Antiquers, history lovers, and anyone who enjoys a relaxing café lunch and stroll along a river.

Derwent Valley FAQ’s

There is an admission fee to the Salmon Ponds.

Public Transport
There is a regular bus service between Hobart and New Norfolk.

Make your first stop up the Derwent River Bridgewater to see the wonderful old iron bridge. Stay on the Bridgewater side of the river – Boyer Road – and drive towards New Norfolk. Keep an eye out for black swans and pelicans along the way. Before you get to New Norfolk, go to Pulpit Rock Lookout. There are amazing views back over the valley.

New Norfolk is a pretty town with plenty of places for morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. The Riverside Walk features the town’s historic buildings along the waterfront and is a beautiful sight in autumn. More of the town’s history and a collection of antique shops are in the Willow Court Heritage precinct. You’ll be able to wander the streets for hours looking through the art, craft, antique and specialty shops.

Ten minutes up the valley in Plenty is the Salmon Ponds Heritage Hatchery and Garden.  This unassuming place is wonderful. You can feed the trout and salmon. Look out for the Rainbow trout – they can make a bit of a splash!  There is a fascinating fishing museum. The grounds look like a boutique botanic garden; the trees are lovely. And the café serves possibly the best pancakes in the Derwent Valley. Read about our trip to the Salmon Ponds here.

It is only a 45 minute drive back to Hobart from the Salmon Ponds. You’ll go right past MONA, Tasmania’s iconic modern art museum. You can either pencil it in for another day or it’s a great place to end the day with some cheese, wine and quirky art.

Day Tours to Derwent Valley

  • Drink Derwent Valley – Visit Winery, Distilleries and Farm Bar & taste wine, whisky, rum, gin, cider + more

Read More :  Afternoon Tea at Salmon Ponds

Richmond Bridge

Heritage Drive – Richmond to Campbell Town

🕒  Hobart to Campbell Town Travel Time – 95 minutes
❤️️ Who will like this?   This day trip from Hobart is perfect for those who can’t get enough of cobblestone lanes and heritage buildings.

Does walking through Georgian villages and strolling along elm-lined riverbanks sound relaxing? The Heritage Highway between Hobart and Launceston features beautifully preserved buildings and structures. The full drive can take up to a week as you soak up the history from one end of the state to the other. But, on a day trip from Hobart, you can still see some wonderful old towns.

Start with a 25 minute drive to Richmond which has Australia’s oldest gaol, oldest standing catholic church and oldest stone bridge. Another highlight in Richmond is the Old Hobart Town Model Village, a miniature replica of 1820s Hobart you can walk through. Continue north to Ross and Oatlands which are both full of sandstone buildings and cobblestone lanes that will take you back to a time of horse drawn carriages. Bothwell, near Oatlands, is home to the oldest golf course in the southern hemisphere.

Your turn around point on this historic day trip from Hobart is Campbell Town which boasts over 100 buildings over 100 years old. Follow the Convict Brick Trail around the town or walk along the Elizabeth River and see Red Bridge built by convicts in 1838.

Day Tours to Richmond

Wombats on Maria Island Day Trip

Maria Island

🕒  Hobart to Maria Island Travel Time – 1 hour 15 minutes to Triabunna, 45 minute ferry ride to Maria Island. It is a picturesque drive. The highlight of the drive is the approach to the Oxford. The Tasman Highway hugs the Prosser River and provides some lovely views.
❤️️ Who will like this?  This day trip from Hobart has something for everyone There’s history, wildlife, walks and great scenery.

Maria Island FAQ’s

You will need a National Park Pass to visit Maria Island.
Encounter Maria operate the ferry, there are multiple services a day and services in winter. See the schedule and price here

Transport Options
Getting to Triabunna – If you can’t drive to Triabunna there is a Tassielink bus service there.
There is also the privately run Maria Island Shuttle which is a quicker way to get between Hobart and Triabunna.

If you are on the east coast of Tasmania, a trip to Maria Island is a must. The island is bursting with wildlife. There are wombats everywhere (we’re not exaggerating), kangaroos, pademelons, and Tassie devils. The birdlife is wonderful too. You’ll have frequent wildlife encounters as you walk to sites on the island. There is no transport on Maria Island so bring your walking shoes. A limited number of bikes are available, but you will want to book in advance to get one.

There are several walks you can do that showcase Maria Island’s beauty and history. Short walks to the Painted Cliffs and the Fossil Cliffs are popular activities and you can get to both in a couple of hours. Other short walks suitable for a day trip are the Reservoir Circuit which is great for nature lovers and the Darligton Township or Hills walks that highlight the island’s history. There are longer walks where you can explore the islands peaks. From the Bishop and Clerk summit, you can see as far as Freycinet National Park.

The Island has a fascinating history. You can see many intact buildings and ruins as you walk between the natural features. At various times in Maria Island’s European history, it has been a convict colony, probationary settlement, and a farming community. The Commissariat Store built in 1825 still stands and is used as the Island’s visitor Centre. Another building, the convict penitentiary, is used as bunk house accommodation on Maria Island.

We love Maria Island; it is one of our favourite spots in Tasmania to visit. Read our full guide to Maria Island here.

Day Tours to Maria Island

Detailed Review :  Our Maria Island Day Trip

Wineglass Bay Lightouse
Wineglass Bay View

Freycinet National Park

🕒  Hobart to Wineglass Bay car park – 2 hours 45 minutes
❤️️ Who will like this?  This day trip is for hikers, beach lovers and anyone that enjoys breathtaking views but have a playlist or audio book ready – its a long drive!

Freycinet National Park FAQ’s

You will need a National Park Pass to visit Freycinet National Park.

If you are staying in Hobart and going to Freycinet National Park has been a lifelong dream, you can get there on a day trip from Hobart – but it is a big day. You’ll be in the car for around 6 hours, longer if you go by bus. For us, this starts to stretch the bounds of a day trip. If you can, consider a different starting point. Bicheno is a great spot for getting to Freycinet, it is only 35 minutes away, and is a good base for exploring the northeast coast of Tasmania.

That said, if you make an early start, you can see some of Freycinet’s best attractions. No spot is more popular than Wineglass Bay. From the Wineglass Bay carpark, it is a moderate 1.5-to-2-hour return walk to the Wineglass Bay Lookout. If you want to continue down to the beach add an hour or more depending how long you stay on the sand.

The dominant feature at Freycinet is The Hazards, the towering granite peaks. You get great views of them from Coles Bay and on the Wineglass Bay walk. Fit, experienced hikers can do the 3 hour Mount Amos hike to the top of one of the peaks.

Having done a walk in the morning, stops at the picturesque Honeymoon Bay, Friendly Beaches and Cape Tourville will round out your day trip to Freycinet. The access friendly 600m boardwalk at Cape Tourville has some of the best views in the park.

Day Tours to Freycinet National Park

Read More: Best Things to do in Bicheno

Mount Wellington

Kunanyi/Mount Wellington

🕒  Hobart to Mount Wellington drive time 30 minutes
❤️️ Who will like this? This is a must-do short day trip from Hobart. It has unbeatable views across greater Hobart and those sunsets…

Mount Wellington FAQ’s

There is no cost to go to Mount Wellington.

Public Transport
There is no public transport to the Mount Wellington Summit. The best option is the hop on hop off Wellington Explorer bus. View their service here.

Visiting Mount Wellington is a great half day trip from Hobart. The mountain dominates the Hobart skyline and is a must do for visitors wanting the best seat to a Hobart sunset or sunrise. The summit is the the go-to spot for the best views in Hobart. There are several viewing areas there and an ruin to look at. Make sure you walk to the other side of the viewing area, the view looking south across the alpine landscape is spectacular too.

There is a lot more to Mount Wellington than the peak. Mount Wellington is in Wellington Park which covers the area between the foothills and the summit. Fern Glade and The Springs are lower down the mountain. They both have BBQ, picnic and toilet facilities and and there is a café at The Springs Picnic Area.

Several walks leave from the two picnic areas. One of the most popular is the Organ Pipes walk (starting at The Springs) where you get great views of the dolomite columns of rock you see up the side of Mount Wellington. The Sphinx Rock Circuit (the Springs) and the Silver Falls Loop (Fern Glade) are both easy walks where you can take in the temperate forests at the base of Mount Wellington.

Day Tours to Mount Wellington

Tasmanian Devil

Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary

🕒  Hobart to Bonorong drive time 30 minutes
❤️️ Who will like this? Wildlife lovers will enjoy here. You get up close to some of Tasmania’s wildlife and see first-hand how the keepers look after injured animals

Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary FAQ’s


There is an entry fee for Bonorong, see their prices here.

Opening hours

9.00 to 5.00 seven days a week


There is a small café at Bonorong

How long do I need?

Depending on how long you spend feeding kangaroos and if you do the tour, you will need 2-3 hours to get around Bonorong.

This popular attraction is only 30 minutes from Hobart but is a good half day trip from Hobart. Bonorong is also only 25 minutes from New Norfolk so returning to Hobart via the Derwent Valley is a fun day trip option combination. Richmond is also only 15 minutes away, stopping in there after Bonorong is a good option too.

Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary is a small park that focuses on Tasmanian fauna. Many of the residents are rescue animals and cannot be returned to the wild. You’ll be able to get up close to Tassie devils, kangaroos, wallabies, wombats and echidnas. There is a large kangaroo feeding reserve, feed is included in the cost of admission. There are also keeper talks and park tours available. Personalised animal encounters can be purchased for an additional fee.

Read More :  Find the Best Wildlife in Tasmania

Cascade Brewery
Mawsons Hut

Hop on Hop off Bus

🕒  Hobart to…Hobart! Just get yourself to any of the 20 Red Decker stops around Hobart
❤️️ Who will like this?  This is fun for everyone. Kids will love riding up top in the open air. If you are just spending a few days in Hobart, the Red Decker bus is a great way see Hobart’s attractions.

This last day trip from Hobart is a bit different – because you never even leave Hobart! Let someone else do the driving and get on the Red Decker hop on hop off bus for a daytrip around Hobart.

The big red double decker bus does circuits of the city stopping at Hobarts best attractions. Stops include Battery Point, the Female Factory, Salamanca Markets and the Wrest Point Casino. A commentary provides information on sites of interest as you ride around. A circuit takes 90 minutes, there are 20 stops, and your ticket is valid for 24 hours.

You can join and hop off the bus at any of its 20 stops. Spend the Morning in the Botanic Gardens, hop back on the bus and have lunch at Constitution Dock. Catch the bus again and finish the day at the Cascade Brewery.

The top deck of the bus provides great views of Hobart and Mount Wellington. You can do worse than complete a lap, decide where you’d like to spend an hour or two then hop off on the next lap around. You can buy tickets online or at the Hobart Visitor Centre on the corner of Davey and Elizabeth Street. It is a fun, cheap and convenient way to explore Hobart.

Day Tours around Hobart

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Hobart Accommodation Options

  • MACq 01 Hotel – Luxury historic Hobart Waterfront – luxurious suites or rooms

Tasmanian National Parks Pass

Daily Passes are available for $40 per car for entry to national parks for a 24 hour period. (excludes Cradle Mountain). Purchase online at the Parks Pass Portal or at the National Park Visitor Centres.
Alternatively you can purchase a holiday pass for $80 to cover entry to all national parks including Cradle Mountain.  Holiday Passes are valid for 2 months. Specific daily passes for entry to just Cradle Mountain, can be purchased from the Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre.

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