The charming port city of Hobart is a laid back destination in Tasmania. Its rich colonial heritage, thriving arts scene and cool climate make it the top place to visit in Tassie.

During the peak months of December and January, commuting around Hobart can be challenging because of the influx of visitors.

Hire a campervan, which serves as your car and home in one.  Driving your own vehicle on a vacation trip allows flexible schedule and carrying your items with you.

If you haven’t gotten around to creating an itinerary yet, we’ve come up with a 4-day self-drive itinerary around Hobart that first time or seasoned travellers would enjoy:

Day 1- Tour Hobart City

Start your Hobart holiday touring Hobart.

Drop by Salamanca Place and marvel at galleries, theatres, restaurants and boutiques with distinctive Georgian sandstone facades. On Saturday mornings, shop at the Salamanca Market, which sells everything from local produce to Tassie arts and crafts.

Other great things to do while in Hobart are: visiting the fisherman’s cottages and grand old mansions in the city’s oldest suburb of Battery Point; hanging out at the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens with their century-old trees, and climbing Kelly’s Steps which connect Salamanca Place and Battery Point.

When you’re hungry, simply head north of the city to the streets of Elizabeth. Make your way to the city’s top-rated restaurants, patisseries, and cafe strips. Some of the must-try joints here are: Sweet Envy, Raincheck Lounge and Piccolo.

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Day 2- Mount Wellington and Tasmanian Museum

You have never been to Hobart unless you have climbed from Mount Wellington.This mountain is only 21-kilometre from the Hobart CBD and is a 20-minute drive away. Dress warmly as the weather here is unpredictable and can get extremely cold. The trip is worth it because you get a panoramic view of Hobart and its surrounding areas.

Picnic at Wellington Park reserves, a popular spot among cyclists and rock climbers because of its steep roads and rugged rock formations. On the eastern foothills lie shorter walks suited for families. Don’t forget to see the forest’s tallest tree, called Octopus tree. If you have a bike, ride across or down the plus road that winds around glacial rock formations and dense forests.

Back in Hobart, visit the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, which houses wildlife displays, colonial relics, and Aboriginal artifacts. Meanwhile, the art gallery curates a large collection of art from Tasmanian colonial era.

In the evening, head to the harbour and catch the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra play in the Theatre Royal, Australia’s oldest playhouse. For Jazz fanatics, witness live performances at the Sixty Jazz Club in Battery Point on Fridays.

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Day 3- Kettering and Bruny Island 

Travel down Channel Highway to the town of Kettering. Explore the town’s coast and see fishing boats and yachts  anchored in the harbour. If you love sweets, go to Nutpatch Nougat at 2956 Channel Highway for your fill of chocolate delights.

From Kettering, you need to catch a ferry to Bruny Island, the next stop on your itinerary. The 20-minute ferry ride is also the only way you can get your vehicle into the island.

During breeding season, at dusk,  you can catch little penguins and short-tailed Shearwaters at The Neck Game Reserve. Take a boat tour through narrow gaps and high cliffs in the rocky parts of the island, to encounter marine wildlife like dolphins, whales, seals and dolphins.

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Day 4- Visit Cascade Brewery and Going on Food Tours

Wanna know how they make beer? Cascade Brewery is the oldest brewery still in operation in Australia and host tours of their facility. Established in 1832, the brewery has since used locally grown barley to produce their malt. Make sure you come with required outfits- long pants and closed shoes. In the afternoon, you can join the entertaining beer pulling contest.

Hobart is also a foodie’s paradise because of their local restaurants that serve a myriad of food choices. The city also has food tours that will take you to some of the best places to satisfy even the most discriminating of tastes. . Don’t forget to try Da Angelo Ristorante for Italian food, Daci and Daci Bakers for French cuisine and Jackman & Ross Restaurant for authentic Australian favourites.

Self-driving around Hobart is a great way to explore this laid-back city. If you need to hire a campervan or a motorhome.

 


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