Hobart Airport is located approximately 20km from the centre of Hobart. Whilst it’s part of Australia, the island of Tasmania boasts an entirely different set of characteristics to the mainland, without compromising on beauty and atmosphere.
The island may be relatively small but it definitely packs a punch.
Things to See and Do Near Hobart
Spend an hour or two perusing the Salamanca Markets on a Saturday morning. Ever popular with locals and tourists alike, the market attracts up to 40,000 visitors every week. Housed within old craftmen's workshops and warehouses which date to the 1830's, the market offers a small glimpse into the past. Don't forget to treat yourself to a bite to eat at one of the cafés or restaurants.
Aside from the markets, the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens are sure to capture your attention. Dating from 1828, Australia’s second oldest botanical gardens feature both a variety of species native to Tasmania and some excellent collections from abroad. The Japanese Gardens in particular are extremely impressive.
Exploring Hobart and Tasmania by Car
There is plenty to see throughout Tasmania. Begin your adventure by picking up a hire car and driving to Strathgordon. This will act as your springboard into the Southwest National Park as it provides the only entrance point. This area is remote, but despite its rugged appearance, it is none-the-less perfectly pristine. Park up and explore on foot before venturing to Lake Gordon.
Bonorong Park Wildlife Centre, just a 30 minute drive from Hobart, is also well worth a visit. Home to native Australian wildlife, it's a great place to spend an afternoon. Get acquainted with the infamous Tasmanian Devil as well as friendly koalas, kangaroos, and wombats.
The other main city on the island is Launceston, located 200km to the north. The easiest way to get there is by car. This allows you to pull over to appreciate the scenery and explore any areas that take your fancy. When you arrive, amble around the town centre and its historic buildings. The wonderful Tamar Valley is Tasmania’s main wine region and lies just outside the city. It’s the ideal place for a tour and tasting before picking up a bottle or two as souvenirs.