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Top Restaurants in - Hobart and surrounds

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1. Ristorante Da Angelo

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Location: 47 Hampden Rd, Battery Point, Hobart, TAS

Cuisine: Italian

There's no coincidence that 3 restaurants on our list all offer Italian food in some form, and it's a credit to the Hobart dining scene as a whole as well as their respective owners and chefs that it's home to the best Italian dining experiences.

While there's little to separate the three – and you can't go wrong with a visit to any on this list, frankly - Ristorante Da Angelo rounds out the list with its exceptional array of pasta dishes which is what, in our opinion, Italian dining is all about.

The fact that all the pasta on offer is made in-house, and with a quality that you simply don't get at most restaurants, is a large contributing factor as well; the Ravioli here is to die for, with all the other staples likewise prepared to perfection, and the wonderful pizzas help to cap off the diverse array of offerings.

"Ristorante Da Angelo offers a low-key, authentic and no-nonsense atmosphere that feels extremely comfortable and as intimate as stepping off the streets of Florence into a local restaurant."

Set out towards Battery Point, Ristorante Da Angelo offers a low-key, authentic and no-nonsense atmosphere that feels extremely comfortable and as intimate as stepping off the streets of Florence into a local restaurant.

Various Italian memorabilia adorns the walls that is tasteful and appropriate rather than tacky, adding to the mood rather than detracting from it.

Owner Angelo is a delightful host, and obviously knows his stuff – as with the two restaurants above, only the freshest Tasmanian ingredients are used and are incorporated into dishes that are extremely well-priced considering the quality of what you get for your dollar.

Classic dishes such as lasagne, gnocchi bolognese and home-made fettucini have all had their recipes fine-tuned over the years to the point where the combination of ingredients is simply perfect here. In terms of dessert, gelato makes for a scrumptious and appropriately Italian option.

Service-wise, kindness abounds here – waiters and waitresses are bubbly and friendly, a reflection of the owner himself, and meals are served and drinks cleared with the utmost efficiency and attentiveness.

The offered B.Y.O alcohol option adds an extra layer of value to what is already a well-priced establishment, and its location amongst a busy part of Battery Point with a neighbouring bar makes for an easily extended night out after dining is complete.

As with other options above, if you're planning to visit Ristorante Da Angelo, be sure to book ahead if you want to get a seat – these restaurants are popular for a reason, and Da Angelo's exclusive nature makes it even moreso.

2. The Glass House

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Location: Brooke Street Pier, Hobart, TAS

Cuisine: Modern/Asian

Atmosphere, location and ambience are typically ranked as distant factors to food when choosing a restaurant, however Hobart's Glass House makes one truly reconsider their priorities as a dining option.

Boasting an unmatchable, absolute-waterfront location at the end of a pier coupled with an overall upmarket vibe reflected across the board by its food, decor and the attitudes of its staff, dining here is seldom anything short of memorable.

One of the newer additions to the Hobart dining scene, The Glass House is a gorgeous spot even just for drinks, and the enormous selection of spirits, cocktails, wines and other alcoholic beverages for those looking to indulge is extensive enough to be almost overwhelming.

As a result, there are few better spots in Hobart for ringing in a special occasion, as the experience here can't help but feel special - particularly for those who love their liquor.

Martinis and cosmopolitans sit alongside both affordable and high-end Cab Savs and whiskeys, and having an enjoyable experience here is simply a matter from picking your personal preference then grabbing a seat either at the bar or front deck and admiring the lovely views across the cove.

The decor here is tasteful and modern while also having cosier options for those colder Hobart nights, while lighting is also done well - it's subtle and atmospheric rather than overwhelming.

"The Glass House has stepped onto the scene in a wonderful fashion that should make it a staple, quality dining spot for years to come. "

Of course, all of this would be well and good if the food weren't up to scratch, however that's certainly not the case; The Glass House offers a range of exceptional dishes that look as good as they taste.

The restaurant takes advantage of Tasmania's famously prized seafood and intermingles it with other locally-sourced produce to provide a number of quality options, while its menu is concentrated around a smaller range of specialties rather than aiming for sheer volume of choices.

The restaurant is oriented around a variety of small-plate meals, and while they're "share plates", portions are still a very reasonable size. There's a definite hint of Japanese influence at work here, embodied by the likes of fresh sashimi, onigiri, liberal use of miso and other elements from the East, and it's all done very well.

It's all about sampling a variety of flavours rather than large, filling meals; oysters here in particular are unbelievable - fat, juicy and incredibly fresh, they fit the price point and are a fine example of Tassie's seas at work. The cheese platter is also a special treat, augmented thoughtfully with fruits that complement its dairy elements well.

Service at the Glass House is likewise mostly faultless. Waitstaff are extremely polite, well-presented and attentive without ever feeling overbearing.

Hobart has been in need of such a fresh face to its dining scene for quite a while, and The Glass House has stepped onto the scene in a wonderful fashion that should make it a staple, quality dining spot for years to come.

3. Solo Pasta and Pizza

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Location: 50 King Street, Sandy Bay, Hobart, TAS

Cuisine: Italian

Another quality Italian option in Hobart, Solo Pasta and Pizza focuses slightly more on the “everyman” aspect of Italian dining, with an emphasis on price and value combined with mouth-watering pizza and pastas.

This Sandy Bay restaurant has been recently refurbished, and to great results – the ambiance is now much more modern, and the familial atmosphere coincides with the updated décor to feel like a very well-rounded Italian dining spot.

In addition, it's a venue that feels highly friendly to families and those looking to bring children along for a quality meal without feeling like they're going to disturb other diners – a credit to the attitudes and planning of the restaurant's management.

"Toppings here are mouth-wateringly done, it's wood-fired to perfection and simply bursting with flavour regardless of if you order a relatively “simple” garlic pizza (our advice: do it)."

Pizza here is the undoubted highlight, and it's a far cry from your bastardised American-style junk food – toppings are mouth-wateringly done, it's wood-fired to perfection and simply bursting with flavour regardless of if you order a relatively “simple” garlic pizza (advice: do it), or a more unique topping.

Pasta is no slouch either, with the raviolis, gnocchi and other staples all done well with their own blend of tastes that add character to what could otherwise be a relatively standard Italian dish. Other essentials to try here are the Antipasto plate (a great little sampler of meats and other sides), Veal Scallopini (delectable) and Garlic Prawns (done to perfection).

In addition, two desserts on the menu warrant special mention – the Tiramisu is simply delightful, done wonderfully smoothly without being too strong like many other versions of it tend to be, while the Nutella Calzone is a sweet-tooth's delight and an accurate reflection of Italy's favourite condiment.

As with many of the other establishments on this list, service is wonderful at Solo, but theirs goes an extra step further – staff always go the extra mile to call customers by their first names, any (rare) mistakes with orders area nearly immediately corrected and accompanied with some kind of freebie or discount, has led to its reputation as one of the best run establishments in Hobart.

Simply put, Solo Pasta and Pizza is a well-oiled customer service machine, so if you're looking for a dining experience where you're almost guaranteed to have a delicious meal without a hitch, then put it on your list – but be sure to book ahead if you want to avoid a wait for a table!

4. Cultura Espresso Bar & Restaurant

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Location: 123 Liverpool St, Hobart, TAS

Cuisine: Italian

Walking the line between fine dining and price is a hard proposition for most restaurant owners, but it's something the owners of Cultura Espresso Bar and Restaurant do extremely well, offering great Italian food in a central location that's cosy and comfortable.

The variety in the menu here is impressive, and the number of dishes to choose from is much appreciated as, while most of us have obviously tried Italian at some point, there'll always be something new here for first-timers to try.

Situated in the Hobart CBD, Cultura has a warm and inviting atmosphere with great service despite its almost universally-busy status due to its popularity.

"Situated in the Hobart CBD, Cultura has a warm and inviting atmosphere with great service despite its almost universally-busy status due to its popularity."

While the restaurant offers a solid and tasty – if unsurprising (French toast, bacon et al, although their coffee is truly great) – breakfast menu, its lunches and dinners are a true delight, with one of the best examples of Saltimbocca you're likely to encounter in Australia, let alone Hobart.

Seafood marinaras, perfectly deconstructed souvlakis, whitebait done in ouzo ailioi – if there's a variation on a quality Italian dish, you'll be able to find it here, all done exceptionally well and with a touch of sophistication the feels truly “autentico” despite the majority of staff not actually being Italian.

Servings at Cultura are extremely generous, with portion sizes large enough that it can sometimes make paying for dessert unnecessary – which can be a good or bad thing depending on whether you're looking to save a few dollars or indulge in some fine Italian sweets.

Service also comes at a premium here, and you'll always be treated with a smile despite how busy it often gets, while meals are likewise delivered at a prompt pace that is a true credit to the workmanship of the kitchen staff.

A wide variety of wines that pair nicely with most of the dishes on offer cap things off, and round out what makes for an experience akin to stepping off the streets of Hobart and straight into Italy.

If you're after incredibly satisfying Mediterranean cuisine well within easy reach of most central Hobart accommodation at a reasonable price and served with a smile, Cultura Espresso Bar and Restaurant ticks all the boxes and then some.

5. The Soup Stop

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Location: 4 Barrack Street, Hobart, TAS

Cuisine: Indian

Don't let the name fool you – Hobart's The Soup Stop is far more than just a street vendor peddling soup in a cup on cold days. One of the best bang-for-the-buck Indian dining experiences you're ever likely to come across, while the restaurant specialises in a wide range of soups, it's far from a one-trick-pony.

Boasting an incredible range of Indian street food ranging from light snacks to full-blown traditional Indian meals all at a ridiculously low price, this is the ideal place to go in Hobart if you're wanting a quality feed that won't leave your wallet in tears.

"One of the best bang-for-the-buck Indian dining experiences you're ever likely to come across, while the restaurant specialises in a wide range of soups, it's far from a one-trick-pony."

All the core ingredients to a tasty Indian meal are here and are of a surprisingly high quality despite being an establishment that borders on fast food – expect home-made style corn breads, naans and other deep friend bread variations intermingled with a range of lovely, filling curries.

These are wholesome despite being wholly vegetarian and made with the likes of chick peas, spinach and other wholesome meat alternatives, and are all available in spicy through to mild variations so that everyone can enjoy a bite.

Recommendations for first-timers include the Pav Bhaji, Chana Bhatura and Bhel Puri, all of which can be had for well under $15 each.

Add to this the very intimate, familial atmosphere provided by the welcoming hosts (it's a small establishment with a single main dining table ringed by bar stool seats) who treat you like a long-lost relative and grabbing a bite to eat at The Soup Stop could hardly be more pleasant.

And of course, the soup itself warrants special mention – expect both a daily special and around 7 or 8 other soup varieties to choose from, perfect for warming yourself up on a cold or drizzly Tassie day.

While those looking for fine dining or obsessed with meat in their meals will want to stay away, those without ridiculously high standards will want to make a stop at the Soup Shop an easy-to-achieve item on their Hobart itinerary. It's right in the city centre, so duck in, say Hi to the hosts, and grab yourself a great value feed.

6. Cornelian Bay Boathouse Restaurant

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Location: Queen's Walk, Cornelian Bay, Hobart, TAS

Cuisine: Australian fusion

Waterfront dining is something of a staple pastime in Hobart due to its nature as a heavily maritime-influenced city, and thus venues that both do this and offer standout dining experience are something of a microcosm of the Hobart culinary scene in a nutshell.

A prime example of this is the excellent Cornelian Bay Boathouse Restaurant, which sits right on the water and provides an outlook directly to the Bay and beyond, which is wonderful on warmer days and also offers a fire-warmed interior for cooler climes. This all makes for a lovely ambiance that serves as a promising introduction to the food that is soon to come.

"The well-presented and very generously sized mains at Cornelian Bay Boathouse Restaurant represent true value for money, which is a refreshing change of pace."

Menu options here are more limited than at some other dining options in Hobart, but each item on the menu is done exceedingly well, and the well-presented and very generously sized mains represent true value for money, which is a refreshing change of pace.

Meat lovers will be in their element here, as the Boathouse Restaurant knows how to cook a good steak; order medium-rare and you'll receive exactly that, with locally-produced meat that will melt in your mouth.

Seafood chowder here is also a must-eat, with an excellent consistency reflective of the produce contained within – a fact that is made even more deliciously obvious should you choose the seafood tasting plate that provides a great across-the-board taster of Huon salmon, squid and other fish accompanied by appropriate sauces.

Dessert wise, one dish in particular stands out: the Turkish Delight style sundae is a specialty and, if you've got a sweet tooth, will likely leave you grinning. Rounding out the experience are the exceptionally friendly staff (actual serving of food can sometimes take a while, but is always worth the wait) and very reasonable prices and you've got one of the most balanced all-round dinner options in Hobart.

Throw in the huge windows providing a delightfully watery outlook and it's a package that's hard to be disappointed with. Lastly, should you not want to commit to a full sit-down dinner, the Cornelian Bay Boathouse Restaurant also has a takeaway kiosk ideal for those grab-and-eat evenings.

7. Signal Station Brasserie

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Location: 700 Nelson Road, Mount Nelson, Hobart, TAS

Cuisine: Modern Australian

Another venue with wonderful views serving as an integral part of the dining experience, the Signal Station Brasserie on Hobart's Mount Nelson takes full advantage of the local Aussie produce mentioned earlier and turns things on its head.

It's truly amazing what a talented chef can do with relatively basic ingredients, but the Brasserie's kitchen staff are simply wizards at doing just this.A viable Hobart dining destination for breakfast, lunch and dinner alike, the Signal Station Brasserie caters for all tastes at all times while providing an incredibly panoramic view of Hobart and all its major landmarks.

Types of dish will obviously be dependent on the time of day you visit the restaurant, however they are all beautifully presented and done with a touch of zest and creativity that makes them a visual standout.

Visiting in the morning will see you dining on the likes of scrumptious scones with Devonshire tea, while other standard breakfast offerings such as poached egg dishes, fruit toast, bruschetta bread and pancakes are taken to a whole new level.

The undeniable breakfast standout is, in our opinion the cured Tasmanian salmon dish – a very “Tassie” spin on the typical Eggs Benedict formula.

"A viable Hobart dining destination for breakfast, lunch and dinner alike, the Signal Station Brasserie caters for all tastes at all times while providing an incredibly panoramic view of Hobart and its major landmarks."

Lunch and dinner are likewise equally mouth-watering, with Aussie meals incorporating seafood and meat all done exceedingly well, however it's the Signal Station Brasserie's desserts which are a true cut above and some of the best in Hobart.

They have the production of delicious parfait down to a science here, which caps off a lunch or evening meal with a bang. Throw in the outstanding views, warm service and very reasonable price for what is basically a Michelin-star restaurant and you've got a highly memorable dining experience that does Hobart proud.

Perhaps the only potential downside to dining here is that it can get quite cold up at the restaurant – especially if you're visiting from up north and thus not quite climatised to Tasmania, or are sitting on one of the outdoor verandah tables – so be sure to dress accordingly, particularly during the winter months.

8. Me Wah Restaurant

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Location: 16 Magnet Ct, Sandy Bay, TAS

Cuisine: Chinese

In an increasingly crowded market, it's getting harder and harder for Chinese restaurants to stand out, and for many potential diners the cuisine has something of an “eh” reputation in that, while it's quite easy to do average Chinese food, it's very hard to be truly good.

Hobart's Me Wah Restaurant does just that however, largely due to the authenticity of the dishes on offer that's closer to what you'd actually find in Asia than their half-hearted attempts at reproduction many establishments peddle.

The food at Me Wah is traditional, and the tastes it provides are simply excellent across the board, whether it's the variety of scrumptious yum cha / dumplings (literally dripping with flavour – take our advice: choose the scallop ones), or more in-depth fare such as lobster, wasabi-laced Wagyu Beef or even the duck pancakes!

Flavours and textures throughout all the dishes intermingle wonderfully, and with both classic and modern offerings on the menu there's a dish that should appeal to even the fussiest of eaters.

"It's a high-end Chinese dining experience that those with an eye for quality will truly appreciate, which is only further highlighted by such details as the impeccable service and incredibly expansive wine list."

It's a high-end Chinese dining experience that those with an eye for quality will truly appreciate, which is only further highlighted by such details as the impeccable service, incredibly expansive wine list (pages upon pages to choose from) and cleanliness of the locale.

All of this is complimented nicely by décor that has a distinct Asian flavour without being overly cliché or trashy, and it has an overall up-market feel that is reflective of some of the higher-end establishments in Sydney that most don't associate with typical takeaway Chinese food.

As long as you're prepared to shake off your preconceptions of Chinese food being cheap and nasty, and have a palate that appreciates finer Asian flavours, you'll be in for a treat if you're a fan of this cuisine and spending an evening at Me Wah Hobart.

9. Atlas Espresso

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Location: 18 Elizabeth St, Hobart, TAS

Cuisine: Cafe food, coffee a specialty

Coffee fanatics are notoriously fussy about their favourite drop of brown brew and where it comes from, so they'll be happy to know that Hobart has more than its fair share of quality cafes – and it's here that Elizabeth Street's Atlas Espresso is a true standout.

A favourite amongst many Hobart locals looking to grab their morning cup of Joe on their morning commute, Atlas' coffee is an example of how a combination of technique, care and quality ingredients can more than make up for the size of an establishment.

"A favourite amongst many Hobart locals looking to grab their morning cup of Joe, Atlas' coffee is an example of how a combination of technique, care and quality ingredients can make up for the size of an establishment."

The cafe's central location is no doubt a big help – easy access for most of those both living, working and visiting central Hobart make Atlas an essential pit stop, and the happy, social atmosphere on offer (largely from customers chatting in anticipation of receiving their favourite cup of coffee in short order!) is palpable.

The cafe's staff only serve to reinforce this; universally friendly, positive and cheerful regardless of if it's the morning rush or a slower time of the day, they have the “service with a smile” motto down to a tee.

Atlas also offers some tasty food to augment their coffee such as delicious muffins and cakes as well as other breakfast-style snacks to recharge your batteries.

Add to this the charming quirks of the store like their daily papers, blackboard that alternates between serving information and inspirational quotes, and staff always willing to throw in a joke or pause for a conversation, and it's a human element that makes what for many is simply a daily routine that little bit more pleasant.

Simply put, if you're after a place that many locals will preach has the “BEST coffee in Hobart” and are looking for a dose of caffeine or breakfast on the go, you'll want to pay a (or several) visits to Atlas Espresso during your time in Tassie's capital.

10. Point Revolving Restaurant

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Location: 410 Sandy Bay Road, Sandy Bay, TAS

Cuisine: French Fusion

Something of a longstanding local icon, the Point Revolving Restaurant at the top of the Wrest Point Hotel in Hobart's Sandy Bay is the place to go if you're looking for a high-end dining experience coupled with spectacular views.

Having been in operation in some form or another for decades but continually improved upon, the building sits on the waterfront and provides a wonderful panorama of the Derwent Estuary and beyond, while gradually shifting around to encompass Mount Wellington, Hobart City and more all in one sitting.

In terms of dining with an incredible view, the Point Revolving Restaurant is hard to fault in this regard; it's simply an exclusive vantage point to enjoy a meal, and luckily that exclusivity carries over to both the food and service on offer here as well.

The service here is, in a word, great, and remarkably down-to-earth in spite of a very upper-class dining image – waitstaff are both attentive and warm without being intruding, and there is little of the snobbery at the Point that might be expected at other fine dining establishments.

"Something of a local icon, the Point Revolving Restaurant at the top of the Wrest Point Hotel is the place to go if you're looking for a high-end dining experience coupled with spectacular views."

Food at the Point Revolving Restaurant takes French influences and fuses them with a hint of Aussie and Tassie-specific inspiration to produce some innovative yet solid, time-tested dishes.

The likes of Crepe Suzette, quail and the delicious Creme Brulee are specialties that come highly recommended, and the restaurant offers a solid wine list without being unnecessarily overcomplicated that includes a fair selection of local Tasmanian favourites.

There's also an extended 5 course Chef's special menu on offer for those looking for a more comprehensive dining experience that's ideal for special occasions and quite reasonably priced considering the quality of food.

In terms of pricing, dining at the Point Revolving Restaurant is far from cheap, but it's definite “value for money” in every sense of the phrase, and in terms of balancing location, views and overall experience, makes for one of Hobart's most unique dining options.

TIP: Try to arrive early in order to soak in the view before night sky darkens and the lights come on!

Top 10 Things to do in Hobart, TAS

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Tasmania's capital makes for a wonderfully relaxed and laid-back escape from the mainland of Australia. If you have time to do only 10 things in Hobart, let it be these 10.

Hobart, the capital of the State Tasmania, is an hour's flight away from the Australian mainland. This picturesque city has some spectacular views and is dominated with Mount Wellington as a charming backdrop to the city. Hobart is a popular holiday destination for many reasons.

Hobart's cool climate makes it easy to unwind and relax without working up a sweat, its streets and laneways are picturesque and filled with little intricacies that give the city its character, and there are a variety of shopping options and mouthwatering cuisines incorporating the fresh local seafood simply waiting to be sampled.

This charming port city is guaranteed to give you an unforgettable holiday in Tassie; to ensure you get the best of your time here, here's our list of Hobart's Top 10 Things to do:

1. Climb Mt Wellington

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Location: Wellington Park, West Hobart, Tasmania

One of Hobart's most obvious highlights also ranks amongst its best, and there are few spectacles that can compare with Mount Wellington in Tasmania – both in terms of the view from afar and offered atop it. Sitting just to the west of central Hobart, the mountain makes for an impressive sight, with its seasonally snow-dusted peak making for a wonderful contrast with the greenery of its slopes.

The summit of Mt. Wellington – and its incredible lookout points – can be reached via a roughly 25 minute drive from the city CBD, with both tours and regular shuttle buses making the trek from the centre of Hobart on a consistent basis via its main Pinnacle Road.

The trip to the top is well worth the time investment, as upon reaching the summit and disembarking you'll be presented with one of the most awe-inspiring vistas in Australia; Hobart's famously clear skies couple with near-360 degree views to form a panorama that's truly impressive.

The view covers a variety of landscapes including Hobart itself, the boat-covered harbour extending to the Southern Ocean, the waters of the Derwent River and the vibrant green of the Derwent Valley, and makes for perhaps the best overall photography point in the region.

There are a variety of quality lookout points on offer at the top, all lead to by stable, scenic boardwalks that each provide their own aspect on the landscape, all wrapped up in a serene and peaceful atmosphere. The environment at the top is entirely different to that below, with the vegetation changing the closer you come to the summit; largely a result of the decidedly different climate to be encountered high up.

"The view covers a variety of landscapes including Hobart itself, the boat-covered harbour extending to the Southern Ocean, the waters of the Derwent River and the vibrant green of the Derwent Valley, and makes for perhaps the best overall photography point in the region."

And what a difference this climate is; the summit of Mt Wellington sits at an official altitude of 1271m above sea level, and as a result the temperature difference at the summit compared to the base can be drastic. In the colder months of the year, it's not uncommon to have a temperature gap of 10 degrees or more compared to that down below!

Thus, it's important to dress appropriately warmly even if you're feeling comfortable at the base; you don't want to have the views and walking tracks spoiled by a lack of warmth.

The greater ranges of Mt Wellington and its surrounding national park also offer a bevy of other outdoor things to do if you're the active type, and those looking to partake in a spot of hiking, mountain biking, bush walking, or even horse riding will all be presented with such options.

If you're looking to see all of its essentials in the most efficient and convenient way possible, tours – with both half and full day options – of Mt. Wellington are available for reasonable prices that take you directly to the lookout points while also encompassing other regional highlights on the itinerary.

Whether you're grabbing a snapshot of it from ground level or ascending to the top for a scenic experience unmatched anywhere else in Hobart, Mount Wellington is likely to be one of the focal points of your trip to Hobart – and one of the strongest lingering memories of your time spent there.

2. Mueseum of Old and New Art

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Location: 655 Main Road, Berriedale, Tasmania

If there's a single item that's done a significant amount to put Tasmania on the international map in recent years, this is it. One of the newest - and most highly-acclaimed - additions to the "must-do in Hobart" list is the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) which has received international attention for its progressive and sometimes controversial exhibits and exhibitions.

Perched on the shore of the Derwent River and featuring some of the most prominent and up-and-coming artists of today, the Museum of Old and New Art has been listed by multiple respected media and travel outlets from around the world as one of the true must-visit spots in Australia for both 2013 and beyond.

Much more than a simple old-time art gallery, MONA is a slick, modern display that expertly blends both the old and the new into a visually stunning yet minimalistic package that seamlessly incorporates technology to enhance the visit as well.

Most first-time visitors to MONA who aren't sure exactly what to expect describe the experience as “confronting”, and with good reason: the art on display here isn't afraid to cross the line over to risque and controversial, so if you're the overly-conservative or easily-offended type you may want to give it a miss.

There's a definite fascination with the human body, with nudity sometimes on display as well as occasionally violent imagery. If you're willing to come with an open mind, however, you'll find some of the most inspiring and talented examples of art created in Australia that will be sure to leave an imprint on your memory for a lot longer than visits to many other museums or galleries.

"If there's a single item that's done a significant amount to put Tasmania on the international map in recent years, The Museum of Old and New Art is it."

Aside from the many impressive works on display, the overall architecture and theming of the gallery itself is an adventure - creative, exciting and utterly vibrant, it's sure to leave you with an impression that will last a long time if buildings are something that strikes your interest.

As MONA sits on the waterfront, getting there is done by ferry transfer several times a day, and it's a popular choice to combine a MONA visit with a general Hobart tour to get a comprehensive sightseeing experience of the city's core highlights at a reasonable price.

For a truly world-class experience in what otherwise might be quite an unexpected place, be sure to pay visit to the Museum of Old and New Art.

3. Bruny Island Cruises

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Location: 56km south of Hobart, Tasmania

Bruny Island is another immensely popular natural highlight in the greater Hobart area, so much so that it was voted one of the Top 100 Greatest Trips in the World and Australia's best tourism attraction for the years 2008 - 2011.

As a prime example of coastal Tasmanian wilderness, it's the prime spot for various wildlife and sightseeing cruises that allows you to get up close with the likes of seals, dolphins, albatross and even whales during their annual migratory period all set amongst a stunning oceanic backdrop that remains relatively untainted from human influence despite its popularity.

These various kinds of marine life thrive along the rocky and wild Bruny Island coastline and is a must if you're travelling to Hobart - just a little bit of effort to get there comes with a whole host of visual and natural rewards. The wildlife is great to be sure, but the island itself is also nothing to sneeze at, with amazing natural rock formations jutting out of the water and plenty of on-shore offerings to keep visitors occupied as well.

The island isn't some tiny speck in the ocean, either; at nearly 100km long, it's home to plenty of attractions such as its iconic lighthouse at Cape Bruny, its newly-opened art gallery at Dennes Point in the north, and accommodation offerings that allow guests to immerse themselves in one of Australia's true wilderness retreats.

"As a prime example of coastal Tasmanian wilderness, it's the prime spot for various wildlife and sightseeing cruises that allows you to get up close with the likes of seals, dolphins, albatross and even whales during their annual migratory period all set amongst a stunning oceanic backdrop."

Getting to Bruny Island is done by boat, with transfers available from Hobart if necessary. Cruises are available with operator Bruny Island Cruises that will take you out onto the waters surrounding Bruny Island that come in both slower and adrenaline-pumping high speed varieties, with the turbo-jet powered engines allowing you to experience a combination of thrills and sightseeing all amongst one of the most unique environments in all of Australia.

Akin to being “4WD vehicles of the sea”, these specially-designed vessels allow memorable twists and turns through rocky outcroppings between water and coast that have to be experienced to be believed, and encountering geological formations from the water will give you an entirely new perspective on this rugged and untamed part of Tassie.

Breathtaking rock blended with spectacular wildlife, great wines, picturesque coastline and more – that's just some of what makes Bruny Island a must-visit.

4. Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and ZooDoo

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Location: Bonorong: 593 Briggs Rd, Brighton, Tasmania; ZooDoo: 620 Middle Tea Tree Rd, Richmond, Tasmania

Wildlife is always an enjoyable go-to entertainment option when visiting a new destination - particularly if you're bringing kids along - and Hobart is no exception in this regard as its greater area is home to two quality wildlife facilities that come highly recommended: Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and ZooDoo, each of which offers something slightly different.

Tasmania is home to a wide array of diverse and fragile wildlife, and both of these facilities to an admirable job of showcasing creatures from all over the animal kingdom while keeping both conservation and a reasonable price in mind wherever possible.

Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary lies just to the north of Hobart (roughly a 30 minute drive) and is one of Tassie's premier animal attractions, home to plenty of Aussie animals and with a focus on hands-on experiences – such as feeding – that adults and children alike will love.

The passion of the sanctuary's staff is obvious here, and they go the extra mile to entertain and educate about the animals and their habitats. What truly sets Bonorong Sanctuary apart, however, are their outstanding night tours – as the vast majority of the most intriguing animals on offer are nocturnal, it's a great and intimate way to see some of these natural beauties at their most active.

"Tasmania is home to a wide array of diverse and fragile wildlife, and Bonorong Sanctuary does an admirable job of showcasing creatures from all over the animal kingdom while keeping both conservation and a reasonable price in mind wherever possible."

Extraordinarily cute creatures such as sugar sliders, Tawny Frogmouths, possums and – of course – Tasmanian Devils all take on a whole new life at night, and are all done with a sense of delicacy and care that you simply don't find often at larger and more commercial facilities.

Tickets to Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary start from $30 per adult and from $15 per child, which is more than reasonable given the quality of the facility, while night experiences require prior bookings and come at an additional cost.

ZooDoo, meanwhile, sits slightly east of Bonorong Sanctuary and offers a wider arrange of exotic animals, leaning more towards the typical “zoo” rather than the “wildlife sanctuary” end of the scale. It's here that you'll want to head if you're more interested in the likes of lions, tigers, llamas and more all set out amongst an expansive property that sits somewhere between a farm and a savannah/safari type theme.

Safari bus tours – which are included in the cost of entry – run throughout the day and take visitors around the grounds to see all the various animals in the open air, which is a nice touch and helps alleviate tired legs from walking from one animal to the next.

Hand-feeding the big birds and cats is always a joy and a favourite with children, with optional face-to-face animal encounter experiences available at an extra charge.

So which Hobart wildlife park is best for you? They're both quality facilities, and given their similar distance from the Hobart CBD it will largely come down to personal preference: If you're wanting to see examples of rarer Aussie wildlife at their best, particularly Tassie Devils, then Bonorong is your choice.

If, however, you're after a more standard zoo-like day out with a more international-animal flavour, then you can't go wrong with ZooDoo, either (and there's nothing preventing you from visiting both!).

5. Royal Tasmanian Botanic Gardens

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Location: Lower Domain Rd, Queens Domain, Hobart, Tasmania

Tasmania's greenery is without a doubt one of its calling cards that helps separate the state from its northern brothers, and its botanic leanings are reflected in few better places than Hobart's Royal Tasmanian Botanic Gardens.

Lying on the city's eastern side, the gardens are impressive, even by the high standards set by botanic gardens in some of Australia's larger capitals and has continually been refined and meticulously groomed throughout its nearly 200-year-long history.

The gardens cover an expansive 13.5 hectare area featuring over 6,500 diverse species of plants, flowers and all other aspects of the floral kingdom, with the overall gardens divided up into various individual themed sections highlighting advanced gardening styles from all across the globe.

Everything here emanates a world-class level of quality and care, from the arrangement to the facilities to the maintenance to the attitudes of the grounds staff.

The gardens are laid out over the side of a hill that provides glimpses of the Derwent River, and provide numerous open spaces for relaxation and contemplation that are the perfect spot for a quiet picnic or to kick back and enjoy a book surrounded by nature.

Those who appreciate plants will be in awe here, as the overall arrangement is diverse; from tropical plants all the way up to those from sub-Antarctic areas, there will no doubt be species here that even the most seasoned botanist hasn't seen.

In terms of individual gardens, the Japanese and Chinese Gardens are incredible, boasting architectural and landscaping designs straight from the source – Springtime brings out their best as cherry blossoms, irises and more give way to dazzling colours of changing leaves in the autumn all while integrating water and ponds throughout.

"Everything here emanates a world-class level of quality and care, from the arrangement to the facilities to the maintenance to the attitudes of the grounds staff."

“Tranquil” would be the best world to describe the atmosphere here, and moving on to other areas like its iconic Veggie Patch, Conservatory, Memorial Fountain and more provide alternative yet no less intriguing looks at the greenery and sculptures on offer.

The Royal Tasmanian Botanic Gardens boasts several walking tracks that take you on meandering walks through different sections of the grounds, with all of these well-marked and curated, detailing each of the plant and flower species for the uninitiated.

Volunteers are also happy to provide narration and commentary on each of the gardens and their plant life and histories – all of which is entirely FREE, although a donation is requested upon entry that goes towards the continued maintenance of the grounds.

The gardens are also home to a small restaurant and cafe with food and drinks at reasonable prices, which can make an extended stay here a great way to spend half a day in Hobart.

Kids won't be left whining for something to do here, either; there's plenty at the gardens to keep them occupied – duck feeding, abundant run-and-play space, and plenty of other little quirks that round out the experience.

While reaching the gardens via walking from central Hobart is doable, it can be fairly steep in places and the distance isn't the easiest of walks, so riding a bike or driving come recommended if you're planning a visit. If you're looking for relaxation for free in Hobart, the Botanic Gardens should be at the top of your list.

6. Cascade Brewery

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Location: 140 Cascade Road, Hobart, Tasmania

While only a small state, Tassie sure does a great job of producing some wonderful beers, with perhaps the most famous of these being Cascade Lager produced locally at the historical Cascade Brewery. It's much more than just a simple beer-production facility however; the brewery is over 150 years old and is the oldest running brewery in Hobart, with a stunning setting amongst lovely surroundings and immaculately well-kept gardens.

It's also an impressive example of older, colonial-style architecture in itself. As with many other places in Hobart and Tasmania in general there's a familial atmosphere here despite the brand's size, and it's enjoyable to simply grab a brew and relax in the bar while having a chat either with the friendly staff or other locals and fellow travellers.

There's more than just drops of the tasty amber stuff on offer at the Cascade Brewery too; it's a downright pleasant place to eat, and many menu items are designed to couple well with the various brews and cider flavours on offer to produce a nice drink-and-meal combo for everyone. Spend an afternoon in the sun relaxing in the picturesque gardens while enjoying a bite to eat and a beer? Yes please!

"It's much more than just a simple beer-production facility however; the brewery is over 150 years old and is the oldest running brewery in Tasmania, with a stunning setting amongst lovely surroundings."

Regular, informative tours are also available that will allow you inside to see the inner workings of Cascade's pride and joy, with visitors getting the chance to learn more about how beer is produced, packaged and sent and perhaps visit the gift shop to pick up some interesting trinkets and purchase a few of your own brews to take home.

Tours last roughly 90 minutes and are great value for money compared to many similar offerings around the world, and when coupled by the great environment it's located in and some free samplings at the end make this tour a great choice. If you've got even a passing interest in tasting a drop of the good stuff while in Tassie, then a visit to the Cascade Brewery is a must if you're in the greater Hobart area.

7. Watch a movie at The State Cinemas

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Location: 375 Elizabeth Street, North Hobart Tasmania

Another historic local favourite – albeit with an entirely different focus – is Hobart's State Cinema, an iconic venue that has been entertaining audiences for over 100 years. The place to go if you're after a dose of enjoyable culture and the chance to view the type of films you simply won't find in mainstream cinemas, the building itself is almost as much of a star as its offerings that can be found within.

It's a lovely, art-deco style facade that belies the culture to be encountered inside, with its own sophisticated book shop and cafe providing the perfect pre-or-post viewing relaxation for visitors attending a show. The State Cinema boasts an intimate feel, with each of its theatres only seating a small number of people in plush, comfortable chairs that give the viewing experience a much more engaging atmosphere than can be found elsewhere.

Decor used throughout is also suitably quirky, soft yet modern, and intelligently laid out with a sense of warmth and spacing that add to the overall “snug” feeling of the cinema.

Most movies on offer here differ greatly from standard shooting-and-explosions Hollywood fare (although several bigger budget movies are also typically available), and in true “arthouse” style are not afraid to embrace some taboo or challenging topics. Human dramas play a large role, and the quality of acting and investment of the performers is obvious.

The number of films on show is also usually quite large, so there will likely be some tagline or plot point to tickle your fancy. Guests are also welcome to drink alcoholic beverages, so kick back with a wine or two or grab a cup of coffee or other hot drink and settle in as the screen comes to life.

"The State Cinema boasts an intimate feel, with each of its theatres only seating a small number of people in plush, comfortable chairs that give the viewing experience a much more engaging atmosphere."

The cinema has even begun running summer “Rooftop Viewing” sessions to take advantage of the weather during the warmer months, which on a clear night only serves to add to the sense of community and magic.

Blankets are BYO, so grab the family or significant other, come along and snuggle up outdoors for a movie-watching experience that's truly refreshing and different.

Located on the northern end of Hobart's main restaurant strip, it's a great way to package together a complete evening with a meal followed by a stroll down to the State Cinema for a bit of drama-or-comedy-infused fun.

8. Battery Point

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Location: South-East Hobart, Tasmania

Tasmania in general has a charming, old-world feel to most of the state outside of the more urban parts of Hobart and other larger cities, and this is exemplified in full by Hobart's suburb of Battery Point. Located to the South-East of the city towards the waterfront, visiting Battery Point is akin to stepping back in time – it's a truly historic area with many buildings which remain intact since their founding back in 1830.

Dotted throughout with colonial-style and stone buildings and various charming little coffee shops and restaurants, it's easy to immerse yourself in yesteryear and is best explored simply by taking a stroll through its streets. Fine examples of period-specific architecture abound here – possessing a strong hint of obvious 1800s British influences – and walking guides are available from the local Post Office which highlight points of interest that are worth taking in for first-timers.

And highlights there are aplenty – those with a passion for architecture will be in their element here, as examples of most kinds of building from the era can be seen remarkably intact.

Key spots include St. George's Anglican Church with its iconic stone facade, Arthur Circus and its array of quaint cottages (many of which once served as homes for army officers upon Hobart's initial settlement), and various other high-end houses and hotels that are still in use today – and fetch a jaw-dropping price on the market due to the prestige residency in the suburb carries.

This prestige price carries over into other offerings in the area as well, and many of the restaurants are quite exclusive and carry high price tags for the privilege of dining, however other, more budget-conscious options are available with great cafe-and-pub offerings that have an intimate and friendly feel.

"Highlights there are aplenty – those with a passion for architecture will be in their element here, as examples of most kinds of building from the era can be seen remarkably intact."

The suburb grants great views of the waterfront, with the huge ships and other vessels that dot the waters providing a great backdrop while grabbing a bite to eat and adequately reflecting Hobart's strong maritime culture.

Some choice dining options along the waterfront include the Shipwright's Arms Hotel (intimate, old-world pub-style fare), the Prince of Wales Hotel (a great place to sample the fresh local seafood), and the widely acclaimed Ball and Chain Restaurant.

Add to the architecture and dining with some lovely, well-maintained parks and the popular Salamanca Markets which run on Saturdays and provide the chance to pick up all sorts of goodies and trinkets, and Battery Point is much more than one of Hobart's more interesting suburbs – it's an outright attraction in itself.

Arty, historic, peaceful and intriguing, if you're visiting Hobart for the first time then there's no reason to miss spending a few hours on a lazy day around Battery Point.

9. Go Horse Riding with Horse Riding Tasmania

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Location: Lot 1, White Hill Road, Tasmania

For an alternative take on the typical Hobart sightseeing experience, horse riding makes for a great way to take in the beauty of Hobart and its surrounds that is particularly popular with children and teens.

With local horse riding operator Horse Riding Tasmania, there are are several options available in and around Hobart to ride through scenic trails and enjoy spectacular views of the coast, rainforest, mountains or bush land as well as semi-aquatic experiences along the beachfront.

The intelligent, beautiful animals make the exploration adventure feel more unique and enjoyable than regular bus-style touring ever could, and while some may have confidence issues to overcome if it's your first time on horseback, the majority of the horses on offer are typically calm and exceptionally well-trained.

Horse Riding Tasmania offer a variety of experiences - with everything from on-farm pony rides for the kids up to multi-day epic adventures - that can be tailored to suit both your interests and ability levels. Ride through bush, jump over fallen branches, canter up hillsides and take in the spectacular Tasmanian scenery in one of the most natural ways possible, all under the guidance of experienced, friendly guides.

"Ride through bush, jump over fallen branches, canter up hillsides and take in the spectacular Tasmanian scenery in one of the most natural ways possible, all under the guidance of experienced, friendly guides."

A focus of the company is on keeping the entire adventure as eco-friendly as possible – a philosophy that extends to their Hidden Lake property which serves as both home to the horses and other farm animals as well as the launching point for the horse riding journeys.

Accommodation is also offered here, and guests looking to truly “unplug” and get away from the hustle and bustle of urban life can stay for several days amongst rustic yet comfortable dorm-style facilities.

Lessons are also on offer for those wanting to either pick up or improve on their riding skills, rounding out the options available for visitors.

There are few better ways to get the true feeling of "getting back to nature" that Tasmania's pristine greenery offers then leaving the petrol-powered machines behind and embracing one of the oldest forms of transport known to man, and Horse Riding Tasmania excel at maximising this experience to the fullest for both beginners and advanced riders alike.

10. Scenic Flights with Par Avion

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Location: 115 Kennedy Drive, Cambridge, TAS

Hobart and its natural surrounds are charming and beautiful enough in and of themselves, however the region takes on a whole new aspect when viewed from the air.

The majesty of Mt. Wellington, the harbour and more can be even more fully appreciated from this vantage point and that's where local operator Par Avion come in, offering travellers the chance to get a new lease on Hobart itself as well as a variety of trips further afield to other iconic Tassie locations such as Wineglass Bay, Cradle Mountain, Bruny Island and more.

The Hobart city flight makes for a highly memorable way to take in all of its essential landmarks – boarding a seaplane and taking off from the surface of the Derwent River, once up in the air you'll be able to see the likes of Government House, the Botanic Gardens, the Tasman Bridge and more before continuing further along a spectacularly scenic route.

Heading down along the coastline, the flights soar above the landscape and out over the spectacular, wildlife-rich waters surrounding nearby Bruny Island; keep your eyes peeled during the flight as it's possible to spot dolphins and even whales during their annual migratory season.

"Whether you're a first-time visitor looking for one of Hobart's ultimate sightseeing experiences or a local looking to get a new perspective on your lovely hometown, a flight with Par Avion checks all the boxes."

It's an excellent chance for keen photographers in particular to come away with some unmatched aerial shots, and along the way their flights are accompanied by commentary that is detailed without being intrusive – which is enhanced by their specially-designed, noise-cancelling headsets that make commentary from and communication with the pilots very clear; a welcome addition.

It's little touches like this that go a long way to enhancing the experience beyond the wonderful sights themselves; service here goes above and beyond the usual requirements to make everyone feel special from booking through to landing.

Other benefits – such as smooth flights and landings due to the pilots' extensive degree of experience and knowledge of the local area, accompanying flights with snacks including delicious Tasmanian-style cheeses and wines, and a reasonable cost per person compared to similar offerings round out the experience here.

Whether you're a first-time visitor looking for one of Hobart's ultimate sightseeing experiences or a local looking to get a new perspective on your lovely hometown, a flight with Par Avion checks all the boxes.

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