This selection of fun day trips from Hobart will show you some of the best sights and scenery on the beautiful island of Tasmania. Hobart is Australia’s smallest capital city with art, culture and a rich colonial history to discover. When you’ve had your fill of galleries, museums and cafes, there are many things to do not far from the city with ancient forests, waterfalls and pristine beaches all within easy reach on a day trip from Hobart.
Hobart is a good central place to base yourself for a holiday in Tasmania and from there you can drive, take a tour or catch a bus to explore Australia’s southernmost state. In this article, you’ll find some of the best day trips from Hobart including tours and suggestions for where to stay and where to eat to help you plan your trip.
Solo travel in Australia is something I really enjoy and I’ve been to Hobart many times. Tasmania is a safe and scenic place to explore and perfect for nature lovers and history buffs who’ll love visiting either Hobart or Launceston, Tasmania’s two largest cities.
TIP: 10 Days in Tasmania is a perfect amount of time for a solo road trip around the island.
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12 Best Day Trips From Hobart
When you’ve seen the sites of Hobart and you feel ready to venture a bit further afield, there are lots of day trips to choose from. These are some of my favourite day trips from Hobart:
1. Port Arthur & the Tasman Peninsula
The Port Arthur Historic Site is one of the most popular Hobart day trips and is located on the stunning Tasman Peninsula. It’s one of the most popular places to visit in Tasmania. Port Arthur is a 90-minute drive from Hobart and there are lots of things to see and do along the way.
It’s worth stopping to enjoy the scenic walks and the impressive natural rock formations on the Tasman Peninsula, including the Tasman Arch and the Devil’s Kitchen, the Blowhole, and the Tessellated Pavement. Before arriving in Port Arthur you’ll drive across the Eagle Hawk Neck, the site of the infamous dog line. Ferocious dogs were kept here to keep the prisoners from escaping. And from the lookout, you can enjoy sweeping views of Pirate Bay.
Port Arthur Historic Site
At the fascinating Port Arthur Historic Site, you’ll learn about the grim lives of the convicts in this secondary prison colony. The worst of the convicts were sent here and you can explore their cells in the ruins of the penitentiary. There are solitary confinement cells and the shell of a church is still standing up on the hill. A short ferry ride around the harbour is included in the Port Arthur Entry Ticket which must be purchased in advance online.
Drive on a bit further to Remarkable Cave and the Maingon Lookout. Stand at the lookout and watch the huge waves crashing against the sea cliffs on this wild and rugged coastline. Then take the stairs down to visit the Remarkable cave.
Other attractions nearby include the Unzoo and the Port Arthur Lavender Farm. At the Unzoo you can see Tasmanian Devils and hand-feed wild kangaroos. Another great place to stop off on the road from Hobart is the Devil’s Corner Winery. Sample the local wines, have a meal or a coffee and enjoy the lovely view.
TIP: Discover the dramatic scenery of the Tasman Peninsula by hiking the Three Capes Track. This multi-day walk takes you through the wilderness of the Tasman National Park. The coastal scenery is incredible and the walk begins at the Port Arthur Historic Site.
Day trip to Port Arthur from Hobart
The easiest way to get to Port Arthur is to drive. But if you don’t have your own transport you can catch a bus directly to Port Arthur or join a day tour from Hobart.
On a tour, you’ll stop off along the way and see more of the sights of the Tasman Peninsula making this day trip from Hobart worthwhile.
Hobart Day Trip Tours to Port Arthur
The Tasman Peninsula Tour, Cruise and Port Arthur Historic Site is a day trip from Hobart that includes a 3-hour wilderness cruise exploring the spectacular coastline near Port Arthur looking for seals, whales, birds and dolphins. You’ll also spend the afternoon discovering Tasmania’s colonial history at the Port Arthur Historic Site.
Visiting the Lavender Farm and the Port Arthur Historic Site is a lovely day trip from Hobart.
Or choose the Tasman Island Cruise and Tasmanian Devils day trip from Hobart to see endangered Devils and hand-feed wild kangaroos while you’re in Port Arthur.
On a Hobart day trip to Port Arthur, you’ll see the Historic Site but I would recommend staying a bit longer. With an extra day or two, you’ll have time to explore the Tasman National Park. There are lots of walking trails to enjoy and some stunning scenery on the beautiful and wild coastline of the Tasman Peninsula.
2. Richmond & the Coal River Valley
Historic Richmond is Australia’s oldest Georgian village and it’s one of the most popular day trips from Hobart. It takes about half an hour to drive there. In Richmond, you can enjoy the colonial atmosphere of restored heritage buildings, pretty Georgian cottages, art galleries and antique shops. Sample Tasmania’s fine wine, whiskey and gin and shop for souvenirs or gifts.
Don’t Miss the historic Richmond Bridge, built by convicts and still used today. Visit the old colonial gaol, built before Port Arthur in 1825. It’s the main attraction in Richmond and one of the best-preserved convict-era buildings in Tasmania. At the Richmond Gaol, you’ll get a real sense of the harsh lives of prisoners in the 19th century.
Also in Richmond the Heritage Walk takes you past some of the best-preserved Georgian Cottages and heritage buildings in the town and the miniature Old Hobart Town village, a model of Hobart in the 1820s is worth a look.
I stopped for lunch at the Richmond Bakery and enjoyed a fresh pie and some live music. A local harp player was busking in the sunny courtyard and it was a very pleasant stop on a day trip from Hobart.
Near Richmond, the Coal River valley is one of Tasmania’s main wine-producing regions. Located just a half-hour drive from the capital, you can enjoy the pretty scenery and stop off at the wineries with open cellar doors for wine tasting.
Richmond is located just 27 kilometres away from Hobart and is one of the closest day trips from Hobart. If you don’t have a car, you can catch a bus from Rosny Park or take a Hobart Day Tour.
The Mount Wellington, Mount Field, Bonorong and Richmond day tour promises an unforgettable visit and is a great choice of day trips from Hobart. Strolling the streets of historic Richmond, exploring beautiful waterfalls in Mount Fields, enjoying stunning views from the top of Mount Wellington, and seeing endangered Tasmanian Devils at the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary are highlights.
3. Mount Field National Park & Russel Falls
Pack your walking shoes and get ready to enjoy the lush, green wonderland of Mount Field National Park. It’s one of the best day trips from Hobart. At Mount Field, there are waterfalls, forests of tall trees, glaciated mountains and lakes to explore.
Mount Field is one of Tasmania’s oldest and most loved National Parks. It’s an easy day trip from Hobart, just a 90-minute drive through the picturesque Derwent Valley. Call in at the Westerway Raspberry Farm to stock up on fresh berries on the way. It’s not far from the entrance to Mount Field National Park.
Russell Falls is a major drawcard for visitors to Mount Field. The walking trail begins near the National Park Visitor’s Centre and the wheelchair-friendly path follows the sparkling stream. It passes moss-covered trees and green ferns before reaching the lovely Russell Falls. If you climb the stairs to the top of the Falls you’ll find more waterfalls and a forest of giant flowering ash trees.
To see all the highlights of this section of the park, walk the Three Falls Circuit trail. It takes 2 – 2.5 hours to complete the trail and you’ll see Russell Falls, Lady Baron Falls, Horseshoe Falls and the Tall Trees. You can have a picnic lunch or eat at the café at the National Parks Centre.
On my day trip from Hobart, I stopped for a late lunch at the Salmon Ponds on the return journey. I had an enjoyable meal in the restaurant overlooking a lovely garden. Salmon Ponds is the oldest trout hatchery in the southern hemisphere. You can feed the huge trout in the fish pond, enjoy the heritage buildings and wander through the lovely gardens.
Another lovely stop on the return trip is Hobart’s Royal Botanical Gardens. It’s on the Tasman Highway about 3 kilometres before Hobart. The Botanical Gardens make a lovely day trip in Hobart and you can catch a bus there if you don’t have a car.
TIP: You’ll need a Tasmanian National Parks Pass for entry to Mount Field National Park. You can buy your Pass at National Park Centres or online.
If you don’t have your own transport, book a day tour to Mount Field National Park. This tour includes all the highlights of this Hobart day trip to Mount Field.
4. Bruny Island
Bruny Island is one of the most scenic day trips from Hobart. A popular destination for beachgoers and foodies, Bruny Island has a wild and dramatic landscape, pristine beaches and delicious local produce. Bruny consists of two islands joined by a narrow isthmus known as The Neck. Don’t miss the fabulous views across The Neck from Truganini Lookout.
If you like walking you’ll enjoy the lovely coastal trails and the lighthouse at Cape Bruny.
There’s a seal colony off the coast and you can search for fur seals on a Bruny Island wilderness eco-tour. It’s likely to be a highlight of your visit and you may also see other native wildlife too if you’re lucky.
Bruny Island is well known for its local produce. There’s fresh seafood, oysters, artisan cheese, chocolate, fudge, honey and berries on offer so make sure you try the local specialties while you’re there.
You can take your car across from the mainland on the ferry. It’s a short 40-minute drive from Hobart to Kettering and the ferry crossing takes about 20 minutes. It’s a lovely Hobart day trip!
Bruny Island Tours
If you don’t have your own transport you won’t miss out, there are some excellent day tours from Hobart below.
On the Food Lighthouse and Sightseeing tour, you’ll enjoy gourmet food on beautiful Bruny Island with cheese, honey, chocolate and oyster tasting. You’ll visit Adventure Bay, and Cape Bruny and tour the lighthouse with opportunities to see local wildlife along the way.
The Bruny Island Gourmet sightseeing tour is also very popular and an ideal choice for foodies.
A wilderness cruise along Bruny Island’s rugged coastline in search of regional wildlife is also a great choice for nature lovers. You’ll have time to explore the island after the cruise.
5. Wineglass Bay & Freycinet National Park
Idyllic Wineglass Bay is further away from Hobart but it is possible to visit in a day. I suggest staying on the Freycinet Peninsula a bit longer if you can though. It takes 2.5 hours to drive there so you’ll need to leave Hobart early to make sure you have plenty of time to enjoy the pristine beaches and the beautiful bush walks on this favourite Hobart day trip.
Wineglass Bay is considered one of the best beaches in the world and the coastal scenery nearby is simply breathtaking. Visiting Wineglass Bay is one of the most scenic and popular day trips from Hobart. The Freycinet Peninsula is relatively remote and people come here to enjoy outdoor activities like bushwalking, swimming, snorkelling, kayaking and fishing.
The national park is home to a wide variety of native Australian wildlife like wallabies, quolls, possums, echidna, wombats, black swans, sea eagles, seals, and if you’re lucky, Tasmanian Devils. In winter months whales swim past the coast and there are some great lookout points for whale watching.
Wineglass Bay Lookout
Don’t Miss the popular walk to the Wineglass Bay lookout (1 -1.5 hours return) It’s the best walk to do on a Hobart day trip. The walk to Wineglass Bay is a moderate grade with steep sections and the track is well-maintained. From the Wineglass Bay lookout, the trail continues steeply down to the pristine Wineglass Bay Beach and it takes 2.5 -3 hours to return the way you came.
In fine weather, the steep and difficult hike to the top of Mount Amos offers unrivalled 360° views of Wineglass Bay and Coles Bay. It’s a 3-hour return hike that involves climbing and scrambling to get to the top of the mountain. Call in at the National Parks Centre and ask about the safety of this trail before you go and buy your National Parks Pass at the same time.
6. The Hartz Mountains
The Hartz Mountains National Park is world heritage-listed wilderness and perfect for a day trip from Hobart, The National Park is only 1.5 hours southwest of Hobart, past Geeveston. One of Tasmania’s great short walks, the 7.4-kilometre hike to Hartz Peak takes around 4 hours and delivers spectacular views from the top of the mountain.
Beneath the peak is beautiful Hartz Lake. This walk is best attempted in fine weather for the best views and walking conditions. The trail is steep in places and can be subject to severe weather so be prepared and check the weather forecast before you go.
**Access to the Hartz National Park is on unsealed roads and a Tasmanian National Parks Pass is required. You can buy your Pass at National Park Centres or online.
7. Huon Valley
The lovely Huon Valley is just a 40-minute drive from Hobart. Known as an apple and cherry growing area, the Huon Valley is also famous for its apple cider, boutique wineries and salmon farms. Follow the Huon Pine Trail to see some of the world’s tallest trees and soak in the beautiful mountain scenery of this Tasmanian Wilderness and World Heritage Area.
Hastings Caves and the Tahune Airwalk are other attractions in the Huon Valley. The impressive Hastings Caves are around 1.5 hours from Hobart and can be combined with other attractions in the Huon Valley such as the Tahune Airwalk on a day trip from Hobart.
At the Tahune Airwalk, you can stroll above the treetops along a steel walkway over the Huon River and enjoy beautiful views of the Tahune forest. The Tahune Airwalk is located in the Huon Valley southwest of Hobart past Geeveston, and it takes about 90 minutes to drive there.
Drive through Huon Valley on a day tour from Hobart, explore the Dolomite cave system of Hastings Caves, take a dip in thermal springs, and walk in the treetops on the Tahune Airwalk.
8. Maria Island
Located off the east coast of Tasmania, Maria Island (pron.: Mar-eye-ah) offers beautiful walks and breathtaking scenery. Maria Island is a wildlife sanctuary and a quiet place to retreat to with dramatic coastal scenery and historic ruins to explore. The easy circuit walk around the island takes around 90 minutes to complete and Maria Island is a lovely day trip from Hobart.
The Maria Island cruise and guided walk tour will take you to Maria Island but it leaves from Triabunna on the coast.
A passenger ferry leaves from the Triabunna wharf and it takes 30 minutes to get to the island. Itriabunna is a 90-minute drive from Hobart.
**A Tasmanian National Parks Pass is required to visit Maria Island
9. Lake St Clair
Lake St Clair is a large freshwater lake in the central west region of Tasmania that offers beautiful scenery walking trails and picnic spots for nature lovers who want to escape from the city. Located 174 kilometres southeast of Hobart, Lake St Clair can be visited on a day trip from Hobart. It takes around 2.5 hours to get there on the Lyell Highway through Derwent Bridge.
Lake St Clair is Australia’s deepest lake and is fed by the Derwent River. A wilderness area in the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park Lake St Clair is the final stop on the Overland Track, an epic 6-day hiking trail through the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park.
10. Cradle Mountain
Cradle Mountain is one of Tasmania’s most famous wilderness areas with beautiful glacier-carved crater lakes, popular walking trails and an abundance of wildlife. Located in northwest Tasmania, the UNESCO World Heritage Cradle Mountain – Lake St Clair National Park is about 327 kilometres from Hobart, and it takes more than 4 hours to drive there. It’s possible to visit on a day trip from Hobart and see the highlights but Cradle Mountain is closer to Launceston, Tasmania’s second-largest city.
Depart from Hobart and spend the day in the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park. One of the most popular trails is the Dove Lake circuit. It winds its way around beautiful Dove Lake and takes around 2 hours to complete.
There are wombats and other wildlife at Ronny Creek and the short walk to Knyvet Falls takes you along a riverside path through a wonderland of green moss-covered trees. The Marion’s Lookout trail is steep and quite strenuous but rewarding. There are fantastic views of Cradle Mountain and the crater lakes from the trail.
A Day trip from Hobart to Cradle Mountain is a full-day tour and you’ll spend a lot of time driving but you’ll have around 4 hours to enjoy the beautiful landscapes of the National Park. Hike in the wilderness and explore Marion’s Lookout, Ronny Creek, and the Dove Lake Circuit. Gaze at Cradle Mountain and enjoy a picnic in the great outdoors at this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Take your hiking boots and a warm jacket and choose a walking trail that suits your fitness level.
The Devils@Cradle Wildlife Park is also worth visiting at Cradle Mountain to see Australia’s unique and endangered Tasmanian Devils and Quolls.
Tasmania’s second largest city Launceston is about 200 kilometres from Hobart and a 3-hour drive. To visit Launceston on a day trip from Hobart takes a full day but there’s time to visit the stunning Cataract Gorge and hike the bush trails, ride the chairlift or take a boat cruise from the city centre into the gorge.
Launceston is also close to the Tamar Valley, one of Tasmania’s most famous wine-growing regions. Enjoy the picturesque scenery and visit the Josef Chromy Winery or stop off at one of the many wineries with open cellar doors in the Tamar Valley. Visit Tasmania Zoo, enjoy the free exhibits at the Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery (QVMAG) or wander through the lavender fields at the Bridestowe Lavander Farm just outside Launceston.
The pretty fishing village of Strahan lies on the west coast of Tasmania on Macquarie Harbour. It’s possible to visit Strahan on a day trip from Hobart but the former port is more than 300 kilometres around and around 4.5 hours away from the capital. Popular with tourists this picturesque village is surrounded by the temperate rainforests of the Franklin Gordon Wild Rivers National Reserve.
The best way to see this untouched UNESCO World Heritage wilderness area is to take a cruise on the Gordon River from Strahan.
Base Yourself in Hobart
Hobart is Tasmania’s largest city and it’s a great place to base yourself for easy access to some of the best attractions in the south of Tasmania with all the comforts and services you’ll need while you explore.
With so many amazing things to see and do in Hobart, you can spend a few days enjoying the sights. There are some fabulous day trips from Hobart that will keep you entertained.
There’s a good selection of hotels and you can enjoy some wonderful restaurants and cafes.
Where to stay in Hobart
I loved staying at the Shipwrights Arms, an old restored pub in the older part of town, at the charming Edinburgh Gallery B&B and at the Astor Private Hotel, a quaint older hotel near the waterfront. I loved feeling surrounded by history in Hobart.
Other popular options are:
Budget: The Montacute Bunkhouse has dorm beds and private rooms for budget travellers.
Upper Mid Range: The Moss Hotel is a peaceful haven in a superb location
Luxury: Henry Jones Art Hotel is a restored warehouse on Hobart’s waterfront full of charm and filled with works of art.
Where to Eat in Hobart
Hobart has a great selection of restaurants and cafes around Salamanca Place and at Elizabeth Street Pier. One of my favourite meals is fresh fish and chips on the Hobart waterfront where you can feed the seagulls. I can recommend the seafood at Mures Fish & Chips Restaurant at Victoria Dock. It has a superb location on the Waterfront.
Hobart also has a choice of heritage pubs that serve hot hearty meals. I can recommend the Sunday roast at the Shipwrights Arms on Battery Point and the cheap and cheerful Shamrock Hotel is another favourite place to eat in Hobart.
How to Travel to Hobart
Fly to Hobart from any major city in Australia, or take the ferry across from Geelong in Victoria to Devonport in Tasmania. From there travel directly to Hobart and Launceston by bus or hire a car at the airport.
I took my car to Tasmania on The Spirit of Tasmania and drove to Hobart from Devonport (3.5 hours). I loved having my car with me and it was a very flexible way to get around and made taking day trips from Hobart easy.
But you don’t need a car to see the main sights and attractions in Hobart. There are plenty of popular tours and day trips from Hobart and getting around is uncomplicated. Tasmania is well-connected by buses.
Make Hobart your base for a week or two, and you can avoid the hassle of changing hotels, and sleep comfortably in the same bed throughout your stay.
Final Thoughts – Day Trips from Hobart
There are many fun day trips from Hobart to choose from and this article shows you the easiest and the most popular. Hobart is the perfect place to base yourself with comfortable accommodations and all the services you need while you explore the island, especially if you’re not driving.
But if you are happy to hire a car or bring your car over from the mainland on the ferry, then you’ll be able to drive around Tasmania and stop wherever you please. I loved visiting Tasmania on a 2-week road trip and can recommend it as a great way to travel around the island.
Tasmania has much to offer visitors who venture so far south and taking day trips from Hobart is the perfect way to see Tasmania without driving.
#1. A Travel Guide for Tasmania or Australia. I rarely travel without my trusted Lonely Planet Guide.
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How many days is enough for Hobart?
2-3 days in Hobart is enough time to enjoy the historical sites, museums, galleries, and markets in the city. But Hobart is also a good place to base yourself for taking day trips around the island and you could easily spend a week or 10 days in Hobart if you want to see everything on offer in the south of Tasmania.
Is a day trip to Bruny Island worth it?
Yes, a day trip to Bruny Island is worth it. Bruny Island is not far from Hobart and there are lots of things to see and do on the island. There’s beautiful scenery at the Neck with stunning views from the Truganini Lookout and the lighthouse at Cape Bruny also has a gorgeous coastal outlook. Bruny Island has lovely beaches and coastal trails for those who like walking. Bruny Island is known for its white kangaroos, fur seals and other native wildlife. It’s also popular for its local produce like seafood, fresh oysters, artisan cheese, chocolate and fudge, honey and berries.
How long is the ferry from Hobart to Bruny Island?
It takes at least an hour or more to travel to Bruny Island from Hobart. The ferry to Bruny Island leaves from Kettering, a 40-minute drive from Hobart and the crossing takes around 20 minutes. Allow extra time to wait for the ferry and for the cars and passengers to load and unload at each end.