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Published August 6th 2020
Have fun exploring Hobart for free
Hobart is home to an array of attractions ranging from nature, history, adventure, family-friendly, cultural and much more. With so many things to do and see, the list below features the top attractions to see and experience for free.
Please note: Some attractions may be closed due to COVID-19-please check website for all details.
1. Royal Tasmanian Botanic Gardens
This outdoor free attraction boasts with spectacular natural attractions, including the many exhibits that call these Botanic Gardens home. Exhibits and displays include the Lily Pond, Japanese Garden, The Conservatory, Subantarctic Plant House, and more. Donations are welcome. Click here for the website.
The Museum and Gallery house several permanent and temporary exhibits, including The Central Gallery, ningina tunapri, Tasmania: Earth and Life, The Thylacine: Skinned, Stuffed, Pickled and Persecuted, The Power of Change, Dispossessions and Possessions, Islands to Ice, and many more. The Museum and Gallery also house Decorative Arts, Photographic, Tasmanian Herbarium, Geology, and Zoology Collections. Click here for the website.
3. Hobart Cenotaph (Hobart War Memorial)
The Cenotaph is located in the Queens Domain and sits directly above what was once the location of the Queen's Battery. Hobart Cenotaph (aka Hobart War Memorial) is a commemorative military monument for Tasmania. It overlooks the spectacular River Derwent and the city. It was originally erected to commemorate the soldiers who lost their lives from WWI, however, it had additions made for all conflicts since WWI in which Tasmanian soldiers served. Click here for the website.
This scenic marina attraction follows the waterfront towards Hunter Street. Along the way, there are attractions to visit including Mures Seafood Restaurant, Fish Frenzy for fish & chips, Mawson's Hut Replica Museum (entry fee), Elizabeth Street Pier, and breathtaking views.
Situated right on Hobart's doorstep, this nature reserve attraction is home forested gullies, historic walking tracks and spectacular lookouts, including Kunanyi Mount Wellington Lookout, mountain bike trails, horseriding trails, 4WD tracks, picnic spots, and much more. Click here for the website.
The historic Hunter Street is packed with heritage and history. In 1820, it was a cultural precinct that connected Hunter Island to Hobart's shore. Hunter Island was Hobart's Old Wharf, and where sailors waded across a shallow sandbar to reach Hobart's shore. Remnants of Hunter Island can be found near the entrance of Henry Jones with bronze studs on the ground. Today, Hunter Street is home to memorials, interpretive signs showcasing the history of Hunter Street, galleries, cafes, art school, bars, and more. Click here for the website.
These iconic Markets stretch the length of Salamanca Place and offer an array of Tasmanian gifts, homewares, fashion, fresh produce, souvenirs, handmade clothing, and much more. Click here for the website.
8. Seven Mile Beach
Located around 15km from Hobart, Seven Mile Beach is a beautiful spot to relax and enjoying the sweeping strand that is backed by dunes and stunning pine trees. Click here for the website.
9. Tasman Bridge
The Bridge, known by locals, is famous for the Tasman Bridge Disaster- the Bridge collapsed in 1975 when a large ship collided into the bridge. Two piers collapsed along with 127 metres of decking. A walk across the Tasman Bridge is one free attraction to do! The views are breathtaking, with panoramic views across the Derwent River and Hobart city. Click here for the website.
This historical attraction is home historic houses dating back from the first European settled of" Hobart Town", including the most significant Arthur Circus with its cottages. Battery Point was named after the battery of guns in 1818 as part of the Hobart coastal defences. Today, Battery Point is known as one of Hobart's more prestigious suburbs, and it adjoins the waterfront Salamanca region as well as nearby Sandy Bay.
11. Waterworks Reserve
Constructed in the 1860s, the Waterworks Reserve is home to reservoirs that capture the flow of creeks and rivers of Mount Wellington. This nature recreation attraction is home open lawns, picnic areas, children's play areas, barbecues, walking tracks, and beautiful natural scenery. Click here for the website.