Top 5 Hobart Attractions

Top 5 Hobart Attractions

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City: Hobart
State: Tasmania
Country: Australia

The former penal colony outpost of Hobart has experienced both booms and busts over its long history. As the financial and administrative heart of Tasmania, the city now serves as the main port for Australia operations to Antarctica. The city is famed for its vibrant arts and cultural scene, as well as its ample natural beauty.

Here are the Top 5 Tourist Attractions to visit in Hobart, all of which hold important cultural or historical significance. All these are permanent locations which can be visited and viewed at any time throughout the year.

1. Museum Of Old And New Art (MONA)

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Described as a 'subversive adult Disneyland', the Museum Of Old And New Art (MONA) in Hobart is the largest privately funded museum in both Tasmania and Australia, housing over 400 antique and modern contemporary art pieces from eccentric millionaire David Walsh's private art collection. Delighting in the controversial, macabre, fun, or attention-grabbing, the museum is intentionally whimisical and ominous, its pieces evoking strong emotions. Highlights include the 'Cloaca Professional' by Wim Delvoye, a machine which turns food into excrement; or 'Snake' by Sidney Nolan, a giant Rainbow Serpent mural made from 1,620 paintings.

2. Salamanca Place
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The precinct of Salamanca Place in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, has a lot of history in its rows of sandstone buildings. The picturesque former port warehouses of the area are classic examples of Australian colonial architecture, and have been converted into galleries, restaurants, and shops, making the area a popular nightlife spot. Families will enjoy the sheltered Salamanca Square, a public area with a centerpiece fountain and lawns, ringed by shops and cafes. The well-weathered 1839 Kelly’s Steps is a notable landmark, and every Saturday morning till early afternoon, the vibrant Salamanca Market attracts crowds with its over 300 vendors.

3. Kunanyi
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Officially known as Kunanyi, but more commonly known by its unofficial name of Mount Wellington, this mountain in the southeast coastal region of Tasmania, Australia, rises to 1,271 metres above sea level. It offers spectacular views from its summit, including the city of Hobart below, the Derwent estuary to the east, and the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area to the west. Part of the natural beauty here is a result of the peak rising above cloud level, allowing you to look out over the clouds and the city. At night, the twinkling lights of the city below are just as mesmerising.

4. Taranna Wildlife Park
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The Taranna Wildlife Park is better known as the Tasmanian Devil Unzoo Conservation Park, a 4-in-1 nature experience that combines up-close animal encounters, wildlife adventures, a Tasmanian native botanic garden, and Tasmanian original artwork galleries. An hour's drive from Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, the highlight here is to see the endangered Tasmanian devils in 4 unique habitat areas, as well as the Birds Of The Bush show which features galahs, corellas, and more.

5. Derwent River
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The Derwent River in Australia is practically unmissable, as it flows right through the city of Hobart. As the 2nd longest river in Tasmania, it is widely used for recreation, boating, fishing, marine transportation, and industry. Views of sunrise and sunset over the river are spectacular, and the iconic bridges that connect the shores, such as the Tasman Bridge or Bowen Bridge, are themselves attractions, being brightly lit at night.