Five cheap things to do in Hobart

Salamanca markets, Pic: Joanne Lane,

Salamanca markets, Pic: Joanne Lane,

Continuing in our series of “cheap things to do” in Australian cities (see Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane entries), here’s five things to do in Hobart, Tasmania.

Wander the Salamanca Markets
The incredible Salamanca Markets held on Saturdays are located in a street filled with sandstone warehouses by the picturesque harbour. It costs nothing to enter and enjoy the sights, sounds and smells as you browse past rows of stalls, enjoying the buskers and open air. Of course if you feel the need to fill up on jams, cheeses, chocolates, mead or other delights they aren’t that expensive. There are excellent food options too for snacks and meals. We have tours of the markets too (click here).

Have fish and chips in the harbour
For a cheap meal in Hobart head to the harbour for a selection of fish and chip eateries. You can dine on floating cafes or simply find a seat somewhere amongst the fishing boats. A classic Aussie dine out.

Visit Mt Wellington
This peak lies just 20km from Hobart and is an excellent day excursion with fantastic views of Hobart and the Derwent River from its 1271m vantage point.

VIP Backpackers has a number of tours to the top of the mountain that won’t break the bank and involve cycling, walking or simply enjoying the scenic drive. Here’s one of them:

1/2 Day Adventurous Mt Wellington Tour
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1/2 Day Adventurous Mt Wellington Tour Challenging walking across the face of the Mountain and up beside the famous Organ Pipes. 2-3 Hours from start to the Top. Superb views, Fascinating History and Gourmet Tea Break at an awesome lookout. Suits 12yrs up to 70 – need moderate fitness, good balance and a love of adventure!

The Museum of Old and New Art is a must while in Hobart and at $15 concession (students), $20 (adults) and free for Tassie residents, it won’t break the bank. So what can you see here? Well it’s more like what won’t you see – exhibitions, events, tastings that will amaze, shock and surprise. This is one of Australia’s best new museums – don’t miss it.

Bike and walk
Hobart has an excellent array of new cycle/walk paths for those that like to get out and explore. There are a number of good routes utilising the waterfront that could easily take up the day.

Don’t forget we have excellent accommodation and tour options in Hobart. Here’s a few highlights:

Port Arthur Ghost Tour
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In the morning visit the Salamanca Market before arriving at the famous Richmond, spend 1 hour strolling this historic village which includes Australia’s oldest bridge. We then check out the great ocean and coastal views from Pirates Bay Lookout. Marvel at the natural attractions of Tasman Arch & Devils Kitchen before arriving at the famous Port Arthur Historic Site. Spend the late afternoon visiting over 30 historic buildings, stroll the beautiful gardens before the sun goes down and the ghosts come out to play. Port Arthur is the most haunted place in Australia and tonight you will be scared out of your mind on the “spine chilling” ghost tour.


Tasmania – Under Down Under`s Super Six Day Tour
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Three days down the west coast and three days up the east coast of Tasmania. Under Down Under’s most popular option will take you to all the must see places in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. Under Down Under’s local guides are second to none and will help you experience one of the most amazing places on earth. Touch the wilderness, lose your mind and find your soul. If this isn’t enough, add the two day Tarkine Tour to this for an Eight Day Bloomin Lot` tour and see just that, the bloomin lot.


Super Saturday
Salamanca market, Mt Wellington, Captain Fells Ferry ride, historic Bellerive meadowbank winery and Richmond colonial village. After a great time at the Salamanca market your guide wtill pick you up and show you all these famous locations in the Hobart area.


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