Hobart is the capital of Tasmania and is home to over 40% of Tasmania’s population. The city’s breathtaking backdrop is Mount Wellington, standing at an incredible 1,270m high. Tasmania is popular road trip location with its rugged beauty and friendly people, and Hobart is a popular starting location.
Fun fact: Tasmania is only one of only two places in the world that meet seven out of 10 criteria for a World Heritage Listing!
There are two ways of travelling Tasmania (Tassie to the locals!) to begin your road trip. The first option is to fly from Melbourne to Hobart and pick up your campervan when you arrive in Hobart. Hobart is the best place is Tasmania to pick up your campervan as there are many suppliers to choose from so we will be able to get you the best possible deal for your rental.
The other choice is to take your campervan on the ferry to Tasmania. This is probably the preferred choice if you are already roadtripping in Australia and are travelling via Melbourne. The ferry takes around 10 hours from Melbourne to Devonport and day and overnight trips are available. The Spirit Of Tasmania is currently the only ferry operator sailing this route. Prices start from around $100 per adult and $110 per caravan return, depending on when you book. You can book the ferry via the Spirit of Tasmania website. There are some restrictions on what you can take onto the ferry in your campervan so it’s best to check this information out before travelling. You can find this information and book your ferry tickets on the website here https://www.spiritoftasmania.com.au/
When you arrive in Hobart, we suggest heading up to Mount Wellington. Mount Wellington is the summit of the Wellington Range and is within the Wellington Park reserve. The park is a popular location for hiking and cycling with a fantastic picture-perfect lookout point, the Pinnacle Observation Shelter. The park is open all year round with no entry fee and there is now a cafe called Lost Freight operating at The Springs. All of the main attractions within the park are easily accessible in your camper and all of the information you need, along with directions, can be found on the website here (https://www.wellingtonpark.org.au/). It’s worth noting that there is no information point at the park so make sure you are prepared before you head out.
Running every Saturday on the waterfront is the popular Salamanca Market. The market is a great place to pick up local produce, native art, handmade gifts and seasonal fruit and veggies and is loved by locals and tourists alike. It’s a special market and an important part of the community within Hobart, here you can meet all of the makers behind the stalls.
One of the most famous attractions in Hobart, and quite often the reason people come here, is the The Museum of Old and New Art (MONA). The MONA is one of the most spectacular contemporary art museums in the world, built mostly underground. Thought-provoking, inspiring and interesting, you don’t have to be a lover of art to appreciate this museum. It’s easy to see why this is one of Hobart’s most talked about attractions. It’s home to a quaint wine bar too which is worth a visit, they run highly recommended wine tours from the bar so it’s worth checking this out if you have time.
Located eleven kilometres north of Hobart, the MONA is easily accessed via road or a short trip on the MONA ferry. The ferry departs from Brooke Street Pier and cost $22 for a standard ticket. The ferry takes around 25 mins and it’s around 20 mins drive from Hobart. You can park at the pier for a small fee and there is free parking when you arrive to the museum but there isn’t much of it, we advise arriving early if possible.
Hobart experiences temperate climate with four distinct seasons. During summer in Hobart (December to February), average temperatures range from 11 – 21°C with between 4 and 6 days of rainfall per month, although the rain usually only occurs in the form brief showers. The months of January and February are also the driest and beaches are warm enough to swim. The winter months (June to August) see average daily highs of 13°C and lows of 4 to 5°C with slightly more rainfall per month then summer.
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- Seven Mile Beach Cabin and Caravan Park – a short walk to the shops and the beach
- Discovery Holiday Parks Hobart – located in a natural bush setting, pet friendly
- Discovery Parks Mornington – unsurpassed views of Mount Wellington and Hobart just 10 minutes away
- Barilla Holiday Park – located in beautiful Cambridge, a 15 minute drive to Hobart, with a great restaurants on site
- Hobart Cabins & Cottages – located just 7 mins drive from Hobart CBD with BBQ facilities onsite
- Me Wah – excellent Chinese restaurant
- Landscape Restaurant & Grill – local cuisine and some say it’s the best steak in Tassie
- Da Angelo Ristorante – known for its authentic Italian food and generous portions
- Small-Fry – well known and well loved cafe, serving up incredible donuts, sweet treats and speciality coffee
- Macquarie Street Foodstore – great cafe serving a variety of food at excellent prices
- Sawak Cafe – tasty Asian food at a great price