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If you have limited time on your trip to Tasmania, you should take day trips from Hobart and base yourself there so you’re not wasting time changing from place to place. Using Hobart as your base, you can see so many of the beautiful attractions in Tasmania in a hassle free way.
Tasmania is relatively small, and easy to get around. The main attractions are all within travel distance from Hobart, and there are just so many good options to check out.
Find below the best day trips you can take from Hobart in Tasmania.
Bruny Island Day Trip from Hobart
Discover Bruny Island’s stunning landscapes, gourmet produce and fascinating locals on a small group tour of maximum 18 passengers only, including your expert local guide. Relax and enjoy this fully inclusive excursion that showcases the best of Bruny Island, and sample cheeses, berries, oysters, fudge, premium wines, whisky and honey. Meet wine and food producers who harvest the perfect vintage, craft the most delicious cheeses, shuck the finest oysters and pick the sweetest summer berries.
Stop for a sumptuous lunch of island delicacies which will be served at the southernmost vineyard in Australia, as you marvel at the breathtaking scenery. See the narrow isthmus at The Neck stretching away towards the south in graceful curves, and then stroll along the sands of a remote beach. Finally, wander the dense rainforest of the south and explore the pristine wilderness that shelters a diversity of wildlife including the rare white wallabies.
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Mount Field National Park and Bonorong Wildlife Park Day Trip from Hobart
Enjoy a series of scenic walks in Mt. Field National Park, the oldest in Tasmania and famous for Russell Falls and its tall gum trees. Take an easy stroll along a splendid track to the 3-tiered Russell Falls, the most recognizable waterfall in Tasmania, and farther beyond to Horseshoe Falls. Along the Tall Trees Track, see the 80-meter tall Swamp Gum trees and soak up the cool, quiet atmosphere of eucalyptus, streams and native wildlife. Join the Pandani Grove Trail surrounding the alpine Lake Dobson, absorbing the wilderness and mountain air in an area of the park that is lesser-visited.
Enjoy a lunch break and try to spot platypus among the old vegetation around Lake Dobson, which gives the site an ancient and enchanting feel. Visit Bonorong Wildlife Park, enjoy close encounters with Tasmanian devils, see wallabies hopping around and conclude with stunning views from the summit of Mt. Wellington.
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Wine Glass Bay Cruise from Hobart
Hop on board the Schouten Passage II for a memorable four hour cruise that gives you the opportunity to experience Wineglass Bay from the water. Set off from the shores of Coles Bay heading out to one of the world’s most beautiful beaches, as you learn about the Freycinet Peninsula. Marvel at the sheer granite cliffs, enjoy close encounters with wildlife and learn about the area’s landmarks and history from the insightful on-board commentary. Once you are anchored at the spectacular Wineglass Bay, relax and enjoy a Ploughman’s lunch comprising of fresh local produce such as chocolate and cheeses.
The foods are selections of the Freycinet Lodge head chef, while local wines and other beverages are also available for purchase at the wine bar. Visitors can choose between the Vista Lounge which offers a range of amenities, and the Sky Lounge that offers extra privacy, comfort and spectacular views.
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Iron Pot Cruise from Hobart
Journey on board a brand new vessel with spacious enclosed cabins, comfy leather seats and big awning windows that offer amazing views of the surroundings. Cruise down Derwent River passing by the historic Battery Point and see famous landmarks such as the iconic Wrest Point Casino and the Shot Tower. Heading further south, you will have the opportunity to truly appreciate the scale of Mount Wellington once you see it towering majestically over the city.
Once you arrive at the Iron Pot, the oldest lighthouse in Australia, you will dive deep into the intriguing history of this early Hobart settlement. Cruise into Storm Bay towards Betsey Island, an uninhabited island boasting a diversity of seabirds like gulls, cormorants and the stunning white bellied sea eagles. As you navigate around Betsey Island, you will cruise in close to the shore of Hope Beach, a popular spot for the local surfing population.
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Maria Island Day Trip from Hobart
Explore Maria Island on a full-day trip from Hobart, departing at 8.15am and traveling through the historic town of Richmond, along Tasmania’s scenic East Coast. Step aboard the ferry at Triabunna headed from Maria Island on a half hour journey that will have you spotting migrating whales and playful dolphins. Discover Maria Island with an overview from your knowledgeable driver/guide before exploring the island on your own on foot or by bike (your own expense).
Building on the morning tea you had on the ferry, you can savor the provided packed lunch amid the beautiful scenery of the national park. Explore the Darlington Township, a UNESCO World Heritage convict site, enjoy brief strolls on the island and then explore the Fossil Cliffs or Painted Cliffs. Enjoy close encounters with the local wildlife such as wombats, forester kangaroos, Cape Barron geese, Tasmanian devils, as well as rare birds and even pademelons.
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Hobart City Tour by Tram
Enjoy a morning or afternoon 3-hour tour of more than 40 of Hobart’s main landmarks and historical sites on board a converted historic coach tram. Your expert driver/ guide will give insightful commentary to provide you with in-depth knowledge of the history, lifestyle, attractions and features of this wonderful city. Kicking off from Brooke St. Pier, the coach tour will take you around Hobart’s highlights beginning with Sullivan’s Cave, the city’s birthplace and ferry terminal.
Next stop will be at Princes Park, a former gun battery, and then Battery Point with its charming historic houses, boutique shops, pubs and restaurants. The third stop will be at Cascade Gardens, then the remains of the Female Factory, a former female prison, before heading to St. David’s Cathedral. The final stop will have you crossing the Tasman Bridge over the Derwent River, while marveling at panoramic vistas over Kangaroo Bay Marina and Bellerive.
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Hobart City Kayak Tour
Go on this fantastic 2.5 hour tour and enjoy Hobart’s iconic waterfront from an entirely new perspective as you paddle along inside a sea kayak. With a local guide leading you, you will depart from Sandy Bay and pass the historic Battery Point, today one of Hobart’s most prestigious neighbourhoods. As your guide entertains you with some local stories, you will glide underneath fishing wharves before you enter the bustling docks area of Hobart city.
Get up close with elegant yachts, stylish tall ships, working fishing boats, modern day cruisers, and if you’re lucky, you’ll even see a cruise ship. After you have worked up a good appetite, you will get to savour Hobart’s legendary fish and chips from the comfort of your sea kayak. No kayaking experience is required for this tour, which is also ideal for younger participants who can team up with an adult or a guide.
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Day Trip to Tasman Peninsula
Experience the highlights of the Tasman Peninsula on a day trip from Hobart that will have you traveling to Port Arthur on a comfy coach. Enjoy some morning tea on the Tasman Peninsula before hopping on board a custom-built boat and setting off on a memorable three hour wilderness cruise. Explore the stunning coastline that stretches between Port Arthur and Eaglehawk Neck, from rugged sea cliffs to deep sea caves, rock formations, waterfalls and archways.
Be on the lookout for seals, migrating whales, various seabirds and even a pod of playful dolphins out surfing the bow wave of your boat. Conclude your cruise with a delicious lunch at a local restaurant, before heading to the Tasmanian Devil Conservation Park, where you will spend the afternoon. After an enjoyable day out, you will begin your return journey back to Hobart where you will be dropped off at your hotel around 6pm.
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