Luxury holidays in Hobart

This southern isle is staggeringly beautiful, awash with an artist’s palette of natural colours spanning cerulean seas and skies, white sandy shores, verdant valleys and sun-kissed hops. The island’s intimate capital, Hobart, is especially enticing, with its historical harbour and tempting restaurants, backdropped by the looming Mount Wellington. It’s unlikely that Hobart’s earliest European inhabitants – convicts shipped over by the British Empire – appreciated Tassie’s coastal expanses, volcanic peaks and fertile orchards though. Instead, their relentless graft culminated in the capital’s prized 19th-century architecture. Two centuries on, Hobart is a feelgood destination for all.

Areas in Hobart

When to go

Foodies should head to Hobart in November or December to reap the fruits of Hobart’s harvest; in these months, farm shops sell rations for your day’s adventures by the roadside: juicy berries, fresh juices, creamy yoghurts, just-baked breads, cheeses and other goodies. Avoid Hobart in winter (June to August) when the island is lashed with rain and the Roaring Forty winds.

Getting there

  • Planes

    Hobart International Airport ( is about 17 kilometres east of the city centre. Regular flights are available from most major cities in Australia (Melbourne’s an hour away) with Qantas (, Jetstar ( and Virgin Blue ( A taxi from the airport to the city is AU$25–$30.
  • Boats

    Ferries to Tasmania from the mainland are provided by Spirit of Tasmania (1800 634 906; Its service operates year-round, with daily departures between Station Pier in Port Melbourne and Devonport on Tasmania’s north coast. On-board accommodation ranges from functional airline-style seating to private deluxe cabins.
  • Automobiles

    Most major car hire companies can be found at Hobart Airport or in the city itself, including Avis ( Although Hobart is small enough to navigate by foot, it’s definitely worth getting a car to explore the surrounding sights.
  • Taxis

    Nicknamed Slo-bart, the city makes for pleasant walking. Cabs are easily hailed though, or call United Taxis (03 6274 3120) for a reliable service around Hobart and the surrounding areas.