Hobart is a magical wonderland of untouched natural beauty. We’ve tracked down some of the most stunning and breathtaking views near Hobart, unrivalled by anywhere in the state, or even the country.
Internationally recognised as one of the most incredible rock climbing spots to visit, The Organ Pipes on kunanyi/Mount Wellington are not for the faint of heart. Best kept for serious climbers, the Pipes are a magnificent sight to behold, even from afar.
Don’t worry though, kunanyi/Mount Wellington isn’t just for the hardcore climbers. It’s actually a fantastic spot for all-round outdoorsy stuff, whether you’re up for some bushwalking, four-wheel driving, bike-riding, taking the horse out for a trot or just strolling with your dog. If you’re going to be active though, we suggest you start your day off right with a decent brekkie from Ginger Brown and then stop off at Whisk and Co on your way out for a light bite.
Hobart sure knows how to turn on the charm, and Constitution Dock is really going to make your day. Start your morning off with a great breakfast and proper coffee from the geniuses at Raspberry Fool on Bathurst Street. Then grab a baked treat to take away and head down to Constitution Dock for utterly breathtaking views of the port.
Take your time. Watch the boats. Breathe in the fresh sea air. Awesome, right? At the end of the year, this is a great vantage point for the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, but for now, eat your baked treat and enjoy the magic. If it starts to get too chilly, head back up Murray Street to Westend Pump House for a modern take on pub grub and an excellent selection of craft beers. Day sorted.
About a 40-minute drive from Hobart’s CBD across the other side of the Tasman Bridge, you’ll find the picturesque peninsula region of South Arm. Park the car and casually stroll the 4.5km coastal walk from South Arm to Opossum Bay with incredible views across the Derwent.
On your way back through Lauderdale, be sure to stop off at the beachside café The Sand Bar for one of their insanely massive over-the-top milkshakes. If you’re passing through on a Saturday, hit up the Salamanca Market for some shopping or snacks from the numerous stalls, or feast on modern Australian cuisine in a converted 1820s stable yard at Ethos Eat Drink.
The Derwent is glorious any time of year, and one of the best places to experience its rugged beauty is in the New Norfolk region west of Hobart. The pretty, picturesque scenic walk tracks the bend in the Derwent, offering a lovely stroll through well-kept parkland.
About halfway along the full track, you’ll come across the historic 1830s bed and breakfast mansion, the Tynwald Willow Bend Estate. It’s a great spot for an exquisite meal with views to the peaceful grounds, but if the river walk has you hankering for something sweeter, head into town for some seriously good cakes at The Cake Lady café.
Heading south out of Hobart and on the Huon Highway, Huonville is a quaint little village of artists and nature lovers in the Huon Valley. Inspiration abounds, surrounded by the breathtaking natural wonders of South-Eastern Tasmania including mountain peaks, vineyards, orchards, farmland and the stunning Huon River.
If you’re looking for something really special, Huonville is the best spot for a day trip or a romantic spontaneous weekend getaway. Sample some of the area’s finest produce and award-winning wine at the Home Hill Vineyard & Winery Restaurant, or dine on the banks of the Huon River with some casual fare at the delightful Boat House Café.