What To Do on a Weekend in Hobart

Hobart is Tasmania’s capital and one of the most beautiful towns on the island, offering visitors a wealth of activities to partake in – especially on the weekend. From markets to eating out, shopping, and picturesque views, Hobart is a must-see after a busy week at work. 

Despite its reputation for being a slow-paced town, Hobart is packed with places to visit and things to do. In this article, we’re going to share some of the top weekend attractions Hobart has to offer its visitors. 

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Stu Gibson image, July 2019

Shop at Salamanca Market

Only open from 8:30 in the morning to 3 in the afternoon on Saturdays, Salamanca Market showcases some of the best quality, local Tasmanian products and produce. Based in Salamanca Place, the market is set between elegant Georgian sandstone buildings and will give you picturesque views of Mt Wellington (Kunanyi) in the background. 

There, you can get breakfast for less than $5 per person. Moreover, you can buy a variety of handmade products some of which include accessories, homeware, and clothing. Salamanca Market also has a variety of cafes to choose from as well as a great bookshop. 

Visit the Art Museum

Next on the list of must-sees in Hobart on the weekend is the art museum. While art museums aren’t for everyone, the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) is built into the side of the cliff, offering visitors breathtaking views, even on greyer days. 

MONA is more than the average art museum. The permanent collection was curated on the themes of death and sex. While some favourite pieces do remain, the collection changes on a regular basis but keep in mind the museum is closed on Tuesdays. 

Adult tickets cost $28 per person and there are lockers on site to stow jackets and bags. Also, it’s worth noting that MONA is also accessible via ferry from Brooke Street Pier, and you can either choose to pay regular fair or travel in the Posh Pit to make a stylish entrance.

Get Fresh Produce From the Farm Gate Market

If you’re staying in Hobart and want to be able to snack on fresh fruit throughout the day then Farm Gate Market is the place to be. Open every Sunday from 8:30 in the morning to 1 in the afternoon, the market is on the way to MONA, making it a perfect location for a quick bite of breakfast. From flowers to vegetables, baked goods, and even seafood, Farm Gate Market has it all!

Walk to Battery Point

If you want to wander the streets looking at all of the beautiful architecture Hobart has to offer, we highly recommend you head to Battery Point. Ten to fifteen minutes from Salamanca Place, Battery Point is surrounded by beautiful views of the water. 

If you have kids, head to Arthur Circus where you’ll find a small park with swings. If you get hungry, don’t forget to stop off at Jackman and McRoss for their amazing baked goods. Battery Point also has a great Japanese restaurant, perfect for a romantic dinner for two. 

Eat and Drink at Brooke Street Pier

Situated at Franklin Wharf, across the street from Salamanca Place, Brooke Street Pier is a building and boat morphed into one. Built across four levels, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to food. Insider tip: the Glasshouse and Aloft are both highly recommended among locals in the area. 

Brooke Street Pier is also home to Trade, a market space dedicated to boutique businesses. You’ll also find the McHenry Distillery Shop where you can taste a variety of wines and gins as well as superior local olives. 

Choose the Best Accommodation in Hobart

If you want to have enough time to visit all the weekend sites Hobart has to offer, it’s important that you book the right accommodation for your stay. At Grand Old Duke, we have a selection of three apartments to let on a short or long term basis. 
To find out more about our services, contact us today. One of our friendly team members will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Author’s Bio 
Alex Morrison has worked with a range of businesses giving him an in depth understanding of many different industries including real estate, business support and holiday packages. As the owner of Integral Media, he is now utilising his knowledge and experience with his rapidly increasing client portfolio to help them achieve their business goals.

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