Things To Do in Hobart Without a Car

11+ Things To Do in Hobart Without a Car

🗓️ Last updated: 21 August, 2021
✍️ Written by: Sam Harding

Hobart is a great place to visit for those who want to see Tasmania on a budget trip.

What makes Hobart an ideal choice for your next great adventure is that everything is easily walkable in the city!

Why ditch a rental car in favour of doing some sightseeing on foot or using Hobart’s awesome public transportation system?

Here are a few reasons why you should visit Hobart without a car:

  • Taking the local bus or simply walking to various tourist hotspots can save you from spending money on a rental car.

  • Travelling on foot offers more convenience since you don’t have to look for a parking space and you can spend your time checking out the local sights instead. 

  • Ditching the car allows you to walk with and meet the locals. This can lead to a more immersive travel experience.

If your feet get sore from all the exploring, rest assured Hobart has an excellent public transport system that will get you anywhere across the city with ease!

What Are the Best Things To Do in Hobart Without a Car?

There are tons of things to do in Hobart without a car that you can fill your itinerary with. There is a bit of everything here that will fill your trip with fun and excitement.

Here are a few ideas to get you started as you travel Hobart on foot.

Salamanca Market

If there is one thing that you don’t want to miss in your trip to Hobart it’s the Salamanca Market.Open every Saturday, you’ll be treated to a spectacular display of food and locally made products.

Locals and tourists alike often visit the Salamanca Market because there is always something new to see, taste or take home!

🚶 Distance from Hobart Information Centre: 500 m / 0.31 mi

Salamanca Market in Hobart
Make sure to check out all the hidden treasures at Salamanca Market

Female Factory

The Female Factory is one of the most important sites to visit in Hobart as it has been the home for female convicts, their babies, guards, and nurses.

Take a look at their history through a guided tour or explore the area on your own. If you fancy a bit of drama you can even take part in a performance tour as well.

🚶 Distance from Hobart Information Centre: 3.2 km / 2 mi

MONA Museum

The Museum of Old and New Art is another option to consider if you are looking for things to do in Hobart without a vehicle. Here you will be visually entertained and provoked by David Walsh’s $110m private collection.

MONA is also home to the Moorilla winery, allowing you to wine and dine after enjoying the various exhibitions. 

MONA also hosts the annual outdoor MONA FOMA music festival in January, and the Dark MOFO festival in June.

🚶 Distance from Hobart Information Centre: 11.4 km / 7.1 mi

Cascade Brewery

Need more things to do in Hobart without a car? How about checking out Cascade Brewery which has been operating since 1824 and the oldest continually operating brewery in all of Australia. 

Located at the foot of the towering Mount Wellington, this brewery is the perfect hotspot for travelers to sample some of local brews and learn a thing or two about brewing beer.

Go on a tour or sit back and relax with a drink in their cosy beer garden.

🚶 Distance from Hobart Information Centre: 4.0 km / 2.5 mi

Cascade Brewery in Hobart
Enjoy a beer at Cascade Brewery after a day of walking around Hobart

Mount Wellington

You have probably noticed the majestic mountain looming over Hobart as soon as you arrive in the city.

If you are determined to see Hobart on foot, then a trek to the peak of Mount Wellington is an absolute must. At the top, you will be treated to a gorgeous view of Hobart city below.

Rather than walking straight to Mount Wellington, you can get to the mountain by shuttle bus and then opt for a hike to the top. There are plenty of trails on the mountain too as an added adventure!

🚶 Distance from Hobart Information Centre: 15.4 km / 9.6 mi

Farm Gate Market

Still wondering what to do in Hobart without a vehicle – how about getting some hot and delicious food into your belly at the Farm Gate Market?

Open every Sunday morning from 8:30am, you’ll be treated to a spectacular display of food options.

Wander around and sample locally baked treats or shop artisan goods to bring back home as a reminder of your special trip to Hobart.

🚶 Distance from Hobart Information Centre: 1.3 km / 0.8 mi

Lark Distillery Cellar Door

Take a trip to Lark Distillery Cellar Door where you can sample the finest whisky collection in the country.

You can join their tastings tour to try out the best craft beer and whiskey recognised both locally and internationally.

Treat your taste buds after a day of walking the city and sample a wide range of whiskies in their cosy bar.

🚶 Distance from Hobart Information Centre: 220 m / 0.14 mi

Whisky in Hobart
Tasmanian whisky is of a very high quality and respected all over the world

Hobart Botanical Gardens

For those who are making a list of things to do in Hobart without a car, then you definitely need to include the Botanical Gardens in your itinerary.

This is the second oldest botanical garden in the country that sits on a sprawling 14 hectares of land.

You can bring home souvenirs, or even bring some seeds and other gardening items with you from the Botanical Gardens.

🚶 Distance from Hobart Information Centre: 2.3 km / 1.4 mi

Bruny Island Cruise

If you’re looking for another car free travel idea, you can book a cruise to Bruny Island while you are in Hobart to see the seaside views of the city.

The cruise is around three hours and will bring you closer to the cliffs, caves and marine life surrounding Hobart. A Bruny Island cruise is an experience you will not forget!

🚶 Distance from Hobart Information Centre: 200 m / 0.1 mi

Walk Along The Waterfront

If you’re after a slower pace, a classic local favourite is simply walking along the Hobart Waterfront.

It’s a scenic place for an afternoon stroll, often with an ice cream in hand or stopping for some local fish and chips at Mures Lower Deck.

If you’ve worked up an appetite after a big day of walking, there’s plenty of waterfront restaurants that line Constitution Dock.

🚶 Distance from Hobart Information Centre: 200 m / 0.1 mi

Oysters in Hobart
Enjoy freshly caught seafood by the waterfront in Hobart after a day of walking

Battery Point

Another option to consider if you are planning to see Hobart on foot is walking through the nearby suburb of Battery Point.

This is the best place to view the charming history of Hobart as all the old, historical buildings still stand to this day.

Go on a local walking tour of the suburb and be captivated by its rich history.

🚶 Distance from Hobart Information Centre: 1.1 km / 0.7 mi

Mount Nelson

Located next to Hobart is the Mount Nelson conservation area which also offers a popular lookout spot with breathtaking views of Hobart city.

You can easily get to Mount Nelson by bus and then it’s a short walk to the lookout spot.

You can also walk some of the local mountain trails through the Mount Nelson reserve if you’re feeling adventurous!

🚶 Distance from Hobart Information Centre: 5 km / 3.1 mi

How to Travel Around Hobart Without a Car

Located next to Hobart is the Mount Nelson conservation area which also offers a popular lookout spot with breathtaking views of Hobart city.

Hobart also has a fantastic public bus system to get you around from one place to the next.

If you prefer to take the bus, the Metro Greencard is useful for local bus trips as a traveller.

It’s a smart travel card that automatically applies the correct fare whenever you board a bus and tap on.

Plus it can be easily recharged online or at many different shops located in Hobart making it an easy way to move around.

If you prefer to go on organised tours, Hobart has several tour programs that you can book before heading out to the city.

These tours often feature shuttle buses that will take you from one location to the next.

Couple Walking in Hobart
Hobart is very easy city to travel around in without the need for a car

Are There Local Sightseeing Tours in Hobart?

If you prefer to go on organised tours, Hobart has several tour programs that you can book before heading out to the city.

These tours often feature shuttle buses that will take you from one location to the next.

Where To Stay in Hobart if You Don’t Have a Car?

Hobart has plenty of accommodation options available for every budget.

For the budget traveller there are many Airbnb apartments available in Hobart, however you’ll often find well priced hotel options that are located right in the heart of the city.

If you’re traveling with the family there are plenty of family accommodation options ranging from villas to apartments and hotels with pools.

Just make sure that if you are planning on visiting Hobart during the peak months (December to January) or over the school holidays that you plan accommodation ahead of schedule.

As Hobart is quite a small city, accommodation can often get booked out early with the influx of travellers so make sure to book well in advance.

🏷️ Tags: Hobart

Sam

Sam Harding

Sam is a Hobart local who is studying journalism part time. He loves AFL and any excuse for a weekend road trip.

You May Also Like

Walking in Hobart

Last Updated: August 21, 2021

Seven Mile Beach

11+ Must See Beaches Near Hobart

Last Updated: July 18, 2021

Cheap accommodation in Hobart

Finding Cheap Places To Stay in Hobart

Last Updated: May 30, 2021

©2021 Tasmania Traveller · All Rights Reserved