Grand Hobart Tour
Get a great introduction to Hobart on this comprehensive excursion. You will experience the best of Hobart City and its surroundings, including spectacular scenery, history, nature, and native wildlife.
Your journey starts as you meet your experienced and knowledgeable local driver guide, who will share tales of life in Hobart. After an orientation tour of the city and its history, pass by Salamanca Place, known for its restored sandstone warehouses that have been repurposed as cafes, galleries, and shops. Go through Battery Point, filled with quaint historic cottages, Georgian mansions, and cafes.
Travel towards Mount Wellington, through the suburbs of south Hobart and Ferntree, and take note of the multiple eco systems you pass through as you ascend the mountain. View the massive rock formation known as the Organ Pipes, and then arrive at Mount Wellington summit - a harsh rocky alpine environment affording unsurpassed views on a clear day, where you will be able to witness the panoramic spectacle of Hobart and its surrounding suburbs, towns, and vast waterways.
After heading back down the mountain, you will stop at the Female Factory. Once a female prison, the Female Factory was mentioned in Bryce Courtenay's book, "The Potato Factory." From here, continue with your tour of Hobart, past many historic buildings as you travel through the city and across the Tasman Bridge, which spans the beautiful Derwent River. Your next stop will be at Rosny Park Lookout, where you will enjoy magnificent views back towards Hobart. The bridge and Hobart's Port, with Mount Wellington as a backdrop, makes for a perfect photo opportunity. Visit the exquisite Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, and have some free time to explore.
The second part of your journey takes you out to Bonorong Wildlife Park for an up-close experience of Australian native animals, notably the infamous Tasmanian Devil. Wander amongst the friendly wallabies and kangaroos before setting out to Richmond Village. Step back in time and enjoy exploring the village, a mixture of convict-built homes, classic Georgian mansions, small cottages, unique shops, galleries, and restaurants. Or perhaps visit the Richmond Gaol, a convict era building and tourist attraction. Chat with a local, or just enjoy the cozy ambience of the many coffee shops and restaurants. You will also see the convict-built Richmond Bridge, and the historic Catholic Church.
Your excursion ends when you return to your cruise ship with pleasant memories about Hobart, its lifestyle, nature and history.
Reviewer: Jan Bloomfield
Very good, comprehensive tour. Our driver/guide for the first half shared interesting stories and highlights as we visited Mt Wellington (great views although very windy at the top), Cascade Gardens, the Female Factory (Women's Prison), and Botanical Gardens (lovely!). The guide for the second part of the tour to visit the wildlife park was very entertaining (although some bad puns), and the visit to see & walk among the wildlife was very worthwhile.
Reviewer: Ed Deeds
An incredible day, possibly the best of our 40 day cruise. From Mt Wellington in the morning to the Bonorang Sanctuary in the afternoon and all points in between, we had an incredible day. Our original concern that our tour was to bring us back shortly before our all aboard time was dismissed as the tour bus dropped us back directly in front of the cruise terminal with plenty of time to spare.
Reviewer: Janet Levi
Excellent tour of Hobart and environs. Very knowledgeable guide. Comfortable transportation. Interesting sites. Well worth the price. Highly recommend if you have a limited time in Tasmania.
Reviewer: Ray the traveller
This is much better than the Boat excursions. Mount Wellington is a must.
Reviewer: Shirl the Wirl
We had a wonderful guide.