You've probably already made plans of what you want to see or do while you're staying in Hobart. But here's some of our recommendations of things you may like to also check out while you're here.
1. MONA - Museum of Old and New Art
You can't not go to MONA while you're in Hobart. Australia's largest privately owned museum, you could easily spend a whole day looking around the property. It's simply one of the most alternative, unpredictable, mouth-dropping, artistic spaces around. With little nooks and crannies to explore in the building, a random library, delicious dining options, a vineyard, regular live music on the lawns and stocked bars, there is just so much to do. Take the MONA ROMA out for a unique day experience that is sure to be one you tell your friends about.
Created by the same masterminds as MONA, this wicked Winter festival known as Dark MOFO is run annually as a celebration of light and dark centred on the Winter Solstice. Live music, street performances, feasting and everything weird and wonderful - even hosting a nude swim (make sure you bring your speedos). Dark MOFO is on the 6th to 23rd of June 2019 and the Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart is conveniently located on the waterfront, right in the thick of it all.
2. Richmond & Coal Valley
Only 20 minutes’ drive from the Hotel is the beautiful historic town of Richmond, in the heart of the Coal Valley. It’s a great place for families and to pick up a Tasmanian memento to take home. It’s also a popular wine region, with many local companies running day trips and wine tours that can pick you up from the hotel.
3. Be adventurous! Want a real, hands-on, experience to immerse yourself in what Tasmania has to offer?
Pennicott Wilderness Journeys have 6 different experiences on offer to get you out and about. Bruny Island Cruises and Tasman Island Cruises showcase the spectacular coastal scenery and wildlife of Bruny Island and the Tasman Peninsula. From Hobart, there is Iron Pot Cruises and Tasmanian Seafood Seduction. The Bruny Island Traveller is a land-based gourmet day tour of Bruny Island departing from Hobart. The sixth experience is the Three Capes Track, in partnership with the Tasmanian Parks & Wildlife Service.
Or perhaps you want to white water raft the wild Tasmanian Rivers, or abseil the Gordon River Dam? Aardvark Adventures have some thrill-seeking day trips well-suited to those on the more adventurous side.
Take yourself up to the highest peak in Hobart, which is just a 20-minute drive from our Hotel. In minutes you will be transported to the wilderness and rich scenery, with the most spectacular view of the city on offer. Make sure to bring some sturdy shoes with you if you’re into hiking as there’s a range of popular tracks to choose from on the mountain, such as the Organ Pipes Circuit – a local favourite.
Situated just beyond Salamanca is the beautiful area of Battery Point. Take a step back in time to one of Hobart’s original areas of settlement, where you can pre-book or self-guide your own walking tour to soak in the history and check out the unique architecture. Or for those who are a little bit more daring, why don’t you book yourself a Ghost Tour? And follow in the ghostly footsteps of bushrangers, whalers and sailors, barmaids and prostitutes, cannibals & criminals. Some of our staff members swear to have seen a dark shadow or two on this tour...
4. Port Arthur Historic Site
World Heritage-listed Port Arthur Historic Site is the best-preserved convict site in Australia, and is among the most significant convict sites worldwide. About a 90-minute drive from the hotel, this location is often a staple tourist to-do when visiting Tasmania. The grounds and gardens are open 9 AM until dusk, stay for the Ghost Tour if you dare.
5. Explore the Local Markets
Visit Hobart's Farm Gate Market on Bathurst Street on Sunday morning. It has become a local's ritual activity to do of a weekend. With its array of offerings that people of all ages are sure to enjoy. With delicious food vans, live music, children's games, fresh flowers and homemade goods, you will get a great little local’s taste of Tassie. Open from Sunday 8:30 AM to 1 PM.
If it's a Saturday then you have to go to the iconic Salamanca Market. This is by far one of the most popular things to do in Hobart, and it's no wonder with the amazing food on offer, craft stores, live music and great all-around vibes. You are sure to leave with at least one souvenir and a full, satisfied tummy. The markets start from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM in the afternoon.