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This Hobart backpacker accommodation is in prime position to take advantage of everything Hobart has to offer! Attached to Hobart Central YHA is the pub Tom McHugos - stop by for delicious, value-for-money meals. The bars and restaurants at Salamanca Place are filled with locals and backpackers alike, especially in summer.

It's a beautiful walk from the hostel along the foreshore to Constitution Dock, Salamanca Markets and the historic homes of Battery Point. If you're interested in art, both the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery and the Salamanca Arts Centre are a short walk from the hostel and the Museum of Old and New Art - also known as MONA - is just a ferry ride away. 

Hobart is the ideal base to explore some of Tasmania's natural wonders. Drive to the top of Mount Wellington or hike to one of the lookout points for 360 degree panoramic views of Hobart, be swept away by the beauty of Maria Island National Park, walk among the tree tops on the Tahune Forest Air Walk or visit the Southwest National Park - the largest national park in Tasmania for rugged coastal views and an abundance or native wildlife.

Our friendly reception staff can help you organise one day and multi-day tours. Whether you want to visit Port Arthur, Bruny Island, kayak around Hobart or explore the rest of this amazing state,we can help you plan your ultimate Tasmanian holiday. 

At the hostel

GET YOUR MIND BLOWN AT MONA

Love it or hate it, you'll never forget MONA - Museum of Old and New Art.  Tickets and info available at reception.

When:
Daily
Where:
Hobart
Cost:
$0

GET YOUR WHISKY ON

Experience a whisky and distilled spirits guided tasting at the very cool and cosy Lark Distillery's cellar door.

When:
Every day
Where:
Hobart Waterfront
Cost:
$0

HIKE KUNANYI - MT WELLINGTON

Take a Metro bus to Fern Tree and hike the Pinnacle track to the summit for INCREDIBLE views.

When:
Every day
Where:
Hobart
Cost:
$0

MONDAY MOVIE NIGHT

Kick back, get cosy and enjoy a free movie and popcorn in our lounge room every Monday night.

When:
Mondays
Where:
Lounge Room - First Floor
Cost:
$0

SALAMANCA MARKETS

Explore these famous, bustling markets every Saturday morning - tasting samples are generally FREE!

When:
Saturdays
Where:
Hobart
Cost:
$0

TASMANIAN MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY

Awesome, free and straight across the road - what's not to like!

When:
Every day
Where:
Hobart
Cost:
$0

Tours & activities related to this hostel

$149
per person

Bruny Island 1 Day Tour

Discover what makes Bruny Island great on this sightseeing, gourmet food and lighthouse tour! Spot white wallabies, taste fresh local produce & admire wild ocean vistas!

This Bruny Island day tour from Hobart offers the perfect "foodie" experience of the island combined with the natural highlights including its famous residents - the white wallabies!

Only a 30 minute drive from Hobart, you will reach Kettering to board the ferry across to Bruny Island. Keep your eye out for the seals swimming around the D'entrecasteaux Channel.

Once on the island you have an action packed day:
- Climb the stairs to the top of "The Neck" lookout and enjoy the views across to Fluted Cape and all the way back to Hobart.
- Feel pampered throughout the day with included tastings of cheese, chocolate, fudge, fresh oysters, fresh fruit ice cream, berries (seasonal) and smokehouse products. 
- Visit the Bruny Island Cider Shed and House of Whisky, where you can purchase tastings.
- Take a tour of the convict built lighthouse at Cape Bruny and admire the wild ocean vistas and magnificent dolerite sea cliffs.
- Spot wild white wallabies in Adventure Bay.
- Enjoy a lunch featuring fresh local produce.

$795
per person

Explorer 6 Day Tasmania Tour

Looking for a Tasmania tour? This 6-day eco-certified tour takes you to the see the best of this amazing island. Lace up your hiking boots and don't forget your camera!

This package gives you 6 days to experience the very best Tasmania has to offer. Explore the rainforest, admire waterfalls, breathe the freshest air in the world and come face to face with the ferocious tassie devil! You will start and end your 6 day adventure in Hobart with the option of pre and post accommodation at Hobart Central YHA included.

Itinerary:

Day 1 - Travel through the stunning Derwent Valley as you make your way to Mt Field National Park. Walk amongst the giant mountain ash trees and admire the beauty of Russell Falls. Continue on to Lake St.Clair, Australia’s deepest freshwater lake and then explore the pristine Franklin-Gordan Wild River National Park. Overnight: Strahan

Day 2 - Venture into the untouched wilderness of the west coast. Visit the Henty Sand Dunes where you can breathe the freshest air in the world. Hike through the Tarkine Rainforest to find Tasmania’s highest waterfall – Montezuma Falls. Overnight: Strahan

Day 3 - Journey 950m above sea level to Cradle Mountain National Park. Choose your own walk, including the easy stroll around the lovely Dove Lake or challenge yourself to Marion’s Lookout. Continue on to Launceston, Australia’s 3rd oldest city. Overnight Launceston 

Day 4 - Start with a morning walk at Cataract Gorge making your way to the east coast to beautiful Bay of Fires. Enjoy quality time to stretch your legs and explore the area. If the conditions allow, this is also a good opportunity for a swim. Overnight: Bicheno 

Day 5 - Beat the crowds with an early morning walk to the Wineglass Bay lookout. Relax on the beach or challenge yourself to the Mt Amos or Hazards beach walk. On the return journey to Hobart visit the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary to see Tasmanian Devils and other native wildlife. Overnight: Hobart

Day 6 - Visit the village of Richmond before travelling along the scenic Tasman Peninsula. Explore Tasmania's ruthless convict past at Port Arthur. A guided walk and harbour cruise is included.

$695
per person

Famous 5 Day Tasmania Tour

This is the original Tasmanian backpacker tour and the perfect way to see the best of the island state over 5 fun-filled days.

The Famous 5 day tour gives you 5 action packed days of bushwalks, pristine beaches, unique Australian wildlife and the best of the Tasmanian wilderness.You will start and end your 5 day Tassie experience in Hobart with the option of pre and post accommodation at Hobart Central YHA included.

Itinerary:

Day 1 - Escaping Hobart through the Derwent Valley, walk in the land of the giants at Mt Field National Park to Russell Falls.Then it's onto Lake St Clair, the deepest freshwater lake in Australia and time to explore the pristine Franklin-Gordan Wild River National Park. End the day in Strahan. Overnight: Strahan 

Day 2 - Today you will venture into the untouched wilderness of Tasmania's west. Explore the shifting sands of Henty Dunes before continuing into the Tarkine Rainforest. Enjoy a walk to Tasmania's highest waterfall - Montezuma Falls. Overnight: Strahan 

Day 3 -Journey 950m above sea level into the Cradle Valley; gateway to Cradle Mountain National Park. Take it easy with a stroll around the picturesque Dove Lake or challenge yourself with a hike to Marion's Lookout. Overnight: Launceston 

Day 4 - Enjoy a morning walk at Cataract Gorge then head to the East Coast where you have quality time to hike and swim at the beautiful Bay of Fires if the conditions allow. Take a scenic drive from St.Helens to Bicheno where you can join a guided viewing of Little Penguins as they return after a day at sea (seasonal). Overnight: Bicheno

Day 5 - An early start to the day means beating the crowds to the Wineglass Bay Lookout where you can get that postcard perfect photo! Relax on the sparkling white sand or challenge yourself to Mt Amos or Hazards Beach walk. Stop at Bonorong Wildlife Park to meet the adorable endangered animal, found nowhere else in the world, the Tassie Devil!.

$275
per person

Hobart and Port Arthur highlights

Base yourself at Hobart YHA with 3 nights in multishare accommodation while you spend 2 days exploring the best of Hobart and the Port Arthur Historic Site.

Stay at Hobart YHA and spend 2 days exploring the best of Hobart's tourist spots: Mt Wellington, Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and Port Arthur Historic Site.

Port Arthur
You will stop at Tasman Arch to check out the unusual geological formation and take a walk at Devils Kitchen. In the afternoon enjoy 4 hours at Port Arthur Historic site. Take a 25 minute cruise around the Isle of the dead, a guided tour to learn about the history of the site and spend some time exploring the area independently. See how the officers lived, visit the separate prison where the inmates were kept in isolation and wander through the ruins of the penitentiary, guard tower and convict church.

Hobart BIG Ticket
Start the day by standing atop the summit of Mt Wellington at 1271 metres above Hobart. You will have plenty of time to enjoy the parnoramic views of the city, Derwent River and the mountain ranges of Southern Tasmania before returning to sea level. In the afternoon meet some of the unique Australian wildlife at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary. Hand feed the kangaroos, pat a wombat and get a selfie with a fluffy koala before coming face-to-face with the ferocious Tassie Devils.

$270
per person

Hobart and Wineglass Bay

See the best of Hobart and explore the wonders of Wineglass Bay over two days. Enjoy breathtaking Tasmanian scenery, magical national parks, highlights of Hobart and encounter unique wildlife.
This fantastic 2 day package showcases the stunning coastal scenery of Freycinet National Park, famous Wineglass Bay plus all the major highlights of beautiful Hobart City. Base yourself at Hobart Central YHA while you explore the surrounding area. View the city from the summit of Mt Wellington, meet the ferocious Tassie devils at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and visit one of the best beaches in Australia, Wineglass Bay!

Hobart Highlights Tour
Stand atop the summit of Mt Wellington at 1271 metres above Hobart. You will have plenty of time to enjoy the parnoramic views of the city, Derwent River and the mountain ranges of Southern Tasmania before returning to sea level. Meet some of the unique Australian wildlife at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary. Hand feed the kangaroos, pat a wombat and get a selfie with a fluffy koala before coming face-to-face with the ferocious Tassie Devils.

Wineglass Bay & Freycinet National Park Tour
Walk as a group up to the Wineglass Bay lookout to get that postcard perfect photo! For the keen walkers you can choose to spend the rest of your time taking on a more challenging walk down to the beach to enjoy the crystal clear waters and sparkling white sand. If you stay with the guide, you will explore more of the national park. Visit Honeymoon Bay, Sleepy Bay and Cape Tourville lookout and walk.

 

$85
per person

Hobart highlights 1 day tour

This fantastic tour showcases the most important sights in the Hobart area in one fun day! Mt Wellington and the famous Tassie Devils at Bonorong Wildlife Park.

Enjoy the panoramic views from the summit of Mt.Wellington and meet some adorable native animals at Bonorong Wildlife Park on this fun 1 day tour.

Start the day by standing atop the summit of Mt Wellington at 1271 metres above Hobart. You will have plenty of time to check out the views of the city, Derwent River and the mountain ranges of Southern Tasmania before returning to sea level.

At Bonorong Wildlife Park, you get up close and personal to some of the unique Australian wildlife. Hand feed the kangaroos, pat a wombat and get a selfie with a fluffy koala. A guide will take you on a tour to introduce you the park's other native animals before coming face-to-face with the ferocious Tassie Devils.

$405
per person

Hobart, Port Arthur and Wineglass Bay

Short on time? Base yourself at Hobart YHA and spend 3 days on the best day trips from Hobart: Port Arthur, Wineglass Bay, Mount Wellington and Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary

This package is perfect for a quick trip to the island state. Included is 4 nights at Hobart Central YHA and 3 day tours; Port Arthur, Wineglass Bay and Hobart Highlights tour!

Port Arthur
At Tasman Arch check out the unusual geological formation and take a walk at Devils Kitchen. In the afternoon enjoy 4 hours at Port Arthur Historic site. Take a 25 minute cruise around the Isle of the dead, a guided tour to learn about the history of the site and spend some time exploring the area independently. See how the officers lived, visit the separate prison where the inmates were kept in isolation and wander through the ruins of the penitentiary, guard tower and convict church.

Wineglass Bay
Walk as a group up to the Wineglass Bay lookout to get that postcard perfect photo! For the keen walkers you can choose to spend the rest of your time taking on a more challenging walk down to the beach to enjoy the crystal clear waters and sparkling white sand. If you stay with the guide, you will explore more of the national park. Visit Honeymoon Bay, Sleepy Bay and Cape Tourville lookout and walk.

Hobart BIG Ticket
Stand atop the summit of Mt Wellington at 1271 metres above Hobart. You will have plenty of time to enjoy the parnoramic views of the city, Derwent River and the mountain ranges of Southern Tasmania before returning to sea level. Meet some of the unique Australian wildlife at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary. Hand feed the kangaroos, pat a wombat and get a selfie with a fluffy koala before coming face-to-face with the ferocious Tassie Devils.

$115
per person

MONA and Mt Wellington day tour

On this day tour you will experience two of Hobart's best attractions: MONA, the Museum of Old and New Art, and Mt Wellington, the magnificent backdrop to the city.

Start the day by heading up the 1271 metres to the summit of kunanyi/ Mt Wellington, the magnificent backdrop to Hobart City. Enjoy the stunning views of the city below and across southern Tasmania. If you are feeling a little adventurous take the Organ Pipes walk from the summit to check out the soaring dolerite columns. There are also some shorter options if you are looking for a more relaxed option. 

After you descend from the mountain you will have some free time at the Hobart waterfront to get some lunch before boarding the ferry to MONA. The iconic Museum of Old and New Art, described by its creator as a ‘subversive adult Disneyland’, is Tasmania’s most visited attraction. Check out the grounds, try out the trampoline and then head to the lowest level to work your way back up through the unique and sometimes controversial exhibitions.

$110
per person

Port Arthur and Tassie Devils day tour

Discover the natural beauty of the Tasman Peninsula, learn the history of Tasmania's convicts, meet the adorable and endangered Tassie Devils in 1 action packed day!

This action packed tour will show you the beauty of the Tasman peninsula as you make your way to Port Arthur Historic site, then top off the day with the Tasmanian Devil Conservation Park to meet the adorable and endangered devils!

You will be picked up from your Hobart accommodation and make your way to Richmond to cross the oldest bridge in Australia. You will have some time to explore the historic village and admire the beautifully preserved Georgian architecture.

You will travel south to Port Arthur, stopping to see the amazing natural attractions of the Tasman Peninsula. Stretch your legs and get some fresh air on the Devils Kitchen walk. Remember to keep an eye out for wildlife!

You have 3 hours at Port Arthur; take a guided walk, a cruise around the Isle of the dead, visit the separate prison to see where the inmates were kept in isolation and explore the historic buildings.

In the afternoon it's time to meet the animal found no where else in the world, the famous Tassie Devils!

$105
per person

Port Arthur day tour from Hobart

Explore the Port Arthur Historic site, stopping along the way to see the beauty of the South East Coast on this Mega Tour!

See all the major sights of the Tasman Peninsula while making your way to Port Arthur Historic site to learn about the convicts of Tasmania's past.

You will be picked up from your Hobart accommodation and set off to discover the natural beauty and history of the area. You will visit the first settlement in Tasmania and cross the oldest bridge in Australia.

As you head further south, it’s time to stretch your legs and breathe in the freshest air in the world! You will stop at Tasman Arch to check out the unusual geological formation and take a walk at Devils Kitchen. Keep an eye out for the wildlife!

In the afternoon you will have 4 hours to explore the Port Arthur Historic site. Take a 25 minute cruise around the Isle of the dead, a guided tour to learn about the history of the site and spend some time exploring the area independently. See how the officers lived, visit the separate prison where the inmates were kept in isolation and wander through the ruins of the penitentiary, guard tower and convict church.

$130
per person

Russell Falls and Mt Field National Park 1 day tour

Visit the land of the giants. Walk beneath some of the world's tallest trees. Admire the beautiful Russell Falls in Mt Field National Park. This 1 day tour takes you through a wilderness wonderland!

Join one of our favourite day trips as you journey north west of Hobart and into the wilderness, feed some giant fish and experience Tasmania’s oldest national park.

You will ascend 1272 metres by road to the summit of kunanyi/Mt Wellington. Once at the summit we enjoy this alpine environment and its spectacular views of Southern Tasmania. Departing the mountain and passing through Bushy Park hop fields we make our way to the Salmon Ponds, large ponds brimming with different species of freshwater fish.

The gardens at the Salmon Ponds are a great place to enjoy your lunch or maybe stroll along the riverbank to look for a platypus. Next you visit the wilderness wonderland of Mt Field National Park with stunning walks through enormous fern forests, some of the world’s tallest trees and the beautiful Russell Falls.

$1035
per person

Ultimate 8 day Tasmania Tour

Take the ultimate 8 day adventure around Tasmania. This trip does a full loop of the state and shows you all the major highlights and attractions.

This tour is the ultimate Tasmanian experience. Spend 8 days doing a full loop of the state and see all the major highlights and attractions. You will start and end your tour in Hobart with the option of pre and post accommodation at Hobart Central YHA.

Itinerary:

Day 1 - Travel through the stunning Derwent Valley as you make your way to Mt Field National Park. Walk amongst the giant mountain ash trees and admire the beauty of Russell Falls. Visit Lake St.Clair, Australia’s deepest freshwater lake. Overnight: Strahan

Day 2 - Venture into the untouched wilderness of the west coast. Visit the Henty Sand Dunes where you can breathe the freshest air in the world. Hike through the Tarkine Rainforest to find Tasmania’s highest waterfall – Montezuma Falls. Overnight: Strahan

Day 3 - Journey 950m above sea level to Cradle Mountain National Park. Choose your own walk, including the easy stroll around the picturesque Dove Lake or challenge yourself to Marion’s Lookout. Continue on to Launceston, Australia’s 3rd oldest city. Overnight: Launceston 

Day 4 - Start with a morning walk at Cataract Gorge making your way to the east coast to beautiful Bay of Fires. Enjoy quality time to stretch your legs and explore the area. Overnight: Bicheno 

Day 5 - Beat the crowds with an early morning walk to the Wineglass Bay lookout. Relax on the beach or challenge yourself to the Mt Amos or Hazards beach walk. On the return journey to Hobart visit the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary to see Tasmanian Devils and other native wildlife. Overnight: Hobart

Day 6 - Visit the village of Richmond before travelling the scenic Tasman Peninsula. Explore Tasmania's ruthless convict past at Port Arthur. A guided walk and harbour cruise is included. Overnight: Hobart

Day 7 - Experience Hobart’s not to be missed attractions - Mt Wellington and MONA. Start by heading 1272m above sea level to the summit of Mt Wellington to enjoy stunning views. There is some free time for lunch on Hobart’s Waterfront before heading to MONA. Described by its creator as a “Subversive adult Disneyland”. Overnight: Hobart

Day 8 - Located at the mouth of the Derwent Harbour; Bruny Island is one of Tasmania’s best natural highlights. Home to unique wildlife (including the white wallabies), amazing scenery, and delicious local produce. You'll head to Adventure Bay for a scenic coastal walk to the spectacular sea cliffs and look for some local white wallabies. 

FREE things to do in 9 Argyle Street, Hobart, TAS

  1. Check out Hobart's very own Museum of Old and New Art (MONA). It's unusual, avant garde, and absolutely free!
  2. Head out to the Waterworks Reserve for some prime bird watching. Just 4km from the city, this reserve is a haven of rosellas, cockatoos and many other tassie birds. Be sure to bring binoculars.
  3. Pedal between Hobart’s cultural hot-spots on a free bicycle: ArtBikes are available for pick-up from Arts Tasmania and the Tasmania Museum & Art Gallery – all you need is ID and a desire for active art appreciation.
  4. Walk on Mt Wellington, the spectacular views from the 1,270m peak offer amazing views that you shouldn't miss!
  5. Every Saturday from 8am, head to the Salamanca Market in Salamanca Place. The trading hub offers artworks, organic food, and beautiful colonial buildings.
  6. Walk around Battery Point to see fishermen’s cottages, old alehouses and graceful mansions, built in the 19th century. From here, nip to nearby Anglesea Barracks, the oldest military buildings still in use in Australia: the free museum opens 9am-1pm Tues and Thurs; free tours run 11am Tues.

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