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Things to Do

With the Central Business District being walking-distance away, you won’t run out of things to do in Hobart.

Rydges offers outstanding accommodation in our conveniently located Hobart Tasmania hotel, just 2km from the Central Business District. Hobart is a city of fun, festivals and entertainment, from classical to contemporary, from pub bands to opera.

Our 'neighbourhood' is pretty much Hobart, the surrounding region and beyond - it is just so easy to get around Tassie! Here are just some of the attractions.

Salamanca Markets

Enjoy the sights, sounds, flavours, action and colour of Australia's best outdoor market - proudly operated by Hobart City Council - every Saturday from 8:30am to 3:00pm at Hobart's Salamanca Place.

Mt Wellington

Mt Wellington, also named by locals as 'The Mountain' is undoubtedly one of the most important tourist destinations in Tasmania with local, interstate and overseas visitors. It is estimated that at least 300 000 people visit the Park per year.

MONA Museum

Museum of Old and New Art - MONA opened in Hobart in January 2011. It houses a collection that ranges from ancient Egyptian mummies to some of the world's most infamous and thought-provoking contemporary art. The building's subterranean design and the owner's unconventional and challenging curatorial approach make it a must-see for any visitor to Australia.

MONA takes a different approach to interpretation: there are no labels or wall texts. Instead, visitors are given a touch-screen device, which is sensitive to their location in the museum - showing them works in their proximity. Called the 'O', it allows visitors to select the level of information they need and to vote for works they 'hate' or 'love'.
Itinerary options include a MONA fast catamaran service from the Hobart waterfront or MONA-ROMA mini-bus transport; day and night packages with indulgence, wine and food experiences available.

MONA is on the River Derwent, just 15 minutes' drive north of Hobart, Tasmania.

Historic Richmond

As Tasmania's most important historic town, Richmond is one of the state's most popular destinations, the perfect base for exploring Tasmania's South East. Historic, romantic, family friendly, a hub for food and wine lovers with its fresh food and fine wines, grown in fertile soils under the world's cleanest air.

Good examples of Tasmania's stark convict heritage and beautiful historic buildings. The town is as elegant today as it was in the 1820's, when it was an important military staging post and convict station linking Hobart with Port Arthur.

Nestled in the Coal River Valley, this classified historic town is famous for its Georgian architecture. The stone buildings now house galleries, teashops, craft boutiques and museums, offering every convenience and luxury to the modern visitor.

Port Arthur

Port Arthur was established in the 1830s as a penal settlement. It remains a physical chronicle of a dramatic part of Australia's history. Its 60 or so buildings and picturesque landscape offer visitors a challenging mix of both beauty and horror and have helped the site to become Tasmania's most popular tourist destination.

Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary

Bonorong operates Tasmania’s only 24-hour wildlife rescue service.  This innovative program provides safety and care to thousands of animals every year.

Bonorong is funded purely by their entry fees, meaning every time an animal is rescued, it is because its by the people who visit.

So not only is Bonorong a great place to visit to witness some of the cutest critters of Tasmania, including the Tasmanian Devil, it is also a place to visit where your entree fee can make a huge difference to an animal's life!

If you are an animal lover, Bonorong is a must see!

Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens

The sheltered, landscaped grounds of the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens hold historic plant collections and a large number of significant trees, many dating from the nineteenth century.

Located only 5 minutes away from Rydges Hobart, this beautiful part of Tasmania should not be missed!

Tahune Airwalk

A walk among the tree tops - Tahune AirWalk was first opened on the 1st of July 2001. It has since become one of the most visited tourism attractions in Tasmania. On the edge on 1.6 million hectares of World Heritage Listed forest, Tahune AirWalk is a highly visited destination with something for everyone.

With breathtaking views of the forest canopy, spine-tingling swinging bridges across the Huon and Picton Rivers, soaring like an eagle across the Huon River on our Eagle hang Glider and Tasmanian food and wine in the café; there’s a full day of fun for the whole family.

Check out a brochure on Tahune Airwalk in our Lobby Area and make sure to book in as its an experience that should be done by all!

Farm Gate Market

Farm Gate Market operates every Sunday on Bathurst St (street market) between Murray + Elizabeth Sts from 8.30am – 1.00pm.  Rain, hail or shine!

All produce sold at the Farmer's Market are so fresh that they are picked the night before and delivered straight to the market to be ready by Sunday morning!

Everything sold is also grown or produced within Tasmania!

For the chance to experience the freshest Tasmanian produce, ensure to take a trip down to the markets on a Sunday morning - you'll thank us later!

State Cinema

Purpose built in 1913 as a moving picture house, the State has evolved through the silent black and white era, and has witnessed the introduction of sound and colour.

Relax in the fully licenced cafe bar and choose from a great selection of fine Tasmanian wines, beers or non-alcoholic beverages. Enjoy one of our legendary hot chocolates or coffee with a decadent slice of cake, bring a bag of treats into the film with you!

The State Cinema is only a 10 minute walk from Rydges Hobart, so make sure to check it out!

Cascade Brewery

The Cascade Brewery offer's 2 tours, the "Brewery Tour' where you will learn about Australia's oldest brewery, it's finest beers and the brewing process and the 'Heritage Tour' where you will explore the surrounding areas that house the Brewery, including the 3 acres of heritage
'Woodstock' gardens and the Cascade museum.

Its been called a must-do Hobart experience!

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