Hobart has many wonderful things to offer its visitors. Beautiful scenery, food, historic attractions, to name a few. What many visitors don’t make enough time for are the day trips from Hobart. Many of Tasmania’s best attractions are just an hour or two from the capital city. Grab a cheap hire car deal from Hobart and visit these great places for a day trip.
Maria Island (pictured)
Once you step foot on Maria Island you won’t want to leave. The island is beautiful with a rugged coastline and gorgeous sandy beaches. Take a cruise to the island, where your tour guide will show you around. There are some exciting walking tracks on the island which your guide can help you explore. It’s well worth staying for at least the better part of a day. You’ll walk away from Maria Island understanding why it’s considered one of Tasmania’s greatest treasures.
Drive an hour from Hobart and you’ll arrive in a special little place known as Bothwell. It’s a charming town, which was settled by farmers from
Scotland in the 1820s. Bothwell is famously home to the Southern Hemisphere’s oldest golf course. Get a group together and have a hit, playing under some unusual rules. It’s worth stopping by to see the Australian Golf Museum while you’re here. So if you’re into golf then Bothwell is the perfect trip for you! The historic town also boats several stone cottages and it also has a popular whisky distillery.
Mt Field National Park
This area is one of the most beautiful national parks in all of Tasmania. Visitors are treated to an incredible range of vegetation and wildlife as they trek through forests and alpine sections. As you embark on these stunning walks, make sure you put aside time for a visit to Russell Falls. Pack a picnic and enjoy the day next to the refreshing waterfall. The Lake Dobson area is also popular for hiking in the summer and skiing in winter.
Port Arthur is world-famous, for all the wrong reasons. It was known as the site where some of the most notorious convicts were sent when the British settled in Australia. In 1996, it was the scene of one of Australia’s greatest tragedies where 35 people were shot dead. People still come to the World Heritage listed site at Port Arthur because of its long history. The buildings have been restored and a tour through here will make you feel as if you’ve stepped back in time to the early days of British Australia.