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No Car Required: Tips for Exploring Hobart on Foot

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If you don’t have, or don’t want the stress of having a car, Hobart is a wonderful city to explore on foot. While there are a few friendly hills to navigate, you won’t have to worry about figuring out Hobart’s one way streets or paying for parking.

The city is a very manageable size to walk around in and public transport is readily available to key attractions that are a bit further out. Most buses and ferries are accessible to people with mobility restrictions (please check with operators before you book).

We’ve put together some tips to help you explore Hobart without a car.

How to get to Hobart from the airport

The Hobart Airport is around a 20-minute drive from the Hobart CBD. Travelling between the two is easy and low-cost with the SkyBus Hobart Express service (plus, there’s free on-board WiFi). The buses run every day including public holidays, departing at least every 30 minutes throughout the day. The buses are mobility-enhanced, with access for passengers who use wheelchairs.

Book your SkyBus ticket online.

If you arrive on an early flight and don’t want the hassle of worrying about your luggage, check out Hobart Luggage Storage.

Exploring Hobart on foot

Your boots were made for walking and that’s just what they’ll do around Hobart. Full disclosure: there are a few hills to navigate between the waterfront and the city (luckily there are lots of cafes and pubs around to keep your energy levels up).

Things to do on foot:

Adventures departing from Hobart

Public transport is available from Hobart to all the major attractions, most commonly by bus or ferry (alternatively, catch a taxi or Uber or hire a bike). There are also a range of guided tours that depart from Hobart and explore different regions of Southern Tasmania. Pop into the Tasmanian Travel and Information Centre for information and help with bookings.

Things to do in Hobart & beyond:

Adventures departing from Hobart Airport

Don’t panic, heading back to the airport doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s already time to leave. Some breathtaking scenic tours depart from the Hobart Airport at Cambridge. Catch the SkyBus there, then take to the skies!

  • Par Avion Wilderness Tours run light plane trips to special, remote places. Choose from half-day or full-day tours of the Southwest National Park, or an overnight stay at their wilderness camp on the shores of Bathurst Harbour.
  • Rotorlift Aviation offer customisable helicopter tours, taking in stunning scenery from the skies above Hobart and beyond.

Stay in charming Hobart digs

Accommodation in Hobart tends to blend old-world charm with modern luxury. Here are a few of our tips (browse Where to Stay for more options):

At the end of your Hobart adventure, catch the SkyBus back to the airport. Be sure to come down for air again soon!

Check out the upcoming events in Southern Tasmania.

We love it when you share your adventures with us! Share your snaps by tagging @hobartandbeyond and using #HobartandBeyond on Instagram and Facebook – we’ll share our favourite pics on social media and in the blog.

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Header image:
Hobart waterfront | @deni_cupit/Instagram

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