The Absolute Best 7 Things to do for Free in Hobart

Ways to save cash but still have a blast

A wooden path cuts through rocks, at the top of Mount Wellington. Climb up the top to experience Hobart like a local.
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We’ve got you covered for those times when you’ve spent too much but still need to get out and about. Here’s the best list of things to do for free in Hobart.

1. Visit Mona

A concrete ceiling and colourful wall of artwork at MONA museum. MONA is a great free activity in Hobart for kids.
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The owner of Museum of Old and New Art (Mona) once described this place as a “subversive adult Disneyland”. There’s a wonderful, yet controversial, collection of 300 artworks on display in a building that’s sure to impress. Mona’s free for residents of Tasmania and anyone under 18.

2. Drive up kunanyi / Mount Wellington

Lady standing at the top of Mount Wellington on a wooden platform overlooking Hobart city; a wonderfully free Hobart activity
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An all time favourite activity to do for free in Hobart is to drive to the top of kunanyi / Mount Wellington. Weaving through the rainforest on your way to the top, makes you forget that you’re still only minutes from downtown Hobart. Once you’re at the summit, you can enjoy stunning views across the city from various lookouts. Just remember to pack your warm clothes – it’s cold no matter what time of the year!

3. Wander the Royal Tasmanian Botanic Gardens

Green leaves against a blue sky; visiting the Royal Tasmanian Gardens is another thing to do for free in Hobart
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Spend your afternoon walking through the 14 hectares of stunning gardens, located just minutes from Hobart’s CBD. You could even take a picnic and soak up the sunshine. The Royal Tasmanian Botanic Gardens are a wonderful way to get out and about for free in Hobart.

4. Soak up the atmosphere at Salamanca Markets

Crowds walking past old sandstone buildings, with market stalls in the back, at Salamanca markets
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As any Tasmanian knows, the vibrant outdoor Salamanca markets are an institution that operate every Saturday morning. Best part is you don’t need to spend anything to enjoy yourself here. Just wander around and enjoy the bustling atmosphere or the people watching! It’s one of our favourite things to do for free in the heart of Hobart city.

5. Set out on a bushwalk

Man with his back to the camera staring at a waterfall coming down some rocks in Mt Field National Park; a day adventure from Hobart for free
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There are so many wonderful bush trails in and around Hobart, with no entry fee required! It’s the perfect way to save some money and get fit at the same time. Check out the website Greater Hobart Trails to see which track works for you. 

6. Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery

If you want to soak up some art, look at some artefacts or learn about Tasmania’s history, then this is the place for you! The gallery is located in the heart of Hobart and the best part is that its totally free (though donations are always welcome).  

7. Visit one of the many beaches

A large stretch of sand with waves lapping the shore, at the popular Clifton Beach
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Tasmania is blessed with some of the most scenic beaches in the world. Unlike other beaches, they’re so uncrowded so you don’t have to fight people for space on the sand! Our top picks for beaches you can swim near Hobart are Seven Mile Beach, Clifton Beach or South Arm Beach. So grab your friends and your wetsuit (beware, the water is always cold) and make the most of these incredible free beaches near Hobart

Stay in Hobart

Now you’ve tuckered yourself out exploring one of the world’s best cities, you’re going to want to rest up in your hotel room and get ready for tomorrow’s adventures! Check out the full list of excellent hotel options in Hobart here.

There are loads of ways to still get out and about for free in Hobart. So what are you waiting for? Start exploring today.


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