Hobart in Summer

Hobart comes alive over summer with a huge variety of festivals, events and things to do. If you like it warm, but not as warm as the mainland and plenty of sunlight hours then make sure to check out Hobart over the summer months.

Here are a few of our favourite things to do, events and places to go over summer in Tasmania.

Events and Festivals

Major Events

Hobart and surrounding regions play host to a number of major events and festivals.

For major music and arts festivals you can't go past Falls Festival at Marion Bay over new years. Falls Festivals brings together a huge lineup of international and Australian acts with a family friendly camping festival environment.

The Taste of Tasmania Festival runs from the 28th of December to the 3rd of January each year and features a huge selection of Tasmania's best food, wine, whisky and craft beer producers. The Taste is free to get into on most nights and features live entertainment, DJ's and more.

MONA FOMA happens in late January and is held out in the suburbs at the MONA museum. The festival features an eclectic lineup of performances as well as some fantastic food and fine.

The Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race Village is always a highlight of summer and the new years period. The race village is the best places to see the yachts up close including many of the Maxi's before they head back to Sydney.

The Australian Wooden Boat Festival happens every two years and is the largest gathering of wooden boats in the Southern Hemisphere. Head down to the Hobart waterfront to see the fleet on display and explore the different sheds to get idea on your next boat build.

Cygnet Folk Festival happens in mid January and brings together a huge array of local and interstate folk artists throughout the small town of Cygnet. Head out and enjoy the music and explore this folksy little town.

Small and Weekly Events

There are always small and weekly events to check out around Hobart with some amazing opportunities to soak up the summer sun into the evening.

Street Eats @ Franko happens every Friday night at Franklin Square in the centre of Hobart. The event features a wide selection of local food and craft beers and there is always a spot on the grass to sit and gather with friends to enjoy dinner and some local bands.

Salamanca Market happens every Saturday in Salamanca place on the Hobart waterfront. You can find a huge selection of Tasmanian produce, gifts, crafts and souvenirs.

Hobart Food Truck Market happens regularly on Sundays at Macquarie Point next to the Hobart Brewing Company. It's a great spot to grab a beer and enjoy everything from a burger to tacos and plenty of unique international cuisine.

Places to go around Hobart

There are plenty of unique and interesting places to explore in and around Hobart over the summer months, here are a few of our favourite spots.

Mt Wellington

When it gets hot we love to head up the mountain and enjoy the breeze at the springs or the summit. There are plenty of great walks and it's always a good spot to go for a ride with the North South Track winding it's way across the mountain. There are a number of waterfalls hidden away around the foothills that are worth checking out as well if you feel like a walk in the forest.

The Tasman Peninsula

Just a 90 minute drive from Hobart the Tasman Peninsula has heaps to see and do. Spend a day at Port Arthur exploring the colonial and convict ruins and see how hard life was for the early settlers and convicts that were brought to Tasmania. Keep an eye out while you are there for the ghosts and spirits that still haunt the old buildings today.

If you are up for a walk head out to the three capes along the huge sea cliffs for stunning views, you can also take a boat cruise out along the water that offer a chance to see dolphins, seals, penguins and even whales.

Richmond and the Coal Valley

Just a short drive from Hobart is Richmond located in the Coal Valley. Richmond is a historic convict town with some great old colonial buildings filled with shops and cafes to explore. Richmond is also home to the oldest stone span bridge in Australia that is spectacular to see in the afternoon sun and especially right before sunset.

Head back out into the country side and you can explore a variety of farms and vineyards, many with their own farm gates and cellar doors.

South Arm

South Arm is a peninsula running through the Derwent Estuary and is a great place to go if you are looking for a nice beach to go for a swim. If you are looking for a nice sheltered beach to take a swim you can't go past Cremorne or Opposum Bay. Cremorne is generally nice a sheltered and is a great place to just go for a walk or dip your toe in. Opossum bay is also very sheltered and shallow and is a great spot if you have young children.

If you are looking for surf make sure to check out Clifton Beach, it usually has nice swell and is a great place to jump in with a boogie board or to just play in the surf.

Mt Field National Park

If you are looking for another spot to cool down head north to Mt Field and into the rainforest. This is a great spot to check out waterfalls such as Russell Falls and keep an eye out for local wildlife such as Echidna, Pademelon and even the elusive Platypus.

Bruny Island

Bruny Island is another great spot to spend a day or even stay a few nights. The island has plenty to see and do with some great local produce and plenty of stunning scenery. Head to the south of the island to explore the old Lighthouse and South Bruny National Park. The Lighthouse was the oldest operating in Australia and has it's own unique history. Make sure to stop off for a swim at Adventure Bay and check out the berry farm while you are there. If you are after sea food you can't go past Get Shucked and for cheese the Bruny Island Cheese and Beer Co. is one of the best around.

Tours and Things to do

Hobart has some amazing tours and things to do to keep you busy all summer no matter what you are into. Here are a few of our favourite and our most popular things to do.

Getting Around

One of the best ways to get around Hobart over summer is to jump on the Big Red City Loop busses. These run to a number of major attractions including Cascade Brewery, Brooke Street Pier, Salamanca Place, Battery Point and the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens. Grab a 48 hour ticket and you can jump on and off as many times as you like over two days.

Tasman Peninsula Sea Cliffs Cruise

Southern Tasmania has some stunning coastline to explore with cliffs stretching hundreds of metres above you and an abundance of marine life including seals, dolphins and even whales making an appearance at the right time of year. One of the best ways to experience this part of the world is on the water. Pennicott Wilderness Journeys run tours daily on the Tasman Peninsula in boats modified especially for eco cruises.


Tasmania is one of Australia's best destinations for Kayaking with a huge variety of coast lines to explore from white sandy beaches to stunning sea cliffs and even the Hobart waterfront. If you have never kayaked before this is the best time to do it with Roaring 40's running daily kayak tours around the Hobart waterfront.

Wine Tasting

Catch a bus from Hobart and head out to some of Tasmania's best wineries and wine makers. Get the opportunity to sample some of our local wines and meet the families and wine makers behind them.

Scenic Flights

Take a flight out of Hobart over the coast and mountains of South West Tasmania and on to Melaleuca in the South West World Heritage Wilderness area. While there go for a boat cruise to Port Davey and Bathurst Harbour

Hobart Summer Tours

Check out some of our favourite tours to do in Hobart over summer.

Tasman Peninsula Kayak Day Tour

Hobart Twilight Sailing and Racing

Hobart Historic Walking Tour

Tasman Island Cruises Full Day Tour from Hobart + Devil Park