Nearby Places to Visit in Hobart

Here is a quick summary of places to visit, most within walking distance from the Hotel Grand Chancellor.

Mawson Huts Replica Museum

Experience the cramped conditions and imagine the atmosphere that Douglas Mawson and his fellow expeditioners endured in their huts at Cape Dennison in Antarctica.  Mawson sailed in the whale ship Aurora from the Hobart Docks in December 1911, bound for Macquarie Island and Antarctica, the first Australian based expedition. The museum displays original and replica items displayed just as Mawson and his party would have placed them.  Website.
Location: Cnr Morrison Street & Argyle Street. Open 7 days a week from 9am to 6pm.

Theatre Royal

Noel Coward described the Theatre Royal as “a dream of a theatre” no doubt because of its design, age and history.  Opening in 1837 amongst public houses, brothels, factories and tiny workers’ cottages of Wapping that were prevalent in the area at the time, the theatre has seen some of the world’s great actors tread the boards.  Adjacent to the theatre the new $96 million Hedberg performing arts centre is being constructed that will become a contemporary landmark  enhancing Hobart’s beloved Theatre Royal.  The new centre will strengthenTasmania’s position as a leader in the creative, performing and digital arts.  While construction is taking place the Theatre Royal is not expected to be open until May 2019.
Location: 29 Campbell Street.

Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts

An extraordinary collection of rare books, colonial works of art, furniture, silver, glass, fine china and objets d’art are on permanent display. The collection was a bequest by Henry Allport as a memorial to the Allport family.  Website
Location: 91 Murray Street.

Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery

The Museum was was established in 1846 by the Royal Society of Tasmania, the oldest Royal Society outside England. The many permanent collections include treasures of Colonial and Arts and Crafts collections, including works by notable artists such as John Glover, Benjamin Duterreau and W C Piguenit, Islands to Ice examines the definitions, perceptions and mythology of Antarctica and the Southern Ocean and Tasmania’s unique geological history that hosts an unusual complement of plants and animals.  Website
Location: Dunn Place across the car park from Hotel Grand Chancellor.

Maritime Museum of Tasmania

Located in the historic Carnegie Building it is a fitting home for the collection of ship models, artefacts, paintings and images. The collection illustrates the Tasmanian connection with the sea through early exploration, ship building, fishing and industries relying on the sea for their trade. Website
Location: 16 Argyle Street.

John Elliott Classics Museum

Established in 1955 this boutique antiquities museum houses examples of the art and culture of the major ancient Mediterranean civilisations.
Location: University Centre, University Of Tasmania,  Churchill Avenue, Sandy Bay.
Admission: Free

Street Sculptures, Statues and more

Strolling the Hobart streets there are many interesting statues and street sculptures.  A brief list that you will see include:

  • Tasmanian Antarctic explorer Louis Bernacchi with his dog and old style camera adjacent to Victoria Dock sculptured by Tasmanian Stephen Walker. It commemorates the ports role in Antarctic explorations.
  • Hobart Town (1804) First Settlers Association monument listing names of those who came with Lt Col Collins to settle Hobart Town on 20 February 1804.  The monument is in Hunter Street next to Victoria Dock.
  • Footsteps Towards Freedom. A creation of the Irish sculptor Rowan Gillespie these statues represent the hardship experienced by convict women and children who made the journey to Van Diemen’s Land and were imprisoned at Hobart’s historic Cascades Female Factory.
  • Huskie Memorial Bronze Statues next to the Mawson’s Huts.
  • The Tasman Monument was created by local sculptor Stephen Walker. It represents three ships and Abel Janszoon Tasman who sighted Van Diemans Land in 1642.

Salamanca Place and Market

The now world famous Salamanca Market that extends the length of Salamanca Place attracts visitors from around the world to the myriad of stalls selling a wide range of arts and crafts.  Locals also love this market including buying their weekly supply of fruit and vegetables.

Parliament House

Situated close to the wharves of Sullivans Cove this building was originally the Customs House.  In 1856 it was converted to Parliament House in order to accommodate the new bicameral parliament although Customs remained resident in the building until 1904.
Location: 1 Salamanca Place.

Hobart Convict Penitentiary

Predating Port Arthur this grim building encompassed thirty-six solitary confinement cells, a chapel, gallows and underground tunnels.  Some 40,000 convicts passed through this site that was built in the 1830s. Website
Location: Cnr Campbell Street & Brisbane Street.

St Davids Park

Named after Van Diemans Land’s first governor, Lt Col David Collins this became the colony’s first burial ground where many of the town’s early prominent citizens were buried. It was also the site for the first church in the colony.
Location: Cnr Davey Street and Sandy Bay Road.

Franklin Square

The Square is a popular place for city workers seeking a pleasant lunchtime venue or shoppers taking a break.  The imposing statue of Sir John Franklin, the Tasmanian Governor and polar explorer, was presented to Tasmania by his widow Lady Jane. Within or adjacent to the Square there are other statues of King Edward VII and Dr William Lodewyk Crowther (1817-1885). Location: 70 Macquarie Street

MONA – Museum of Old and New Art

In just over seven years MONA has earned an international reputation as a must see museum.  The museum houses over 1,900 artistic works from David Walsh’s private collection and the architecture of the building which is largely underground is also quite amazing.
Located a pleasant 25 minute ferry ride north of the city to the museum at Berriedale, or a 20 minute 12km drive from Hobart’s Hotel Grand Chancellor. The camouflaged catamaran sails regularly between Brooke Street Pier and Mona. There are 99 steps upon arrival at Mona.
Admission: Tickets are $28 for adults and $25 concession. Tasmanians are admitted free. Identity is requested on entry.