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Top 25 cheap or free things to do in Hobart
September 13, 2017
When you’re saving for a home, it becomes second nature to sniff out the free and low-cost event and activities happening in your city. For Hobart residents, the good news is, you don’t have to miss out on the fun stuff simply because you’re on a budget. Here are the best 25 things you can do in Hobart for free (or at least really cheap!)
- If you love art and culture, your first stop should be the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery. Free admission and a diverse range of artwork and exhibitions make this a great day out!
- Drive up North to Bridestowe Estate and see the fields of lavender: entry is free, and it smells divine.
- Check out Golden Hour out at The Hazards in Freycinet National Park – a set of mountains that puts on a beautiful sunset each day.
- Go for a swim at Bay of Fires, just North of Hobart, and enjoy the crystal-clear water and white sand.
- If you’re in Tasmania in the month of October, visit the Bloomin’ Tulips Festival where you can experience spring as it should be – with lots of sun, and lots of colour.
- Visit Tasmania’s Salamanca Markets, held every Saturday at Hobart’s waterfront, offering a diverse range of woodwork, fashion, jewellery, ceramics, glassware and food and produce.
- Take one of the walks around Cradle Mountain National Park to experience serenity like no other, and breath in the cleanest air in the world – no wonder it’s featured on the UNESCO World Heritage List!
- Stroll around The Royal Tasmanian Botanical Garden, where you can spend hours exploring the flora and entry is just a gold coin donation.
- The Penitentiary Chapel, also known as The Tench, is a historically significant convict site found right in the heart of Hobart. Admission is $15, and you can even book a ghost tour.
- See a movie at the State Cinema Hobart, an iconic theatre that is over 100 years old.
- Take a walking tour around Battery Point. Settled early in the 1800s, this neighbourhood is filled with colonial architecture and history and is a fascinating place to explore.
- Walk over the Tasman Bridge for some incredible sights of the harbour.
- Pack a picnic and spend the day at Bellerive Beach.
- Experience the history of Mt Nelson Signal Station and enjoy lunch with views of the city and the Derwent River.
- Take the drive out to Mt Wellington, where there are some historic walking tracks and no entrance fees.
- Check out the Shot Tower in Taroona – admission is only $8!
- Drive out to Richmond, a colonial village, and see Australia’s first convict-built bridge, an old gaol and some amazing vineyards.
- Enjoy the scenery at Mt Field National Park, Tasmania’s first national park.
- Go bird watching at Freycinet National Park.
- Check out the range of interesting exhibitions at Museum of Old and New Art. Under-18s get in free!
- Take a free ride around Hobart on an ARTBIKE.
- Pack some snacks, sunscreen and swimmers and head to Seven Mile Beach.
- Wander around the Henry Jones Art Hotel: until November, the on-site exhibition will be THE BIG BANG, featuring gunpowder works by Steve Woodbury.
- Explore the different historical, cultural and natural attractions at The Queens Domain.
- Dance your heart out at Rektango, a free live music event held every Friday in Salamanca’s Art Centre. It’s family-friendly, so bring the kids!