SEPTEMBER 13, 2017

Top 25 cheap or free things to do in Hobart

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!)

  1. 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!
  2. Drive up North to Bridestowe Estate and see the fields of lavender: entry is free, and it smells divine.
  3. Check out Golden Hour out at The Hazards in Freycinet National Park – a set of mountains that puts on a beautiful sunset each day.
  4. Go for a swim at Bay of Fires, just North of Hobart, and enjoy the crystal-clear water and white sand.

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  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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!
  8. Stroll around The Royal Tasmanian Botanical Garden, where you can spend hours exploring the flora and entry is just a gold coin donation.
  9. 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.
  10. See a movie at the State Cinema Hobart, an iconic theatre that is over 100 years old.
  11. 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.
  12. Walk over the Tasman Bridge for some incredible sights of the harbour.
  13. Pack a picnic and spend the day at Bellerive Beach.
  14. Experience the history of Mt Nelson Signal Station and enjoy lunch with views of the city and the Derwent River.
  15. Take the drive out to Mt Wellington, where there are some historic walking tracks and no entrance fees.
  16. Check out the Shot Tower in Taroona – admission is only $8!
  17. Drive out to Richmond, a colonial village, and see Australia’s first convict-built bridge, an old gaol and some amazing vineyards.
  18. Enjoy the scenery at Mt Field National Park, Tasmania’s first national park.
  19. Go bird watching at Freycinet National Park.

    Wineglass Bay, Freycinet National Park

  20. Check out the range of interesting exhibitions at Museum of Old and New Art. Under-18s get in free!
  21. Take a free ride around Hobart on an ARTBIKE.
  22. Pack some snacks, sunscreen and swimmers and head to Seven Mile Beach.
  23. Wander around the Henry Jones Art Hotel: until November, the on-site exhibition will be THE BIG BANG, featuring gunpowder works by Steve Woodbury.
  24. Explore the different historical, cultural and natural attractions at The Queens Domain.
  25. 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!

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