In part four of our Savvy Series (see parts 1-3 here), the Credit Savvy team pulls on a jumper and heads south to the food, wine and art hub that is Hobart. Check out these ten things to do in Hobart that won’t blow your budget:

  1. If art is your thing (or even if it isn’t) the world renowned MONA (Museum of Old and New Art) located beneath Moorilla winery and Moo Brew brewery is a must. Tickets are $20 for adults and under 18s are free, and you can drive there in 20 mins from the city or catch the ‘MONA ROMA’ ferry from the Hobart waterfront. Visit the winery and brewery while you’re there and on weekends enjoy the live music from 1pm on the lawns.
  1. Hobart prides itself on great coffee and all day breakfasts not to be missed, so head down to Salamanca Square and into the Machine Laundry Café – their delicious menu is popular with locals and tourists alike, plus if need be you can do your laundry while you eat!
  1. Spend the day or at least the morning browsing your way through the Salamanca Markets which are held every Saturday from 8:30am. The market has over 300 stalls showcasing the best of Tasmanian produce and handcrafted jewellery, wood and art.
  1. While usually cloaked in snow, a drive or walk up the towering Mt Wellington will enable you to enjoy amazing vistas over the city. There are a range of bushwalks to the top, but if that’s not your style, it’s a mere 20 minute drive to the summit from the city centre.
  1. Once you’re done up the mountain why not stop on the way down and take a tour through Australia’s oldest brewery, Cascade Brewery, located just at the base of the mountain.
  1. Wander the Hobart waterfront – there are plenty of yachts, restaurants, bars and shops to explore as well as the large glass floating Brook St Pier which houses boutique market stalls. If you want to splash out on an afternoon drink, go and sit in the Glasshouse and enjoy the 280 degree water view.
  1. A 40 minute drive out of the city will get you to Bruny Island, this idyllic island accessible by ferry houses a treasure trove of food and nature opportunities, like the Bruny Island Cheese Co, and is perfect for touring around by car or bike, or get some accommodation and stay on the island.
  1. Take a stroll through the beautiful and vast Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, entry is a gold coin donation, and it is perfect for a picnic if the weather agrees.
  1. Since you’re visiting the Apple Isle it would only make sense to drop into the Willie Smith’s Cider House and Apple Museum, it’s a gold coin donation to see the small but well done museum. You can stay for lunch and get a tasting board of their award winning Willie Smith Organic Apple Cider and tasty local cuisine.
  1. Finally no matter the season, Hobart has a festival to match. In summer, MOFO, The Wooden Boat Festival and the Taste of Tasmania are the places to be. Then in winter locals and visitors alike enjoy as the Dark MOFO festival heats up Hobart.

Have some budget-friendly Hobart tips to add to ours? Please share in the comments!

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