When your ship docks at Hobart, Tasmania, excursions are designed to show you the most picturesque, sophisticated, and fun side of Australia’s southernmost island. Given that Hobart was founded as a 19th century penal colony, that’s a remarkable feat indeed.
If you’re intrigued by the infamous penal colony beginnings of Hobart, Tasmania excursions to Port Arthur are the way to go. Take a guided tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site where you’ll hear haunting stories of how the penitentiary developed in the 1830s, first as a timber station and then as a ship-building area to provide convicts with training and skills. Walk the site and see the Isle of the Dead cemetery, where convicts, soldiers, and settlers are buried.
Tasmania shore excursions to Richmond, a colonial town not far from Hobart, offer an opportunity to step back in time as you view Georgian-style buildings, walk over Australia’s oldest bridge, visit Australia’s oldest Catholic church, explore the museums, galleries, and shops, including a traditional lolly shop with an exceptional array of sweets.
For an exceptional day ashore from your cruise to Tasmania, spend time discovering the exotic wildlife on visits to the oldest trout hatchery in the southern hemisphere, a fishing museum, and the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, home to rescued koalas, kangaroos, wombats, and Tasmanian devils. If your fascination with Tasmania’s most famous marsupial, the Tasmanian devil, remains unabated, book an excursion to Tasmanian Devil Conservation Park.
As a food and wine fancier on a cruise to Australia, you can sip and savor your way through the Hobart area on Tasmania shore excursions to wineries, breweries, and oyster farms. Learn about how oysters are farmed and taste freshly harvested ones. Sample brews and boutique wines from Australia’s oldest brewery, finest pubs, and best wineries.
You can learn about the culture of Tasmania and various aspects of the art world when you book a tour to the MONA, the Museum of Old and New Art. Located on the grounds of the Moorilla winery, it is the largest privately funded museum in the Southern Hemisphere. Its collections are wide-ranging, edgy, and endlessly fascinating.