Combine a Hobart city sightseeing tour with a Derwent River cruise and visit to Australia’s newest and most controversial art museum, MONA, the Museum of Old and New Art. See all the city sights on a comprehensive Hobart tour, and be inspired by the MONA’s hugely varied collection -- there’s everything from Neolithic tools to edgy contemporary installations. Enjoy a morning city sighseeing tour and a visit to MONA.
Your morning sightseeing tour of central Hobart takes in all the sights, including the Georgian warehouses lining Salamanca Place, the Victoria and Constitution docks on the waterfront, the charming houses of Battery Point and the beautifully landscaped Royal Tasmania Botanical Gardens. The tour also highlights Hobart’s grand 19th-century buildings, including Parliament House, St David’s Cathedral, the Treasury Building, GPO and town hall, Queen’s Domain and Government House.
See the lovely Georgian St George’s Church, and take in views along the coast to Wrest Point Casino and exclusive Sandy Bay. Stop at Anglesea Barracks and visit south Hobart at the foot of Mt Wellington. Also see Cascade Brewery’s gardens and grand old building, and the ruins of the Female Factory, once used as a female prison.
Cross the Tasman Bridge over the Derwent River and take in views over Kangaroo Bay Marina and Bellerive. The tour also stops at Rosny Hill lookout for stunning views over Hobart, Sandy Bay, Mt Wellington, the Tasman Bridge and Glenorchy.
Your morning visit to MONA starts with a scenic ferry ride along the Derwent River. Arriving by boat is essential to the MONA experience, underscoring the impression that you are visiting a very special place.
Admire MONA’s cutting-edge complex of modern buildings on your approach to the museum's entrance, then lose yourself in Australia’s largest privately funded gallery of ancient and modern artworks, collected and exhibited by Tasmanian-born entrepreneur David Walsh.
From mixed-media installations to 3D sculptures and ancient mummies, get ready to be enthralled, inspired and sometimes confronted by this collection exploring the inner recesses of the human experience and psyche.
While touring the collections, you can learn more about the exhibits via a hand-held touch-screen device, and interact by recording your own impressions and responses.
The collection is vast, so relax while you’re at MONA by visiting the museum’s restaurant, cafe or wine bar, with its cellar door highlighting the region's local wines (own expense).
Leaving MONA, return to Brooke Street Pier in central Hobart by coach.