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Australia Day in Hobart 2024: What’s on in the city

Find out how you can celebrate this upcoming Australia Day in Tasmania’s capital.

Looking to celebrate in Hobart on the 26 January? Look no further with our guide on the city's main things to do, free events, what's open and the latest deals.

Australia Day fireworks in Hobart

Unfortunately, Hobart doesn't host Australia Day fireworks.

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Australia Day events in Hobart for 2023

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Sandy Bay Regatta and Citizenship CeremonyThe Sandy Bay Regatta has been running since 1849, making it one of the longest-running regattas in the world. It's come to be associated with Australia Day in Hobart, complete with the City of Hobart Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony.Long Beach, Sandy Bay8am–2pmFreeMore info
Tasman Regatta and Peninsula FeastThe celebrations continue to 28 January with the annual Tasman Peninsula Feast finding on Saturday.

Held in Nubeena, which is 1.5 hours east of Hobart, this event sees the sleepy coastal town come alive in celebration of its marine ties. Expect a fishing competition, crab racing, kayaking and bay swimming as well as more Australian-inspired activities such as gumboot throwing.

21 Clarke Street, Nubeena 71844pm–10pmFreeMore info
Kingston Australia Day SwimThe annual ocean swim gives participants the option of a 500-metre or 1.5-kilometre circuit. It's sure to be a fun day out for all.Kingston BeachFrom 7amFreeMore info
Women's International CricketCatch Australia's best players as they battle it out against Pakistan in this thrilling match-up.Blundstone ArenaFrom 7.05pmFrom $5More info

Things to do on Australia Day in Hobart

Hobart plays host to a wide variety of activities from water sports to day cruises, all available this Australia Day.

Get among the native wildlife and outdoors

From feeding some of Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary's cuddliest of residents to biking up Mount Wellington – getting that fresh air has never been easier.

Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary Feeding Tour
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary Feeding Tour

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Day Tour in Mt. Field, Mt. Wellington, Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and Richmond
Day Tour in Mt. Field, Mt. Wellington, Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and Richmond

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Exclusive Night Tours Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Exclusive Night Tours Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary

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Indulge in an Australian culinary experience

Forget cooking this Australia Day. There's a wide variety of wine, whiskey and gourmet food tours to choose from to celebrate local produce.

Whisky Distillery Tour with Tasting, Lunch and Wine
Whisky Distillery Tour with Tasting, Lunch and Wine

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Bruny Island All Inclusive Gourmet Day Trip
Bruny Island All Inclusive Gourmet Day Trip

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Be a tourist in your own city for the day

See your city like you've never seen it before. Get your walking shoes on for a Hobart walking tour or sit back and relax as someone else takes the wheel on a guided tour. What better day than Australia Day to get to know a bit of local history?

kunanyi/Mt Wellington Tour & Hobart Hop-On Hop-Off Bus
kunanyi/Mt Wellington Tour & Hobart Hop-On Hop-Off Bus

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Private Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens Walking Tour
Private Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens Walking Tour

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Enjoy a cruise on Australia Day

Want to head out onto the water but would rather keep the beach towels at home? Look no further than a Derwent River, Betsey Island or Tasman Peninsula cruise.

Day Trip to Tasman Peninsula and Port Arthur Historic Site
Day Trip to Tasman Peninsula and Port Arthur Historic Site

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See Hobart from the skies

Go to new heights on 26 January as you climb aboard your choice of scenic flight options over Hobart.

Freycinet National Park Scenic Flight
Freycinet National Park Scenic Flight

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Top free things to do on Australia Day in Hobart

  • Walk through the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens. Spend your Australia Day picnicking and wandering through one of Tasmania's most pristine gardens.
  • Get among the art at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG). Just in case the weather isn't too favourable come Australia Day, consider a day taking in the finest art Tasmania has to offer.
  • Swim at Seven Mile Beach. If the sun is out, then you can't look past a day spent on the sand and by the sea.
  • Spend the day at Waterworks Reserve. Get the picnic blanket out and enjoy a day out with the whole family. The Waterworks Reserve is open daily.

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What's open on Australia Day in Hobart?

Hobart attractions

AttractionAustralia Day trading hoursWhere to book
Day Tour in Mt. Field, Mt. Wellington, Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and Richmond12pm–6pmTripadvisor
kunanyi/Mt Wellington Tour & Hobart Hop-On Hop-Off Bus12pm–6pmTripadvisor
MONA12pm–6pmViator
Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens8am–6pmTripadvisor
Cape Bruny Lighthouse9am–4pmKlook
Cascade Brewery10am–5pm
Zoodoo Zoo9am–5pm
Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery10am–4pm
Mawson's Huts Replica Museum10am–5pm
Hobart Convict Penitentiary10am–2:30pm
Parliament House9am–5pm
Salamanca Arts Centre10am–6pm

Are shops open on Australia Day in Hobart?

Find the Australia Day trading hours for the major Hobart shopping centres below:

  • Centrepoint Hobart: 9am–5:30pm (TBC)
  • Eastlands: 9am–5:30pm
  • Northgate Shopping Centre: 9am–5:30pm
  • The Cat & Fiddle Arcade: 9am–5:30pm
  • Elizabeth Street Mall: 9am–5pm
  • Wellington Centre: 7am–10pm

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Stephanie Yip

Stephanie Yip was the travel editor at Finder and has been writing about travel and lifestyle for over a decade. She has written for a range of travel publications including Thomas Cook Magazine and Showpo. Stephanie has a Bachelor of Communications from the University of Technology Sydney, Australia, and has visited over 50 countries (and counting). She has a passion for sharing her experiences and knowledge of travel and helping consumers stretch their travel cash while on holiday. See full profile

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