I had always wanted to visit Tasmania, and I’m so glad I finally did! I had a fantastic time and enjoyed every moment of our Tasmanian trip. Tasmania is just so naturally beautiful and peaceful compared to the rest of Australia’s mainland states. I had heard mixed reviews about Tasmania and accessibility, so I decided to stick to Tasmania’s capital city of Hobart for our first visit as I wasn’t sure how accessible it would be. But to my surprise, I was rather impressed with the wheelchair access at all the places we visited. During our Hobart Adventure, I discovered a number of accessible options available in Hobart and throughout Tasmania for those with limited mobility. I look forward to sharing the accessible tips, locations and activities we discovered during our Wheelie Accessible Adventure in Hobart!
We flew with Qantas from Brisbane to Hobart with a layover in Melbourne. When booking the flight to Hobart, I discovered a lot of the Qantas planes flying to Hobart were on the boeing 717s. I needed to ensure I didn’t book on the 717s as the cargo hold on those planes are too short for most wheelchairs. Therefore I needed to book on a 737 as that plane can take my wheelchair. Click here to read full review.
During our 5 days in Hobart, we stayed at the RACV/RACT Hobart Apartments in an accessible room. The apartment was a good size and catered for the 3 of us nicely. It also had a connecting room next door, so it would be a great option for a family or a group of people that need a large accessible bathroom. The apartment is located in a perfect spot in the heart of Hobart, and is walking distance to most locations. Click here to read full review on RACV/RACT Hobart Apartments.
Public Transport seems to be very limited in Hobart. There are no trains, so the only options are via bus or car.
Our Apartment was located in a great spot in Hobart City, and because of this, we were able to walk everywhere where we wanted to go within the city. We didn’t have any need to catch public buses in Hobart, so I cannot comment on their accessibility, but I do believe the public bus network around Hobart is wheelchair accessible.
We also wanted to visit a few places outside of Hobart, such as the Port Arthur Historic Site. After a lot of investigating we found the only tour company with an accessible shuttle bus to Port Arthur is Grayline tours. Sadly the accessible bus wasn’t available for our dates. Because of the limited transport we decided to rent a car during our stay. To read my full review on transport to Port Arthur and Hobart transport options including wheelchair car rentals please click here.
A lot of the older buildings in and around Hobart are not accessible, but this was to be expected of course, so we stayed clear of the older buildings and shop fronts that had stairs
I found the city overall very accessible. We did a fair amount of walking around Hobart during our trip, and I actually found the footpaths around the city a lot more accessible than most major cities like Melbourne CBD. Hobart footpaths were well maintained and very flat, because of this there was no part during our stay in Hobart were the footpaths caused any access issues and all public areas were accessible via lift or ramp.
There are so many accessible things to see and do in Tasmania. Sadly we didn’t get to see everything during our stay, but this gives us a good excuse to go back, doesn’t it! While in Hobart we sadly ran out of time to visit the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, The Maritime Museum of Tasmania and the Mawson’s Huts Replica Museum, but I believe these attractions are all wheelchair friendly.
However, we did visit some amazing places during our trip such as Zoodoo Zoo in Richmond, The Port Arthur Historic Site and Lavender Farm in Port Arthur and some magnificent natural creations along the Tasman peninsula. On the last day of our trip, we were able to do a beautiful lunch cruise on Peppermint Bay Cruises, which departs from Brooke st pier in Hobart. For a full accessible review on these places please click below.
Cat and Fiddle Arcade. We did some shopping at the Cat and Fiddle Arcade. The shopping centre is located in the heart of Hobart City, and is only a short walk from the RACV/RACT Apartments . The Cat and Fiddle shopping complex is fully accessible.
Hogs breath Hobart. We had dinner at Hogs breath Hobart one night, which was just a short walk up the road from where we were staying. Hogs breath Hobart is wheelchair accessible. However, it was a little squishy for the wheelchair due to the table layout and being a very busy night. They did have some trouble deciding on an appropriate table for a wheelchair. We did ask to be moved when we were seated, as they put us in the doorway, where the waiters walk out of the kitchen. We were only sitting down for about 2 minutes before someone walked into us. They then re-seated us to a much safer table. The food at Hogs Breath Hobart was very nice, and the staff were all friendly.
Fish Frenzy. One night we had fish and chips at fish Frenzy which is located on the docks near the boating yard at Brooke st pier. The seafood was amazing, and the small seafood restaurant is fully wheelchair accessible and step free.
Brooke st pier. There are a number of restaurants and cafes around the harbour and at Brooke st pier. Brooke st Pier is fully wheelchair accessible with disabled facilities.
Our Tasmania Adventure is by far one of my most favourite Adventures. The atmosphere there was so relaxing and peaceful, and the natural beauty of Tassie alone makes you not want to leave. The people there were all so laid back and friendly, which is a welcome change to rushing city life on the mainland. Even-though accessibility wasn’t 100% due to the heritage and the historic buildings still in place, there are still many accessible locations to see and activities to do throughout Hobart and the rest of the state of Tasmania for those with limited mobility. I am sure visitors will fall in love with Tasmania as much as we did. We can not wait to visit and explore more of Tassie again one day soon.
To learn more about beautiful Tasmania visit www.discovertasmania.com.au
In my opinion I give Hobart City a rating of 4 for wheelchair accessibility
* I was not financially compensated for this review. The review is based on my own opinion and personal experience.*