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Hobart's Dark Past

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Trip at a Glance

  • Company

    Hobart Walking Tours

  • Locations

    Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

  • Activities

    Sightseeing, Walking Tour

  • Price
    $38 AUD per person
  • Duration

    2 hours

  • Avg Distance

    3 km

  • Departure Day(s) and Time(s)

    Thursday, Friday, Saturday 8 p.m.

  • Starting Location

    Outside Henry Jones Art Hotel, 25 Hunter St Hobart

  • Notes

    Bookings essential! Our booked tours will go ahead regardless of the weather, so please dress for the conditions.


  • Brothels, gallows, cemeteries and punishment featured strongly on this tour so it’s not for the faint of heart.
  • Enjoy hearing many dark tales told after dark.
  • Explore the darker side of Hobart’s convict and colonial past.


Trip Info

Discover the dark history of Tasmania’s capital with a walking tour, full of all the grim and grisly, the horrible history of Hobart. This tour is not for the faint of heart and we suggest children to be left at home!

Your guide knows all the juicy scandals and horrible history for those poor souls unfortunate enough to be sent to the feared Van Diemens Land. Brothels, gallows, cemeteries and punishment feature strongly on this tour. There is a lot of history in Hobart and a lot of struggle to go with it. Over the years, the city and its people have seen invasions, executions, smugglers, criminals, convicts, escapees and bushrangers. There have been constant and often extreme divisions between social classes.

Drama, corruption, thieving and tragedy were not uncommon throughout the history of this British colonial city. The locations of many of Hobart’s grim events are preserved to this day. One such thrilling story is about a politician who meddled with a corpse and now has a statue in his honour.

Your adventure awaits!

Hobart Walking Tours

We are a group of tour guides specializing in various walking tours. We have a love for slow, immerse travel, of exploring our city at ground level, through its busy road, elegant buildings and monuments, but also through quieter streets and local hidden corners. Our focus is always on the individual guest and how they would feel on this tour, with that guide.

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