Welcome to Hobart Tasmania
The city of Hobart is the capital city of the state of Tasmania and also was the second place to be settled in Australia after Sydney in 1804. The town soon grew due to its ideal waterside location in a sheltered part of the Derwent estuary. Warehouses and colonial buildings soon developed at the sides of the Sullivan's Cove waterfront.
Hobarts colonial sandstone architecture and parks give Hobartown, or the now Hobart City its real character. A walk along the waterfront, a drink in the pubs and meal in one of the city's renown fish restaurants, can be a very civilised way to spend part of your visit to the wonderful city.
Salamanca Square Is located in the area known as Sullivans Cove, the main waterfront area of Hobart. Salamanca is the area known for its market on Saturdays, galleries, theaters, cafes, bars and restaurants, housed within both historic and modern buildings.
The area was originally built up in the 1830's to store grain, wool, whale oil and imported goods from abroad and in parts still feels like you could meet sailors, whalers and workmen from the past, through its stone arches and cobbled streets.
Behind the city stands Mount Wellington, 1,271 metres (4,170 ft) high with a range of high hill beyond. Adventure is just a short distance away with opportunities to go walking, mountain biking, jet boat adventures and much more.
Hobart is also the gateway o the spectacularly beautiful wildlife haven of Bruny Island. White tailed and sea eagles roam the skies, Whales and dolphins lie just off the coast and can be visited by Bruny Island Cruises. Penguins inhabit the area known as 'The Neck' and the beaches are stunning and the history fascinating. Cook, Abel Tasman, Tobias Furneaux, and the infamous William Bligh.
Bruny Island is a MUST SEE when staying in Hobart. It may well encourage you to stay longer?
Perhaps a ghost tour in Battery Point, walk across Australia’s oldest bridge in Richmond and visit the cute coastal hamlet of Kettering. Cool-climate wineries are present in the Coal Valley as well as up the East coast routes. Freycinet National Park is a main tourist attraction on the East coast and has the Amazing Wine Glass bay at its heart.
It is also possible to go to the infamous penal prison at Port Arthur by taking either a drive or a boat trip from the city with Bruny Island Cruises. Port Arthur is located about 60 k (37 mi) south east of Hobart on the Tasman Peninsula. Port Arthur itself is a small town of about 500 inhabitants and has as its attraction, the former convict settlement of the same name. This ex convict site is one of the best tourist attractions in Australia, with one of the most notorious past convict regimes.
New attractions like Mona The Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) now attracts large amount of visitors. Visitors can take a boat ride from hobart, which adds an extra feature to their visit
Please have a good look through our list of things to do and places to visit around Hobart, you won't be disappointed.