Hobart showcases Tasmania’s unique convict heritage

Hobart Tasmania

Hobart is a contrasting blend of heritage, beautiful scenery and culture.

In the foothills of Mt Wellington, Hobart blends it’s unique convict heritage with picturesque scenery showcasing Tasmania at it’s best.  This is a city with something for everyone!

It’s no wonder Lonely Planet has named Hobart as one of the top ten spots to visit in the world right now.

Tasmania’s capital city and the second oldest capital in Australia after Sydney, Hobart is located at the entrance to the Derwent River.

Settled as a penal colony in 1804, Hobart is steeped in early convict history, surrounded by rustic sandstone cottages, picturesque waterways, rugged mountains and award-winning restaurants.

Tasmania is known for its’ Australian wildlife such as the rare, forty-spotted pardalote, Tasmanian devils, wombats, kangaroos and wallabies.

Tasmanian Devil

DON’T MISS

  • Explore the Salamanca markets
  • Visit extraordinary MONA 
  • Take a Peppermint Bay Cruise

FUN THINGS TO DO IN HOBART

Mount Wellington Vantage Point:  Take a 30-minute drive for exceptional views overlooking Hobart city and the harbour to the summit of Mount Wellington, almost 1300 metres above the city.

Wander the waterfront:  The Hobart waterfront is a beautiful space.  With the old sandstone warehouses of Salamanca Place nearby, a stroll along the docks will take you past the floating Brooke Street Pier the new transport hub for boats and ferries and an open market space for traders and local businesses.

Constitution Dock:   Constitution Dock is the harbour side of the Hobart docks on the Derwent River.  The dock is normally used by motor pleasure boats, yachts, and fishing boats serving the city’s fish market and restaurants.  Constitution Dock is best known as the party venue for the annual Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.

Hobart Salamanca PlaceSalamanca Place:  Salamanca Place is a popular space for both locals and visitors enjoying bars and eateries located along the strip and nearby wharves.  Georgian warehouses built in the 1930s are today’s’ galleries, theatres, craft shops and restaurants.

Salamanca Markets:  The Salamanca Markets are held each Saturday morning. More than 300 stalls selling arts, crafts and produce fill Salamanca Place and a great opportunity to enjoy the local produce and entertainment of Tasmania’s best outdoor market.

Battery Point:  Take a guided tour, or self-guided walking tour of Battery Point.  Hobart’s most historic suburb, a short walk from Salamanca Place and the waterfront.  Battery Point retains the character of a Cornish fishing village of the last century.  You’ll be surprised by the the country cottage feel and the extraordinary views views over the Derwent River.

Bruny Island:  While in Hobart be sure to take a trip over to Bruny Island.  Home to fur seals, fairy penguins, white wallabies and excellent opportunities for birdwatching – it’s the ultimate Tasmanian wilderness experience.

Museums & Galleries

Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery:  Take a walk along Hobart’s iconic waterfront, explore the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.  It is a combined museum, art gallery and herbarium which safeguards Tasmania’s natural and cultural heritage, and the cultural identity of Tasmanians.

The Maritime Museum:  Hobart is known for its maritime history including whaling, convict ships and the ships of the free settlers. There are extensive displays of model ships and hulks on display with other interesting nautical equipment and old world maps.  Enjoy a visit to this museum, you won’t be disappointed.

The MONA experience:  The Museum of Old and New Art is a must visit for all who come to Hobart. Mona is Australia’s largest private museum and one of the most controversial private collections of modern art and antiquities in the world.  This eclectic collection of works includes everything from ancient Egyptian mummies to some of the world’s most infamous and thought-provoking contemporary art.

Museum of Old and New Art

Mawson’s Hut Replica Museum:  A most interesting part of Australian History. A replica of Australian explorer Douglas Mawson’s hut in Antarctica provided an extraordinary perspective into the conditions endured by Mawson and his team whilst in Antarctica.  Well worth the visit!

Explore the Convict Connections of Hobart

Port Arthur TasmaniaVisit Port Arthur:  Tasmania’s most famous convict penitentiary, Port Arthur, is just 90 minutes drive from Hobart and one Australia’s most important heritage sites.  Located on the scenic Tasman Peninsula in the south east of Tasmania, it offers a unique insight into the harsh convict days and life for our earliest settlers.

Visit Cascades Female Factory:  In South Hobart, near the Cascade Brewery, is the World Heritage-listed Cascades Female Factory where thousands of women were imprisoned.  It is Australia’s most significant historic site associated with female convicts, intended to reform female convicts.  Well worth the visit.

Tench Prisoner barracks:  The Tench, as it was known by its inhabitants, was the convict prisoners’ barracks for Hobart Town. Over 50,000 male convicts passed through the Tench prisoner barracks.  This guided tour provides daytime access through the courts and tunnels to the chapel, cells and gallows of one of Australia’s most significant convict precincts.

Food, Beer, Whiskey and Wine

Hobart Tasmania

Waterfront Restaurants:  Join the locals along the popular dining precinct in historic Salamanca or North Hobart. Positioned inside an old newspaper building, the chic Franklin was selected in Australia’s Top 10 Restaurants awards for 2016.  Along the city’s docks, try South American-inspired Frank, or experience fine dining over the water at Aloft.

Cascade Brewery:  The Cascade Brewery Company was established in 1824 and is located in the foothills of Mount Wellington.  Australia’s oldest operating brewery, Cascade Brewery crafts a range of exceptional beers for Tasmania and ‘the mainland’.  Tours are run daily and well worth the experience.

Whiskey bars and craft beer:  Get a taste of Tasmania’s whisky industry at the cosy Lark Distillery.   Distillery tours are available, and the classy Nant Whisky Bar and Kitchen.  Award-winning Sullivans Cove Whisky is in Cambridge, near Hobart Airport or venture into Shambles Brewery for craft beer at it’s best.  Hobart Brewing Company is another well regarded opportunity to experience home grown Tasmanian beer.

Farm Gate Market:  Every Sunday morning, come hail or shine central Bathurst Street in the heart of Hobart, transforms into a bustling farmers’ market. Farm Gate Market showcases fresh Tasmanian produce and getting to know your farmer.

Peppermint BayPeppermint Bay Cruise: For a fabulous treat book yourself on one of the Peppermint Bay Cruises for an exquisite Tasmanian experience.  High rugged cliffs with striking rock formations carved out by the sea, bird rookeries  A well-developed township with it’s own hotel tourism venture, providing cruises from the waterfront in Hobart including a delicious lunch served with Tasmanian wines.

HOW TO GET THERE

Hobart has direct flights from the cities of Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.  It’s a 20 minute drive into the city from Hobart airport.

Hobart is also close to many of southern Tasmania’s best travel experiences.  An unsurpassed natural setting and a glimpse of the early penal colony and settlement history, Tasmania’s capital city pretty much has it all.

Port Arthur

This city is a ‘must visit’ to experience a very different Australia.  Tasmania is a unique experience when traveling to Australia.  Have you been to Hobart yet?  

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