A local's guide to Hobart's waterfront

Hobart's glorious waterfront is the highlight of the city. Shop at Tasmania's most popular market, dine on fresh seafood or fresh fruits or simply watch the busy activities of the fishing fleet. A local's guide to Hobart's waterfront
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A Local's Guide to Hobart's Waterfront

Hobart's glorious waterfront is the highlight of the city. Shop at Tasmania's most popular market, dine on fresh seafood or fresh fruits or simply watch the busy activities of the fishing fleet.


by Andrew Bain

If you stand on Hobart's docks, you will see Tasmania's capital city come to life. The great Mount Wellington rises beyond the city centre and a line of restaurants, art galleries, museums and hotels, as well as an exciting weekly market, await exploration. When you wander the waterfront, you'll find a fascinating snapshot of Hobart and its connection to the sea among the fishing boats, yachts, polar research vessels and floating fish punts (boats that sell fresh seafood) that fill the docks.

HOW TO GET THERE

The waterfront runs along the very edge of Hobart's city centre. You don’t need elaborate directions – simply follow Murray Street or Elizabeth Street out of the city.

DON'T MISS

  • Stroll among the hundreds of stalls at the busy Salamanca Market on a Saturday
  • Take the kayak into the docks and enjoy a meal of fish or chips from the floating fish punts (boats)
  • Brunch beside the water at Brooke Street Larder

Hobart's waterfront highlights

TOP THINGS TO DO AT HOBART'S WATERFRONT

HAVE A RELAXING BRUNCH AT BROOKE STREET LARDER
The floating Brooke Street Pier is the newest addition to Hobart's waterfront, and is located down the stairs from the entrance, at water level. The casual Brooke Street Larder is a combined café and grocer specialising in Tasmanian produce. Brunch is best enjoyed on the wooden deck with its 360-degree view of the docks.

EAT AT THE LEGENDARY MURES
Hobart's waterfront is filled with superb restaurants, such as AloftFrank, and Peacock and Jones, but the most famous restaurant is undeniably, Mures, a Hobart seafood institution. Mures' seafood comes directly from its own fishing boat, guaranteeing the freshest catch. Dine in style at Mures' Upper Deck or in the relaxed, bistro-style Lower Deck.

DRINK AT LARK, TASMANIA’S OLDEST DISTILLERY
Sample single-malt whisky from Tasmania's oldest distillery, as well as more than 150 other premium whiskies, at Lark's attractive waterfront cellar door and bar. Tasmanian beer and wine is also available, along with local cheese platters, and you can get a peek at the distilling process on one of Lark's daily distillery tours.

VISIT ANTARCTICA BY STEPPING INTO MAWSON'S HUTS REPLICA MUSEUM
Sitting beside Lark Distillery, this replica of the huts built in Antarctica by the Australasian Antarctic Expedition in 1912 is a reminder of Hobart's historic connection to Antarctic exploration. Numerous expeditions have sailed into the city's docks on their way there. The replica is very similar to the original huts.

SHOP NON-STOP AT THE FAMOUS SALAMANCA PLACE
Along the historic Salamanca Place, stores and studios such as Spacebar GalleryArtefacts Inc and Handmark Gallery, showcase local designers and artists. Each Saturday, Salamanca Place is also transformed into the popular Salamanca Market, Tasmania's most famous market, with more than 300 stalls selling unique arts, crafts, produce and homewares.

PADDLE INTO THE WATERS WITH A KAYAK TOUR
The best view of the waterfront is from the water itself, and the gentle Hobart City Kayak tour from Roaring 40s Kayaking provides the most intimate look. On this half-day trip you'll paddle into the waters, kayaking among the yachts with a close-up view of the city and boats. You'll also paddle close to one of the floating fish punts (boats) and grab a meal of fish and chips to eat in your kayak.

GET FESTIVE AT THE TASTE OF TASMANIA
Summer in Tasmania is festival season and one of the biggest and best is the Taste of Tasmania in and around the Princes Wharf No.1 shed. This week-long festival on either side of New Year brings together farmers and restaurateurs to showcase Tasmanian local fruits and vegetables, wines, beers and ciders. It also coincides with the finish of Australia's most prestigious yacht race, the Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, when Hobart's docks fill with some of the world's most impressive racing yachts.

ENJOY A UNIQUE STAY AT THE HENRY JONES ART HOTEL
Australia's first dedicated art hotel commands prime position at the northern point of Hobart's docks. Formerly a jam factory, the Henry Jones Art Hotel combines a great sense of history with a fine collection of modern art and super-stylish rooms. Join one of the hotel's weekly tours of its art collection, and wind down in the evening with one of the dozen cocktails on the menu at its relaxed IXL Long Bar.

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