The Perfect Guide to Experiencing Hobart's Waterfront

Hobart's glorious waterfront is the highlight of the city. Shop at Tasmania's most famous market, dine on fresh seafood, or simply watch the activity of the working fishing fleet. The Perfect Guide to Experiencing Hobart's Waterfront
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Local's Guide to Hobart's Waterfront

Hobart's glorious waterfront is the highlight of the city. Shop at Tasmania's most famous market, dine on fresh seafood, or simply watch the activity of the working fishing fleet.


by Andrew Bain

Stand on Hobart's docks and watch Tasmania's capital city come to life. Unlike the usual boat watching that regular waterfronts have to offer, Hobart’s line of restaurants, an exciting weekly market, hotels and museums 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’ – flat-bottomed boats – that fill the docks.

HOW TO GET THERE

The waterfront runs along the very edge of Hobart's city centre. It's easy to simply follow Murray Street or Elizabeth Street out of the city.

DON'T MISS

  • Pick up good buys from the hundreds of stalls at the busy Salamanca Market on a Saturday
  • Take the kayak into the docks and check out the fish and chips stands on the floating punts
  • Brunch beside the water at Brooke Street Larder

Hobart's waterfront highlights

TOP THINGS TO DO ON HOBART'S WATERFRONT

BRUNCH AT BROOKE STREET LARDER
The floating Brooke Street Pier is the newest addition to Hobart's waterfront. Down the stairs from the entrance, at water level, you will find the casual Brooke Street Larder, both café and grocer specialising in Tasmanian produce. Head for the wooden deck with its 360-degree view of the docks for a true Tasmanian brunch.

EAT AT THE LEGENDARY MURES
Hobart's waterfront is lined with superb restaurants, such as AloftFrank, and Peacock and Jones, with the most exceptional restaurant being 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.

SAMPLE FINE WHISKIES AT LARK 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. Here, you can also try some Tasmanian beer and wine, along with local cheese platters. Join one of Lark's daily tours of the distillery for a peek at the distilling process.

SHOP AT THE SALAMANCA PLACE
Stores and studios such as Spacebar GalleryArtefacts Inc and Handmark Gallery line the historic Salamanca Place, showcasing local designers and artists. Make it a point to go on a Saturday, when 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.

TAKE A KAYAK TOUR AROUND THE WATERFRONT
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 up to one of the floating fish 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 that crosses the New Year brings together farmers and restaurateurs to showcase Tasmanian local fruits and vegetables, wines, beers and ciders. It 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.

LET MAWSON'S HUTS REPLICA MUSEUM BRING YOU TO ANTARCTICA
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 to Antarctica. The replica is very similar to the original huts.

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 many cocktail choices at its relaxed IXL Long Bar.

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