Local's guide to Hobart's waterfront

Hobart's glorious waterfront is the focus of the city. Shop at Tasmania's most famous market, dine on fresh seafood, or take a kayak to explore the waters around the city. Local's guide to Hobart's waterfront
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Local's guide to Hobart's waterfront

Hobart's glorious waterfront is the focus of the city. Shop at Tasmania's most famous market, dine on fresh seafood, or take a kayak to explore the waters around the city.


by Andrew Bain

Stand on Hobart's docks on the Derwent River, and Tasmania's capital city comes to life. The imposing Mount Wellington rises beyond the city centre, and a line of restaurants, art galleries, museums, hotels and an inviting weekly market await exploration. Take a few hours to wander the waterfront and you'll find a fascinating snapshot of Hobart and its connection to the sea among the fishing boats, yachts, polar research vessels and Hobart’s famous ‘fish punts’ – floating stalls selling fresh seafood.

HOW TO GET THERE

The waterfront runs along the very edge of Hobart's city centre. Simply follow Murray or Elizabeth streets out of the city.


DON'T MISS

  • Stroll among the hundreds of stalls at the busy Salamanca Market on a Saturday
  • Kayak up to a floating fish and chips shop and eat right on the water
  • 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, and 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 rear deck with its wraparound view of the water.

Eat at Mures
Hobart's waterfront is lined with superb restaurants, such as AloftFrank, and Peacock and Jones, but, commanding centre stage is Mures, a Hobart seafood institution. Mures' seafood comes straight 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 Distillery
Sample single-malt whisky, as well as more than 150 other premium whiskies at Lark’s, Tasmania’s oldest distillery. Tasmanian beer and wine are also available, along with local cheese platters at Lark Distillery’s  inviting waterfront cellar door and bar. Get a peek at the distilling process on one of Lark's daily tours.

Visit Mawson’s Huts Replica Museum
Sitting beside Lark Distillery, this replica of the huts built in Antarctica by the Australasian Antarctic Expedition in 1912 serves as 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 fitted out exactly like the original huts.

Shop at Salamanca Market
In the row of historic sandstone warehouses along Salamanca Place, stores and studios such as Spacebar GalleryArtefacts Inc and Handmark Gallery showcase local designers and artists. Each Saturday Salamanca Place is transformed into the Salamanca Market, Tasmania's most famous market, with more than 300 stalls selling arts, crafts, produce and homewares.

Kayak with Roaring 40s Kayaking
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 marina, kayaking among the yachts with a water-level view of the city and boats. You can paddle right up to one of the floating food stalls and grab a meal of fish and chips to eat in your kayak.

Get festive at the Taste of Tasmania
Summer in Tasmania, from December to February,  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 growers and restaurateurs to showcase Tasmanian produce, wines, beers and ciders. It coincides with the finish of Australia's most prestigious yacht race, the Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, when Hobart's marinas fill with some of the world's most impressive racing yachts.

Stay at the Henry Jones Art Hotel
Australia's first dedicated art hotel commands prime position at the northern end of Hobart's docks. Occupying a former jam factory, the Henry Jones Art Hotel retains its industrial facade and combines a palpable sense of history with a fine collection of modern art and super-stylish rooms. Join one of the Henry Jones Art Hotel’s weekly tours of its collection of art by emerging and established Tasmanian artists, 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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