Hobart

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Hobart

Find all the information you need to plan your holiday in Hobart, Tasmania’s historic, waterfront capital.

Plan your Hobart holiday using our three-day itinerary. Wander past the 1830s sandstone warehouses of Salamanca Place, climb Mount Wellington and discover the wild beauty of Bruny Island on a day trip.

Learn more about Tasmania, the iconic destinations you can visit from Hobart, and the spectacular journeys which take you there. Drive the East Coast Escape to Freycinet National Park, a paradise of dusky pink mountains, white sand and blue-green sea. It’s one part of the World Heritage-listed wilderness which comprises 17 national parks and takes up one-fifth of the island. You can see much of it, including Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park, on the Circle Tasmania drive. Walkers should read the itinerary for the six-day Overland Track, which stretches 65km from Cradle Mountain to Lake St. Clair.

Don’t miss this small, scenic capital, famous for its Georgian buildings and crisp air.  Browse bustling Salamanca Market and run your hands over the sandstone buildings in Salamanca Place. Climb craggy Mount Wellington for sweeping views over Hobart and the wide Derwent River. Do a ghost tour in Battery Point, walk across Australia’s oldest bridge in Richmond and visit the cute coastal hamlet of Kettering. Wind past forest and farmland to the cool-climate wineries of the Coal Valley.  See bright spinnakers on the water and dine on fresh seafood from one of Hobart’s waterside restaurants.

Soak up sea air, creative culture and colonial history in Hobart, which sits on the wide Derwent River, in the shadow of craggy Mount Wellington. Walking is the best way to see the city’s sandstone and waterways, from bustling Salamanca Market to the fishing docks. Stop to taste Hobart’s fabulous food and wine in the cobblestone streets of Salamanca Place or along North Hobart’s restaurant strip. Explore Mount Wellington on mountain bike or foot or kayak past the city’s wharves at twilight. Just south of the city lies Kettering and small, rugged Bruny Island. Spend a day walking its windswept beaches, emerald countryside and dramatic cliff tops.

When in Hobart, make sure you visit Salamanca Place in Sullivans Cove, the city’s bustling, waterfront heart. Life here in the 1830s was all about industry, but today this picturesque cobblestone square is a destination for food, art, shopping and music. Wander the galleries and relax under the sun umbrellas. Shop for fine Tasmanian craft in the Salamanca Markets and dance outdoors in the courtyard of the Salamanca Arts Centre. Here Hobart’s cultural life meets its rich history.

If Prison Break was set in mid-19th century Australia, Tasmania’s Port Arthur Historic Site on the Tasman Peninsula would surely be the location. Separated from Tasmania by a narrow neck of land surrounded by shark-infested waters, Port Arthur was sold as the ‘inescapable prison’. But unlike today’s camera surveillance, guards and half-starved hounds guarded the only way out.

Each summer, over the new year period, hundreds of thousands of visitors descend on Hobart for eight days and seven nights of eating, drinking and entertainment. The city’s wharves, marina and the river Derwent provide the backdrop for more than 70 food and beverage stalls, as well as art exhibitions and performance stages.

You don’t need to be a sailing buff to enjoy watching the Sydney to Hobart yacht race. Beginning on Boxing Day, December 26, the race is an iconic part of our Australian summertime.  See the yachts sail out of the harbour heads with a picnic, barbeque or boat cruise on Sydney Harbour. Cheer as they cross the finish line in time for new year’s eve celebrations in Hobart.

Soak up Hobart’s convict history before heading to Freycinet National Park and the perfect curve of Wineglass Bay. Swim in St Helens and do the Bay of Fires Walk in Mount William National Park. Look over Launceston from Cataract Gorge and cycle along Devonport’s waterfront. Soothe your soul in the World Heritage-listed wilderness of Cradle Mountain - Lake St. Clair National Park. Stay in Strahan and cruise the Gordon River or white water raft the pristine Franklin River. Walk from waterfalls and fern forests to ski fields in Mount Field National Park. From the tranquil beaches of Tasmania’s east to the rugged mountains flanking the west, this circle will leave you spellbound.

Immerse yourself in the beauty of Tasmania’s east coast on this attraction-packed drive. Sea kayak and hunt down history on Maria Island, sample farm-fresh berries and wine near Swansea and take in the perfect contours of Wineglass Bay in Freycinet National Park. Stop in Bicheno, where you can cling to the coastline on a motorised trike ride or see fairy penguins waddle home at dusk. Bushwalk in the rainforest of Douglas-Apsley National Park and game fish or dive from the picturesque port of St Helens Park. Swim in the calm, clear waters of Binnalong Bay and follow the Bay of Fires walk past Aboriginal middens, woodlands and powder-white beaches. Finish your journey in a remote eco-lodge with soul-stirring ocean views.

The air may be crisp, but in Tasmania, winter definitely doesn’t put a freeze on activities. Celebrate the solstice in Hobart or ski in Ben Lomond National Park. Trek the snow-coated highlands of Cradle Mountain or snuggle fireside in a lodge in Wineglass Bay. Whatever you do, don’t miss this special window on Tasmania’s rugged natural beauty.

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