Amazingly diverse and stunningly beautiful, Hobart sits at the foot of
Central Hobart & The Queen's Domain Here, the ambience of yesteryear blends with today's conveniences. Stroll around the business district and enjoy the charms of the
The Waterfront & Salamanca Dominant in early days, the
Battery Point A short walk from
Mount Wellington Bushwalkers and photographers are rewarded by the views from the summit of
Southern Suburbs The
Huon Valley Waterways, wilderness, arts and crafts feature prominently in the
Northern Suburbs Once a working class area,
Eastern Shore Journey across the
Derwent Valley North lie the golden hopfields. Vineyards, trout fishing and nature reserves are all on offer. You can even feed the fish at the oldest southern hemisphere hatchery at Salmon Ponds. Tasmania is one of the last temperate wilderness areas in the world and there is no better illustration than at scenic
The grand old city of Hobart offers both locals and visitors a unique combination of a leisurely and laid-back lifestyle with striking landscapes, unspoiled wilderness and clean waterways. This city will charm with its beauty and delight with the warmth of its welcome.
Ever since Captain Bligh (yes, he of the infamous Bounty) planted the first apple tree, Tasmania has been known as the "Apple Isle." Apples are still an important export industry but visitors are often delighted to discover other outstanding food and drink during their stay. With some of the cleanest air and water in the world, a temperate climate and rich soils, quality seasonal produce is readily available. Plump asparagus is ready in November while berries and stone fruits span the summer months. Autumn is heralded by varieties of mushrooms, quinces, apples and pears difficult to find anywhere else. Such abundance, along with a thriving aquaculture industry means that restaurateurs need not go far to source ingredients for creative menus. Indeed, truffles, olive oil and game meats are now becoming as justifiably famous as Tasmanian salmon, abalone and cheese. Wine is produced all around the state. The Taste of Tasmania is a celebration of this food heritage.
Close to the City Although there are restaurants in the city centre, the culinary culture of Hobart rotates around three distinct precincts. Salamanca Place and the waterfront are both within easy walking distance of town. North Hobart is a little further out.
Salamanca offers the casual diner much choice. The sandstone buildings, former shipping warehouses, now accommodate most of the restaurants, cafes and bars. Restored to maintain their sense of history they also offer contemporary ambience. Sunny lunchtimes see many enjoying Maldini's fare on the pavement. The Saturday Market has many casual food stalls. Inside the sheltered Square, a reclaimed quarry with a piazza feel, Machine Laundry Cafe is a popular al fresco spot. Salamanca's Cafe Bar sizzles and no pub crawl is complete without a visit to Knopwood's or Irish Murphy's for a glass or ten of Irish beer.
The waterfront is synonymous with Constitution Dock, finishing line of the famous yacht race. The three piers that make up this precinct spoil the diner for choice. The Murray Street Pier complex is home to Sisco's, Blue Skies, Sticky Fingers and Waterline. Across the road, the Customs House Hotel is popular with crews from visiting yachts. On Elizabeth Street Pier go Turkish at Pasha's or enjoy sublime fish and chips at Fish Frenzy. Further along at Victoria Dock, with their boats moored alongside, Mure's is a Hobart landmark. The Upper Deck and Lower Deck restaurants, and the Japanese Orizuru serve only the freshest of catches. The nearby fish punts offer more casual fare. The Drunken Admiral beckons across the boats from Hunter Street. Tapas lovers should book into Rockerfellers. In an area rich with eating places, these are but a few.
Beyond the City Centre With restaurants and galleries opening almost daily, North Hobart is cosmopolitan and interesting. The Republic and Queen's Head are popular drinking places offering good food and entertainment. A strong ethnic influence is well served by Vanidol's, Annapurna,Saigon Kitchen and Taste of Asia. Lovers of Italian food will not be disappointed by Concetta's, Marti Zuccos or Casablanca. Mit Zitrone, justifiably award winning, has the owner-chef using daring food combinations for sublimely innovative meals. A little further west in New Town, true food lovers should treat themselves to the Lebrina experience, where Tasmanian produce is treated with care and respect and where the wine list is extensive.
Although these areas house many restaurants, fine dining experiences can be had elsewhere. Many of the cottages of Battery Point have metamorphosed into restaurants. Kelleys was a sailmaker's cottage and Ristorante Da Angelo and Jackman and McRoss also reflect the heritage of this lovely area. Walking the crooked streets truly takes the visitor back in time, and after enjoying the beauty of the architecture and sweeping river views, a drink at The Shipwright's Arms is refreshing. The former mansion that is now Lenna of Hobart, houses the sumptuous Alexander's, a perfect place for a celebration. French provincial cooking and marvellous murals make Le Provencal in South Hobart worth a visit. A little to the east of the city is the university suburb of Sandy Bay, also home of Wrest Point Casino complex. The Point Revolving Restaurant offers dining by day or night with stunning views and a little further east, the view from Mt Nelson is also spectacular and can be enjoyed from the Signal Station Restaurant.
Wine, Beer & Spirits Lower production quantities have kept Tasmanian wines a secret from many but their excellence cannot be ignored. Vineyards surround the city, and the climate is especially suited to varieties such as Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Riesling. Award-winning sparkling and Pinot varieties can be sampled from Moorilla Estate. Include lunch and a trip to the
A handsome city flanked by the tranquil waters of the Derwent River, Hobart has a spectacular backdrop in Mt Wellington. Amidst the bustle of a modern city are National Trust classified buildings, ensuring the preservation of much old-world charm and a palpable sense of history.
In 1642 Abel Tasman made landfall while seeking trading opportunities for the Dutch East India Company. He named the region Van Diemen's Land after a high-ranking official in the Company. Much later, this was changed to Tasmania in honor of the explorer. Between 1772 and 1793 Bruni d'Entrecasteaux and Huon de Kermadec explored the coast naming the Huon River and Bruny Island, Captain Bligh, of "Mutiny on the Bounty" fame, and Captain James Cook anchored in Adventure Bay, which can be seen from the Resolution Road. An explorer by the name of John Hayes named the Derwent River.
Aborigines The original inhabitants of Tasmania had been indigenous to the island for more than 20,000 years when Europeans arrived. They greeted explorers with distant tolerance until it became evident that their land was under threat, and then retaliated. The Governor reacted in turn, with an order sanctioning forcible action. Permission was granted to local settlers to shoot Aborigines on sight. Sanctioned killing and programmes of relocation, combined with disease and the destruction of traditional hunting grounds, led to the tragic annihilation of the Aboriginal population. In this dark history, the last full-blooded Aborigine, Truganini, died in 1876.
Settlement In 1803, afraid of the interest the French were showing, a British party was sent to establish a colony. The settlement was to be called Hobart, named after Robert Hobart, the British Secretary of State for the Colonies. A site was chosen on the eastern bank of the river where the town of Risdon now stands. At the same time, Captain David Collins was sent to Port Phillip Bay in Victoria, but quickly decided that the place was unsuitable for settlement and pressed on to Van Diemen's Land, arriving in 1804. He immediately took charge and moved everybody to Sullivan's Cove, where he founded Hobart Town. The settlers were constantly under threat from starvation and raids by bushrangers. It was soon found that wheat thrived in the areas around Richmond and
Put simply, this is a city with it all. Tasmania's capital city is a place for all tastes and seasons. Hobart offers all the qualities of larger cities without drawbacks such as traffic jams, pollution or lengthy traveling times. The population of approximately 193,000 enjoys a leisurely lifestyle with endless opportunities for adventure and pleasure pursuits. Combined with striking beauty, visitors to this magnificent city will want to extend their stay.
An expansive choice of accommodation facilities exists. Whether you are a business traveler, backpacker or family, there is something to suit all tastes and budgets. In recent years a growing demand for apartment style, self-contained accommodation has seen several new hotels opening which cater to this need. This is also a city in which bed and breakfast accommodation is enormously popular. Hobart's compactness means that you do not have to be quite so particular about selecting a district. Rather you can base your decision on facilities that suit your needs or for that matter the place with the fluffiest towels.
Central Hobart Dotted around the city is a variety of accommodation options. For those seeking the ambience of yesteryear combined with modern facilities, Hadley's Hotel offers four-star comfort. If antiques are your thing, Macquarie Manor has rooms with a choice of antique Edwardian and Victorian decor. At the other end of the scale Harrington Boutique Accommodation provides ultra modern furnishings and facilities. Backpackers should try YHA Backpackers or Central City Backpackers.
The Waterfront And Salamanca A kaleidoscope of yachts, sandstone buildings, galleries, craft shops, cafes and restaurants dominates the waterfront and Salamanca. Luxury accommodation is the order of the day in this area though it will not put as big a dent in your pocket as you may expect. At the upper end of the scale the Hotel Grand Chancellor has rooms with a choice of mountain or harbor views. If you are after a leisurely river cruise Quest Waterfront Apartments are literally across the road from the ferries and some excellent eateries. Salamanca Inn is only a hop, skip and jump from Salamanca Place and Salamanca Market.
Battery Point Just out of the city lies historic Battery Point, once home to the mariners, whalers and artisans who inhabited Hobart when it was a busy 18th century port. Hobart's oldest suburb is also its bed and breakfast district. Many of its magnificently restored National Trust listed homes have become bed and breakfast or self-contained cottage accommodation. In keeping with its maritime origins, Battery Point Guest House offers the Empire Suite a faithful reproduction of a first-class room on the Titanic. You can also savor the fragrance from Ascot's magnificent gardens. Luxurious bed and breakfast accommodation is available at Gattonside where all rooms feature spas. If you like to be independent, Quince Cottage offers self-contained and generous living spaces.
Southern Suburbs The beachside suburb of Sandy Bay features a diverse array of accommodation. Wrest Point Hotel Casino, Australia's first casino, offers luxury rooms in its Tower with spectacular views of Hobart and the river. Across the road, elegant heritage accommodation awaits at Amberley House. Woolmers Inn is spacious, appealing to corporate travellers and families alike. A bed and breakfast hotel is located in Mt Nelson, a quiet, green, leafy suburb with spectacular views of the Derwent. Here you will find Crawfords B&B offering self-contained living at very reasonable rates.
Huon Valley South of Hobart you will find art, craft, orchards, vineyards, farmers and fisherman in the rolling green hills and rugged coastlines of the Huon. This variety ensures a feast for the senses as you head toward the southwest wilderness area. For the romantic, The Scented Rose combines luxury accommodation set within a vast garden. For the mariner, the Oyster Cove Inn combines a waterfront country pub with great facilities. For the budget conscious, the Snug Caravan Park combines a choice of self-contained cabins, on-site caravans, or camping ground accommodation. East Coast & Richmond Often referred to as Tasmania's "sunshine coast" due to its warm climate and stunning beaches, the East Coast offers enticements for travellers within a couple of hours of Hobart. Freycinet Lodge at Coles Bay is pristine, picturesque and the perfect place to unwind and forget about the world. At Orford the Eastcoaster Resort offers both comfort and the gateway to Maria Island. Historic Richmond has a bevy of bed and breakfast accommodation including Millhouse on the Bridge and Mrs Currie's House. Prospect House Heritage Accommodation has the ambience of the 1830s combined with modern facilities.
Derwent Valley Pretty in all seasons, the Derwent Valley is a must-see in autumn when the rich colors of nature are highlighted in the poplars, vineyards, hopfields, streams and tree-lined rivers. Hopfield Country Cottages are perfectly located for those wishing to explore Mt Field National Park, as is Hamlet Downs, which offers guests organic farm produce. Glen Dhu Retreat's self-contained historic cottages are set by a creek with platypus and trout and are only thirty-five minutes from Hobart.
Visitors to Hobart will be pleasantly surprised by the range of activities, adventure and accommodation choices available in a city of this size. Travel around and experience the hospitality Hobartians are famous for and you will no doubt realize why it is such a popular tourist destination.