HOBART, Tasmania

A wonderful blend of historic and new, Hobart has beautifully integrated the original charm of the 1800’s with contemporary architecture and modern cosmopolitan culture. Located in the south eastern pocket of the state of Tasmania it is surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty. Mountains extend from the sea and surround the city, dominated by the snow-capped Mt Wellington. It serves as a spectacular back drop to the historical cottages of the low-rise streets. Warehouses and wharves span the waterfront, dotted with places to dine, wine, sip coffee and view art.

Hobart is a laid back city but amongst the old facades you find a hive of activity made up of buskers, the popular Salamanca market, pubs, bars, museums, theatres and of course, plenty of shops. The entertainment and cultural attractions are central and compact so if your accommodation is in the city, everything is easily accessible by foot.

The natural attractions on the fringe are just a short drive out of town such as Wellington Park. Australia is world famous for its beaches and Tasmania is no exception, they are just much better kept secrets with the likes of seven mile beach, a 20 minute drive from the city. Thanks to fertile soils and ideal weather conditions Hobart is host to a number of wineries offering tastings, tours and restaurants sourcing locally produced ingredients.

This is a city with attractions that caters to people of all ages. Natural attractions, wildlife and historic sites are fun, fascinating and often with features to ensure children are kept entertained. Hobart is just a 1 hour flight from Melbourne or a 9-12 hour ferry ride. It really is a place where you can unwind, relax or hit the attractions within close proximity. The pace is up to you.

Top 10 things to do in Hobart

Wellington Park
A short drive from Hobart city, Wellington Park is a must for all Tasmanian nature has to offer with spectacular views to sit and enjoy or more adventurous pursuits of mountain bike trails, four wheel driving, horse riding, rock climbing and when the weather is right, some snow play.
http://www.wellingtonpark.org.au

Louisa's Walk
This award winning live history tour is described as fascinating, immersive and touching storytelling with Louisa who was convicted and sent to Hobart’s infamous female factory. It is highly regarded by adults who are surprised by how much their children enjoy it.
http://livehistoryhobart.com.au

Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Bonorong wildlife sanctuary is not a zoo filled with as many animals as they can fit, it is instead made up of people who are extremely passionate and knowledgeable of the injured and orphaned animals that they care for. Visitors can interact with and feed the animals.
http://www.bonorong.com.au

Cascade Brewery
There are a few different tours at this lovely brewery all of which involve tastings and a tour that matches beer with gourmet food, even supplying you with your own photo personalized beer label.
http://www.cascadebreweryco.com.au

Salamanca Market
Every Saturday the picturesque streets of Salamanca Place are home to the renowned Salamanca Market housing hundreds of fresh produce stalls, coffee, gourmet food, crafts and clothing.

Battery Point
Located in the city, Battery point is a mecca for history buffs, it is an easy stroll amongst cafes, restaurants, quaint historic houses and architecture which has remained unchanged since the early 1800’s.
http://www.batterypoint.net

Museum of Old and New Art – MONA
Mona is a more recent addition to Hobart, and as the name suggests it houses collections from ancient artefacts to the latest contemporary works, with a unique interactive visitor experience involving personal touch screen devices.
http://mona.net.au

Royal Tasmania Botanical Gardens
An easy walk from the city centre, if you like the idea of spending a few hours to stroll amongst tranquil and stunningly beautiful gardens, a picnic or laze, this is a highly recommended place to visit.
http://www.rtbg.tas.gov.au

Richmond Maze and Tea House
The historic town of Richmond comprises its fascinating gaol, famous bridge and lovely country side, add to this the tea rooms and two huge timber mazes and you have yourself fun for the whole family.

ZooDoo Fun Park
This is a hands-on interaction with a range of exotic and many native Australian animals with activities including hand-feeding kangaroos, tours and a safari bus experience.
http://www.zoodoo.com.au