Hobart, Australia
Cruise Ports Hobart, Australia

Hobart, Australia

Hobart is fast becoming a popular destination for both domestic and international tourists due to its reputation for some of the best and freshest produce in Australia as well as its interesting sights and colonial history. Outside of the capital you will find a broad range of sights, both natural and historical, and the state of Tasmania truly is a destination in itself.

A trip to Hobart is not complete without a visit to the Salamanca Markets. This local institution runs every Saturday from 8:30am – 3pm and the nearly 300 stallholders include makers of hand-made Tasmanian pieces from woodwork to jewellery, fashion to fanciful glassware and ceramics. Of course, there are also fantastic fresh fruit and organic vegetables, all accompanied by buskers and music.

Hobart’s picturesque waterfront is another area of the city worth visiting and a short walk from Salamanca with many restaurants and cafes in the area. The ferry to the city’s world famous MONA departs and returns from here every day.

MONA (Museum of Old and New Art) is a privately owned museum housing one of the world’s largest private collections of art and antiquities and a drawcard for the city. The ferry travels down the Derwent River to the grounds of the museum which takes about 30 minutes. The grounds of the museum houses accommodation, restaurants, bars and a music stage where artists perform most Sundays. The museum itself is a sprawling space of varied pieces of art and installations which stir the mind and senses. With so much to see and do here, you could easily spend a number of hours especially on a lazy Sunday afternoon where you relax with a glass of local wine or beer listening to live music.

Battery Point, within walking distance of the waterfront, is another highlight of the city. The area has many historic houses dating from the first European settlement. The streets and sandstone buildings have an old Victorian-period charm and the cafes and restaurants along the strip have a homely, rough and tumble feel. With many antique and book stores also dotted along the streets, the area transports visitors back in time. Among other highlights of Hobart are Elizabeth Street in North Hobart, where some of the best restaurants in the state are located, and Mount Wellington overlooking the city where you can get a spectacular view of the area and its surrounds.

There is so much more to Tasmania than just Hobart. Worth particular exploration outside the capital is Launceston, Port Arthur and the remote but stunning Western Tasmanian Wilderness National Parks. Launceston in the north of Tasmania is the second largest city on the island. Although often overlooked for Hobart, the city offers some unique and fascinating highlights. The Cataract Gorge Reserve on the South Esk River is a unique natural formation just minutes from central Launceston. The Gorge has walking tracks, a swimming pool, the world's longest single-span chairlift, a restaurant, cafe, a suspension bridge and panoramic lookouts with spectacular views. Peacocks and native wildlife add to the experience here.

Another highlight of Launceston is the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery. Australia’s largest regional museum is within a short walk of the city centre and has a national profile for its collections of Australian Colonial art, decorative arts and design, Tasmanian history and natural science.

Port Arthur, a quaint village on the tip of the Tasman Peninsula, is best known for its well preserved penal colony buildings of the nearby Port Arthur Historic Site. Port Arthur is a great base to explore the historic site and the area's natural attractions including dramatic coastal rock formations and towering cliffs.

The Western Tasmanian Wilderness National Parks take up almost 20% of the area of Tasmania over 1.4 million hectares. The area received world heritage listing because it conserves a diverse array of both natural and cultural features of outstanding global significance. The region provides pristine habitats for a range of plants and animals that are found nowhere else in the world, including many rare and endangered species, while indigenous rock art and artefacts found in caves date back to the last Ice Age. The area also offers the most pristine example of temperate rainforest found in Australia and makes up one of only three remaining temperate wilderness areas in the southern hemisphere and well worth exploring on any itinerary.

As you can see from above, although Hobart is front and centre of any trip to Tasmania, there is so much more to explore and do whilst in Tasmania.

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