Hobart is a major gateway to Tasmania and a perfect hub to explore from or start your holiday. Whether you are looking for cultural enlightenment or an escape into the wilderness there is always plenty to do throughout the year.
Hobart is nestled between the waters of the Derwent River and the foot hills of Mt Wellington which stands over 1200m above the city. The city provides a great base to explore the southern region of Tasmania but is equally captivating in it's own right. The architecture of the city is fascinating with early Colonial standstone buildings, 1920's Art Deco and Modern Architecture being thrown together to create the what is now a thriving CBD.
Hobart's culture is one of it's drawcards with a desire to be artistic, modern and just a little different it's no wonder events such MONA FOMA draw huge crowds each year from interstate and overseas. Hobart has a thriving live music, food and cafe culture as well with plenty of small boutique restaurants and cafes to explore with plenty of live music options spread throughout Salamanca, the CBD and North Hobart to enjoy.
A Brief History of Hobart
Hobart is the second oldest capital city in Australia founded in 1803 as a penal colony at Risdon Cove with a second settlement at Sullivans Cove established in 1804. The settlement on the Derwent River was perfectly suited to be a deep water port and quickly grew with the booming sealing and whaling trades coming in from the Southern Ocean.
Our Local Tips
- Salamanca Market on Saturday is always fun to explore
- Spend a day exploring the strange, weird, sexy and creepy at MONA.
- Climb Mt Wellington and make sure to hire a bike and ride the North South Track
- Go kayaking around the Waterfront
- Grab a coffee and cake from one of many amazing cafes spread around the city, we like Yellow Bernard in the CBD and the Foodstore Cafe in South Hobart.
- Visit the recently renovated Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG).