Hobart Travel Guide
Hobart, the state capital of Tasmania, once known as Van Diemen’s Land, was founded in 1803 as a penal colony and our Hobart travel guide will reveal some of the treasures this historic city has to offer its visitors. It is dramatically placed against the backdrop of windswept and invariably snow capped Mount Wellington, on the estuary of the Derwent River. The southernmost capital city and second oldest in Australia, Hobart is one of those places which leaves a life-long impression on its visitors.
Famous for the annual Sydney to Hobart Yacht race, the deep water harbour is always filled with a grand array of sailing vessels which, with the colourful little spinnakers bobbing around them, are fun to watch as you explore the nineteenth century waterfront warehouses. These date back to the whaling days of the 1830s and are now fascinating galleries and art studios, cafes and restaurants. On Saturday mornings the cobblestone square is a seething mass of colour from the stalls of the bustling market, selling locally grown produce and hand-crafted wares to the musical accompaniment of street entertainers.
Join Louisa’s Walk, a strolling theatre group which re-enacts the life of a young Irish convict, sentenced to seven years for stealing a loaf of bread. As Louisa’s poignant story unfolds before your eyes, life in 1840s Hobart is vividly rekindled. This starts at Cascade Brewery, the oldest in Australia and producers of some of the country’s finest beers. It also takes in the Cascades Female Factory where thousands of women convicts were incarcerated. You will definitely come away from the experience feeling sadder and wiser.
There are salmon ponds, botanical gardens and wildlife centres housing koalas, wombats, kangaroos and, of course, Tasmanian devils for nature-lovers; museums, art galleries and historic sites galore for culture-buffs; a lookout and battery point for the military-minded and a chocolate factory, whisky distillery and wineries for the connoisseurs. There are old churches and cathedrals to explore and on and on it goes. It is very clear that Hobart knows everything there is to know about what works in tourism and travel.
And who in Australia is not interested in its beach life? Hobart boasts some of the finest stretches of sandy beaches in Tasmania, most within easy access of the city centre. Swimming, scuba diving, snorkelling and surfing are all on offer and there are plenty of secluded places for a spot of peaceful sun worship. The beaches are very well maintained and have all the facilities you could desire – but then, of course, you would settle for nothing less than excellence in a city which caters for its visitors’ needs so well.