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Published May 28th 2020
Hobart: A contrasting blend of heritage, scenery & culture
The capital of Tasmania, Hobart is the second oldest capital in Australia, after Sydney, and it is surrounded with captivating history, picturesque waterways, rugged mountains, gourmet experiences, and award-winning restaurants.
Enjoy a contrast of elegant heritage sandstone architecture alongside modern architecture, explore Salamanca Place & Salamanca Market (Australia's best outdoor market), galleries & museums, craft shops, and gardens, as well as enjoy day trips nearby.
With so many things to experience, discover and enjoy, it is no wonder that Lonely Planet has called Hobart one of the top ten spots to visit in the world!
With recent closures, lockdown restrictions and with some places of interest slowly re-opening (at the time of writing) it is a great time to prepare a bucket list for all the things to do, see and experience once Hobart and its surrounds re-opens for good!
The list below features top attractions, places of interest, and must-sees across Hobart and its surrounds:
1. Mount Wellington
This protected reserve is home to a wealth of wilderness right on Hobart's doorstep. You will find the majestic Kunanyi/ Mt Wellington towering above the city with its 18,000 hectares of wilderness and natural beauty.
There are walking tracks, lookouts, wildlife spotting & birdwatching opportunities, a total of 500 native plant species live here, including many endemic Tasmanian plants. Springs, waterfalls and cascades, the soaring dolerite columns of the Organ Pipes, and adventures including rock climbing and abseiling can be enjoyed here too.
Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens is the second oldest botanic gardens in Australia, and in 2018 the gardens celebrated its bicentenary.
The Botanic Gardens include 14 hectares of gardens, lawns, open spaces, and exhibits. Exhibits include The Burrow, Greater Hobart Flora, Tasmanian Section, Lily Pond, Chinese Collection, Herb Garden, Subantarctic Plant House, Conservatory, Tasmanian Community Food Garden, Japanese Garden, French Memorial Garden, and much more.
Established in 1972, Salamanca Markets are set among the historic Georgian sandstone buildings of Salamanca Place. The famous markets feature around 300 stalls selling handmade Tasmanian pieces such as woodwork and jewellery, fashion, homewares, fresh fruit & vegetables, and more.
Established in 1824, the Cascade Brewery Company is located at the foot of the majestic Mount Wellington. It is Australia's oldest operating brewery that crafts a range of exceptional beers for Tasmania and all over Australia.
Brewery tours can be experienced with the Cascade History & Brewery Experience Tour which includes a tour showcasing Cascades history and brewing processes.
Incorporating more than 2,000 square metres of public and exhibition spaces, the Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery is located on Hobart's historic waterfront. It is the second oldest Museum in Australia and has its origins in the collections of Australia's oldest scientific society, the Royal Society of Tasmania, which was established in 1843.
There are permanent, touring and temporary exhibitions, special displays, and Courtyard Café.
The zoo is spread over 220 acres (90 hectares) and is a hands-on safari and native animal park. There are animal encounters, exhibits, a small collection of native rescued and orphaned wildlife species, exotic animal species including lions and primates, as well as a large section dedicated to native animals.
Explore Hobart's historic, creative and cultural heartbeats at Salamanca Place. There is plenty to see and explore here including warehouse art galleries, theatres, cafes & bars, boutique shops, Salamanca Market (every Saturday), Salamanca Arts Centre, Kelly's Stairs, and more.
The Cascades Female Factory was a former Australian workhouse for female convicts. It was operational between 1828 and 1856. Today, the Factory features 11 sites that comprise the World Heritage and UNESCO Australian Convict Sites and features several tours.
The Factory is the only remaining female Factory with extant remains which give a sense of what female factories were like.
Hobart is home to several awe-inspiring parks, gardens & bushland reserves. Including the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, Alexandria Battery, Ancanthe Park, Cenotaph, Fitzroy Gardens, Hobart Rivulet Park, and much more.
Tasmania has been winning awards for its wine since the 1840s. The Coal River Valley wine region stretches between Cambridge and the historic Georgian own of Richmond, all within half an hour's drive of Hobart.
Hobart Convict Penitentiary is one of Australia's most significant convict precincts. the Tench, as its inhabitants knew it, was the convict prisoners' barracks for Hobart Town. The site was Hobart's Gaol for more than 100 years.
Today, this place of interest showcases the fascinating history that can still be discovered in the buildings. Access to all areas is by guided tour.
Image Courtesy from National Trust of Tasmania Facebook
14. Brooke Street Pier
The impressive Brooke Street Pier has existed in various forms for over 150 years. Records of the original pier and wharf structures can be found as far back as the 1820s! This floating pontoon at Sullivans Cove is the waterfront area of Hobart's city.
The Parliament House, Hobart was originally designed as a customs house but changed use in 1841 when Tasmania achieved self-government. The building served both purposes from 1841 to 1904, when the customs offices were relocated.
Tours are available to the public and include Legislative Council Sitting Days, House of Assembly Sitting Days and non-sitting days. Tours focus on the history of the Parliament House and the role of the Parliament.
Boasting with panoramic views of Hobart City, the River Derwent, and on clear day views down to Bruny Island and out to Storm Bay, Mt Nelson Signal Station certainly holds a prime position in the hills above Hobart.
Built-in 1811, the Station was the first signal station constructed in Tasmania, and today Mount Nelson Signal Station offers an interesting insight into semaphore signalling, station life and early shipping in the Hobart region.
Hobart boasts with museums and galleries that focus on the history and unique culture of Hobart city and the island state. Hobart itself is a living museum and links to the past, unlike any other Australian capital.
Galleries and museums include contemporary museums, art spaces, maritime museums, antique museums, and more.
Tasmania is home to over 200 documented and undocumented waterfalls. With some of these spectacular waterfalls located in Hobart and beyond.
Some of the waterfalls near Hobart include Russell Falls, Horseshoe Falls, Lady Barron Falls, Myrtle Gully Falls, Secret Falls, Strickland Falls, Myrtle Forest Falls, O'Gradys Falls, New Town Falls, and Snug Falls.
St. David's Cathedral is considered to be the finest Georgian streetscape in Australia, and in 1842 when Hobart was declared a city the existing St. David's Church became St. David's Cathedral. The current Cathedral was built between 1868 and 1936 in the Gothic Revival style.
Flags are dating back from the time when Tasmania stopped being a convict settlement.
St Joseph's Catholic Church was built in 1841 and opened and blessed by Father Therry early on Christmas morning 1841. The church is built of local sandstone and was designed by James Thomson, a former convict.
The tower was complete in 1843, and the church building has not significantly changed since.
Cradle Country- This day trip is a bit of a drive (close to 4hrs one way to Cradle Mountain). It is recommended to leave early to get the most of the spectacular agricultural hinterland of Tasmania's North West Coast and Cradle Mountain.
Derwent Valley & Beyond- This scenic drive takes in the tranquil Derwent Valley, passing rolling hills to rugged mountain wilderness of Lake St Clair.