Sitting in the shadow of Mount Wellington, on the estuary of the River Derwent, Hobart is the capital of the island state of Tasmania. Established as a penal colony and as the second oldest state capital in Australia, Hobart is full of heritage and culture. It's also a gorgeous city in a stunning landscape, with a pleasant climate, where the living is easy.
Small by city standards, it's easily navigable, and with being the major transport hub of the island, all the attractions of Tasmania are within 3 or 4 hours.
Hobart can easily bear the description of boutique - cosmopolitan, lovely Georgian and Federation architecture, a trendy waterfront, an exciting restaurant and produce market scene, and great shopping, all fit the mantle.
Much of the cultural interest in Hobart relates to its founding back in the early 1800s, but it also once had a strong whaling tradition and evidence of this trade is still around the city.
The city has an international airport which is served by the major Australian airports. Ferry crossings over the Tasman Sea depart from Melbourne and arrive at Devonport, 277 kilometres away from Hobart.
As well as a busy stop for cruise ships, the port of Hobart is the hub for Antarctica, used extensively by Australia and France.
Things to See and Do in Hobart
Battery Point - View some of the oldest and most interesting architecture of Hobart - buildings of honey coloured sandstone that used to be the old seaman's quarters.
Salamanca Place - The waterfront area and main congregation area for entertainment, day and night.
Salamanca Market - A huge congregation of stalls in front of warehouses that have been converted into craft and artisan workshops. Tassie's major showcase of fresh produce and street food.
Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens - The second oldest gardens in Australia, there are interesting collections of plants, and most visitors are drawn to the sub-Antarctic house.
Tasman Bridge - Connecting the east and west shores of the River Derwent, there are pedestrian walkways along the full length of 1400 metres, offering wonderful views of the city.
Mount Wellington - Wild, rugged and beautiful, it has a diverse eco-system. Popular with residents and visitors for bush walking and hiking. Wrap up warm - you're at +1,250 metres if you reach the summit.
Peppermint Bay Cruise - See the city from the water on a luxury passenger yacht.
Dining Out - Plenty of international cuisines are represented in restaurants including Thai, Chinese, Indian, Italian, Mexican, and French. The main dining areas are Elizabeth Street in North Hobart, and the aforementioned Salamanca Place.
Festivals - As the state capital, Hobart is also the lead for cultural and community festivals. The line up of annual events includes the Summer Festival, The Tulip Festival, The Wooden Boast Festival, Hobart Fringe and various musical festivals.
Hobart Royal Regatta - Every February, the harbour and waterfront is filled with a myriad of boats from small pleasure craft to huge sailing yachts. The harbour is also the finishing point for the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race which starts on Boxing Day every year.
Wrest Point Casino - Australia's first legal casino. Still operating, and also home to many of the city and state's entertainment and commemorative events.
Cadbury's Chocolate Factory - Take the kids, or be a kid again yourself. Learn how chocolate is made, and hear the history of Cadbury.
Wineries - Tasmania has a growing wine industry. A number of wineries offering tours are within a short distance of Hobart.
Museums - See coin collections and stuffed native animals at the Hobart Museum and Art Gallery, the city's relationship with the sea at the Maritime Museum, and view the pretty or confounding at the Museum of Old and New Art.