ExperiencesDowntown Hobart is based around the original settlement site at Sullivan's Cove on the Derwent River, and is easy to navigate by bus or bike, or on foot. On a Saturday, catch the free HobartHopper shuttle bus from the city centre and head to the markets at Salamanca Place. Drawing tens of thousands of people, these markets offer fashion, crafts, art, gourmet food and locally grown produce. Salamanca Place is also an arts hub, so on any day of the week there s always something to see and do in its galleries and theatres.
Gone are the days of meagre convict rations; Hobart today offers some of the most innovative cuisine in the country and the quality of its local produce, beer and wine is prized throughout Australia and the Asia Pacific. The city also has a thriving theatre community, with two historic theatres running seasons of plays, opera, live music and cabaret. Tour the Theatre Royal and learn about those who have graced its stage, from Laurence Olivier to Hugo Weaving.
Spend a day exploring history on the waterfront in the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery where the living culture of Tasmania's indigenous people comes alive through artefacts, stories and displays. Learn about the tragic conflicts between these people and the early settlers, and the lives of indigenous people in Tasmania since then. Board a vintage ferry and cruise down the incredibly scenic Derwent River. Learn more about city's connection to the water at the Maritime Museum of Tasmania. You can also get a ferry to the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), renowned internationally for its provocative and imaginative displays.
Experience Hobart's natural side at Mount Wellington where there are hiking and biking trails, and incredible views over Hobart and the water. Outside Hobart there are other walking tracks following the coastline and river, offering great spots from which to watch the sun go down.
One of Hobart's premier attractions, Hobart's Museum of Old and New Art houses an exquisite collection of antiquities. Located among vineyards on a private peninsula on the Derwent River, pieces from Africa, pre-Columbian Costa Rica (including some gold), Egypt and the Roman colonies are on display in a series of light-filled galleries. Guided tours are available each day at 11 am and 2 pm. Free admission. Contact: (03) 6277 9900. Website. 655 Main Road, Berriedale.
Hobart is defined by Mt. Wellington. Rising 1270 metres above Hobart's harbour and the wide Derwent River, it forms a stunning backdrop to the city while the spectacular vista from the top encompassing the surrounding islands and estuaries is truly world class. The summit may be a short drive from the city centre but is a world removed, a true mountain environment complete with unpredictable weather, stunted sub-alpine flora, and a complex of buttresses, outcrops, screes and gullies.
One of Australia's best outdoor markets, Salamanca Market takes place every Saturday at Salamanca Place in Hobart. Set between graceful plane trees and the mellow sandstone facades of historic warehouses on Hobart's most picturesque waterside location, Hobart's famous market on Salamanca Place attracts thousands of locals and visitors who come every Saturday to this wonderful event. Over 300 stallholders sell fresh and gourmet produce, arts, crafts and handiwork crafts from all over Tasmania, interstate and overseas.
View southern and south-west Tasmania from a totally different perspective - from the seat of a seaplane. You can fly over some of the most remote areas of Tasmania that can't be accessed by road, experience Mt Wellington from above, or one of the World's most attractive coastlines with wild Capes, Dolerite Sea Cliffs, Whales, Dolphins, Rays and Sharks - the show is breathtaking. All flights conventiently leave from the Hobart waterfront. Within moments you will be lifting off the Derwent River and on your way.