Hobart is Tasmania's harbour capital, located in the south-east of the state at the foot of majestic Mount Wellington.
What's special about Hobart?
Australia's smallest and most historic capital in close proximity to beautiful natural surrounds. Your start point to explore south east Tasmania. A provocative mix of historic and contemporary art and culture.
Head down to Salamanca Place where you will find 19th-century waterfront warehouses dating back to the 1830s whaling days. Today, they house cafes, restaurants, galleries and art studios, the ideal place to wander or enjoy alfresco dining.
Polished glass winks in the windows of settlers' cottages in nearby Battery Point, and brass doorknobs gleam in the lofty porches of colonial edifices. Hobart is a city of warm sandstone, bright spinnakers on the water, fish punts at the docks and coffee under the sun umbrellas of Salamanca where the famous Salamanca Market is held every Saturday.
Square-riggers still put out on the River, tacking among the yachts and fishing boats. Parliament House looks out on its lawns, once the market garden for old Hobart Town and historic Government House sits serenely in its park on the city's northern fringe, where cows graze as they always have in their city-centre paddock.
Get involved in Hobart's busy arts scene. You can take in art, craft, music and theatre at Salamanca Arts Centre and the surrounding warehouses. Learn about the Island and the city's history and contemporary life at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery on Macquarie Street.
You can hang out to the sounds of South American flutes, pub rock, street buskers and string quartets, and theatrical performances both classic and contemporary. In galleries and studios, our artists and craftspeople make bold and beautiful statements in pigments, glass, pottery and fabrics.
Just out of the city you can visit some of Tasmania's finest wineries, head up the mountain for a walk to the springs or travel down the channel towards Bruny Island.
For more information on Hobart's many attractions, visit www.totallysouth.com.au.
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The story of Hobart:
The city was settled in 1804 by Lieutenant Governor Collins and grew rapidly as the clearing house for British and Irish convicts. Its place on the Derwent River became the perfect protected deepwater harbour, and now every December and January it welcomes weary and exultant contenders from the Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.
Hobart is approximately two-hours drive (199 kilometres/124 miles) south of Launceston.