The old and the new blend in Hobart, which has all the amenities of large
city but few of the hassles. It's easy to get around and attractions ranging
from rows of Georgian warehouses in Salamanca Place and former jam factory premises
at the Old Wharf to a signal station atop Mt Nelson and a Shot Tower at Taroona
are only a few kilometres apart. Hobart, Australia's second oldest city,
has retained a vast number of its 19th century buildings, both public and private.
They can be seen at virtually every turn, while detailed accounts of local history
are available in such places as the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, which
has an outstanding collection of colonial artworks, the Allport Museum and Library
of Fine Arts, the Maritime Museum of Tasmania and Narryna, in Battery Point.
Life in Hobart has revolved around the waterfront from the days of whaling to
the present. The docks are particularly busy in the Christmas-New Year period
when yachts competing in the Sydney-Hobart and Westcoaster races berth here.
Just across the way, Salamanca Place is an interesting shopping area specialising
in Tasmanian wares and features a Saturday morning market.
What to See and Do:
Wander around the Sullivans Cove area, calling at St David's Park,
Parliament House and Salamanca Place, and on the former mariners' village
of Battery Point, cruise on the Harbour, try your luck at Wrest Point, Australia's
first licenced Casino, take in the view from lookouts on Mt Nelson or Mt Wellington
or the Kangaroo Bluff Battery on the eastern shore, visit the Bowen Park pyramids
at Risdon Cove, the site of the first European settlers, tour the Cascade Brewery
or Australia's oldest surviving theatre, the Theatre Royal, Anglesea Barracks,
the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, the Penitentiary Chapel and Criminal
Courts and Runnymede, now owned by the National Trust.
ART, CRAFTS AND MARKETS AROUND HOBART|
Salamanca Market - every Saturday 8.30am - 2pm Winter, 8.30am - 3pm Summer
Sullivans Cove Market - every Sunday 9am - 3pm St Davids Park|
All the fun of the fair. Enjoy eats, treats, bargains, colour and
entertainment. Every Sunday 9.00am - 3pm.
Ph 03 6260 0588
Glenorchy Markets - Sundays at the Showgrounds
Arthurs Circus / Antiques / Art & Craft
'Narryna' Folk Museum
van Diemans Land Memorial Folk Museum
FOR SPECTACULAR VIEWS
Mt Nelson Signal Station and Trugannini Reserve
The Springs, en route to Mt Wellington pinnacle.
Linear Park - Hobart Rivulet to Cascade Brewery.
CITY OF GLENORCHY
Moonah Arts Centre
Tasmanian Transport Museum
Alpenrail Swiss Model Village & Railway
Poimena Reserve and Lookout,
Gould's Lagoon Bird Sanctuary.
CITY OF CLARENCE
Risdon Cove Historic Site
Bowen Park, site of first settlement in Tasmania
Mt Rumney Lookout
St Matthew's Church, Rokeby
Kangaroo Bluff Battery - Bellerive
Rosny Historic Centre
Rosny Hill Lookout,
Beaches - Recreation - Surfing: Lauderdale, Sanford, Cremorne, Clifton Beach,
Cape Deslacs, Mutton Bird viewing during summer evenings, Iron Pot Lookout,
South Arm, Opossum Bay and return to Seven Mile Beach.|
Old Hobart Town Model Village
Richmond Gaol Historic Site
Nation's oldest Catholic Church and Bridge
ZooDoo Wildlife Park
The last major shopping centre before setting out to the East
Coast and Tasman Peninsula, Antiques, Art-Craft and Parks.
TOURING AREAS AROUND HOBART
Tasmanian Travel & Information Centre (Hobart)
Cnr. Davey & Elizabeth Sts. Hobart. 7000
Ph 03 6230 8233. Fax: 03 6224 0289
HOW TO GET THERE:
The twin 'Spirit of Tasmania' ferries introduced onto the crossing in 2002. Sleek, modern
and purpose built they provide an evening crossing both ways, every day....
....and at a reasonable rate, with extra daylight sailing through the high season.
There are extensive facilities on board including restaurants, bars, an information kiosk, plenty
of seating, and snacks are available from the bars.
Television sets are located all around the ship so you don't need to miss your favourite programmes
if they happen to be on.
Enquiries on 132 010
On line bookings and enquiries:
http://www.spiritoftasmania.com.au. You can even receive your ticket by email.
QANTAS, Jetstar, Tiger and Virgin Blue have daily flights to Hobart from Melbourne.
Check prices and schedules on line.
Daily services operate between Hobart and Launceston
AIRPORT SHUTTLE BUS
The airport shuttle bus operates for flights to and from the airport. Enquiries on 0419 382 240.
City Cabs: Ph: 131 008
Combined Cabs: Ph 132 227
CRUISE SHIPS SHUTTLE
Between cruise ships and the CBD.
Redline: Ph: 1300 360 000
Greyhound Pioneer: 132 030
||© Copyright Peter W. Wilkins