HOBART AND DISTRICT
Touring around Hobart
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 & 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.