Hobart as transit or stop-over destination
Located on Tasmania’s southern shore, this historic port city has become a hub of activity, with pubs and restaurants, brew houses and shops now occupying the swank, colonial era warehouses at Salamanca Place. Of course you won’t want to miss the Salamanca Markets, where every Saturday the waterfront venue offers nearly 300 retail stalls. Shoppers will find everything from clothing and jewellery to ceramics and glassware, and of course food! Still hungry? Sampling the fish ‘n chips along the waterfront is a must, or if you’re into something swankier, head to Elizabeth Street Pier for a sit down lunch or dinner.
Take a step back in time with a stroll through nearby Battery Point. Filled with colonial era homes and buildings, the neighbourhood is the perfect spot for shopping, antiquing and sightseeing. Some of the city’s best restaurants and cafes can be found here too.
Popular tours in and around Hobart include:
• Port Arthur convict site – With its spectacular waterfront location, Port Arthur features over thirty colonial era buildings and homes.
• MONA – The Museum of Old and New Art is one of Australia’s most talked about museums. Home to such artefacts as mummies of ancient Egypt, the museum also showcases a variety of temporary exhibitions.
• Tasmania wine country – Just a short drive from Hobart, visitors will find cellar doors offering up the best in Australian wines. Pair a Tassie Pinot or Chardonnay with some local cheese as you enjoy the gorgeous island views.