Don’t Skip Hobart on Your Next Trip to Australia

Don’t Skip Hobart on Your Next Trip to Australia

16th March 2019

Hobart is an Australian city on the island of Tasmania, and the nation’s southernmost city. From its grim roots as a brutal penal colony, Hobart has grown into a warm, welcoming town, nestled wonderfully in absolutely stunning nature. 

The city has since come to terms with its past and embraced its rich history and culture and now has some fascinating museums and galleries, as well as ornate convict-built architecture. It’s also a great city for seafaring, as they’ve cultivated a seafaring tradition that is still quite popular. Hobart is even the end destination for the Sydney to Hobart Yacht race held every summer.

The Markets Of Salamanca Place In Hobart

When exploring the city, one of the first destinations to check out is Salamanca Place and the Salamanca Markets, held every Saturday. Salamanca Place finished construction in 1860 and is built on Sullivan’s Cove as the city’s commercial hub. 

Nowadays, the historic sandstone buildings thrive as a tourist region in the heart of the city just below the Kelly Steps from Battery Point. It is nestled in a bustling precinct of cafes, restaurants, and shops built amongst the old Gregorian warehouses. You’ll also find galleries and performing arts at the Salamanca Arts Centre. Some of the city’s best seafood can be found at Constitution Dock, just a short walk away.

Visit The Museums Of Hobart

The city also has some interesting and impressive museums, such as the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, which occupies the Commissariat Provision built in 1808, the oldest public building on the island. Inside its walls, you’ll get to explore the islands rich heritage with extensive exhibits on the island’s aboriginals, as well as its penal colony roots. 

In addition, there’s also tons of displays on the region’s natural history and a full history of seafaring and whaling in the Southern Hemisphere. There’s plenty of child friendly exhibits too, and, for an extra fee, theatrical tour through the museum’s heritage buildings, known as the Settlement Secrets. 

For the complete opposite experience, check out the MONA, or the Museum of Old and New Art, which displays a provocative private collection of modern art, as well as some antiquities. It’s housed underground and offers an immersive experience through portable touch screen devices. It is noted for its central motifs of sex and death, and it is referred to by David Walsh, the collection’s owner, as a “subversive adult Disneyland.” It’s one of the island’s most controversial touchstones.

Day Trips From Hobart, Australia

The island of Tasmania has some truly amazing scenery, most of which is in easy driving distance of Hobart. It’s generally quite affordable to book a car for your stay and drive to the destinations that interest you most.

One of the island’s most magnificent settings can be found in the Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park, which is ripe for exploring and offers a quiet venture as an alternative from the hustle and bustle of the city. 

As you hike, you’ll wander through glacier carved crags and jagged dolomite peaks, as well as glimmering lakes, beech forests, and alpine heathland. The island’s highest point, which is claimed by Mt. Ossa at about 1,600 meters tall, is a magnificent focal point from most areas in the park. For specific trails, check out the Lake Dove Walk, which revolves around Cradle Mountain, itself at just over 1,500 meters tall, and the Weindorfer Walk, which is a six-kilometer circuit through the park’s dense forests.

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