Being established on the estuary of the Derwent River, the city’s harbour is also the world’s second deepest natural port.
The 1.271 m high Mount Wellington (offering spectacular views) is dominating the skyline of the city which serves as an important tourist centre for the whole island.
Hobart also stands for the administrative and financial centre of Tasmania as it is an important seaport and port for cruise ships during the summer season.
Tasmanian capital represents lively example of combination of various art galleries, craft shops, markets and museums and also restaurants and bars not only on city’s waterfront all together creating the vibrant, yet quiet city atmosphere.
Not to be missed out, Salamanca market is claimed to be the best Australian outdoor market.
Hobart also serves as the access point to plenty of surrounding natural highlights.
The Federation Concert Hall is home to the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and the Theatre Royal is the Australian oldest theatre.
Hobart is a favourite place for yachting fans thanks to the annual Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race which is held the day after Christmas Day. The most popular game in the city is undoubtedly cricket.
Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery: Recently reconstructed Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery is located on the waterfront in historic part of Tasmanian capital.
The second oldest Australian museum established back in 1843 is home to many archeological materials of national significance and is interesting for both history and art seekers. Free tours are provided during the day, taking visitors through both permanent and temporary exhibitions and unique displays.
Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens: Another of Hobart’s gems, Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens are located on the western bank of the Derwent River within the Queens Domain.
The second oldest botanical garden in Australia was established already in 1818 and are nowadays showcasing more than 6500 plants species and varieties within its different collections such as Japanese Garden, Wollemi Pines or the Conservatory.
The botanical gardens are open daily. On the top, they are also annually hosting the Spring Community Festival focused on spring tulip display.
Museum of Old and New Art Australia’s largest private museum sometimes also called MONA is located within the Moorilla wineries in Hobart and belongs to one of the major tourists attractions in the city.
The owner David Walsh described the museum presenting modern and contemporary art as “subversive adult Disneyland”.
Museum’s collections showcase more than 300 artistic pieces, while some belong to highly thought-provoking ones . MONA is also host to the annual MOFO contemporary music festival.
Maritime Museum of Tasmania: Thanks to the fact that Tasmania is surrounded by the ocean, maritime heritage plays a significant role in state’s history.
The Maritime Museum of Tasmania is highlighting the influence of the sea on on people’s lives and also promoting its importance.
The museum offers displays of shipwrecks, provides information about whaling or even the process of boat building all through models, pictures and paintings. The museum also shows the challenges of seafarers and explains the importance of their profession.
Queens Domain: A bush nature reserve on the top of hilly area in Tasmanian capital city offers beautiful views over the Derwent River.
This steep area is offering visitors for example the Government House, the Hobart Cenotaph or also the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, while the north-west part is mostly covered with bushland with plenty of perfect resting places for visitors with picnic and barbeque spots.
Anglesea Barracks: Anglesea Barracks is an important military establishment in Australia since it is a place with headquarters of the Australian Army as well as Navy and Air Force.
The barracks in Hobart is proud to be the oldest one in Australia and is in use till today.
The Australian Army Museum can be also found within the area. This museum was constructed in 1814 and showcase beautiful collections of items from different parts of the history (from the colonial period to the current military operations).
Theatre Royal:Theatre Royal is a very culturally significant venue in the heart of Tasmanian capital city. Build in 1837, it is the oldest theatre in Australia which is still in operation.
The theatre designed by Peter Degraves was reconstructed and rebuilt several times throughout its history and nowadays serves as a stage for various theatre artists not only from Australia but also overseas.
Theatre Royal is a living hub performing contemporary music, live theatre, dance shows and various entertainment.
Parliament Square: Directly behind the Parliament House and nearby the waterfront in Tasmanian Hobart is a upcoming
redevelopment area called the Parliament Square. This block comprises eight buildings connected by different laneways and a parking area.
The project focuses on reuse and refurbishment of multiple historical building listed as a heritage and incorporation of new office tower.
The new redeveloped area will include both new workplace, bars, cafes and public spaces.
Risdon Cove: Risdon Cove was a first step of Tasmanian colonisation.
Risdon Cove area in the Oyster Bay (east bank of Derwent River) was initially occupied by Aboriginals before the European colonisation in 1803.
Couple of months later, due to the water scarce and thus infertility of the soil, the Tasmanian capital city Hobart was established on the other side of the river as more suitable area for settlement site.
Risdon Cove is also known for the conflict between Aboriginals and soldiers from the new European settlement which led to several deaths during the beginning of the colonisation which is today still reminded by the Bowen’s Monument.
Salamanca market: Salamanca market is an iconic tourist attraction.
This outdoor market in Hobart’s waterfront is held every Saturday from 8.30 am till 3 pm and is operated by the Hobart City Council.
It is a celebration of Tasmania’s culture and diversity of producers where more than 300 stallholders sell huge range of products from woodwork, ceramics and jewelry, through clothing and arts to fresh fruit and vegetable.
Everything is topped with friendly atmosphere usually filled with the sound coming from nearby buskers mastering their instruments.