The capital of the island state of Tasmania and the second oldest city of Australia, Hobart boasts of a great wealth of colonial heritage, beautiful nature, and great food, wine and festivals. This is a must see destination!
What to see and do in Hobart
Building a breathtaking skyline of the city is Mt. Wellington, a wild face of Hobart which is an ideal place for excursions like mountain-climbing and bushwalking. At the foothill of this rugged monolith is the Derwent River, which is a major waterway for Hobart. The Royal Hobart Regatta festival, which is celebrated in February every year, fills the huge expanse of water with picturesque sailing boats of of all shapes and sizes. However in Hobart, sailing on a glamorous ship is feasible 365 days a year.
Hobart is a charming place indeed, but what makes it unique is its real and authentic atmosphere, far away from cosmopolitan vibes of other Australian cities. Hobartians are proud in being native to their origin, culture and history.
With Hobart’s pristine waters and soothing weather, it’s surprising that only recently has tourism become a major industry for the city. The city is still home to rivers, mountains, waterfronts, markets and architecture – Today Hobart is like an exclusive showroom.
The island’s fast growing reputation as a hub of quality food and wine is on showcase at popular Salamanca Market, which is held every Saturday. The cafes, bars and restaurants near the waterfront have the best fruits and vegetables on the island. One should also visit Battery Point near Sandy Bay for an up and coming food scene.
Additional destinations not to miss
Port Arthur – One of the most interesting places to visit in Tasmania, Port Arthur is actually a historical site that speaks off its troubled history in the most elegant way. Don’t forget to go on a ghost tour while here.
Bruny Island – Board a cruise and sail around the rugged and magnificent coastline of Bruny Island passing by sea caves, cliffs, dolphins, wildlife seals and, if you are lucky, migrating whales.
Richmond – This picturesque town is a short drive from the city of Hobart. Upon arrival, visit the art galleries, take a walk by the river, buy souvenir from one of the antique shops and enjoy a heavenly lunch at the Richmond Hotel or Bakery Café. It is a perfect place for a day out trip from Hobart.
Happy holidaying in Hobart!
About the Author:
Philip is a veteran travel blogger for Aussie Campervans.