Located on the shores of the Derwent River and watched over by Mt Wellington is Tasmania's capital city Hobart. This relaxed city with its yachts, old parks and gardens and heritage buildings offers visitors a wonderful holiday experience.
The city is famous for its 19th century waterfront warehouses at Salamanca, were once bustling with whalers, soldiers, and businessmen. Today they house cafes, restaurants and craft studios.
The Derwent River which passes through Hobart is famous as the finish line for the toughest ocean yacht race - the Sydney to Hobart. Held every year, starting in Sydney on December 26th hundreds of yachts of all sizes embark on the hazardous journey to Hobart.
Places to Visit
Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens
The gardens are home to over 6,000 exotic and native plant species, including the largest public conifer collection in the southern hemisphere. The gardens are located on the Queens Domain on the banks of the Derwent River and entry is free.
The market is held every Saturday regardless of weather and features hundreds of stalls selling craft, food, clothing, odds & ends, and local produce. There is live entertainment with street performers and musicians.
Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery
The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery
has an excellent collection of colonial art and natural history.
Located near Sullivan's Cove, Salamanca
Place the historic Theatre Royal, is Australia's oldest continually operating theatre.
The Old Hobart Gaol
in Campbell Street, The Old Hobart Gaol, offers ghost tours and is a step back in time.
For those who enjoy gambling head to Wrest Point the location of Australia's first casino.
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