As Australia’s second oldest city, Hobart is rich in colonial and maritime history.
Hobart is also the second sunniest city in Australia, after Adelaide, contributing to its bustling café culture, which is focused on the waterfront, where fishing boats are berthed next to cruising yachts and a square rigger or two.
First populated in 1804, as a ragtag collection of tents and huts with a population of 262, of which 178 were convicts, Hobart soon developed into a penal colony.
Convict and early settlement history highlights begin with the diverse Salamanca Place and its many galleries, cafés and the extraordinarily vibrant Saturday market, or you can venture up ‘Kelly’s Steps’ to emerge in the city’s best preserved village area of Battery Point, so called after the defensive guns built by the British.
Also worth including are the views from Mount Wellington, the serene parkland of the ‘Queen’s Domain’ and the harbourfront heritage area of the Henry Jones Jam Factory, established by its rags-to-riches namesake, who was, at one point, the largest private employer in the southern hemisphere.
Hobart offers so much to see within its own boundaries, but it is also a marvellous base from which to explore the surrounding area’s diverse attractions, whether taking wildlife cruises or guided convict tours.
Suggested itineraries featuring Hobart
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Places near Hobart
- Richmond 12 miles away
- Huon Valley 18 miles away
- Port Arthur 32 miles away
- Mount Field National Park 42 miles away
- Maria Island National Park 43 miles away
- Tasmania 62 miles away
- Swansea 65 miles away
- Freycinet National Park 70 miles away
- Deloraine 101 miles away
- Launceston 101 miles away
- Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park 108 miles away
- Strahan & Gordon River 115 miles away
- Stanley 180 miles away
- Wilsons Promontory National Park 278 miles away
Accommodation choices for Hobart
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Ideas for experiencing Hobart
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