Hobart is situated on the island of Tasmania and is the southern most capital city in Australia. Straddling the breathtaking Derwent River, Australia’s deepest harbour, Hobart is one of the most beautiful areas in both Tasmania, with nearby Mount Wellington dominating the city in the background.
The city of Hobart was founded in 1803 and has numerous heritage areas close to the city centre. There are many museums and galleries which provide interesting information on Hobart’s history. Some of the most popular landmarks in the Hobart area include the Tasman Bridge, Government House, the Port Arthur Historic Site, Richmond Bridge – one of the oldest stone bridges in the whole of Australia and Hobart’s St. David’s
Other world-class Hobart attractions include Derwent River, the Cadbury-Schweppes Chocolate Constitution Dock, Old Hobart Town Model Village, Bicentennial Park, the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens and Salamanca Market – a lively flea market held in Hobart’s Salamanca district, which attracts more than 10,000 bargain hunters each week.
Hobart regularly features many exciting festivals and events, including the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, a spectacular race which finishes at Hobart’s waterfront at the end of each year in Hobart.
Things to See & Do
* Historic buildings and precincts
* Cascade Breweries
* Salamanca Place
* Cadbury Chocolate Factory
* Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens
Cruise Season – Jan – Dec
Currency – Australian Dollar (AUD$)
Language – English
Land Area – 1,357.3km²
Population – 212,019 approx
Electricity – 2 angled pins and 1 flat pin centred below Australian style
Time – GMT plus ten hours
International Country Telephone Code – + 61
Port Location – The port of Hobart is within walking distance of the city centre and features waterfront pubs, fish punts and restaurants.
Transport Links – Hobart is serviced by Hobart International Airport which is 15km from the city centre and offers flights to and from most Australian capital cities.
Most public transport within the city is via an extensive network of public and private bus services. Bikes are available for hire and walking around Hobart is a good option as it is a compact city.