- Discover Hobart
In the southeast of the island lies Hobart, Australia’s' second oldest city and one of its best. You must visit Hobart when in Tasmania to enjoy its beauty and the friendliness of its people. Hobart is quite compact and easy to get around.
Things to see and do
There's a lot to see here for history buffs, starting with the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery on MacQuarie Street. Australia’s' oldest theatre is the Theatre Royal which is on Campbell Street in the city dating back to 1837. Take a ghost tour in the penitentiary Chapel and Criminal Courts.
Take a walk down to Salamanca place on the harbour and have a look at the old warehouses that date back to the 1830s'. They now house restaurants, bars and galleries. Battery point is another area teeming with history.
Make like Charlie and pay a visit to the Cadbury Chocolate Factory on Cadbury Road, Claremont, or have a drink at the Cascade Brewery on Cascade Road. This is the oldest brewery in Australia (so you'll be brushing up on your history too) and Cascade is regarded by many as the best lager in the country.
You will probably notice a rather large mountain when you are in Hobart. That is Mount Wellington, which is great for walks and to enjoy the beautiful views. Get a bus from Franklin Square.
Irish Murphys' (Salamanca Place), Republics Bar and Cafe (Elizibeth Street), Bar Celona (Salamance Square).
Kate Cara (Liverpool Street), Da Angelo Ristorante (Hampden Road), Vietnamese Kitchen (Salmanca Place), Pashas (Elizabeth Street Pier)
Hobart has direct flights from Melbourne, Sydney and Melbourne.
Flight times to Hobart
Dublin 21.5 hours | London 21 hours | Hong Kong 9.5 hours | New York 20 hours | San Diego 15.5 hours | Sydney 2 hours
Metro Tasmania operates the local bus network. Tickets cost between $2 and $4 depending on the distance. Buy a Day Rover ticket to save money.
There are plenty of taxis in Hobart and all are metered.
Hobart is a safe city but at night the centre can be a bit dangerous as there aren’t many police officers around and parts of the centre are dark and deserted.