Tasmania's capital city Hobart is furnished with numerous Georgian sandstone buildings, waterside bars, cafes, galleries and restaurants and busy wharfs and marina areas. Mount Wellington is just 22 kilometres from the CBD and rises from the city more dramatically than any towering city building.
Hobart and Surrounds
What to See
Hobart has a population of 200,000 people, which translates to gloriously uncrowded roads and makes it a snap to get to the Tasman Peninsula, home of the Port Arthur Historic Site and the finest convict ruins in Australia. The ruins are a long standing highlight but all over the Tasman are cosy and stylish places to stay, wonderfully friendly cafes, fine restaurants, artists galleries, boat cruises along the peninsula’s extraordinarily fractured coast and coastal walking trails.
What to Do
The Huon Valley is a 30-minute drive south of Hobart. Many visitors take to the neighbouring D’Entrecasteaux Channel to watch whales, dolphins, seals or albatross. Elsewhere there are caves and forests, vineyards and restaurants featuring local produce.
To the north-west of Hobart, the Derwent Valley has a history of explorers and bush rangers. This gateway to the central highlands has much-loved national parks, high-end fishing lodges, golf courses, waterfalls, engaging walks and even whisky distilleries.
Hobart was settled by Europeans in 1803 with the first rudimentary buildings being erected at Risdon Cove on the eastern shore of the Derwent River. In 1804 the settlement moved across the river to Sullivans Cove, the present site of Hobart.
Get expert help from local visitor information centres
Hobart: 20 Davey Street. Ph (03) 6230 8233. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Geeveston: Church Street. Ph (03) 6297 1821. Email: email@example.com
Huonville: Esplanade. Ph (03) 6264 1838. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kettering: 81 Ferry Rd. Ph (03) 6267 4494. Email: email@example.com
Heritage Highway Visitor Centre. 1 Mill Lane, Oatlands. Ph (03) 6254 1212. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Port Arthur Historic Site: Ph (03) 6251 2371. Email: email@example.com