Hobart & surrounds
Hobart is Australia’s second oldest capital, founded in 1804. Modern Hobart is a busy port, the centre of government, the home of the South Pacific’s first casino - a city of thriving business and commercial sectors, fine restaurants, theatres (the Theatre Royal is Australia’s oldest), shows, nightclubs and discos.
Sullivans Cove is lined with sandstone warehouses reflecting the area’s rich maritime heritage. Each Saturday it comes alive as crowds throng to the popular Salamanca Market.
Constitution Dock, bustling throughout the year with fishing boats and larger vessels coming and going, is the focal point of the city each December and January when it plays host to the blue water fleets of the Sydney and Melbourne to Hobart yacht races.
A short walk from the dock is the village of Battery Point where tiny cottages vie for space with grand mansions and Victorian terraces.
A short drive from the city centre is the 60m high Shot Tower, at Taroona, a remarkable construction feat when it was built early in the 18th century.
A trip to the summit of Mount Wellington can include an inspection of the Cascade Brewery, the nation’s oldest. A tour to the Cadbury chocolate factory at Claremont can be an excursion in itself if made aboard one of the Derwent River ferries.
North from Hobart… the Derwent River narrows as it heads upstream towards New Norfolk. This fascinating and peaceful town is full of interesting history, including the old Oast Houses, where hops were once processed, a disused asylum, several old churches and a number of elegant homes. At the nearby town of Plenty are the superb Salmon Ponds, which have been in operation since 1864.
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