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DISTANCES: Launceston 199Km, Burnie (via Perth) 338Km, (via Lake Highway) 311Km, Port Arthur 114Km, New Norfolk 34Km
Founded by Colonel David Collins in 1804, sixteen years after the settlement of Sydney, Hobart is Australia’s second oldest city. The city grew out of the first settlement on the island at Risdon Cove, 8 km upriver, which was founded in 1803, after five months. Today, the Risdon Cove site remains preserved much as it was 190 years ago, and is a unique tourist attraction.
More that 90 buildings in Hobart have National Trust classification. Thirty of these are in Macquarie Street and many more in Davey Street. Many others are of considerable historic interest including the Theatre Royal, Australia’s oldest theatre opened in 1837, and now restored after being gutted by fire in 1984.
Salamanca Place boasts a terrace of Georgian warehouses dating back to the whaling days of the 1830s, which are today occupied by restaurants, taverns, galleries, craft shops and offices. Here, every Saturday morning, the cosmopolitan Salamanca Market is a drawcard for visitors.
Tasmanian Travel and Information Centre, cnr Davey and Elizabeth Streets, Phone (03) 6230 8233.
WHAT TO SEE AND DO
Visit Cadbury’s chocolate factory.
Drive to the top of Mount Wellington.
Walk through Salamanca Place and Battery Point, see the Maritime Museum, Franklin Square, Holy Trinity Church and St David’s Cathedral.
The Tasmanian museum, ‘Narryna’ (Van Diemen’s Folk Museum), Constitution Dock, Parliament House, Botanical Gardens, Anglesea Barracks, and the Post Office Museum are all central.
Lookouts at Mt Rumney, Knocklofty Hill, Alexandra Battery, Kangaroo Bluff Fort at Bellerive and the Signal Station at Mt Nelson afford magnificent panoramic views.
Other attractions are the 60m Shot Tower at Taroona, the historic Female Factory and Confectionary Factory, Bower Park Pyramids, ‘Runnymede’ homestead (National Trust) at New Town and river and harbour cruises.
There are a number of golf courses in Hobart and the surrounding suburbs, various Bowls clubs, three Olympic swimming centres, tenpin bowling and a few Squash courts.
Horse racing at Elwick Racecourse.
Harness and greyhound racing at the Royal Showgrounds.
Sailing at Sandy Bay and Bellerive.
Live Theatres and cinemas can be found as well as cabarets in numerous city and suburban hotels.
The Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens are situated only 2 km from the centre of Hobart. Established in 1818, they contain a great many features both historical and botanical, which rank them among the finest in the world. The Gardens are open daily throughout the year.