Founded in 1804, Hobart is Australia’s oldest capital city. Nestled under Mt Wellington, you can enjoy magnificent panoramic views of the city from the summit. Hobart boasts many impressive parks and gardens, including St David’s Park and the Royal Botanical Gardens. It is also renowned for its fine restaurants, most notably in Salamanca Place, Sullivans Cove, Sandy Bay and North Hobart. Wrest Point Casino in Sandy Bay is the South Pacific’s oldest casino.
Historic Battery Point is a great example of convict-era architecture, and is walking distance from Salamanca Place, which houses a variety of niche art studios and boutique shops, and the extremely popular Salamanca Market every Saturday.
Overlooking the Derwent River is the Moorilla Estate winery and the world class MONA (Museum of Old and New Art), which has gained worldwide recognition for its contemporary and historic artworks. In the outer suburbs of Hobart, you will also find the Cadbury Chocolate Factory and Cascade Brewery.
South west of Hobart is a world of extensive and serene waterways, wild coastlines and boutique vineyards. There is a wonderful array of orchards growing great quality cherries, plums, apricots, pears and Tasmania’s famous apples. The Hastings Caves and Thermal Springs are a must-see, located just north of Southport.
South of Hobart, via the ferry from Kettering, is the wondrous Bruny Island, filled with stunning beaches, towering sea cliffs, and picturesque countryside.
The pristine and rugged wilderness of the Mt Field and Hartz Mountains National Parks are majestically scenic and great for bushwalking or taking a forest drive.
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