Hobart is best known for its 19th century waterfront warehouses that once bustled with whalers, soldiers, opportunist businessmen and petty bureaucrats. Today they house cafes, restaurants and studios. There is so much to see and do in Tasmania’s capital. Fly into Hobart and use this as your base to explore this beautiful state. Hobart is a city of warm sandstone and settlers’ cottages, with great food, coffee, beer and wine. Stroll through Salamanca and admire the arts and crafts at galleries, shop at the Salamanca Markets that are held every Saturday. Visit Parliament and historic Government House and walk through the gardens. Enjoy local beer at a pub while feasting on fresh seafood. Take a cruise to Bruny Island or observe the yachts on the marine. The Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race finishes here every December and January and the city is buzzing with celebrations. Choose Hobart for your next holiday and be surprised with what this beautiful city has to offer you.
Tasman Peninsula – Port Arthur & Sorell
The Tasman Peninsula is best known for its farms, forests, sheer dolerite cliffs with sweeping views across the Sea and the place of the world’s southern-most historic prison. Sample oysters at Barilla Bay as you drive south-east from Hobart. Stop at the historic town of Sorell absorb the heritage, scenery and wildlife. Taste wine at small vineyards in Copping or have a bite to eat at local cafés specialising in octopus, oysters, venison and quail. Shop for crafts and antiques or pick up fresh seafood from Dunalley Fish Market. Hike through the Tasman National Park exploring beaches, forest and 300 metre sea cliffs. Visit Port Arthur Historic Site and explore the prison with its 19th century-style gardens and surrounded by old oak and elm trees. Cruise the bay to Point Puer, the boys’ prison, and the Isle of the Dead. Port Arthur overlooks the water and is a great place to stay when exploring the area.