To the south of Tasmania, historic Hobart beckons. Boasting a mix of culture, nature and colonial heritage, this laid-back city offers something for everyone. View buildings dating back to the 1830s at Battery Point, discover historic architecture in Salamanca Place, or travel further afield and visit the World Heritage listed convict settlement of Port Arthur.
For those with an interest in arts and culture, Hobart delivers – from the eclectic stalls of Salamanca Market, to the numerous museums and galleries that dot the region. Adventure enthusiasts will also find plenty to do down south. Mount Wellington offers spectacular hiking trails and the Mount Wellington Descent bike track, while Mount Field National Park features fern forests, ancient trees and the majestic Russel Falls.
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A City of Contrasts
Hobart really is the city with something for everyone, no matter what your budget! Take a step back in time at historic Battery Point where many of the buildings date back to the 1830’s or explore Salamanca Place with its galleries, theatres and buzzing little boutique shops. And if you’re lucky enough to be in Hobart on Saturday, it’s hard to beat the food and entertainment at Salamanca market. Billed as Australia’s best outdoor market, you'll fall in love with it's waterfront location and fantastic European vibe.
To get a true sense of Tasmania’s capital, try seeing it from the air in a scenic seaplane tour from the Derwent River. It will give you a new perspective of Hobart and you might even spot a pod of bottle nosed dolphins or a migrating whale! Or for a more relaxed adventure, a lunch or dinner cruise up the Derwent lets you take it easy while you see the best that historic Hobart has to offer.
If you’re after something a little more energetic then Hobart won’t disappoint. Stunning Mt Wellington is just a 20 minute drive away and is full of spectacular walking and biking trails where you can explore an impressive natural wilderness. Adrenalin junkies make sure you check out the Mt Wellington Descent bike ride, it’s guaranteed to leave your heart in your mouth!
Just a little further away, Mt Field National Park is an easy drive from Hobart and Russell Falls is the star attraction. It’s just a short walk from the visitors centre through breathtaking fern forests and some of the world’s oldest trees. It’s an breathtaking park that leaves you awed by the durability of nature.
Hooked on Hobart Hospitality
As a dining destination, it’s hard to beat Hobart. The locals are proud of their regional fare and rightly so. Recognised by some of the world’s best chefs, Tasmania is famous for its fresh and often rare produce and Hobart is crammed full of award-winning restaurants offering fine dining experiences.
And if fine dining doesn't suit your taste or your budget, that same mouthwatering local produce can be sampled at restaurants and stalls dotted all over Hobart. Or if you're staying with Mantra and would like to cater for your family or friends in your self-contained apartment, you can buy some of the freshest seafood in Australia straight out of the Southern Ocean from the fishmongers along the waterfront.
There are many reasons to visit Hobart, and a favourite with locals and visitors alike is a trip to Australia’s oldest brewery, Cascade. Take a tour and learn all about the history of Cascade, get up close and personal with the brewing process, and of course enjoy an icy cold beer pulled directly from the taps.
Hobart is loads of fun - and with so many things to see and do, it’s guaranteed to leave you wanting to come back for more.