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Welcome to Hobart
The southern-most and second oldest state capital, Hobart, Tasmania, is an historic port situated in a picturesque natural setting beside the deep Derwent River estuary and in the shadow of the mass of Mount Wellington.

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Discover Hobart's Past
Sydney and Hobart are Australia's oldest cities, and as such have closer links to the nation's past than the other capital cities. In Hobart, those links are tangible - they can be seen and felt, particularly by Australians, many of whom leave here feeling they have somehow tapped into their national roots.

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Explore Southern Tasmania
Hobart is the perfect base from which to explore Southern Tasmania. This picturesque region has many interesting places to see, including charming Georgian era towns and villages, Australia's most intact and well known convict era remnants and some spectacular coastal scenery. Hobart is central to all of it, nothing being than a few hour's drive away.

See and Do


Wildlife sanctuaries and zoos; in the wild.

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History and Heritage

Historic Homes, Heritage Sites and Museums.

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Parks and Gardens

Great spots to relax and enjoy.

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National Parks

Home to some of Hobart's finest natural attractions.

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Lookouts and Vistas

The best views in and around Hobart.


Guided tours and activities in and around Hobart.

Not To Miss

Port Arthur

Of all the convict related historic sites around Australia, none so graphically tell the story of Australia's convict past that the ruins of the convict settlement at Port Arthur. The place is a window into modern Australia's beginnings, and paints a vivid picture of the lives and times of those poor wretches who were transported to Australia from Britain to start a new life on the other side of the world.

Bruny Island

Across the D Entrecasteaux Channel a short drive south of Hobart, Bruny Island is effectively two quite different islands connected by a narrow neck of sand. With its wild seascapes and sweeping surf beaches, rich maritime history, abundant birdlife and wildlife, tall forests and historic lighthouse, Bruny is an island paradise in Australia s deep south.


Brimming with old world charm, Richmond is one of Tasmania's most loved and visited Georgian era colonial villagers. Rich in history and heritage and contains the oldest bridge and St Johns, the earliest Roman Catholic church in Australia, as well as a perfectly preserved colonial gaol. Established in 1825 to house the gangs of convicts used as labour in the area and prisoners in transit, the Gaol has been restored and is now a major tourist attraction.

Salamanca Place

Head down to Salamanca Place where you will find 19th-century waterfront warehouses dating back to the 1830s whaling days. Today they house cafes, restaurants, galleries and art studios, the ideal place to wander or enjoy alfresco dining. On weekends, enjoy the famous Salamanca Markets.

Museum of Old and New Art

One of Hobart's premier attractions, Hobart's Museum of Old and New Art houses an exquisite collection of antiquities. Located among vineyards on a private peninsula on the Derwent River, pieces from Africa, pre-Columbian Costa Rica (including some gold), Egypt and the Roman colonies are on display in a series of light-filled galleries. Guided tours are available each day at 11 am and 2 pm. Free admission. Contact: (03) 6277 9900. Website. 655 Main Road, Berriedale.