Hobart – Best You Can Get
You can get the best if you try. But you don’t get the best if you don’t open up. Creativity opens up and brings forth grand ideas. So it is with a city that opens up to the world. It attracts the best to itself. Or some of the best. Or most of the best. Or all of the best. It’s for the visitor to decide which after visiting Hobart. What is certain is that you don’t leave this city without having had a brush, indeed contact with, yes a touch of, or for those who ask for spice in expression, a romance with the best. Best of what? That has to be settled soon. For now, we simply write, Best of Visitors’ Expectations.
When it comes to visiting Nature in her garden where everything is dainty and chic in their natural setting and purity, Tasmania, whose capital is Hobart, is the place to come. In Tasmania, Nature takes charge of where to view its capital city, Hobart. While others build lovely towers from which the cities could be seen, enjoyed and welcomed to the heart, Hobart got a tower from Nature from which it could flow into the heart of the viewers who also flow into it. Nature’s gift of tower to Hobart is Mount Wellington. It is the highest point in Australia and what a strange place. It snows in summer on top of Mount Wellington!
Hobart is the second oldest capital is Australia after Sydney. The name Hobart originated from the Colonial Secretary Lord Hobart. It was adopted in 1804. The name of the state and island, Tasmania of which Hobart is the capital city, originated from the Dutch explorer Abel Tasman. When he discovered the place he gave it the name, Anthony van Diemen’s Island after his sponsor, Anthony van Diemen, the then Governor of Dutch East Indies. The name was later changed to honour him.
In addition to the joy of bushwalk in which the visitor is lost in the pool of inspirational quiet and the peace of creative silence which the lush greens of Hobart, yes, Tasmania as a whole offer, there are many places of attractions in and around Hobart. Some of the favourite spots include Salamanca Place on the waterfront with lines of excellent restaurants and markets every Saturday.
Watch it with overdose of chocolate when you visit The Cadbury Chocolate Factory. It is a place to be as it affords the opportunity of seeing it all, the making of the chocolate itself and so doing disabuse the mind of a lot that is taken for granted about how chocolate gets there – in the shops, at kiosks, railway stations, birthday parties. After leaving there, go to town, mix with Holbart.
You will indeed enjoy it.
Yes, Hobart is not just small is beautiful. Hobart is chic is natural. Really.
When to go
Hobart has four defined seasons, the changing of seasons appear to almost exactly coincide when there supposed to. Overall, Hobart has a very temperate climate however weather can be unpredictable, sunshine in winter and the occasional very cold day in summer. Summer and autumn are very good times of year to go so you can get the most out of the long days of sunshine and nice weather.
Average minimum and maximum temperatures
Summer 11 C – 21 C
Autumn 8 C – 16 C
Winter 4 C – 11 C
Spring 7 C – 16 C
What to see and do
Hobart is Tasmania’s capital jewel, a natural, eco-friendly city that has retained its pristine beauty over the years. Just south of the city is one of the Hobart’s most famous landmarks Mt Wellington. During a clear day Mt Wellington can be seen from around much of Hobart providing a picturesque backdrop. Bushwalk along the pipeline track or take one of many trails leading to the springs for stunning panoramic views over the city and surrounds. Go on a cycling tour up the main mountain road or abseil off the cliffs labelled the ‘organ pipes’
Stroll through the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens and explore over 5000 native and exotic plant species. There is also an amazing conservatory and a sub-Antarctic plant house. And visit Arthur’s circus, a maritime village built during colonial times. These quaint little cottages still house locals but some of them are open as guest houses and bed and breakfasts.
For chocolate lovers take a ferry from the Hobart wharf to Cadbury’s chocolate factory and go on a tour and watch how your Chocolate is made every step of the way. Feast on as much chocolate as you want and buy great discounts after the taste testing is over. If beer is more your flavour, then check out Australia’s oldest brewery just ten minutes out of the city. Established in 1832, this iconic building offers a very interesting tour about the history of cascade and rewards you at the end with a wide range of world-class brews.
Hot Spots – Salamanca and the Franklin Wharf
Salamanca is a must see destination for all Hobart-goers. Walking down Salamanca you’ll see a huge array of cafes, restaurants, pubs and bars adjoin old Georgian warehouse’s built in the mid 1800’s. On Saturday, this place really comes to life with the Saturday markets where you can find everything from art, sculptures, souvenirs, snacks and some of Tasmanian’s famous exports such as Huon pine, fine wine and cheese. From here you can take an easy walk over to Franklin’s wharf and eat fresh seafood and watch the bustling activity on Hobart’s stunning waterfront.
It is the capital city of Australia’s Tasmanian state.
The history of Hobart
Tasmania lies south of Australia, It is positioned on the edge of river Derwent, towards the west rests Mount Wellington towering over 1,200 metres. It was established in 1803 to act as a criminal correctional outpost. It was christened after Lord Hobart a Colonial Secretary at that time; initially it was named Hobart Town but was later shortened to Hobart right about1875. It encompasses a favourably deep bay making it suitable for water vessels to dock and it is for this reason that it is an active port.
Information about Hobart
It is the largest city in Tasmania, and has a population density above 207,000. The city’s streets are planned in a network fashion, making it trouble-free to get about. There are many well kept old structures dating from Georgian times giving it a seasoned elegance, it is secluded with quite a distance from the business centre, making it ideal for a getaway destination. It is famous for the Yacht Race that flags off in Sydney Boxing Day.
There are four definite seasons; springtime is mostly sunny but windy, summer days are Warm and are accompanied by mild nights, occasional storms blowing in from the sea can bring on cold spells. After March comes autumn, the temperature lowers bringing cooler but still sunny days and some frosty nights. Winters are cold and wet with sporadic storms and cloudy days. You can glimpse snow on and around Mount Wellington.
Accommodation and eating out in Hobart
Majority of Hobart's key attractions are to be found within or about the metropolitan centre and the harbor, so finding accommodation can be a tad bit cumbersome. Hobart s accommodation inventory includes hotels, apartments, cottages, bed and, lodges retreats, not forgetting the casino. A certain common hotel was converted from an ancient wool shop.
There is always a variety of honest good food restaurants. An area known as Salamanca Place close to the sea front, has an array of restaurants lining the pier. A good selection of cultural cuisine is yet to be discovered and they include Chinese, Greek, Thai, among others.
Out and about in Hobart
On the water front lies is an early colonial locality known as Battery Point, that is well maintained, the haven is a sight to come see what with its assortment of visiting yachts fishing boats, ferries, cruise boats and some naval vessels, you will on occasion spy the Antarctic vessel.
Tasmania, a small island south of Australia has been isolated from the rest of Australia for more than 10,000 years.
Hobart is the capital city of Tasmania. It is the second oldest capital city in Australia, with Sydney being the first. Therefore, tourists to Hobart can expect a degree of history and a journey back in time to learn more about the past of Australia.
Water related activities dominate Hobart and it is known as a place of yachts, fishing boats and cafes by the sea. Local arts and craft markets ensure that the traditional touch is not lost.
Tasman Peninsular and the Port Arthur are well-known historic sites. Tourists can either walk along the cliffs at Port Arthur or take a cruise that brings them to within metres of cliffs that rise more than 300 metres. You can also take a drive to the top of Mount Wellington and experience amazing view.
There are various accommodation opportunities available in Hobart. They range from budget accommodation to hotels and resorts with breath-taking views from your room.
To experience a different way of travelling within Australia, tourists can take the popular ship, Spirit of Tasmania to reach Davenport (in the north of Tasmania) from Melbourne
The city of Hobart is the capital city of the state of Tasmania. Hobart is the second oldest capital city in Australia after Sydney. It is situated on the south-east region of Tasmania.
Hobart is known for its various historic places. There is the Alexandra Battery. It was built in 1885 and is located near the Derwent River. One of the oldest military places is Anglesea Barracks. This place is still used for military purposes. One of the first areas of Hobart to be settled by non-indigenous people is Battery Point. It has some colonial housing. Today the place is now occupied by accommodation and restaurants. The Female Factory was a place where female convicts were transported to from 1828. Hundreds of convicts were living there at any one point during the early colonial years.
In the centre of Hobart is the General Post Office. In 1912 Roald Amundsen sent the message to the world from this place to confirm he did reach the South Pole. Also in the centre of Hobart is Franklin Square. Standing there is the statue of Sir John Franklin. Franklin was the Governor of Tasmania (then called Van Diemen’s Land) from 1837 to 1843. At the Square there is also a view of the harbour. In the northern part of Hobart is the Old Hobart Gaol (Jail). Constructed in 1831 it was eventually turned into a courthouse. The courts ceased to be used in 1983. Old Hobart Gaol contains underground pathways; an execution place, and cells for solitary imprisonment.
Parliament House was finished being built by convicts in 1840. However it was first used as a customs house. It became the place of Tasmania’s Parliament in 1856 when Tasmania was granted self-governance. There is also a museum at Parliament House. Shot Tower offers a good view of the city. It was built in 1870. The tower was initially used for manufacturing lead shots that were spherical in shape. Salamanca Place is now a place full of cafés, restaurants and galleries. It initially was full of warehouses.
There are several museums tourists can visit. The Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts has a collection of rare antiques, books and paintings. The Australian Antarctic Division explains the scientific research and support that is part of the Australia Antarctic program. The Maritime Museum of Tasmanian contains maritime memorabilia that illustrate Tasmania’s maritime history. Mercury Print Museum has a Georgian building that dates from the early part of the nineteenth century. The museum is alongside The Mercury newspaper’s printing operation.
Housed in one of Hobart’s earliest colonial houses is the Narryna Heritage Museum. It possesses a collection of china, paintings and furniture. The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery dates back to 1836 and contains a collection of fauna, Australian art and gemstones. Tasmanian Distillery and Museum is where Sullivans Cove Whiskey is produced. Tours are often conducted at this distillery and museum and tourists can enjoy other areas that have restaurants and a hotel. In the former New Town Station is the Tasmanian Transport Museum. Tasmania’s railway history is displayed to the public. Visitors can also see steam and diesel powered vehicles; trams, and buses.
Other places to visit are Mt Nelson. Signal Station was built there in 1811. In the old Station building visitors can learn the codes used for signalling. This place also has a great scenic view. Tourists can also take a bus ride up the mountain and then take a stroll downhill. From the top of Mt Wellington there is a great sight of Hobart. When at the top of the mountain visitors will experience cool temperatures. The best views of Hobart occur when the whether is fine. There are several companies in Hobart that organise tours. Tours involve activities like fishing, biking, kayaking, flying and wining & dining. The tours that are available will depend on the time of year as they are often seasonal.