City of Hobart is unique offering all the amenities of a thriving
city only minutes from a wide variety of natural beauties. Situated on the
west bank of the Derwent River the city in many ways retains the flavour of
a small town with a leisurely pace and a population of 160 000. One of the
most beautiful capitals in the world, Hobart is set under the towering peak
of Mount Wellington and has a deep water port rivaling Sydney Harbour.
Hobart is the second oldest city in Australia. The civic centre is Franklin
Square, bounded by Macquarie and Davey streets, which between them have a
concentration of listed buildings.
There are many fine examples of Georgian and Victorian architecture,
including, Salamanca Place which has a terrace of wharehouses dating back to
the whaling days of the 1830's. Nearby Battery Point, the original seamens
quarters of the city and Maquarie and Davey Street offer more than 60
buildings classified by the National Trust. Elizabeth Street slopes down
from North Hobart, known for its many fine restaurants, to the Elizabeth
Street Pier on Franklin Wharf. Here, at the harbour, fishing boats and
yachts are moored, and cruises leave from Brooke Street Pier.
Attractions of Hobart
Situated 11km south of Hobart in the picturesque beach was discovered by
botanist Robert Brown in 1804 and the first settlement was named Browns
River. The town is the administrative centre of the Kingborough Municipal
Area, and a resort and commuter suburb for workers in Hobart. Of interest is
the Federal Government's Antarctic research headquarters which have an
interesting display and is open to the public during the week.
Port Arthur is located on the Tasman Peninsula and is the best preserved
convict penal colony in Australia and the most visited place in Tasmania.
More than 20,000 people a year wander through the old sandstone remains.
Isolated by a narrow strip of land called Eaglehawk neck and a magnificently
rugged coastline, it made an ideal location for a penal colony.
Cockle Creek :
Beyond Lune River and Ida Bay, the unsurfaced Cockle Creek Road takes you
past picturesque sheltered bays and scenic coastal forests, where wild
flowers bloom in summer, to COCKLE CREEK on the lovely, unspoilt Recherche
Bay (pronounced research by locals). There are lots of camping
spots along the shore, and some people love the area so much that they live
here semi-permanently in shacks and old buses mainly fishing-obsessed
retirees after the abundant crayfish, cockles and fish in the bay.
For beautiful lonely beaches and superb bushwalking, one of the best places
in Tasmania is Bruny Island. Almost two distinct islands joined by a narrow
isthmus (where you can sometimes see Little penguins from a specially
constructed viewing platform), its roughly 71km from end to end and
has a population of only four hundred. The cost of taking a car across on
the ferry deters casual visitors, so the island is never very full.
Can you imagine the city without its harbour! How can? Travellers flock
around the world to view the water shapes of the city with its birth on a
fresh, clear rivulet, it wraps itself around the widening Derwent, and our
waterside parks, with their shady sheoaks, winding walkways, open spaces or
squeaking sand, have a special place in Hobart's character.
Rich Flora and fauna in Hobart
Unlike the citizens of other capital cities, the people of Hobart are
fortunate to have the wilderness at their doorstep - the city's bushland
parks and reserves represent an environmental resource to treasure. Hobart
has a rich flora and fauna to welcome the tourists all over the world and
have lot of parks and reserves like Classic parks that offer glimpses in to
the life and times of people from earlier days
St. Andrews Park and the Rose Garden is a perfact example of splendid flora
world at Hobart and attracts lot of visitors all around the world. Water in
all its forms is a key aspect of Hobart's character and presence.
Where would the city be without its majestic and changing river or sparkling
waterside creeks. A range of parks and reserves encourage people to enjoy
and use the city's waterfronts and riversides in a variety of ways. Sandy
Bay's Long Beach and Nutgrove has been Hobart's summer playground since the
early days and attracts of tourists all over the world. Sands Bay Long
Beach is popular for dinghy sailors and sailboarders, families picnic or
barbecue on the lawns and kids play in the 'boat park'.
Activities in Hobart:
As far as activities in Hobart in concerned , it include a wide range of
cruising on the Derwent River, taking the National Trust walking tour,
ascending Mt Wellington to experience the views from the top, or taking a
Shoppers Paradise - Salamanca Market
Hobarts famous market, Salamanca attracts thousands of locals and
visitor every Saturday of the year. Salamanca Market highlights fine
Tasmanian art & craft hand-worked glass, innovative design in
Tasmanian timbers, stylish clothing, bold ceramics. Meet world-renowned
crafts people selling their creations .Looking for antiques, collectibles,
books, curios, trash or treasure? Come and pick up a bargain or two.
Visitors come for the food and music hot baked spuds, crisp organic
vegetables, fresh fruit, the warm aromas of coffee and croissants; buskers
singing the blues, stroking a harp or strumming a lively folk song.