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Being Australia’s second oldest city, Hobart is the tourist gem in the South of the country. Therefore it’s best to car rental Hobart for a fascinating site seeing adventure.
The Tasmania capital plays host to Australia’s fascinating convict-built architecture, surrounded by amusing museums and galleries to narrate the colony story. From the Stone Age Tasmanian Museum to the contemporary Mona Museum, you can never have enough of the intriguing storylines.
Start your discovery adventure at Salamanca place and make your way through the legendary Georgian sandstone warehouses. If you happen to be within on a Saturday, the Salamanca markets give you a lifetime shopping experience.
You can then take a stroll around the Battery House and inhale the rose gardens, before heading for beer sampling at the Cascade Brewery. Spend your afternoon feasting on the breathtaking sceneries at Tasman Bridge and brace your evening with the panorama view of the city from Mt. Wellington.
However, if you have a phobia for heights, Port Arthur Historic Site provides a peaceful atmosphere for winding up, as you plan on a ferry visit to Bruny Island.
Finish your trip to this beautiful city at Richmond; one of Australia’s oldest bridges with Enjoy Car Hire services. Step into the Richmond village for a meal and let the aroma of baking fill your nostrils.
Guide to Hobart
Hobart is the capital city of Tasmania which is an island state off the south east tip of mainland Australia. The Hobart population is 227,000 with the entire State totalling 528,000 people. Hobart is the main starting point for travellers wanting a relaxed and largely unspoilt experience in the cooler climes of Australia noting that it is a little over 5100kms to Antarctica. Given Hobart’s proximity to Antarctica the centre for the Australian Antarctic Division was established here in the 1980’s.
Hobart is easy to navigate your way to, through and around with its convenient and compact size spread along the Derwent River. So whether driving, cycling or walking there are water views aplenty with the occasional hill however mainly flat. From the city centre to harbourside is only a few hundred meters then a short walk around the shoreline is most pleasant. There is loads of history in and around Hobart as this was one of the early settlements in Australian history firstly as a penal colony at nearby Port Arthur. Initially the island was discovered by a Dutch explorer Abel Tasman in 1652 and named Van Diemens Land after the governor of the Dutch East Indies based in what is now Indonesia then in 1856 under British rule became known as Tasmania.
The style of tourism is suited to those searching for an eco-friendly relaxed experience in an environment, that to a large degree, is relatively unspoilt due to its remoteness and small population. In recent years there have been large increases in tourist numbers to around 1.5m visitors annually with international tourists making up close to 25%. A lot of growth is coming from the Chinese market with a visit by their president to Tasmania in recent years bolstering the profile.
Things to do in Hobart
Hobart is an eco tourism hub with a lot of options for walks, sailing, farm visits and vinery tours in a cool relaxed environment.
There are some iconic attractions
With the Australian Antarctic Division in Hobart there is a visitor centre where there is a heap of information on the scientific research and logistics of the Mawson Base Camp then nearby there is a replica of Mawson’s Hut and a museum. Also in this vicinity there is a harbourside area known as Salamanca and if a Saturday there will be a buzzing market happening displaying all the wonderous wears of the agricultural lifestyle that is so prevalent in Tasmania. There are cheeses, wines and small goods along with crafts and fun activities for all. The simpler agricultural lifestyle has been a big attraction for mainlanders relocating from the larger cities to a cleaner less materialistic existence.
Museums and art
At the other end of the cultural scale is the Museum of Modern and New Art (MONA) where the philanthropist that established MONA is a professional gambler and an outrageous character with much of the new art very controversial. There are many mainland tourists that visit Hobart with the primary objective of being shocked at MONA
Outside the city limits within a short drive there is the Port Arthur Penal Colony. During the 1850’s a large majority of those convicts transported to Australia were rounded up and sent to Port Arthur as a means of cleanzing the mainland. The location of Port Arthur was on a narrow peninsula with vicious guard dogs spread across to stop any would be escapees.
If you are still looking for something else there is always the Casino to whittle away your hard earned, good luck.
Eating out in Hobart
Like most cities there are loads of different cuisines with much fusion and contemporary influences with a real penchant for seafood, lamb and beef
Hobart cool ocean climate
Given the coolness of the climate and the even colder ocean waters the seafood is amazing. The cold water is generated by currents from the Southern Ocean and Antarctica. So great fishing with many trawlers docking at the wharves very close to the city centre. A morning stroll to the docks will see you come across an opportunity to pick up the freshest of fresh crayfish. Usually the crayfish are caught the day/night prior and cooked at the wharf in the early morning ready for customers. An absolute must.
Taking the sensational wharf seafood experience to a dining just next to where the trawlers dock is Mures Restaurant which is a Hobart institution since the 1970’s. The Mures philosophy is compelling one that is from hook to plate all coordinated and choreographed to deliver a remarkable occasion. For choice there are of course selections other than seafood only
Moving away from seafood only there is a broader experience at Institut Polaire that captures all that Tasmania has to offer. The focus is on share plates and matching wines. Not only are there smoked and cured cuts of pork and beef there are also pickled and marinated vegetables along with seafood smalls such as oysters, sardines and whitebait. These wonderful plates are complemented by local cabernets, pinots, chardonnays and sauvignon blancs.
The airport hosts both domestic and international flights and is easily accessible from the city centre via car along the dual carriageway that connects the Airport to the City or on the SkyBus shuttle which collects passengers from many of the city’s hotels and meets all flights.
Buses and trains
Despite being smaller than most other Australian cities, Hobart has a well connected public transport system. To use the buses, you can either purchase a single ticket on boar or buy a Metro Greencard, which cost $25 and will get you discounted fares.
Be careful when driving for Tasmania's wildlife meandering the roads.
If you are going to Hobart during the winter, ensure that you talk to the car hire company about any seasonal extras such as winter tyres.
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