Hobart & the South
With the River Derwent at its heart and kunanyi / Mount Wellington rising above it, in Hobart the tranquillity of a city from a bygone era co-exists with the vibrancy of a pocket-sized modern metropolis.
A reinvigorated Hobart of recent times has seen the emergence of a strong cultural and foodie scene. The 19th century sandstone warehouses of Salamanca Place now serve as homes to cafés and restaurants showcasing some of the best culinary experiences.
Salamanca Market is a must do on every itinerary. Held every Saturday, it’s a showcase of food, arts and entertainment. Mt Wellington/Kunanyi is an imposing backdrop to the city and the short car journey will reward you with amazing views across the city and beyond.
The Museum of Old and New Art (Mona) has been the catalyst for the emergence of a number of cultural and creative events year round. Mona itself is a must do, as is the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery. Making the most of the expansive Derwent Estuary, a number of cruises operate, including to Mona.
Southern Tasmania’s main wine producing regions include the Coal River Valley, Huon Valley and Derwent Valley. The Huon Valley is also known for fresh produce and pristine wilderness. While in the region, take the regular car ferry to Bruny Island and join an amazing wildlife cruise or discover the island’s fabulous fresh produce from cheese and oysters to wine and berries.
Travel through the Derwent Valley west of Hobart to the town of New Norfolk sited on the Derwent River. A further 30 minute drive and you’ll be at Mt Field National Park and the location of one of Tasmania’s most outstanding nature walks and waterfalls – Russell Falls!
World Heritage listed Port Arthur Historic Site is an important reminder of our convict heritage. Interpretation on-site provides a fascinating glimpse into the harsh reality of times gone by. Today you can experience the site by day or join a ghost tour by night.
- Stroll around Sullivans Cove and Battery Point. Don’t miss the weekly Saturday Salamanca Market.
- Cultural highlights include Mona and The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.
- Take to the water on a harbour cruise including eco-cruises with wildlife and stunning scenery included. Alternatively take an intimate day cruise from Hobart to Bruny Island where you will feast on the freshest Tasmanian seafood including wild abalone, oysters, rock lobster, sea urchin and salmon with Pennicott Wilderness Journeys.
- Join a tour or take a short drive to kunanyi / Mt Wellington where you will be rewarded with spectacular views.
- Visit Richmond, with its village atmosphere, heritage buildings, antique shops, art and craft galleries, restaurants and tea rooms where you will be taken to a time gone by.
- The Huon and D’Entrecasteaux region south of Hobart for food, wine and wilderness. Visit Hastings Caves and walk amongst the treetops at Tahune. Make sure you drop into Willie Smith’s, local pioneers in the region reinvigorated through cider production.
- The Tasman Peninsula is home to Port Arthur, eco-cruises below the towering cliffs and a number of spectacular walks.
- Take to the air with scenic flights and helicopter tours over the city, South East and South West National Parks.