Comparing Hobart with other Australian major cities like Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide it seems to be such an insignificant city. It only counts 250000 inhabitants and managed to preserve a genuine atmosphere. People all over Australia come here to remember the way Australia was a few decades ago, and the foreigners come for the Victorian atmosphere, which is so good preserved in the downtown Hobart.
Historically speaking, Hobart was founded in 1803 as a penal colony, thus being Australia‘s second oldest city, behind Sydney. Afterwards, Hobart gained the reputation of an important harbor for the whale fishing in the Pacific Ocean, and the people started to settle in Hobart. Nowadays Hobart is still an important harbor for the Antarctic expeditions.
From every point of Hobart you can see the Mount Wellington. It is not very high, with its 1200 meters, but offers an excellent view of the city and very divers and special wild life. Climbing Mount Wellington is not very difficult, and once at the top you can make another interesting experience: zipping downhill on a bike!
Hobart is easy to reach by air from every corner of the world, or by sea ( there are no trains in Hobart). My tip for staying in Hobart: Henry Jones Art Hotel could seem expensive, but it worths every money. If you are on a budget, and don’t wanna splurge, search Edinburgh Bed & Breakfast. But even on these circumstances, bear in mind one thing: every Friday in Henry Jones Art Hotel there is a champagne soaked art exhibition, which is really a m
A must see in Hobart is the Salamanca flea and art market, opened only on Sunday. If you drive a car in Hobart, avoid this area on Sunday, is simply overcrowded. Once in the area, watch carefully the excellent preserved Victorian houses, which are a landmark for Hobart. Another landmark for Hobart is the Tasman Bridge over the Derwent River.
Now you met already Hobart, and you are in the mood for partying, or simply you want to drink a coffee. Check the Retro Cafe. It is very chic, it suited perfectly to my taste, and I warmly recommend you. Live avantgarde music is here always to find, and the prices are not scaring.
From Hobart you can explore and discover the rest of the fascinating Tasmania. Try also a beer tour at the Cascade Brewery on your way to Mount Wellington, or a wine and culinary tour at Huon Valley or Coal River Valley. Don’t miss tasting the amazing Pinot Noir from Tasmania.
I am sure that you are going to love Hobart, which is a perfect mix between Victorian and modern architecture. Unforgettable city indeed.
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