HOBART is the lovely, historic, capital city of Tasmania. It is almost as old as Sydney, but unlike Sydney, it has kept much of its historic character. It boasts a beautiful harbour, a towering mountain and many historic and cultural attractions. Hobart is located in the south east of Tasmania. Many of the most famous attractions of southern Tasmania are less than one hour from Hobart. Many tours begin and end in Hobart. My website covers Hobart in 8 separate pages that are listed below.
Hobart is physically divided by the Derwent River into a western and an eastern shore, popularly called BELLERIVE. The SOUTH of HOBART is also fairly isolated from the NORTH of HOBART by the traffic restrictions of the Hobart CBD. However, it is quite easy to drive around Hobart, except at the peak hours. A wise visitor, though, would consider these restrictions in terms of where they chose to stay.
From the Hobart CBD you are 20 minutes from PONTVILLE, 40 minutes from SORELL, HUONVILLE, BRUNY ISLAND and RICHMOND and 70 minutes from GEEVESTON, NEW NORFOLK and KEMPTON. You are 100 minutes from SOUTHPORT, PORT ARTHUR, OATLANDS and MARIA ISLAND. Nearby places are described in the REGION HOBART and REGION HUON pages.
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FACILITIES: Hobart is the largest city in Tasmania. If you can't buy it in Hobart, then you are unlikely to buy it in Tasmania. There is much accommodation in GREATER HOBART.
TOURIST general information is located at 20 Davey Street, Hobart. The telephone is (03) 6230 8233
ADVENTURE ISLAND offers tours of southern Tasmania. Telephone (03) 6244 7080 or 0427 548 726
AIR CHARTER TOURS does air tours of southern Tasmania contact www.paravion.com.au or telephone (03) 6248 5390
GHOST TOURS will shows you the interesting things that happened once in Hobart and Battery Point. The telephone is 0439 335 696
HISTORIC TOURS does bus tours of historic sites in Hobart. Telephone (03) 6227 9029 or 0429 843 150
HOBART FESTIVAL the contact is www.festival.com.au or www.tastefestival.com.au or www.ccc.tas.gov.au
MOUNT WELLINGTON DESCENT allows you to experience the thrill of cycling down Mt Wellington. Telephone 1800 064 726 or (03) 6274 1880 or www.mtwellingtondescent.com.au
NAVIGATORS does tours of the Derwent River on a luxury catarmaran. Telephone (03) 6223 1914 or 0418 120 598
RED DECKER BUS TOUR of Hobart the telephone number is (03) 6236 9116
SALAMANCA MARKET the numbers are (03) 6238 2770 and 0419 482 675 or you should contact www.salamanca.com.au
SHUTTLE BUS does tours of Hobart, Mount Wellington and Richmond. Telephone 0408 341 804
PEPPERMINT BAY CRUISE of the Derwent Estuary telephone 1300 137 919 or contact www.peppermintbay.com.au
PRIVATE GUIDES for Hobart telephone (03) 6238 4222
SIGHTS & ROUTES: Hobart City is a unique and very interesting historic city. Risdon Cove was first settled in 1803 and when this proved unsuitable, Hobart Town was founded in 1804. There are many historic buildings to see within walking distance of the Hobart CBD. I recommend all of the following attractions. These are shown on my Hobart Region Map above. These include:
ANGLESEA BARRACKS is the oldest, military barracks in Australia. It was established way back in 1811 and today has an interesting Museum. This is in Davey Street just east of Battery Point. Telephone (03) 6237 7160 (See my photos.)
BATTERY POINT: This is a unique early 19th Century suburb of Hobart. From Salamanca Square take Kelly's Steps to Kelly Street and follow it to Hampden Road. Check out any streets on either side of Hampden Road. (See my photos.)
BOTANICAL GARDENS are located just north of the Hobart CBD. They have a vast collection that is over 150 years old. Telephone (03) 6236 3076 (See my photos.)
CORNER of MURRAY & MACQUARIE Streets: On all four corners are the original 19th Century buildings unlike in any other part of Australia. This is the heart of the Hobart CBD. (See my photos below.)
CONSTITUTION DOCK is one of the largest yacht marinas in Australia and it is surrounded by the original 19th Century buildings. It is located in Sullivans Cove, which is just south east of the Hobart CBD area. From the CBD just walk towards the water. (See my photos below.)
ELIZABETH STREET MALL is a lovely shopping precinct which has Hobart's the Cat & Fiddle Clock. (See my photos.)
MARITIME MUSEUM is located at the corner of Argyle and Davey. It has a great collection of nautical exhibits. Telephone (03) 6234 1427
MONA (MUSEUM of NEW and old Art) is located at 655 Main Road, Berridale. It has an amazing collection of new and old art and is constantly changing. Telephone (03) 6277 9900 (See my photos below.)
MOUNT WELLINGTON offers walking, cycling, climbing and even abseiling opportunities. Telephone (03) 6238 0200
PENITENTIARY CHAPEL is an interesting old church and museum, which should teach you a lot about Convict Times. It is located in Campbell Street just North of the Hobart CBD.
SALAMANCA SQUARE is the old wharf area of Hobart. It has now been redeveloped as a market and restaurant area. There is a famous market every Saturday. Telephone (03) 6238 2711 or 0419 482 675 It is located on the waterfront just south of the Hobart CBD. (See my photos below.)
THEATRE ROYAL at 29 Campbell Street, Hobart CBD is one of the oldest and most beautiful in Australia.
TRANSPORT MUSEUM in Glenorchy has a large display of trains and trams. Telephone 0428 386 843
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1/ The Hobart waterfront is just south of the CBD. This photo shows a busy scene at Constitution Dock during the 2010 Wooden Boats Festival. (Taken 2012.)
2/ This shows a piano boat touring the Constitution Dock area of Hobart to entertain the crowd during the Wooden Boats Festival. (Taken 2012.)
3/ The Lady Nelson prepares to sail from Hobart during the Wooden Boats Festival. (Taken 2012.)
4/ The crew lash the riggings of the Lady Nelson at the Wooden Boats Festival. (Taken 2012.)
5/ Mast hands secure the main sails of the Lady Nelson. (Taken 2012.)
6/ This photo shows a tall ship moored at the Elizabeth Street Pier during the Wooden Boats Festival. (Taken 2012.)
7/ This shows pleasure boats at the Elizabeth Street Pier. (Taken 2012.)
8/ This photo shows a modern Australian destroyer. The Australian Navy regularly moors at Constitution Dock, Hobart. (Taken 2012.)
9/ This is the view towards the Hobart CBD with the heights of Mt Wellington behind it. (Taken 2012.)
10/ The Aurora Australis is Australia's Antarctic resupply ship. It regularly docks at Hobart. (Taken 2012.)
11/ This is the very old steam boat the Cartela. This takes tours down the Huon River south of Hobart. The Cartela is one of the oldest steam boats in Australia. (Taken 2012.)
12/ You see some very exotic, modern boats at Hobart docks, like this luxury catamaran. (Taken 2012.)
13/ There are also many modern fishing boats at the Hobart Dock. (Taken 2016.)
14/ This photo shows traditional trawlers that fish in the rich seas around Tasmania. (Taken 2016.)
15/ There were also many old sailing ships. (Taken 2016.)
16/ This old survivor is the Matilda. It is a historic small fishing boat. These were common in these waters before the early 20th Century. (Taken 2016.)
17/ The Windward Bound is one of the historic ships that regularly moors at Hobart. (Taken 2016.)
18/ This is the ocean tug of the harbour master. (Taken 2016.)
19/ The Hobart docks has retain its traditional architecture. Many old buildings have been transformed into restaurants. Note how modern Hobart is not allowed to intrude into the Docks precinct. (Taken 2016.)
20/ This is the famous Salamanca Market, which is held every Saturday at the western edge of the Docks. Here you can buy a very wide range of exotic products. The area includes a whole street of retored 19th Century, industrial buildings. (Taken 2014.)
21/ This photo shows the wide variety of people that you meet at the Salamanca Market. (Taken 2014.)
22/ These 2 Tasmanian girls entertained the crowd with their violin and cello. (Taken 2016.)
23/ At Salamanca is a vast modern estate of luxury apartments and restaurants. (Taken 2016.)
24/ This view looks east from Kings Pier to Macquarie Wharf, where the large ocean liners dock. It is replete with many types of small vessels. (Taken 2017.)
25/ This image looks west along Davey Street towards Salamanca Square, which is to the left of this image. (Taken 2017.)
26/ This image shows Macquarie Wharf and a moored liner the Noordam. To the left is a new apartment complex where patrons have an excellent view of the new year celebrations and the yacht races. (Taken 2017.)
27/ Another recent addition to the Hobart Docks are these lovely animal statues of seals and penguins. These were once common in this harbour. (Taken 2017.)
28/ This is the impressive Hobart Harbour Control Tower at Macquarie Wharf. (Taken 2017.)
29/ When you exit the Hobart Docks you cross two busy roads and enter the Hobart CBD. This is Macquarie Street. To the left of this street is St David's Park. (Taken 2017.)
30/ In St David's Park is this impressive statue of Governor Franklin. He was one of the founders of Hobart and Tasmania. (Taken 2017.)
1/ Angelsea Barracks is on the western edge of Battery Point in Hobart. It has a variety of military buildings, which were added over a period of 200 years. It is the oldest, operational, military base in Australia. The entrance on Davey Street, Hobart is shown above.
2/ Just beyond the entrance of Angelsea Barracks, Hobart is this stylish Georgian era guard house. The uniforms of many famous British regiments were once seen here.
3/ The largest building in Angelsea Barracks is this very large, late 19th Century structure. It dominates the entire precinct.
4/ This grand building at Angelsea Barracks could easily be in a very prestigious, British camp like Sandhurst.
5/ The 6th Field Regiment is one of the oldest artillery regiments in Australia. It now occupies this early 20th Century building at Angelsea Barracks. The word Militia refers to the ancient name of the modern Army Reserve.
6/ This attractive Georgian house was once the old commandant's residence of Angelsea Barracks.
7/ This Georgian block at Angelsea Barracks goes back to the very beginning of the Hobart settlement.
8/ This ancient building, near the entrance of Angelsea Barracks, now houses the Military Museum. Here you can see two centuries Australia's military history.
1/ The Hobart CBD is to the south of Hobart. This shows the corner of Murray and Macquarie Streets, Hobart. It is the only corner in Australia that still retains its original 19th Century buildings on all four corners.
2/ This is another corner of Murray and Macquarie streets showing another impressive, Victorian era building.
3/ The third corner of Murray and Macquarie streets shows this grand, Georgian, office building.
4/ This is the tower of St Davids Cathedral. Once it would have towered over the city.
5/ This view shows the full dimensions of St Davids Cathedral.
6/ St Davids is replete with beautiful stain glass windows.
7/ This view shows the view down to the main altar of St David's Cathedral.
5/ This is Macquarie St, Hobart looking up towards the famous corner. Note in the buildings the mixture of old and new architecture.
6/ The portico of the Maritime Museum on Davey Street, Hobart shows the Italianate influence of the 19th Century.
7/ This is a Georgian building on Macquarie St, Hobart.
8/ The General Post Office (GPO) on Macquarie St, Hobart is a grand example of late Victorian architecture.
9/ The white building is an example of the Art Deco Style of the 1930s. It blends well with the nearby modern styles.
10/ Between Macquarie and Davey streets, Hobart is Franklin Square, which adds a lovely garden to the City.
11/ Collins Street, Hobart marks the northern edge of the CBD. It retains much of its 19th Century architecture.
12/ In the centre of the Hobart CBD is the Elizabeth Street Mall, where there are a great variety of shops and cafes.
13/ Just off the Elizabeth Street Mall is the Cat & Fiddle Arcade. Here you can see the most famous clock in Hobart performing on the hour.
14/ This very impressive Victorian era office is adjacent to Franklin Square.
15/ This is the old Treasury building. It has the classic style and lines of a Grecian temple.
16/ This is part of the Maritime Museum in Macquarie Street. It has many very interesting displays.
17/ Hobart still has a number of buildings that show the bold new style of Art Deco.
18/ I was fortunate to come across this Salvation Army band, who were performing to raise money for a charity.
1/ The area north of the Hobart CBD has some interesting historic buildings. The Penitentiary Chapel now houses an interesting museum. The building itself goes back to the very beginnings of Hobart. It is in the northern edge of the CBD on the corners of Brisbane and Campbell streets.
2/ The Penitentiary Chapel entrance includes a grand old clock tower. The building is one of the oldest in Hobart. Unfortunately, the vista is obscured by ancient trees.
3/ The streets of North Hobart are not beautiful, but they are full of character. This is Paternoster Row in North Hobart. It could easily be in some old English town. Behind it is the Holy Trinity Church.
4/ St Andrews Park in Church Street looks towards Mt Wellington. It shows an old city that is full of character.
5/ The suburb of North Hobart is on a large hill that looks down into the Hobart CBD. This is Warwick Street looking towards the Holy Trinity Church.
6/ Holy Trinity is a grand old Gothic style church that is now run by the Greek Orthodox Church.
7/ The altar is now very artistically decorated in the Greek Orthodox style.
8/ The church houses this impressive 19th Century organ.
9/ Every window has a lovely stain glass window.
10/ There are many grand old apartments in North Hobart like these ones in Church Street.
11/ This shows the view as you walk down Church Street, North Hobart towards the Hobart CBD.
12/ There are many churches and other grand 19th Century buildings on Brisbane Street, Hobart.
13/ Just east of North Hobart is the Brooker Highway. Beyond it are many old, Victorian houses.
1/ The Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race begins by tradition at Sydney on 26 December and then races over 1000 kilometres south to Hobart, Tasmania It is a very prestigious event and attracts entrants from all over the world. This is my photograhic record of the 2015 event. The Launceston to Hobart yacht race is run concurrently, so there is much action at Hobart at this time. The photo above shows a competitor in the Launceston to Hobart race approaching Hobart.
2/ The winner of the 2015 race was the American super yacht "Comanche". This photo shows Comanche approaching Hobart Dock at about 11 pm on Monday, 28 December 2015. Comanche was escorted in my a large flotilla of boats. I was very impressed by the size of Comanche's mast. We saw in the distance a light towering over the other lights of the flotilla and knew that it must be Comanche. This photo shows Comanche shortly after she crossed the finish line and took down her spinaker.
3/ A huge crowd cheered as Comanche approached her berth. The crew looked tired but very happy at being the winners. The following photos were taken the next morning and afternoon.
4/ We had heard a day earlier that Comanche had damaged her rudder. We were very surprised to hear that Comanche was able to do emergency repairs at sea and continue the race. The day after the race the crew were busy repairing the damaged rudder.
5/ This is a full view of Comanche at berth. The old warehouse behind Comanche is now a luxury apartment and restaurant complex. Patrons get a great view of the yachting events from these apartments and they were the venues of numerous parties.
6/ This photo shows the Australian super yacht Ragamuffin, which came second and the Italian super yacht Maserati. Behind them is the Grand Chancellor Hotel. This hotel is also a great place to view events in the Derwent Estuary.
7/ This is the mast of Ragamuffin. It is 44 metres tall and very high tech. I was told that Comanche's mast was 46 metres tall and that this was one of her advantages. The size of this mast really impressed me.
8/ I took this photo to show the full profile of a super yacht including its massive mast.
9/ The Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race attracted media coverage from all over the world.
10/ This photo shows one of the later entrants in the Sydney to Hobart race. He has just crossed the finish line and taken down his spinaker. Behind him is another entrant yacht fast approaching the finish line.
11/ This photo shows the crew of the same yacht preparing to dock their yacht.
12/ Hobart Dock was the mooring place for a whole squadron of super yachts. All had recently finished the Sydney to Hobart race.
13/ I took this photo to show the range of prestigious sponsors involved in the race.
14/ I took this photo to show the range of high tech equipment that was standard on a super yacht.
15/ Later that afternoon we went for a cruise on the Derwent Estuary and saw many yachts from the Launceston to Hobart race. Note how much smaller this yacht is compared to a super yacht.
16/ The photo shows another entrant in the Launceston to Hobart race.
17/ There was a wide variety of vessels on the Derwent Estuary that day including jetskis.
18/ There were also many of these very small yachts enjoying the Derwent.
19/ This is the Lady Nelson. Contrary to appearance it is not a historic ship, but is in fact a replica built in America. It does tours of the Derwent Estuary and occasionally sails to Port Davey on the wild west coast of Tasmania.
20/ This modern catamaran is the Mona Roma. It takes patrons from the Hobart Dock to visit the MONA museum up the river.
21/ A kayak was a great way to view the super yachts.
22/ This old sailing ship was one of many that left on the Monday night to escort in Comanche.
1/ Battery Point is the historic suburb south west of the Hobart CBD. It is famous for its historic houses and buildings. The area has whole streets of 19th Century buildings, many of which are quite exotic. It is adjacent to the famous Salamanca Market and includes numerous accommodation venues, shops and restaurants. This photo shows Governor's Square, which is now a motel complex.
2/ This is St Ives in Sandy Bay Road. It is a historic mansion that is now a motel
3/ In Sandy Bay Road is this memorial to the ancient Saint George's Burial Ground. Many important things are associated with this site.
4/ This very impressive church is St George's. It is located on the hill in De Witt Street. Its steeple towers over Battery Point. A plaque records that it was built in 1838.
5/ This is Quayle Street, Battery Point. The whole street consists of 19th Century working class houses and these have been preserved to give the street great character. It flows down hill towards the bay.
6/ This is one of the many professional class houses that you see in Battery Point.
7/ Just like in the old England that they left. Battery Point has a number of historic, corner taverns.
8/ This house shows a number of architectural styles. These have a binding theme that make this house quite exotic.
9/ This is a typical working class house block, such as were common in 19th Century England.
10/ This is Hampden Road, which is the heart of Battery Point. It includes many exotic shops and restaurants. Just down this road at Kelly Lane there is an ancient route to the Salmanca Market and the Hobart Docks.
11/ This is one of the historic accommodation venues in Hampden Road.
12/ The residents of Hampden Road have gone to the trouble to make this a very picturesque street.
13/ This view looks west up Hampden Road towards Mt Wellington. De Witt Street on the left leads to the St George's Church shown above.
14/ This old mansion is now the Narryna Museum.
15/ This exotic, Georgian era cottage is opposite to Kelly Lane, which leads to the Kelly Steps and the Salamanca Market.
16/ At the very northern edge of Battery Point is this modern apartment area. These houses have good views of the Derwent Estuary. Just beyond here is the finish line for the yacht races.
17/ Battery Point ends at the Derwent Estuary. The houses in the final street have their own jetties.
18/ At the southern end of Battery Point is Sandy Bay with its large Marina. The large tower is the famous Wrest Point Casino. The famous actor Errol Flynn lived in Sandy Bay and once played in this area.