HOBART is the beautiful, historic capital of Tasmania. It is easy to access, has a lovely harbour, a majestic mountain and numerous interesting historic places to visit. Many tours begin and end in Hobart. It also has more facilities and accommodation than any other place in Tasmania. Hobart is located in south eastern Tasmania. In my website the SOUTH of HOBART refers to the suburbs south of Hobart City. I have also included a tour down the Derwent River, as my Hobart City page is full. The other areas of Hobart are shown in the other Hobart pages that are listed below.
The south includes the suburbs of CASCADES and TAROONA. In Cascades is the famous brewery and in Taroona is the famous shot tower. The other attractions in the South of Hobart are listed below.
From the CASCADES you are 30 minutes from PONTVILLE, HUONVILLE, BRUNY ISLAND and RICHMOND and 60 minutes from GEEVESTON, NEW NORFOLK and KEMPTON. 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 both in the southern suburbs of HOBART and in GREATER HOBART.
TOURIST information is located at 20 Davey Street, Hobart. The telephone is (03) 6230 8233
For PRIVATE GUIDES telephone (03) 6238 4222
SIGHTS & ROUTES: There are a number of attractions south of the HOBART CBD and all are easy to access by car. They are single attractions and each has a unique character. These include:
CASCADE BREWERY is one of Australia's oldest and it runs a great tour. However, you should telephone them first on (03) 6224 1117 to arrange to join a tour. It is located to the west of the HOBART CBD at the foot of the mountain. From the CBD you simply drive west down Davey Street, and turn into Cascade Road. Drive a few kilometres to the west into the suburb of Cascades, where you will reach the Brewery. There is a lovely garden near by.
SANDY BAY is a luxury, bay view suburb south west of Hobart City. It is accessed from Sandy Bay Road. This area includes the Wrest Point Casino and the University.
FEMALE FACTORY is the remains of a prison for convict women. It is just before the Cascade Brewery. For guided tours the telephone number is (03) 6233 6656 or the Internet contact is www.femalefactory.com.au
ALEXANDER BATTERY is a historic fort built in the late 19th Century to protect Hobart from Russian raiders. It is similar to the other fort at Hobart Bellerive. To reach it drive down Sandy Bay Road to Lower Sandy Bay and turn west onto Churchill Avenue to reach the Alexander Battery Park.
MOUT NELSON SIGNAL STATION will give you a panoramic view of Greater Hobart. To reach it drive south down the A6 Southern Outlet for some distance and then turn east onto C643 Olinda Road.
TUDOR COURT MODEL VILLAGE gives you some insight into what life was like in an ancient English village. You simply drive south on B68 Sandy Bay Road. This follows the coast from the Hobart CBD. You will find it located just west of this road north of Taroona.
TAROONA SHOT TOWER is a famous land mark of the southern suburbs and it can be seen from some distance off. It is where they used to make pellets for guns. It is just a bit further south of the model village described above. To reach it drive south on B68 Sandy Bay Road.
- Sandy Bay
- Derwent Estuary
- Alexander Battery
1/ The Cascade Brewery sits at the foot of Mt Wellington in the suburb of Cascade, which is just west of the Hobart CBD. Tours of the historic factory are conducted daily.
2/ Visitors gather at the old managers residence before being taken on the tour of the Cascade Brewery. The old residence has a restaurant, shop and a beer garden.
3/ This photo shows the lovely garden behind the visitors centre of the Cascade Brewery, where the visitors gather for their tours.
4/ Next to the Cascade Brewery is Cascade Park, which has many beautiful, old trees.
1/ Sandy Bay is a luxury, river view suburb just south of Battery Point to the south west of Hobart City. This view looks down Nutgrove Beach. To the right is the famous Wrest Point Casino. To the right of the Casino is Hobart City. In the distance is Mt Wellington.
2/ A key feature of Sandy Bay is easy access to boats. Some houses have private jetties, while there are hundreds of boats in the nearby marina.
3/ This view looks towards a private jetty at the end of Nutgrove Beach. Note the variety of houses behind the jetty all of which have great views of the Derwent Estuary.
4/ In Sandy Bay you can see some of the most grandiose houses in Hobart. This large modern house includes a large verandah, where guests can party from.
5/ This image shows the wider view across Sandy Bay. It looks to the north east at the Tasman Bridge and the luxury eastern shore of Hobart.
6/ This night photo from Nutgrove Beach shows the panoramic view of Hobart that you can see from Nutgrove Beach. It is a good place from where you can view the end of the yacht races and the New Year fireworks.
7/ This view looks down from a rise across Sandy Bay Road towards the Wrest Point Casino. In the foreground is an ancient, private jetty. Sandy Bay is popular both with walkers and with cyclists.
8/ In Sandy Bay are some of the most impressive, modern homes in Hobart. These homes have security garages and great views across the Derwent Estuary.
9/ There are also many attractive, heritage houses with lovely gardens in Sandy Bay.
10/ This is another attractive, heritage home. It looks over other houses to view the Derwent Estuary. Note the age of the pine tree in the garden.
11/ This is now the Maison del Mar apartment. It is one of the oldest homes in Hobart and was built in the 1830s. It has views and access to the Derwent Estuary behind it.
12/ This is one of the four churches of Sandy Bay. Beyond it are modern, luxury homes.
13/ This modern boardwalk at Sandy Bay Point connects Nutgrove Beach to Long Beach at the area they call Little Sandy Bay. You can see great views across the Derwent Estuary from this broad walk.
14/ This is Long Beach at Little Sandy Bay. Just beyond these trees is a large park. Nearby are both shops and cafes. Long Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Hobart.
15/ This view gives a panoramic view of Long Beach. In the distance is Blinking Billy Point. I was very impressed by all that I saw in Sandy Bay.
1/ Taroona is a suburb on the southern edge of Hobart on Sandy Bay Road. It contains the Shot Tower built in 1870.
2/ The Shot Tower at Taroona is a massive 60 metres tall. It gives the visitor great views of the Lower Derwent River.
3/ The visitors can climb up the ancient spiral stairs to the look out of the Shot Tower, which is 60 metres above.
4/This is the view looking South towards Kingston Beach from the Shot Tower at Taroona.
5/ The manager lived in this stylish, Victorian house at the base of the Shot Tower at Taroona.
1/ On 29 December 2015 I went on the Pennicott Wilderness Tour of Iron Pot lighthouse. This tour involved a journey from the Hobart Docks down the Derwent Estuary to the Iron Pot light house. We then visited Betsey Island and returned to the Hobart Docks. Our voyage was in the special yellow touring boat shown above. This photo gallery shows what we saw.
2/ There were many boats on the Derwent that day. This is the Lady Nelson. It is replica ship that does tours of the Derwent Estuary. Beyond the Lady Nelson is the Hobart Docks and the Tasman Bridge that crosses to the eastern shore of Hobart.
3/ This view looks back north west at Hobart City and the Hobart Docks. Beyond is the majestic Mount Wellington, which dominates the Hobart skyline and this section of the Derwent River.
4/ We then passed the Wrest Point Casino at Sandy Bay. This casino is one of Hobart's icons.
5/ The western shore of the Derwent Estuary is dominated by steep cliffs. This view looks past the cliffs to the south of the Derwent Estuary.
6/ The rocky cliffs present many interesting shapes and colours. The orange colour is a kind of algae.
7/ This was one of the narrow inlets that we saw.
7/ This narrow inlet stretch right up to a cliff top above.
8/ The Derwent Estuary has many sheltered areas, where sea birds roost.
9/ I was told that this cave had been recently occupied by a homeless man.
10/ This view shows the cliffs that line the western shore of the Derwent Estuary.
11/ This view shows the southern Hobart suburb of Blackmans Bay. To the right is Mt Wellington. The rock peak on the left is Mt Sleeping Beauty. When viewed from the south, this mountain looks like a lady looking up at the clouds.
12/ This is the Iron Pot lighthouse. This ancient lighthouse guides boats up the Derwent Estuary. The platform to the right is the remnants of a large house that briefly stood here. This house was destroyed by a storm shortly after it was built.
13/ This is another view of the Iron Pot lighthouse. In the foreground is the remnants of the crane that once unloaded supplies. Note how sea birds that colonized the island.
14/ This is Betsey Island. It is on the eastern side of the Derwent Estuary. The vegetation cover has been denuded by rabbits.
15/ This one of the large caves on Betsey Island. Note how the vegetation cover has been denuded.
16/ Our boat made a very close approach to this cave.
17/ This view shows some of the rugged cliffs of Betsey Island.
1/ Sandy Bay is south of Hobart city. At Sandy Bay Point in Lower Sandy Bay is the Alexander Battery Park. This is the site of a fort built to defend Hobart from the threat of Russian raiders in 1885. It was progressively expanded until 1909. This fort is opposite to a similar fort on the eastern side of the Derwent River at Bellerive that you can see on the Hobart Bellerive Page. This is the view that the commander of the Alexander Battery had of the lower Derwent River that he was guarding.
2/ This 5.5 inch cannon (equivalent to a 140mm) was once located in the fort. It was capable of firing an explosive projectile a considerable distance down the Derwent River at potential raiders. To historically appreciate the fort, you need to fill in the empty firing positions with guns like these.
3/ This is the commanders view from the observation tower at the top of the hill looking down at his battery of cannons below. This view looks across the Derwent River at Tranmere. The opposite eastern shore is about 5 kilometres away. There are more cannon positions to the right of these.
4/ This view looks from the cannon firing positions back towards the commander's observation tower. This is the small green tower in the centre of the hill with a flag pole above it. The door you can see leads to one of the few open tunnels. This tunnel is shown in the image below.
5/ This tunnel leads from the main firing area to a small firing position to its north. It is about 2 metres high. I used a flash to show the construction.
6/ This is the firing position that the tunnel led to. It once housed a smaller 3.5 inch cannon.
7/ This image looks to the north across two large gun firing positions to the small one that you can see in the image above.
8/ This image looks down into the mustering yard. The doors lead to blocked galleries where the garrison once lived.
9/ This is the view from the mustering yard. It is easy to imagine the gunners parading here.
10/ This ground level image shows alleys and rooms near the mustering yard.
11/ A large 5.5 inch cannon once stood on this structure. The trees have grown up since the fort was abandoned.
12/ I was told that a more modern "disappearing" gun once stood on this sport. This was a cannon that could be raised and lowered.
13/ These are the firing ports of two of the smallest guns.