Backpacking Hobart

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    CHECK OUT THE FAMOUS SALAMANCA MARKETS FOR SOME GREAT BARGAINS: Photo - John de la Roche, courtesy of Tourism Tasmania. All rights reserved
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    SEE SOME SPECTACULAR VIEWS OF HOBART AND SURROUNDS AT THE TOP OF MT WELLINGTON: Photo - Nick Osborne, courtesy of Tourism Tasmania. All rights reserved
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    TAKE A RIDE OF A LIFETIME ON A JET BOAT AND SEE SOME STUNNING SCENERY ALONG THE WAY: Photo - Garry Moore, courtesy of Tourism Tasmania. All rights reserved
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    EXPLORE NEARBY MT FIELD NATIONAL PARK AND SEE SOME BEAUTIFUL SCENERY LIKE RUSSELL FALLS: Photo - Geoff Murray, courtesy of Tourism Tasmania. All rights reserved
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Hobart Highlights

  • Head to the outdoor Salamanca Markets on Saturdays, where you will find plenty of locally grown organic fruit and vegetables, local Tasmanian arts and crafts, fashion and an array of other products.

  • Hobart is in close proximity to some great places for diving, where you will find a variety of underwater landscapes to explore including many wrecks, large kelp forest, reefs, caverns, swim-thru's and a vast array of marine life.

  • Partake in some adrenaline or adventure activities such as abseiling, caving, white-water rafting, sky diving, sea kayaking and jet boating.

  • Explore nearby Mount Field National Park, which has a wide variety of scenic features and wildlife and offers a great range of facilities for day visitors.

  • Make your way up to the top of Mount Wellington where there are amazing views over Hobart and surrounding regions.

  • Take a tour of Cascade Brewery, Australia's oldest brewery and sample some of their fine beers.

  • Check out Hobart's newest museum, which is a must see if you like a museum with a strong edge and controversy. The Museum of Old and New Art (Mona) is described as a subversive adult Disneyland full of beautiful, shocking, disturbing and thought-provoking art from around the world.

  • Head out on the town Friday and Saturday nights and hit one of the cool bars, or 'oldy worldy' pubs for a fun night out.

  • Take one of the great tours available to explore Hobart, or the surrounding regions.

  • If you are here for New Years Eve, head down to the wharf area, where it is party central, as people are celebrating the new year and the finish of the world renowned Sydney to Hobart yacht race.

About Hobart

Population 140,000

Hobart is the capital of Tasmania and was founded in 1804 as a convict site where the worst of the British and colonial criminals were sent.

Hobart straddles both sides of the Derwent River and is backed onto by majestic Mount Wellington.

This is a charming city that is relatively compact and easy to explore. Some of the main places to check out while you are here include Salamanca Place, Battery Point, the city centre and Mount Wellington for some spectacular views.

At Salamanca Place and the nearby areas around the waterfront, you will find warehouses dating back to the 1830's whaling days that now house really cool bars, nightclubs, cafes, restaurants, galleries and art studios. The place is pumping on a Friday and Saturday night. During the day on Saturday's the famous Salamanca Market is held. This is a great market for fresh local produce, fashion, arts and crafts.

At nearby Battery Point you will find some of Hobart's finest houses that were once settlers' cottages. This place is also nice to stop for a coffee in one of the great cafes, or a beer in one of the 'oldy worldy' pubs.

The city centre is where the main shopping and business district is located. You will find a decent selection of shops here, mainly around the Elizabeth Street Mall. There are also a variety of places to eat and various attractions like the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery on Macquarie Street.

Just behind the city is the impressive Mount Wellington. If you make your way up to the top there are excellent views over Hobart and surrounding regions. In winter the mountain often gets snow on it, making it a picturesque backdrop to the city.

If you are here around new years, the city is buzzing as it is the finish line to the world famous Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. The area around the waterfront is party central.

Hobart is a great base to explore the nearby areas of Mount Field National Park and the Tasman Peninsula, where you have some spectacular scenery and fascinating places to visit such as the Port Arthur Historical Site.

Orientation Map for Hobart

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Hobart Visitor Information Centre

20 Davey Street
Hobart, Tasmania
Phone 1800 990 440