Explore Australia's second-oldest capital city
In the CBD, Salamanca Place was home to 19th-century waterfront warehouses dating back to Tasmania's whaling days, which now house cafes, restaurants and art galleries, and the famous Salamanca Market held every Saturday. Behind the market, Battery Point is full of interesting heritage architecture, while historic Government House looks out to cows grazing on their city-centre paddock. It's this nature meets urban centre approach which sees Hobart make the most of its environment.
The cooler climate proves to be the ideal breeding ground for Hobart's bustling creative scene where you can take in art, craft, musical and theatrical pursuits at the Salamanca Arts Centre and surrounding warehouses. A holiday to Hobart must include a trip to MONA (Museum of Old and New Art) where both the building's design and curious collection prompts discussion. For foodies, freshly caught seafood is a specialty where the fishing boats unload their haul close to the waterfront restaurants. Wineries close to Hobart offer classic varieties of cool-climate drops.