Hobart is the smallest of Australia’s state capitals, and the only island state. It is situated on the River Derwent and features the world’s second deepest natural port. With its wealth of historic colonial buildings, the city centre clusters around Sullivans Cove and the wooded slopes rising to the often snow-capped peak of Mount Wellington provides the backdrop. Its limited size, rich architectural heritage and beautiful setting make Hobart a delight to explore. Notable visits in Hobart include Salamanca Market, which operates each Saturday morning in the heart of the city centre and Mona: Museum of Old and New Art, one of the most controversial private collections of modern art and antiquities in the world. You can also go to the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, which has a fascinating permanent exhibit on Tasmanian Aboriginal culture and history.
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Top things to do in Hobart
Discover the history of Hobart
Hobart is Australia’s second-oldest city and is rich with colonial heritage and natural charms. This guided tour takes in the city’s highlights, including Sullivans Cove, where Hobart was first settled; Salamanca Place, which was the hub of Hobart’s commerce and trade in the 1800s; and Battery Point, a warren of tiny lanes and 19th-century cottages. The tour will then continue to Richmond, one of Australia’s original historic villages.
Visit Bonorong Wildlife Park
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary opened in 1981 as a rehabilitation centre for injured and orphaned wildlife. This work continues today and although it is not yet a zoo, visitors can get up close to the wildlife and see a number of critically endangered species that are now extinct everywhere except Tasmania, including Tasmanian devils, eastern qoulls, Tasmanian pademelons and Tasmanian bettongs.
Wildlife & national parks of Tasmania
Discover the wildlife and spectacular sights of Tasmania. Feed the wallabies and view Tasmanian devils at Bonorong Wildlife Park, before proceeding to Mount Field National Park for an easy walk through the rainforest past tall swamp gum trees, leading you to the beautiful cascades of Russell falls. Travel to Mount Tim Shea to take in the stunning views over the Florentine valley.
Wildlife watching cruise from Bruny island
Located off the south-east coast of Tasmania, Bruny island is one of Tasmania’s best wilderness and wildlife destinations. Take a ferry ride from Hobart then board an eco-cruise along Bruny’s rugged coastline. Get up close to the tallest sea cliffs in the southern hemisphere, see mega pods of dolphins, colonies of Australian fur seals, migrating humpback (May – June) and southern right whales (September – November) and albatrosses.
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