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Huddled between the Derwent River and Mount Wellington, the historical part of Hobart is centered around Sullivans Cove. Comprising of the Old Wharf to Battery Point, where the original defenses of the town were positioned, there are plenty of places that relate to Hobart’s history and present day.
At Battery Point, you can find some great views of Hobart. There are a number of antique shops to visit as well as art galleries and places to eat. The houses here, many of them built during the last two centuries with their attractive gardens represent what life was like during the earlier years of Australia’s history.
Just below Battery Point, following the banks of the Derwent River is Castray Esplanade. Designed as a walking track in the early 1800s, it still offers pleasant views of the city and harbour.
On Hampden Road, just further along Castray Esplanade you can find the Narryna Heritage Museum. Housed in a Georgian building built in 1836, they have a wonderful collection of artefacts, including period furniture and artworks from the earliest of Tasmania’s history.
In the centre of town (CBD), you can visit (on non sitting days) Parliament House. Built with convict labour it was designed by John Lee Archer.
Not far from here is Salamanca Place, the old collection of warehouses that served the docks. Now transformed into restaurants, bars and entertainment venues, there are also art galleries and artist’s studios that you can visit.
Also in Hobart CBD is the Tourist Information Centre on Elizabeth Street, and around the corner, on Macquarie Street is the Maritime Museum. Well worth visiting as Tasmania’s history is so closely tied to the sea, there is also plenty of information about the world renowned Sydney to Hobart Races.
Those seeking culture, visit the Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery. Features the Decorative Arts, History, Photography, Geology and a Tasmanian Herbarium. Its focus on collecting not only historical but scientific and artworks relating to Tasmania’s cultural heritage and biodiversity ensures there is something for everyone. It also has regularly changing exhibitions.
Cruising the Derwent River and the Harbour to the Cadbury Chocolate Factory is a great way to enjoy views of the city and surrounds. You will also have a chance to sample their fresh chocolates.
Other cruises available from the dock area can take you to places to explore the the Southern Ocean and Bruny Island, a wildlife preserve.
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