Here tourists will discover that the old sandstone buildings and warehouses have been transformed into a range of restaurants, cafes, craft shops and art galleries. Each Saturday the Salamanca Markets are held in the area and are a great place to browse and soak up the atmosphere of this historic area.
At night time Salamanca Place is transformed once again into an entertainment district as locals flock to the area to enjoy drinks in one of the many bars.
Dominating the Hobart skyline is the 1271 metre high Mount Wellington which is sometimes covered in snow even in the summer months. There are a number of walking tracks throughout the mountain terrain but if you don’t feel like trekking there is a sealed road leading to the top which is approximately 22 kilometres from the city to the summit.
Culturally, Hobart has a lot to offer visitors. The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, whose waterfront residency at Federation Hall, is considered to be on par with anything that Australia has to offer. The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery and the Museum of Old and New Art are both must see attractions for the culturally minded whilst visiting Hobart.
Established in 1818 the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Garden is another popular tourist destination with a large collection of historic plants and trees, many dating back to the nineteenth century. The Botanic Gardens also features a restaurant, gallery and souvenir shop.
If you’re feeling lucky then why not head down to the Wrest Point Hotel Casino and try to win it big? Opened in 1973 it is Australia’s oldest casino featuring a number of bars, a revolving restaurant and all the glitz and glamour of the casino floor.
Hobart has a thriving live music scene with popular locations such as Salamanca Place, Sandy Bay, Elizabeth Street and the city centre staying open until late, catering for a wide range of musical tastes.
The CBD of Hobart is where shopaholics will find the best shopping in Hobart with Elizabeth Street and its pedestrian mall boasting an impressive selection of fashion, retail and boutique stores.
Dining in Hobart tends to be focused around the CBD area of Elizabeth Street and at the waterfront of Salamanca Place. There a large number of restaurants specialising in ethnic cuisine such as Thai, Chinese, Greek and even Pakistani. Seafood is abundant as are pubs serving contemporary Australian food with a southern twist.
Accommodation in Hobart ranges from budget options through to hotels all the way up to luxury resorts. The majority of these are predominantly located in Salamanca Place and along both Macquarie and Davey Street on the harbour.