Hobart, Tasmania's capital, lies in the southeast of the State, near the mouth of the Derwent River at the foot of mighty Mount Wellington.
The city offers the best of a capital city - good theatre, restaurants, galleries, shopping and services without the usual problems of crowding and traffic common to other major cities.
Hobart has preserved the best of its history in the warm sandstone buildings, busy working harbour and dark green forested hills.
As you walk beside the River you will spot bright spinnakers on the water, fish punts at the docks and hear the call of fishermen unloading their catch. There is time to stop for coffee under the sun umbrellas of Salamanca Place before exploring the precinct.
19th century waterfront
The 19th century waterfront warehouses, for which the city is famous, once swarmed with whalers, soldiers, petty bureaucrats and opportunist businessmen. Now they house cafes, restaurants and studios and bustle with shoppers and visitors. Polished casement windows wink in the sunlight of Battery Point settlers cottages, and brass doorknobs gleam in the lofty porches of the city's colonial edifices.
Parliament House overlooks beautiful lawns, which was once a market garden for old Hobart Town. Historic Government House sits serenely in its park, where the Governor's cows graze as they always have in their city-centre paddock.
Hobart 's busy arts scene takes in art, craft, music and theatre. Here you can enjoy Irish jigs or pub rock, street buskers and string quartets, and theatrical performances both classic and contemporary. In galleries and studios, our artists and craftspeople make bold and beautiful statements in timber, pigments, glass, ceramics and fabrics.
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