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Hobart and Surrounds

Hobart, Tasmania’s beautiful capital city, lies at the foot of Mount Wellington. near the mouth of the Derwent River and is Australia’s second oldest city.  The 19th century waterfront warehouses, for which the city is famous, once bustled with whalers, soldiers, petty bureaucrats and opportunist businessmen. Now they house cafes, restaurants and studios and bustle with shoppers and visitors.

“Hobart is warm sandstone, bright spinnakers on the water, fish punts at the docks, the slap of halyards on masts, coffee under the striped sun umbrellas of Salamanca, an occasional frosting of snow on Mt Wellington, bush tracks and birdsong.  

Hobart’s busy arts scene takes in art, craft, music and theatre. Here you can enjoy Irish jigs or pub rock, a flutter at the Wrest Point casino, street buskers and string quartets, and theatrical performances both classic and contemporary. In galleries and studios, artists and craftspeople make bold and beautiful statements in pigments, glass, pottery and fabrics”.

A ‘General Interest Day Tour’ Itinerary consisting of a selection of the activities below is available. Alternatively, a complimentary itinerary can be designed for special interest groups or for those who previously have visited some of the attractions. All packages are designed to suit your budget.

  • Visit Cascade Brewery where you will sample the tastes of Cascade beer and soft drinks in the beautiful surrounds of Woodstock Gardens.
     

  • Travel up Mt Wellington, Tasmania’s second highest mountain, and soak up the magnificent panorama of the River Derwent and outlying suburbs of Hobart.
     

  • Enjoy a guided tour of Cadburys Chocolate factory, which has eighteen heritage listed buildings, and afterwards, sample some delicious tasting chocolates. Perhaps indulge yourself with some discounted specials.
     

  • Explore the original settlement site of Sullivan’s Cove, including Salamanca Place, the bustling dock and the alluring array of waterfront restaurants (including the infamous Mures Restaurant), cafes, fish punts and bars. The Maritime Museum and the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery are also located in this area. The infamous Salamanca Market is conducted each Saturday morning and is a fossicker’s delight for both tourists and locals.
     

  • Stroll through the colourful Botanical Gardens adjacent to the magnificent grounds of Government House, which overlook the Tasman Bridge and the Derwent River.
     

  • Enjoy the adrenalin rush of a jet boat ride that will leave you breathless or a leisurely cruise with nibbles and a glass of wine on the Derwent River.
     

  • Enjoy one of the city’s guided walks or  ‘tram or bus’ tours,  all with comprehensive commentary of Hobart’s city and suburbs, history, pubs, features and attractions.
     

  • Spend some time at Hobart’s Wrest Point Casino, the first one built in Australia, where you can enjoy a flutter on the machines or simply stroll around the buildings enjoying the magnificent harbour and marina site from the casino board walk.
     

  • Experience a guided tour and tasting at the delightful Moorilla Vineyard Estate, one of Tasmania’s pioneers in the modern wine industry. Established in 1958, it is situated on a small, scenic peninsula on the shores of the River Derwent north of Hobart. It is considered to be one of Tasmania’s top boutique vineyards.
     

  • Embark on an adventurous climb to the top of Hobart’s historic Shot Tower and its breath taking views over the Derwent Estuary. Built in 1870, it was Australia’s first, and now only remaining, circular stone Shot Tower in the world. There are 259 steps to the top, but 25 landings on which to catch your breath!
     

  • Visit Putters Miniature Adventure Golf course, a world class attraction, with indoor and out door courses. Built on an amazing scale, the course is suitable for all age groups and skill levels. No other system in the world offers this level of realism and playing ‘feel’.