"A great place to stay to explore the surrounding countryside"
Hobart Australia is a lovely city and is the capital of Tasmania, an island off the mainland of Australia. It has a great harbour area and old style colonial buildings.
It’s a great mixture of cosmopolitan city and old style colonial. Mount Wellington sits behind the city making it an impressive backdrop.
Getting here and when to come
Hobart Australia, like Tasmania can be visited all year round. You don't really come here for the weather, more the dramatic scenery.
It is of course better to come in the summer months or spring and autumn as it can get very cold in the winter months of June, July and August.
Getting here is also easy with regular and cheap flights from most cities in mainland Australia.
You don't necessarily need a car to get around
but really it should be just the beginning of your trip to Tasmania
You therefore need to hire a car so you can explore the area. Tours are available but its best to self drive if there are 2 or more of you.
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What to do and see in and around the city of Hobart Australia
Make sure you are here on a Saturday between 8.30am and 3pm so you can explore the Salamanca markets which takes place on one of the oldest streets of Hobart Australia, Salamanca Place. The area comes to life with its many cafes, art galleries and craft shops. The market is great as it’s where the locals sell their produce, arts and crafts.Explore the harbour area. There are some good restaurants here too. For great french food head to the south of the town and try Le Provencal 417 Maquarie Street - Great hearty, and BYO Head out of town to Port Arthur and the Tasman Peninsula. Leave yourself plenty of time as the drive is deceptively long and there are things to see on the way. It’s about 100km but takes about an hour and a half. You can stop off on the way to view amazing beaches and cliffs in the National park as well as visit some cool climate wineries. It's a good place to stop and have lunch or even stay the night.
Port Arthur historic site is an old colonial prison and is still very much intact. The buildings themselves are beautiful and the history within the walls is amazing. What’s more weird is the number of people who have claimed to have seen ghosts, or who have taken pictures to discover strange spirits lurking in the background. Going at night for a night tour is therefore something different if you are into ghost stories. Book ahead and check the times of the tours, if you want to do this.Take a leisurely lunch at Peppermint Bay. It’s 35 minutes from Hobart Australia in a small town called Woodbridge. If you want, you can take a cruise here so you don’t have to worry about driving. The scenery here is stunning as is the food. You can eat in the restaurant or eat in their pub section. Perfect for a Sunday lunch time!
Where to stay
Henry Jones Art Hotel – Colonial meets funky. On the Harbour from £230Somerset on the Pier – good location on the harbour, apartments from $250The Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel – from $150
BudgetAstor Private Hotel from $85Fountainside Hotel - great location, friendly staff and awesome breakfast. A bargain at around $99 a night
If you fancy staying a night on the Tasman Peninsula, I'd recommend:-Eaglehawk hideaway40 Ferntree RD B&B Tasman Peninsula -Lovely hosts, very clean and tidy and homely $140 or $220 for breakfast lunch and dinner for two.
There are two good restaurants on the Tasman Peninsula:-Mussel Boys Restaurant, Taranna, 10 mins before Port Arthur - creative and good ambience Felons at Port Arthur - award winning
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