Holidays to Hobart, Australia

It might be the smallest of all Australian capital cities, but Hobart has a big personality to make up for it. Located at the foot of Mount Wellington in the south of Tasmania, the city is surrounded by beautiful natural scenery, much like any other location on the island. Whenever you visit Tasmania, you will find stunning locations around every corner.

Being a formal penal colony founded by European settlers in 1804 and serving as a defence post, there are lots of locations in the city which reflect its history, be it the style of architecture, the name of certain areas or a bit more obvious. The Hobart Convict Penitentiary has become one of the popular tourist attractions today. Convicted felons from the UK were sent here to serve their sentence.

We are a long while away from those dark ages however and Hobart has transformed itself into one of the hippest and trendiest capital cities in Australia. One of the most fashionable districts in the city is definitely Battery Point, along with Salamanca Place. Battery Point has a maritime village feel to it with its narrow lanes and colonial style cottages and is now one of the most expensive areas in the city to live. The neighbouring Salamanca Place is where you can soak up the vibrant atmosphere of Hobart with its galleries, theatres, cafes and bars. On Saturdays make sure you don’t miss the Salamanca Market and its many mouth-watering food stalls.

A ferry journey away is the fascinating MONA, the Museum of Old and New Art, where you can admire both the interior as well as the exterior of the museum. Aside from the general collection and exhibitions, there are concerts and film showings frequently held here. There are many great food and drink options as well. MONA has a partnership with Moorilla Winery, which has its cellar in the museum, so leave the car at the hotel!

For those who like to see things from above, it is definitely worth going up to Mount Wellington for unbelievable views over Hobart and the bay. Make sure to bring a jacket, as the summit is 1271 metres high. 

Highlights

  • Soak up the history of Hobart as a penal colony of the British Empire

  • Visit hip and trendy Battery Point and Salamanca Place

  • Take in some culture at MONA, the Museum of Old and New Art

  • Climb up Mount Wellington for a stunning view over the city

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I love spending my days barefoot or in flip flops, so laid-back Melbourne was the perfect place to live. My favourite adventure from my time living in Australia was the 3-month campervan road trip along the East Coast – full of sun, sea and scuba diving!

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