Hobart is the capital of the island state of Tasmania and is on the River Derwent. Hobart is very small compared to the mainland capitals and has a noticeably different climate and pace of life. It is a very friendly city and great place to start a touring holiday of Tasmania.
Air: Hobart airport is located around 15kms from the CBD and can be reached by Airport Bus. The usual domestic airlines fly in to Hobart from the mainland capitals. To search for flights to Hobart look at Expedia.com.au
Sea: Tasmania is also accessible via ferry from Melbourne. The Spirit of Tasmania has a daily service to Devonport on the north shore of the island which is around 4 hours drive from Hobart. The ferry allows you to take your own car from the mainland.
Hobart has a wide range of hotels to suit all budgets. Search for great value city break hotels at Expedia.com.au
What to See and Do
Hobart's numerous atttractions include the following:
Salamanca Market: The market occurs every Saturday and is held around the old warehouses on the dock. It is a great place to buy local arts and crafts. Try and arrange to be in Hobart on a Saturday morning!
Battery Point: Not far from Salamanca market is the historical Battery Point area. Old buildings and architecture make this a great place for a relaxing walk.
Mount Wellington: The large mountain behind Hobart has a sealed road right to the top. The views from the top are spectacular. Be prepared for a big drop in temperature and you may even get snow!
Cadbury Chocolate Factory: A highlight of a visit to Hobart is a visit to the Cadbury factory. See how chocolate is made and visit the factory shop and treat yourself to some of the produce!
Hobart is very compact and the best way to get around is on foot. If you need to venture to the suburbs you will get a bus from the CBD.
Using a car is the best way to get around the island as the roads are very quiet and traffic jams do not exist! Take care driving at night as wildlife can be very active at this time.