Why not enjoy some accommodation near Hobart’s waterfront in Tasmania.
Tasmania is is the 2nd oldest Australia’s state capitals, with a wild convict past and rich history still evident in its beautifully-restored Georgian buildings and colonial cottages.
The wide and elegant Derwent River sweeps up from the Southern Ocean to cut Hobart in two, with the main city on the western side and smaller centres and suburbs on the east, while majestic Mt Wellington overlooks the city from the west.
The charm of Battery Point, the waterfront walks and marinas, the old shot tower and the stately houses of Sandy Bay are all quite seductive. Hobart carries its history well, its isolation having contributed to its underdevelopment. The convict-hewn sandstone buildings of Salamanca Place, once the domain of rough seafarers and prostitutes, then left to dereliction, are now the showcase of the city. Like The Rocks in Sydney, Salamanca Square and Place are beautiful, cultural, functional, and steeped in seedy history.
Now a thriving cultural centre attractive for its unique handcrafts, fresh seafood, maritime atmosphere, historic monuments and spectacular geography, Hobart is the perfect destination for a holiday with a difference. Its stunning harbour, said to be the deepest sheltered harbour in the southern hemisphere, is the destination of the Sydney-Hobart Yacht Race, which leaves Sydney Harbour on Boxing Day and battles often-treacherous seas to reach the island port several days later.
The Port of Hobart occupies the harbour on the eastern side, at Sullivan’s Cove, while the greater city spreads northwards and over the river to the east. The inumerable inlets and coves of the harbour and river are dotted with thousands of boats, yachts and pleasure craft of all kinds. Like all the world’s great cities, it is Hobart’s waterfront and the buildings relating to it that give it its character, history and charm. Today chandleries, shipwrights, customs agents and ‘yachties’ continue the history laid down by the seafarers, whalers and maritime merchants of the past. Nowadays the city acts as a preparation point for Antarctic expeditions and gateway to the sub-Antarctic islands of the Southern Ocean.