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Hobart

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Hobart [1] is the capital city of the Australian state of Tasmania. Hobart is very small and intimate (population 250,000) compared to the larger cities on the mainland, reflecting the small size of the state. The metropolitan area stretches north along the Derwent River, crossed by several bridges.

Get in

Hobart city centre is some 15 km from Hobart International Airport (HBA) [2] near Seven Mile Beach. The following airlines fly to HBA:

An airport bus service runs from the airport to Hobart (11AUD). The bus starts at the bus terminal. For the first three bus rides (plane departure before 07:30) you need to make a reservation before 8pm the night before. There are several pickup points throughout the city. The ticket can be bought from the driver or at the bus station.

A taxi will cost around $30.

It is a couple of hours drive from Launceston airport (hire cars can be rented either in advance or at the airports), or three to four hours drive from the ferry terminal in Devonport.

Get around

Two main methods of transport in Hobart are by private car or by public bus. Hobart has a sufficient public bus system. The main interchange is in front of the town hall. Ticket prices depend on the distance and start slightly above a dollar.

Because Hobart is small, riding a bike is always an option if you have one. Walking is also a good option. Between the City Centre and Sandy Bay is less then an hour walk.

On a Saturday, avoid using a car around the Salamanca area because of the market.

There are no passenger trains in Tasmania.

See

As an initially convict-built city, first settled in 1803, Hobart has many beautiful historic buildings and precincts, especially in the area around the river.

Landmarks

  • Salamanca Market [7] - a major Saturday morning attraction, for locals and visitors alike. Situated in front of large sandstone warehouses which have been converted into a maze of craftsmen's workshops, giftshops, restaurants and other 'artsy-crafty' shops. These warehouses were mostly built to service 19th century whaling.
  • Battery Point, behind Salamanca Market. This area is very old and full of interesting architecture. Many of these buildings are built in the area's golden sandstone, giving the older parts of the city a warm golden glow. Even though it is a very poor building material compared to Sydney sandstone.
  • Botanical Gardens.[8] Beautiful location about fifteen minutes walk from the city centre. A must see attraction is the sub antarctic garden. Its like walking into a freezer full of plants!

Museums and Art Galleries

  • the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery [9] - donate some money so they can tart up their act. Has one of the best coin collections in any museum
  • the Maritime Museum of Tasmania [10], Carnegie Building, cnr Argyle and Davey Streets

Do

  • Wrest Point Casino [11], 410 Sandy Bay Road. tel 1800 030 611 (free call Australia only) or 03 6211 1750, mailto:[email protected] - Australia's first legal casino was built in Hobart, and the complex has been upgraded many times to keep it at a high standard
  • Cascade Brewery, 140 Cascade Road. tel (03) 6224 1117 (bookings). Offers beer brewery tours with tastings.
  • Cadbury's Chocolate Factory [12], Cadbury Road, Claremont. tel 1800 627 367 (free call within Australia) - Cadbury offers tours to persons over the age of 12. See how chocolate is made, soak in the aromas, have a tasting and buy cheap choccies in the factory shop. Since it is a working factory, you will need to wear enclosed shoes and safe clothing and don't wear jewelry.
  • Mount Wellington: [13] fantastic view from the top of Mount Wellington, take a bus to "Fern Tree" and then walk a steep zig-zag track to the top.
  • Live Music: [14] The Tasmanian Gig Guide publishes a monthly live music listing that is available for download on their website. Check out what music is playing at all the venues in Hobart.

Eat

Hobart has a profusion of eating establishments ranging from the cheap to the luxuriously expensive. Freshly caught seafood is a specialty of the region, and there are several excellent seafood restaurants. Deep-sea Trevalla is unique to Tasmania and must be tried. Tasmanian lobster is also excellent.

  • Machine Laundry Cafe, 12 Salamanca Square. tel 03 6224 9922. fax 03 6224 7967. This cafe (which also houses a laundromat, hence the name) is a good place for a filling breakfast of $8-$15. Eggs benedict and banana and ricotta pancakes are recommended.
  • Mikaku, 85 Salamanca Place, tel 03 6224 0882. Mikaku is a Japanese restaurant. The fish menu is not very extensive, it's more focussed on deep fried foods and beef. Mains $20.
  • Mures Fish Centre [15], Victoria Dock, tel 03 6231 2121, 03 6231 1999 (upper deck) or 03 6231 2121 (lower deck). fax 03 6234 4464 - Mures has two sections: the upper deck is a stylish seafood restaurant (mains $20-$30); the lower deck is a cafeteria style bistro (mains approx $10) and served mainly deep fried fish and the like. Reservations are usually required for the upper deck.

The Drunken Admiral - Wonderful resturant close to Mures. The seafood platter is highly recommended.

Drink

Bars

  • Bar Celona, 45 Salamanca Place. ph 03 6224 7557. fax 03 6224 7388. Bar Celona is a combined wine bar and cafe. The decor is open and wood panelled: while it can get a bit noisy, it's a good place to escape some of the much more crowded bars on a busy weekend night, especially if you want to have a nice glass or two of wine.

Pubs

  • The Hope & Anchor Tavern, 65 Macquarie Street, Hobart. Ph 03 6236 9982 Fax 03 6234 2186 [16] The Hope & Anchor is Australia's oldest continuously trading pub, founded in 1807. There are three bars: the public bar has a comfortable atmosphere, with a range of Tasmanian beers on tap, as well as Cooper's Pale Ale and Guinness. In the winter months, sink into an armchair and stoke the open fire. The Lounge Bar, also on the ground floor, is slightly more formal, where drinkers are seated at dining tables. The upstairs Museum Bar is open for special occasions but if you're visiting, ask the publican for a look at the Museum's collection of maritime and war memorabilia from the early days of Van Dieman's Land. The restaurant offers a range of upper-end pub meals. Try the Suffolk Lamb Shoulder or a Gatwick Porterhouse.
  • The New Sydney Hotel, 87 Bathurst Street, Hobart. One of the most popular inner-city pubs, the cosy New Sydney is home to Hobart's Irish community and offers an Irish pub atmosphere rather more authentic than that of an Irish theme pub (see Irish Murphy's, below). Large range of imported and local beers on tap.
  • Trout Bar/Eaglehawk Inn, Corner of Federal and Elizabeth St, North Hobart. Ph 03 6236 9777. A five minute cab ride/30 minute walk from the city, the Trout is one of the homes of Hobart's live music scene. Only a basic range of beers on tap, with standard pub meals available, the Trout is worth a look if you wish to sample some Tassie bands.
  • Republic Bar, 299 Elizabeth Street, North Hobart, Tel: (03) 62346954 [17] In its day, the former Empire Hotel was one of Hobart's roughest pubs, hosting a shoot-out during the 1980s. Australian cricketer Max Walker grew up in the Empire, which was run by his parents. After a re-modelling and re-branding as the Republic Bar in the mid-1990s, it has become one of the State's most popular pubs. It hosts an art gallery and regular live music. Associated with left politics and the Green movement. Meals available.
  • Knopwood's Retreat, 39 Salamanca Place, Hobart. Tel: (03) 6223 5808. Possibly Tasmania's most famous pub, Knopwood's is set in one of the ancient sandstone warehouses that line Salamanca Place. It remains THE place for after-work drinks on Fridays, when the crowd spills out into Salamanca and many punters take their drinks across the road to sit on the lawns. Particularly popular with univerisity students, the pub hosts Syrup nightclub upstairs, one of Hobart's more intimate (and better) clubs.
  • The Shipwright's Arms, 29 Trumpeter St, Battery Point, Tel: (03) 62235551. Located in Battery Point, one of Australia's oldest suburbs, the Arms opened in 1842. Cosy fires and Chesterfields is the atmosphere here and the nautical theme attracts participants in the Sydney-Hobart yacht race around the new year. A popular local pub, slightly off the tourist trail, the beer garden is an attractive place for a meal on summer evenings.
  • Irish Murphy's, 21 Salamanca Place. tel 03 6223 1119. fax 03 6223 1133. email [email protected] [18] Irish Murphy's is a busy Irish pub on one of the prime nightlife strips. It has a young crowd dancing to pop hits from their childhood in a fake Irish franchise pub.

Sleep

  • Adelphi Court YHA, 17 Stoke Street, New Town. phone 03 6228 4829. fax 03 6278 2047. email [email protected] Prices $22 dorm bed, $56-$62 for a double room and $65-$71 for a single room. http://www.yha.com.au/hostels/details.cfm?hostelid=74
  • Dr Syntax Hotel, 139 Sandy Bay Road, Sandy Bay. phone 03 6223 6258. fax 03 6224 0132. Pub-style accommodation. Prices $45-$70.
  • Alexandra on Battery, 3 Sonning Crescent, Sandy Bay. phone 03 6225 2574. fax 03 6225 3522. Prices $80-$90 per night.
  • Motel 429, 429 Sandy Bay Road, Sandy Bay. phone 03 6225 2511. fax 03 6225 4354. email [email protected] Prices $99-$113 per night. http://www.motel429.com.au/
  • Cottage on Lord, 49 Lord Street, Sandy Bay. phone 03 6224 0823. Prices $255 per night. http://www.cottageonlord.com/

Splurge

  • Lenna [19], 20 Runnymede Street, Battery Point, tel +61 3 6232 3900, reservations freecall 1800 030 633 (within Australia), mailto:[email protected] - one of Hobart's most stylish boutique hotels

Get out

From Hobart, the attractions of southern and central Tasmania are in easy reach, including:

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