Hobart is the capital city of Tasmania. It is very small and intimate compared to the larger cities on the mainland, reflecting the small size of the state. The population is only about 130,000. The whole metropolitain area stretches north along the Derwent River, crossed by several bridges. Hobart is also a port-of-call for the US Navy.
Hobart is roughly a fifteen kilometer drive from Hobart International Airport (HBA) near Seven Mile Beach. The following airlines fly to HBA:
An airport bus service runs from the airport to Hobart, or a taxi will cost around $20.
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.
The major method of transport in Hobart is private car or by public bus. There are no passenger trains in Tasmania.
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.
- Salamanca Market. 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. Beautiful.
- Museum and Art gallery. Donate some money so they can tart up their act. Has one of the best coin collections in any museum.
- Wrest Point Casino, 410 Sandy Bay Road. tel 1800 030 611 (free call Australia only) or 03 6211 1750. email [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, 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: 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.
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. ph 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, 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.
- 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.
- Irish Murphy's, 21 Salamanca Place. tel 03 6223 1119. fax 03 6223 1133. email [email protected]  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.
- 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/
From Hobart, the attractions of southern and central Tasmania are in easy reach, including: