Hobart, capital of Australia's island state of Tasmania, sits on the River Derwent. At its fashionable Salamanca Place, old sandstone warehouses host galleries and cafes. Nearby is Battery Point, a historic district with narrow lanes and colonial-era cottages. The city's backdrop is 1,270m-high Mount Wellington, with sweeping views, plus hiking and cycling trails.
The Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), built into underground galleries, exhibits art of antiquity along with contemporary works. The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery focuses on Aboriginal heritage, local history and native wildlife, with notable colonial-era displays. Established in 1818, the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens highlight native plants. North of the city, the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary is home to rescued animals including Tasmanian devils, wallabies and kangaroos. Popular day trips include Port Arthur, a 19th-century penal colony preserved as a historic site, and rugged Bruny Island, known for its coastal wildlife.
The culinary scene in Hobart is a champion of local produce, with fantastic restaurants around every corner. Join the locals along the popular dining strips in historic Salamanca or North Hobart. Or choose from a selection of quality city and waterfront restaurants. Positioned inside an old newspaper building, the chic Franklin is a highly awarded restaurant that also makes their own bread, cheese and cured meats. Along the city's docks, try South American-inspired Frank, or fine dining over the water at Aloft.
Get a taste of Tasmania's burgeoning whisky industry at the cosy Lark Distillery, where distillery tours are available, and the classy Nant Distillery. The award-winning Sullivans Cove Whisky is in Cambridge, near Hobart Airport. For a craft beer at the source, pull up a stool at the central Shambles Brewery or the Hobart Brewing Company.
The outdoor Salamanca Market, held each Saturday, is beloved by visitors and locals. More than 300 stalls selling arts, crafts, homewares and produce fill Salamanca Place. On Sunday morning, central Bathurst Street closes for the tasty Farm Gate Market, a showcase of Tasmanian produce and artisan producers.
• Mount Wellington
• Salamanca Market
• Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens
• Cascade Brewery
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