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Thu, 23/08/2012 - 01:44

Hobart

Tasmanians are good at lots of things and marketing is one of them. The slogan they use to promote the Apple Isle is that Tassie is a ‘world apart and not a world away’. Clever when you think about it. Tasmania is the only Australian state or territory which is not a part of the mainland. But it is very much a part of Australia and its capital city Hobart has some wonderful treats for every visitor.

There is a kind of interesting blend of the old and the new with Hobart where some even call it old Hobart Town. But then the Wrest Point Casino looms large on the shoreline a hop, skip and a gamble away from the area where some of the first Europeans settled Down Under. Of course it was a penal colony then and the nearby Port Arthur settlement is a magnificent living museum of how tough times were when the convicts were first sent to what was once called Van Diemen’s Land.

But the city of Hobart is awash with wonderful old buildings including houses, government buildings and churches where sandstone is a common building material.  Salamanca Place should be an early port of call. You can see the buildings the whaling industry occupied in the early 1800s. Not unlike The Rocks in Sydney, this waterfront area is now home to cafes, restaurants and artistic venues. You can stroll, dine and enjoy to your heart’s content. Turn up on any Saturday, rain, hail or shine if you want to see and be part of the Salamanca Market. It has almost acquired iconic status. There are artists, musicians and hundreds of stallholders with some of the finest food and hand crafted goods you’ll see anywhere. If anything represents Tasmania and Hobart in particular it is this wonderful open air market.

 

Another Harbour City

Hobart doesn’t need to compete with Sydney or any other city. It is small, compact and oozing with charm. It helps out that other harbour city by providing the wonderful River Derwent for the finale of that famous end-of-year ocean-going yacht race known the world over. To be in Hobart when the boats sail up the Derwent at the end of the Sydney-Hobart is a special occasion.

And it’s not many capital cities which can boast a mountain in their back yard. Mt Wellington is but a short drive from the centre of Hobart and it offers fabulous views from its summit. Mind you it might be a little chilly and wet at times but The Mountain, as the locals call it, is great for walking. You can drive to the summit and you can enjoy many walks.

Hobart has one major advantage over other Australian capital cities in its size. It is easy and quick to travel around and through Hobart. And it’s easy to get to this historical city with its fine dining, brilliant artistic activities and historical places around every corner. For a holiday with a difference, think about Tasmania and Hobart in particular.