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  • Mt Wellington is a must-see...
  • Enjoy panoramic views of Hobart and beyond
  • Bruny Island
  • The Neck at Bruny Island
  • Marvel at the giant trees on the Tahune AirWalk


Tasmania is a very special part of Australia, with its pristine and superb natural environment - a landscape that is at times redolent of the gentle English countryside and at others wild and distinctly Australian; it has a pervasive sense of history, along with a growing reputation for artisan wines and produce and of course, it offers a wonderful contrast to mainland holidays.
Abel Tasman first discovered it back in 1642, and named it Van Diemen's Land. Hobart is the second oldest city in Australia after Sydney (Launceston is the third, so Tasmania really does have something of a monopoly when it come to history) and it is perfectly located to make the most of all the treasures this small island state has to offer.
It lies on the Derwent River, and the river and its trade, both commercial and leisure, are central to what makes Hobart so special. Think of Hobart and you think of the classic Sydney to Hobart yacht race, which starts each Boxing Day and offers thrills, upsets, incredible images and occasionally tragedy, as the amazing maxi yachts make their way from Sydney to Constitution Dock in Hobart.
Constitution Dock is always buzzing and is a favourite place to watch the world go by, while feasting on seafood and enjoying one of the many world-class local beers. It has a special vibe and is the heart of the city.
Some cities in Australia have a sad tradition of pulling down historic buildings to replace them with new ones, but Hobart has many glorious old buildings, often convict-built, such as the Old Hobart Gaol, the Shot Tower (where lead shot was made), Parliament House and Battery Point, to mention a few. Salamanca Place is a row of Georgian warehouses, constructed from mellow sandstone, which has become a lively entertainment quarter, with restaurants, galleries, shops and cafes. The famous Salamanca markets are on each Saturday and are an absolute must see while you are in Hobart, while a leisurely harbour cruise will give you a wonderfully different perspective of the city.
Mount Wellington (1270m) stands sentinel over the city and is inextricably linked with the fabric of Hobart. Drive up and enjoy the panoramic views from the top, or for those looking for a more exciting way to enjoy Mount Wellington, the three hour descent via bicycle is not to be missed! A van takes you to the top and you make your way down, ensuring a much longer-lasting experience than a car could ever provide! It is usually cool at the summit, and often misty, so choose your day well to make the most of the vista.
Things to do
Hobart is the perfect base for your holiday in Tasmania, as it is close to so many of the wonderful sights, attractions and landscapes that make this island state so different. Port Arthur Historic Site is a stark reminder of our convict past and the most intransigent prisoners were sent here. A visit to Port Arthur is something you won't easily forget; the old buildings are reminders of the privations endured by the convicts, and yet the location is one of great beauty. Take the Convict Trail from Hobart to the Tasman Peninsula (about 1.5 hours), admiring the beautiful countryside and ocean views along the way and then spend time wandering this truly amazing reminder of yesteryear. Allow a day for this outing, as there is as much to see on the way as there is at Port Arthur.
A short drive away is the village of Richmond, home of the oldest stone bridge remaining in Australia, as well as an array of galleries, cafes, shops and the historic Richmond Arms pub.
Another easy day trip is to head south towards Huonville, home of the apple industry and yet another wonderful location on the banks of the serene Huon River. Only 40 minutes from Hobart, this is the gateway to far south Tasmania and all its riches. Visit the Tahune AirWalk and wander among the canopies of the giant trees of the famous Southern Forests; enjoy the galleries, cafes and restaurants to be discovered in the many towns and villages.
Make sure you have time for a trip to Bruny Island, an incredible wilderness experience where you can choose to drive, walk or cruise your way around the many attractions on offer. The ferry terminal at Kettering is only a 40 minute drive from Hobart and the 15 minute ferry trip takes you to a place of amazing scenery, penguin rookeries, fur seals, wallabies and birds, along with locally produced food, wonderful seafood and premium wines. Take some of the wonderful produce back with you to enjoy later, perhaps a bottle of wine to savour with a wedge of award-winning cheese from the Bruny Island Cheese Company.
When to go
Tasmania rarely experiences the intense heat of summer in mainland Australia, however that does mean that winter can get pretty cold. Of course, having four true seasons means that Tasmania displays glorious autumn colours and a blanket of flowers in spring. The average temperature in Hobart in summer is a balmy 22 degrees C and in winter a crisp 12 degrees C.
How to get there
There are daily flights to Hobart from Melbourne and Sydney, and the airport is close to the centre of the city. If time is on your side, take the romantic option (and the car!) on the Spirit of Tasmania, which sails from Port Melbourne and arrives in Devonport. You then have your car with you to enjoy the countryside on the way to Hobart, with many wonderful side trips possible along the way.
Make the most of the many lovely bed and breakfasts that Hobart and surrounds have to offer. If you prefer self-contained or hotel accommodation, there is plenty of choice, just check the Hobart accommodation options on TakeABreak.
Further information
Check out www.hobarteguide.com for more information about this historic town. If you plan to branch out and explore the rest of Tasmania, you'll find plenty of useful information on www.DiscoverTasmania.com
About the Author 
Lisa Monk is a marketing communications writer with a diverse background that includes experience in travelhotel, finance, public relations and advertising. She has worked with Club Med, the Holiday Inn group and on a number of other travel projects on a freelance basis.  Lisa has travelled throughout Asia PacificNorth America and England.

Lisa now works with TakeABreak.com.au as editor of the Holiday Inspirations newsletter and other publications.  She lives in Sydney with her husband and sons.


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  i would love to go down for the new year this year. It's a long time since I've been and would enjoy the experience
Posted on Mar 27 2010 at 10:47

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