Hobart - Australia, Tasmania capital

Hobart - Australia, Tasmania capital overview

Hobart geographic(al) coordinates: 43*00'S/147*30'E
Hobart population 214,600 (2004)

Tasmania capital is Hobart. The whole of Tasmania is renowned for the beauty of its surrounds and Hobart is no exception. The beautiful Derwent River surrounds the city, which is overlooked by the stunning peak of Mount Wellington.

Nearby Battery Point was settled in 1804. It remains largely residential, with more than 40 historic buildings still in use. Take Kelly's Steps from Salamanca Place and explore on foot. Be sure to visit Arthur's Circus, a settlement of quaint worker's cottages.

Hobart - Australia, Tasmania capital main attractions

Hobart is Australia's southernmost capital city. The fact that it is also the smallest is the key to its particular charm. A riverside city with a busy harbour, its mountain backdrop offers fine views over the beautiful Georgian buildings, numerous parks and compact suburbs below.

The city's conservative and provincial reputation among some mainlanders is undeserved. Hobart town has a thriving arts and crafts scene and a real sense of history, and for walking, eating and just soaking in the atmosphere it can't be bettered.

The Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens house a range of native and exotic plants. A short walk away, the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery displays an outstanding collection of colonial art and cultural and natural history.

Hobart is noted for its fine restaurants. Take your pick from the good range around Salamanca Place, or visit Elizabeth Street, North Hobart.