The Tasmanian capital of Hobart is Australia’s southernmost capital and the oldest city (capital) after Sydney. Beautiful mountains, sea beaches, and colonial architecture are some of its undeniable charms. This small island state is the heartbeat of Australia’s tourism offering up several delights. Hobart, particularly, is rich in history as well as hip and happening. If you happen to be visiting Australia do make Tasmania part of your itinerary; you will not regret visiting this little island that also doubles up as home port for French as well as Australian Antarctic operations.
It needs to be mentioned that there are no direct flights into the capital of Tasmania. You’ll have to change over to a domestic airline from Melbourne or Sydney. Staying in Hobart is never a problem as there are dozens of serviced apartments, hostels, and three to five star hotels. Our favorite luxury hotel is The Henry Jones Art Hotel on Hunter Street; also one of the most frequently awarded as well as the most sought-after of all luxury hotels in the city. Even if you don’t planning on staying there it is certainly worth a dekko as The Henry Jones is the country’s only art hotel.
It stands tall on the waterfront amidst ancient warehouses (including a jam factory) all which have been converted into a first class luxury hotel. Wherever you turn, there is an original artwork to greet your eyes.
There are quite a few luxury resorts around this lovely, pristine city. High on our list of recommendation is the Wyndham Seven Mile Beach, a 20-bedroom resort located next to the beach area.
And if you are looking for a luxury resort with a view of the mountains then we suggest the Wrest Point Hotel which is close to the CBD and offers a great view of the harbor region.
There is no dearth of five star hotels in Hobart. And on a clear day you can always walk up the Mount Wellington. Take a bus to Fern Tree and take the 13 kilometer stroll up. The views you will get to see on the way are simply mind-blowing.
Hobart is so green that it requires no emerald sanctuary. Yet you’ll come across one in St. David’s Park- a must visit. The variety of fuchsias, camellias, magnolias, birches et al that you will get to see will leave you glued for hours.
Practically next door is the famed Salamanca Palace lined with cafes, restaurants and art galleries. And if happen to visit on a Saturday morning you’ll find yourself in the midst of the biggest and the most popular market in Australia, the Salamanca Market. Musicians will serenade you as you buy your fill of cosmetics, dresses, and local produce. The atmosphere is lively and charged.
That was for shop-a-holics. But if you happen to be a chocoholic (as well), then do go down to the Claremont Chocolate Factory (yes, this is where it first happened) and learn about the history of Cadbury chocolates and also get some free samples!
Hobart is simply great whichever way you look at it