Hobart

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"the un-ordinary Tasmanian capital"

Hobart Tourism

Waterfront luxury, fantastic seafood, colonial and aboriginal history, all with a majestic mountain serving as a backdrop, that’s Hobart in a nutshell. But the capital city of Tasmania is so much more than that.

As Australia’s second-oldest city, the colonial 19th-century history of Hobart still presents itself until today. A walk around the central city reveals much of its colonial architecture still intact, with many of these buildings found in the historic precinct of Battery Point. Close by is the famous Salamanca Place, an area of artists, cafes, and shops all set in Georgian warehouses, another example of how Hobart strives to preserve the uniqueness of its history and architecture. It is also the site of the bustling Salamanca Market that happens every Saturday, where the best of Hobart’s talent and food can be experienced in this quaint locale. Hobart’s unique architecture is amplified by the magnificent Mount Wellington (Kunanyi) that looms over the city from all angles. For history aficionados, the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery is the perfect place to start the journey into the city and state’s rich history and culture. For those seeking a truly unique experience, a ferry ride from the docks goes to the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA). It is undoubtedly home to some of the most creative art installations and natural beauty in the world.

Since it is a seaside city, Hobart’s seafood is famous across Australia, ranging from scallops to oysters to the famed abalone. The stalls and restaurants along Hobart’s scenic waterfront Constitution Dock will leave seafood lovers spoilt for choice, marvelling at the freshness of the catch. It also serves as the gateway to Antarctica, with the Antarctic explorers often anchored at the Dock. The Mawson’s Hut Replica Museum can help visitors relive the Australian history of exploring the Antarctic region.

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Restaurants and Local Food in Hobart

Since it's a coastal city, the local food in Hobart is largely made up of seafood. Tasmanian salmon, white fish and oysters are famous all over Australia and the world. The Tasmanian scallop pies are delicious and can be found at food stalls at the Salamanca market. Fresh seafood can be found in one of the many booths along the waterfront and Dock. There is no shortage of restaurants in Hobart, with Salamanca place offering a whole range of varied cuisines at restaurants like the Salamanca Wharf Cafe, Flippers, the Retro Cafe, and Aloft. For waterfront dining, T42 and Drunken Admiral offer delicious seafood with unbeatable views. The Point Revolving Restaurant is the only revolving restaurant in the city, offering the best dining experience with a view. Other iconic restaurants of Hobart are Jackman and McRoss, Burger Haus, and Bar wa Izakaya

Nightlife in Hobart

The nightlife in Hobart is mostly vibrant pubs and breweries with live music and lively crowds. It is also home to the oldest continuously run pub in Australia, Hope and Anchor. Friday evenings are best spent at the Salamanca Arts Centre Courtyard, where live music, food and drink are celebrated by the local community bringing in the weekend. The New Sydney Hotel, Shipwrights Arms Hotel, Winston, Lark Distillery and many more avenues in the Hobart CBD will satisfy your need for a fun night out in the city.

Shopping in Hobart

There are plenty of fun shopping experiences in Hobart that shouldn’t be missed. Head down to Salamanca Place to witness the best of local artists display their talent. Every Saturday morning sees the space transformed into the bustling Salamanca Market, where locals offer the best of food, coffee, produce, and locally-produced crafts. For a more boutique shopping experience, the Elizabeth street mall in the centre of the CBD offers the best of the high-end brands.

Exchanging Money in Hobart

Travel Money Oz and Travelex on Liverpool Street are the best places to exchange currency in Hobart

Interesting Facts about Hobart

The exciting architecture of the city is amplified by the fact that it has the least amount of skyscrapers of any Australian city, a feature the residents work hard at maintaining to preserve the uniqueness of their cityscape.

Daily Budget in Hobart

AUD 150 (~INR 7500) per day is a reasonable daily budget in Hobart that covers accommodation, food, travel, and sightseeing/shopping.

Customs in Hobart

-While it is not compulsory, it is considered polite and quite normal behaviour to greet the servers at restaurants, cafes, and at retail stores and ask them about their days, as Australians have a friendly and laid back culture. Common phrases are “G’day, how’re you doing today, cheers, have a good one, please, thank you, no worries” -While it is not compulsory, tipping at restaurants and cafes is much appreciated, and encourages better service in the future

Language in Hobart

English is the main language in Hobart.

Religion in Hobart

More than 50% of Hobart’s residents are of Christian faith. Other religious communities in Hobart are the Jewish community, the Mormon community and the Baha’i community.

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