Hobart lies in the southeast, at the foot of Mount Wellington, near the mouth of the River Derwent. The historic Sullivans Cove, Salamanca and Battery Point are here, as well as St David’s Anglican Cathedral, St Mary’s Roman Catholic Cathedral, Parliament House and Government House.
Hobart is Australia's second oldest city; natural beauty and history add to the relaxed yet lively atmosphere encouraged by an array of festivals, bars, eateries and the city's busy harbour.
In the past, the 19th century waterfront warehouse bustled with whalers, soldiers, petty bureaucrats and opportunists. Now there are cafes, restaurants and studios bustling with shoppers and visitors.
Square-riggers still grace the river, tacking among the yachts and fishing boats. Hobart Parliament House looks out on its lawns, once the market garden for old Hobart Town.
Famous for its yachting community and wharf, Hobart is the finish line of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race which starts in Sydney on Boxing Day. Hobart Summer Festival begins just after Christmas and ends in mid-January offering visitors a taste of fine local and international food and wine.
There are plenty of attractions nearby with the area surrounding Hobart rich with a variety of landscapes and experiences. Take a cruise beneath towering cliffs off Bruny Island, visit local wineries and Cascade Brewery or drive to the summit of Mount Wellington for a spectacular view of Hobart’s surrounding islands and estuaries.