A walkable harbour-side city, Hobart is most famous for its historical significance and convict origins. As one of Australia's oldest cities, your itinerary for Tasmania's capital is likely to include Salamanca Square and Markets, Port Arthur, Cascade Brewery, Richmond and Battery Point. But afterwards, there is still so much more to see so you'd better double check that you pack a pair of comfortable shoes to make the most of your trip to Australia's southernmost state!
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And in fact you don't have to because they're free! Indulge your artistic side by taking a trip to the library for bikes, ARTBIKES. Here you can hire a bicycle and helmet for the day to explore Hobart's art precinct at your own pace. Best of all, if you return the bike on the same day you won't be charged a cent! ARTBIKES operates on a first come, first served basis though so get there early to secure your wheels.
A largely unknown treasure lies just eleven kilometres from the city in the riverside suburb of Taroona. Hobartians are probably familiar with seeing the cylindrical Taroona Shot Tower on their daily commute, but you'd be hard pressed to find a local resident who has given it more than a second glance. Built from sandstone, this is the only shot tower of its kind in the world. Climb to the top to see some spectacular views of the river and surrounds or, if you prefer, hang around at the base sipping Devonshire tea.
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If you're sure you ain't afraid of no ghost, don your beige HAZMAT suit and head on a tour of Port Arthur by night to test your spirits. A Ghost Tour by the light of only a lantern, where you will hear the spooky stories of yesteryear may be just the thing to make you change your mind. Note: The HAZMAT onesie is optional, but you might want to bring something warm because this tour is sure to send shivers down your spine one way or the other.
Head to the Cascades Female Factory. While the name 'female factory' may conjure questionable imagery, this historic site is actually an interesting excursion into colonial times with most of the exhibits providing insight into the life of a female during convict times. From stories that have been passed down over the years to re-enactments, it's a great way to explore Australia through the vision of some of its early settlers.
A harbour side city always mandates a seafood meal, right?
But these days, expensive dinners are often long forgotten before they even hit our waistlines. Why not get some exercise in by seeing the water within a metre of the surface yourself? Paddle your own way down the harbour on a guided kayak tour. Or if you don't feel confident navigating your way through the water, perhaps a tour of Hobart's rivulets would appeal. These small underground streams of water are certain to be an eye-opener and lead all the way through to the beautiful Cascade Gardens.
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There are so many hidden gems around Tasmania and as you've already saved on your accommodation in Hobart, Tasmania ,now is the time to make a splash. There's no better way to see a harbour city than from the water, and on a skippered harbour yacht cruise you have just that option. Feel the breeze in your hair as you cruise through water, with all afforded luxuries, such as fishing and snorkelling equipment, air conditioning and, of course, meals included in the fee.
And just when you thought you'd made up your mind, one idea that might challenge that notion is the thought of seeing Hobart from a Tasmanian Air Adventure ('TAA') sea plane! Visiting places you wouldn't have a chance to see on foot, the TAA scenic journey is sure to be an experience you will be raving about long after your feet return to solid ground!
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And it's always okay to have some vices, occasionally. So why not hire a car and make your way to the wineries of the Coal River Valley? Take some time to explore the shops and galleries, fresh produce and, naturally, the home grown wine.
Or, drive just 90 minutes south of the city to Tahune for a forest airwalk. Because of its beauty and spectacular surrounds, this majestic treat tends to be very popular. Check the website or consider some of the similarly picturesque but often less populated options, Hartz Mountains National Park and Hastings Caves as well.
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