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Hobart in a day

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Although one of Australia’s smaller state capitals, Hobart is packed with things to do and see. Once forgotten about and neglected, Hobart has transformed itself into a tourist’s dream with a compelling blend of cosmopolitan ambiance and laidback living on offer. From hiking in the nearby mountain wilderness to sampling some of the finest culinary delights in the country, Hobart can offer it all.
Start your day with one of Hobart’s best breakfasts at the Jackman and McRoss Bakery located at historic Battery Point. They offer a tantalizing selection of breads, pastries and delicious coffee to get your day off to a great start. Battery Point is one of Hobart’s oldest suburbs and retains much of its maritime village character. Visit some of the historic buildings in the area including the Arthur Circus Cottages, St. George’s Anglican Church and take a sticky beak at the Van Diemen’s Land Folk Museum, which is located inside an impressive Georgian building.

From Battery Point you are going to head for the hills, or Mt. Wellington to be exact. The 1250 metre oft snow-capped peak and its surrounding park land offers an impressive vista over Hobart from the various observation decks and hiking trails where you can experience old growth forest on foot or in the saddle of a mountain bike or horse. For lunch we are going to head back to the city and explore Salamanca Place.

Salamanca Place is studded with charming colonial edifices that date from the 1830s. There are plenty of cafes around the area that make good use of local fresh produce and provide a place from which you can watch the world go by. This is the centre of Hobart's art and craft scene and spending a couple of hours exploring galleries and the Salamanca Arts Centre is highly satisfying. Every Saturday there is a vibrant market held in Salamanca Place and on weekend nights there is always plenty of live music to be had.

Tasmania is well known for producing some of the finest ales in Australia and, after lunch, you can sample the best of them at the Cascade Brewery. The Hobart Cascade Brewery also has the prestigious honour of being Australia's oldest operating brewery having been established in 1824 by former convict Peter Degraves.

There is more to the Cascade Brewery tour than the chance to sample multi award winning brews; you will get a glimpse into fascinating Hobart and Tasmanian history to boot. This is considered a must do by many travel industry mavens when visiting the city. It is well worthwhile taking the time to do the additional Heritage Tour that takes you around the three acres of Woodstock gardens and through the Cascade Museum to learn more about local history and the fascinating characters who contributed to it.

Hobart locals take their dining very seriously and as such there is no shortage of incredible culinary experiences to be had in the city. Many delicious dining locations can be found along the Hobart waterfront. The heritage listed Customs House Waterfront Hotel was once the hangout of whalers and sailors, but now offers impressive modern Australian fare to famished patrons enjoying the peaceful views offered from the dining room of the harbour.

In the evening, for a ghoulish glimpse of the city take a Hobart ghost tour such as the Hobart Penitentiary Chapel Ghost Tour. On these intriguing and sometimes spooky tours you will walk in the haunting footsteps of bushrangers, convicts, whalers, sailors and ladies of the night. The gaol tour even takes you into the execution yard that still has its original and fully functioning gallows.

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