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Hobart, Tasmania – Part 3 - Orlando / Florida Guide

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As the greater Hobart area has a population of around 225, 000 people the city can be busy at times, especially at weekends and major holiday times, with all the extra visitors. Hobart is located on the estuary of the Derwent River in the state' s south-east facing out towards Antarctica. The Central Business District is located on the western shore, adjacent to Sullivan' s Cove, with the inner suburbs spread out along the shores of the Derwent and climbing up the hills at the foot of Mount Wellington. The Port of Hobart occupies the whole of what was the original Sullivan' s Cove.

This picturesque city is a busy seaport, notably serving as the home port for Australia' s and France' s Antarctic activities. It supports several other industries, most notably including a high-speed catamaran factory and a zinc smelter as well as now having a very vibrant tourist industry. Visitors come to the city to explore its historic inner suburbs, to visit the weekly craft market in Salamanca Place, as well as to use the town as a base from which to explore the rest of Tasmania.

The thing that could be considered to be Hobart’s greatest asset is its waterfront. If you’re jetlagged after a journey here then set aside day one to just stroll, café hop and window shop in this area. Start at Salamanca Place, a parade of galleries, crafts outlets and cafés in Georgian warehouses built for a then flourishing port. I think that you find that nowhere better captures modern Hobart’s marriage of creativity and heritage. If it’s a Saturday, you will coincide with the celebrated crafts and produce market that is building up quite a reputation all on its own. Grab a flat white in the Tricycle Café which is a charming nook in the Salamanca Arts Centre.

After the rest and recovery of the café then head up to Battery Point. This was once the district where the dockers and sea captains lived, it is now in the process of being changed into a village for the well-heeled urbanites.

Stop at Jackman & McRoss which is all bentwood chairs and slow roast gourmet pies for a patisserie/café lunch. Back at Salamanca Place, walk past the Georgian state parliament building to the waterfront; here you’ll find Elizabeth Street Pier’s restaurants and acclaimed whisky producer, The Lark Distillery. You’ll also find the Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery which is free, where artfully displayed exhibits narrate everything from aboriginal history to current exploration in Antarctica. The Maritime Museum of Tasmania cost A$10 for entry and covers the port history. Nearby is Hunter Street, where Hobart was first settled.

Finish the day by raising a glass to the city at the harbourside IXL Lounge Bar of the Henry Jones Art Hotel.

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