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Tasmanian Travels Part Five: Enjoying Hobart

March 28, 2012

There may be lots of other ways to enjoy Hobart, but for me Hobart is a city best enjoyed by the water. The central business district is for the most part fairly nondescript, filled with the same boring chain stores as every Aussie town and shopping centre, so don’t waste too much of your precious time in that area, (bookish folk may want to make an exception for the sake of a couple of bookshops: Ellison Hawker, particularly for sci-fi, pop culture and manga fans, and for traditionalists, Fullers).

Explore the docks around Sullivans Cove, maybe there will be even be a boat that you can board (we were very lucky and enjoyed an informative free tour of the Sea Shepherd’s anti-whaling vessel the Bob Barker). Go for a lazy boat cruise on the Derwent; from the water you will enjoy some of the best views of this small but very attractive city. Browse the galleries and shops of Salamanca Place, and the Hobart Bookshop, and perhaps stop for a meal or a drink in one of the many cafes and bars (we liked the patisserie Daci and Daci, just ’round the corner from Salamanca). Wander through historic Battery Point, enjoying the varied historic architecture set against the backdrop of the water in one direction and Mount Wellington in the other. Take time to admire the smaller details – there are all sorts of intriguing architectural details to spot, from elegant lacework to elephant shaped door-knockers. Finally, make time to for a leisurely stroll from Salamanca to Sandy Bay, following the shoreline.

Looking towards the Henry Jones Art Hotel, Hobart

The Sea Shepherd vessel, Bob Barker

Hobart from the Derwent

View from a Derwent cruise boat of Battery Point, Hobart

Hobart is the home port for many scientists who travel to Antarctica to conduct their research

Battery Point, looking towards the Derwent

A lion door knocker in Battery Point

Beautiful buildings in Battery Point, in front of Mount Wellington


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