Hobart, TAS

The city of Hobart is unique offering all the amenities of a thriving city only minutes from a wide variety of natural beauties. Situated on the west bank of the Derwent River the city in many ways retains the flavour of a small town with a leisurely pace and a population of 160 000. One of the most beautiful capitals in the world, Hobart is set under the towering peak of Mount Wellington and has a deep water port rivaling Sydney Harbour.

Founded in1804 by Colonel David Collins, Hobart is the second oldest city in Australia. It grew out of the first settlement on the island at Risdon Cove, eight kilometres up river, which was founded in 1803 and abandoned five months later for the present site of Hobart. Ridson Cove remains today much as it was 190 years ago and is an unique tourist attraction.

There are many fine examples of Georgian and Victorian architecture, including, Salamanca Place which has a terrace of wharehouses dating back to the whaling days of the 1830's. Nearby Battery Point, the original seamens quarters of the city and Maquarie and Davey Street offer more than 60 buildings classified by the National Trust.

Hobart is Australia’s cosiest capital probably because it is so small. The charming city has a splendid position along the west bank of the Derwent River and in many ways retains the flavor of a small town. The second oldest of the State capitals has kept a higher proportion of its early building than any other major city. The Derwent River is never far from city life.

Main public buildings are either on the waterfront or on streets which lead to the shore. And brooding behind it all is the grim backdrop of Mt Wellington, its summit often hidden in swirling cloud. Tasmania Festival begins just before New Year with arrival of the Sydney-Hobart race boats and goes for about a week with entertainment, sport and cultural events throughout the State. The Blue Gum Festival in March is also State-wide with cultural and community events. Hobart Arts Festival is usually in June and the film festival is in September. The Royal Hobart Show is held in October.

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