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Tasmania's capital is a charming little city with an international flair. it has one of the finest deepwater harbours anywhere, and a colourful waterfront bustling with activity.
Situated between Mount Wellington and the River Derwent, Hobart was established in 1804, just one year ahead of its great civic rival, Launceston. The city’s history can be traced to 1803, when a small party of soldiers and convicts, under the command of Lieutenant John Bowen, was dispatched from Sydney to form Australia’s second European settlement. The original town was located on the eastern bank of the Derwent, but within a few months the settlers moved to Sullivan’s Cove on the western shore, which today is the centre of Hobart’s waterfront area.
200,501 (2011 census)
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Battery Point is the heritage area of Hobart and offers a fascinating insight into Hobart’s maritime history. Visit the various churches, museums and Arthurs Circus with its wonderfully preserved Georgian cottages. Take a guided walking tour or go exploring independently.
Constitution dock is the finishing line for the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. It is also a great place to buy seafood from one of the local floating vendors or fine establishments on land. The seafood here is as fresh as it comes!
Bargain hunters will love Salamanca Place where markets are held each Saturday. The precinct’s gorgeous sandstone buildings, formerly warehouses for the port of Hobart, have been converted into restaurants, galleries, craft shops and offices, great to explore at any time.
Get out of town and experience Tasmania’s spectacular scenery, wildlife and history on one of our tours. Enjoy panoramic views from Mount Wellington, visit Mount Field National Park, gateway to the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, walk amongst the tree tops at Tahune Airwalk in the Huon Valley or see Australia’s oldest Catholic Church in the historic town of Richmond.
Your ship will dock at Macquarie Wharf, on the opposite side of Sullivans Cove off Hunter Street.
Taxis are available outside the perimeter of the wharf security area. The wharf area is a comfortable ten-minute walk to the town centre.
Hobart is home to an abundance of restaurants, specialist food shops and bars. Why not spend an evening dining out and enjoying attractive water views.
Quarantine authorities do not generally allow food such as fruit and vegetables, dairy and meat products and sandwiches to be taken off the ship however commercially packaged confectionery, chips and bottled drinking water are allowed subject to inspection.
Hobart has many unique, locally made souvenirs on offer including woollen goods, ceramics, hand-blown glass, woodwork and leather goods. A few local vendors selling gifts and souvenirs are located inside the pier area. In town, the Cat and Fiddle Arcade and Salamanca Place are two popular locations to shop. Elizabeth, Liverpool, Collins, and Murray Streets also offer various boutiques.
Hobart’s average maximum temperature is over 20 degrees in summer and below 12 degrees in winter. Its average minimum temperature is about 12 degrees in summer and 5 degrees in winter. Hobart also has the most daylight hours of any capital city during summer.
Major credit cards and charge cards are widely accepted. Automatic teller machines can provide currency to foreign card holders.
Public telephones and internet access are available throughout the centre of town. Mobile coverage is generally available.
To make your day ashore as enjoyable as possible, please wear comfortable flat soled shoes, lightweight clothing and a hat. You are also advised to bring sunscreen and bottled water.
There are a range of tours available for you to really get the most out of your time in Hobart. Tours can be booked onboard at the shore tours desk and are subject to availability. Passengers are required to meet at a specific location for each shore tour departure. Please refer to your tour ticket for the correct time and place.
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