This is the classic Walking Tour of Hobart. Our courteous guides are experts on local history and will take you on a journey into Hobart’s unique past. How and why the island was first settled and the struggles of the young colony to establish civil amenities alongside an infamous prison system are narrated for you in detail.
Special attention is paid to the earliest structures of the city, as well as the famous sandstone buildings, still in excellent condition today and a real testimony to the early convict builders. Stories of important characters are covered, from the troublesome military officers to those who worked their way up from the very bottom to positions of achievement. The contribution of the legendary Sir John & Lady Jane Franklin, 1840’s governor of Tasmania, is acknowledged as we stand by his statue.
We will walk past the early – and now current – St David’s Cathedral, the old gaol & treasury, into the lovely park that was the first burial ground, and our walk will finish in the famous Salamanca, built for the whaling industry, with a tribute to Abel Tasman.
Our guides carry old maps and archival images of old scenes to enhance your experience. We will collect you directly from the side of your ship, and provide you with commentary about the waterfront as we walk to the city, so beautifully cradled around the harbour and backed by magnificent Mt. Wellington.
To make your day as enjoyable as possible, please ensure that you wear comfortable flat-soled shoes, clothing suited to the weather conditions, a hat and jacket and bring along some sunscreen and bottled water.