Hobart is a quite sleepy and uneventful place for a state capital. What it lacks in action, however, it more than makes up for with an amazing setting and a chilled mood. During our one month stay there, we probably came the closest to ‘a normal life routine’ since we started traveling. We pick a few interesting things to do if you ever find yourself in Hobart.
Discover Cool Stuff At The Salamanca Market
Every Saturday the Salamanca Market opens in the harbor. It is a mix of food, textile, artisan, and crafts market. If like me, you are into this kind of thing you will love it. It gets pretty busy so we recommend going early in the morning. You should also definitely grab a lunch there (the options will not disappoint).
Right next to the market is a pretty little park, ideal for chilling in the shade or having a little picnic with your friends. Don’t bring beers though, since drinking in public is prohibited everywhere around here.
Explore The Botanical Gardens
The Queens Domain is probably the closest and the most accessible of the Hobart hills. It houses a bunch of sports areas and training stadiums and also plenty of walking trails crossing the place all throughout. One thing not to miss here is the Royal Botanical Garden. You can either walk up from the city center or drive up to the parking lot and save yourself some sweating. The views around this area are pretty too, you can see over the harbor to the other side of the bay.
Walk Or Run The Pipeline Track
The Pipeline track is a really cool walk connecting the Waterworks reserve and Wellington falls in the hills above Hobart. It is altogether about 17 km long and provides a great opportunity to get out of the town for a day. It follows the old water pipeline and crossing a couple of nice old school aqueducts along the way.
Hike Mount Wellington
If the views from the botanical garden are not enough for you, we definitely recommend a trip up to Mount Wellington. The iconic mountain visible from anywhere in Hobart has plenty of history tied to its summit and hillsides, including the infamous bushrangers and absconders that used to hide there in the old times. There is a nicely sheltered lookout on the top and the views are mesmerizing. Keep in mind that the weather can go crazy around here very quickly and prepare accordingly.
The Cascade Track was one of the coolest walks we did in the Hobart area. It starts at the Cascade Brewery, the original Tasmanian brewery established in 1824. Just behind the building, there are signs pointing out to the start of the track. Within ten minutes, you will forget that you are basically in the middle of a city because of all the quiet surrounding you. It goes without saying that beer at the brewery provides nice ending to the walk 😉
Hobart had a very different feel to us to the rest of Australia. If you like or disagree with our picks, please leave a comment. If you liked it, please share the article with your friends. Check out this article to read about things to do in the rest of the island.
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