Tasmania is not only a state, but it is also an island that is about 150 miles off the southern coast of Australia. Hobart is the largest, and the most densely populated city in Tasmania as well as its capital. It lies east of the Derwent River, and very near to Mount Wellington. Hobart was a former penal colony that was founded in 1804, and was named after Richard Hobart (Lord Hobart) who was the Fourth Earl of Buckinghamshire, a politician with the British Tory Party, and a Colonial Secretary. Hobart has everything: Beaches, museums, scenery, mountains, a mild climate, history and architecture.
Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery
The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery is close to Hobart’s waterfront. It has a broad collection of historical, scientific and artistic items. Here you can choose to take a guided tour, which is at no cost, or browse the many galleries and exhibits on your own. Some of the points of interest are the Tasmanian Aboriginal Gallery where you can see the first canoe made of bark by the Tasmanian’s back in the 1800s, and the Colonial Art Gallery where you can view a collection of artwork from the 19th century.
Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens
Spend the day in the beautiful Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens. Prior to the settlement of this area, Aboriginal tribes lived here. Traces of their lives are still visible. You will also find historic structures that include convict-built walls, among the plants and trees. You will see a large number of plants and trees that are native to Tasmania, and some that are rare, and even endangered. There are a variety of specialized gardens and collections to visit and enjoy such as the Japanese Garden, Chinese Collection, The Lilly Pond and the Veggie Patch.
Get a spectacular view of Hobart and the Derwent River from the observation center on the summit of Mount Wellington. On a clear day you can see approximately 62 miles. Go bush walking through the beautiful scenery on one of the many trails that are available. You can choose a short, easy trail, or if you are more adventurous, choose a longer, steeper trail. Other things you can enjoy are horse back riding, biking and four-wheeling. There are also plenty of photo opportunities. This is one location where you want to dress warmly even if it is in the summertime. It can get quite windy and cool the higher up on the mountain that you go.
These top three things to do in Hobart, Tasmania are only the beginning. There are hundreds of other things, in the area, that are well worth seeing and doing. You will surely want to come back many times to see them all.Categories: Guides
Localities: Australia, Hobart, Tasmania
Travel Themes: Art and Culture