our trip to tasmania was focused on its wilderness, about which i’ve written in previous posts (fraycinet, bay of fires and cradle mountain); however, we had to stop by hobart, tasmania’s charming capital.
hobart is australia’s second settlement (sydney being the first), it was founded in 1804 as a penal colony. ties between these two cities remain strong until today – one of australia’s most important events is sydney to harbor yacht race – starting in sydney, in its spectacular harbor, on 26th december.
hobart was founded on the waterfront, just like its “big sister”, sydney. its most important site is still the harbor, which is composed of two docks – victoria dock & constitution dock. constitution dock serves as the arrival point of the yacht race.
when in hobart, one must visit salamanca place, the site of a pulsating sunday-morning market, as we were told. unfortunately, we were staying in hobart for a very short while, but even without that, we found the old stone warehouses atmospheric and appealing. there you may find a lively arts centre as well as the usual selection of galleries, bars and cafés.
what i loved about hobart were its warehouses (we were staying in a hotel which used to be a warehouse), galleries, colonial architecture, and of course, the most amazing oysters (and seafood in general).
the following pictures show only a tiny fraction of many hobart’s beauties.
we were told that the view of hobart is the best from mount wellington, but we never got to it. we had to leave something for the next time :)