Hobart is the capital city of Tasmania and is also the most populated city in Australia’s island territory. The city has come a long way since being founded as a penal colony in 1804. Mount Wellington fills in the skyline behind Hobart and the city is situated on the Derwent River. Holiday goers in Hobart can enjoy a mix of activities from city cultural exhibits to lake and ocean adventures.
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Hiring a Car in Hobart, Tasmania
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Hobart is in the southwest corner of Tasmania, Australia’s island state. Since Hobart is a hub city in Tasmania, there are two car rental locations in Hobart. You can hire a car in the city of Hobart or at the Hobart International Airport. When you do hire a car, be sure to consult with the car rental agent for guidelines about driving in Tasmania and about any specific restrictions. Much of Tasmania is rugged terrain so be sure to let your agent know where you are going so that they can provide you with the correct vehicle, proper maps, and driving instructions.
Holiday Happenings and Things to do in Hobart
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Hobart offers a variety of exploits for vacationers who love the great outdoors or city adventures. Situated on the Derwent River which lead to the many inlets and bays of Tasmania and then out to the Tasman Sea, there is no shortage of water sports and boating available. To the west is Mt. Wellington, where you can hike or bike to your heart’s content. Inside the city, there are cultural happenings, nightlife, dining, and more.
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New Town Rivulet Waterfall Photo Credit: Wikipedia
A trip to Hobart would not be complete without taking a walking or biking tour on Mt. Wellingston. Half day and full day tours are always available for booking . Hiking or bushwalking is available both high on the mountain and in the foot hills like near Fern Tree. It is about a five or six hour return walk to the top via one of the tracks available including Fern Glade Track, Radfords Track, Pinnacle Track, or the more challenging and steep Zig Zag Track.
Museum of Old and New Art (MONA)
The Museum of Old and New Art is one of the main attractions in the city. It is located overlooking the Derwent River and many enjoy the way that old and new art is displayed in a modern way with a minimalistic approach to design. The museum is applauded for seamlessly integrating and highlighting both old and new art all in one place. MOMA is just one of many museum and art galleries that you will find in Hobart. If art is your passion, then your vacation here should plot out touring the art galleries, museums, and historic architecture sites.
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Bruny Island is just 35 minutes south of Hobart, you can drive from Hobart to the Bruny Island Ferry, which then takes you over to the island. Bruny Island is a great way to experience the wilderness of Tasmania without venturing too far away from the city. Cruises are available that take you through the bays around the island allowing you to take in the sights of the animals and the beautiful landscape that mother nature has carved into the land. Eco-friendly cruises take you past the coastline where you can view fur seals, fairy penguins, white wallaby as well as countless birdwatching opportunities and marine life options. On Bruny Island, you can sample the locally grown food and wine produced by the locals. Decadent options for dining and tasting are all over the island’s chococlate shops, restaurants, and cafes.
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If your holiday has to include adventures in the city as well as the wilderness, then Hobart fits that bill with Salamanca Place. It is the city’s hub for shopping, dining, music, and nightlife. You will find the theaters and galleries in this section of town along the water front along Elizabeth Street. Historic architecture and cobblestone streets meet with modern day businesses and markets all up and down the streets and nearby wharfs. You can find great things to do here day or night.