Located beneath Mt Wellington, Hobart is the capital of Tasmania and is situated on the stunning shores of the Derwent River. A relaxed riverside city, Hobart is home to beautiful gardens and heritage parks, charming sandstone buildings and plenty of boating and yachting activity on the river. Salamanca is a popular part of the city which offers pleasant cafes and restaurant, art galleries and studios and even warehouses dating back to the 1830s, still open to the public. There's plenty to see and do here including the Salamanca Market each Saturday, entertainment and music festivals, the ever-popular river cruises, stunning Mt Wellington and Mt Nelson and of course the famous Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race in December.
Richmond is another popular area to visit and this historic town, despite being only 25km from the city, is a step back in time 100 years. Home to Georgian architecture, art galleries, antique shops and lovely tea rooms, the town is also home to some of Australia's oldest landmarks including the country's oldest bridge, Catholic church and preserved convict gaol.
• Sullivan's Cove waterfront home to Salamanca Place's sandstone warehouses and Parliament House.
• Theatre Royal is the oldest continually operating theatre in Australia. For current entertainment contact Centertainment Hobart.
• Battery Point offers historic buildings and picturesque Kelly's Steps as well as the settlement of Arthur's Circus.
• Explore the native and exotic flora and fauna of the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens.
• Discover the picturesque parks and gardens of Waterworks Reserve, Fitzroy Gardens and St David's Park.
• Gain an insight into colonial and natural history at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, the Transport, Maritime and Allport Museums and the Narryna Heritage Museum.
• Step back in time at Old Hobart Gaol in Campbell Street and take a Ghost Tour if you dare.
•Try your luck at Australia's first casino at Wrest Point.
Visit Time Warp House for an interesting and interactive look at Australian life over the last century.
• Treat your tastebuds at the Cascade Brewery, Cadbury chocolate factory and Island Produce fudge factory. Best to book ahead.
• Take a coach tour, scenic flight or self-guided historic walk for a unique perspective on the Tasman Peninsula, Southwest wilderness, East Coast and Port Davey.
• Challenge yourself at the Rosny 18-hole golf course or the championship Royal Hobart 20 minutes east.
• Spot unique wildlife including echidnas and Tasmanian Devils at Bonorong Park Wildlife Centre.