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Australia's Great Southern Island (A Capital Idea)

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A May 2002 trip to Hobart by Ozzy-Dave

Travelling around Hobart Photo, Hobart, Australia More Photos
Quote: The Great Southern Land has a Great Southern Island. Tasmania is Australia’s island state, as geographically diverse and unspoilt as any settled land. Just 500,000 people share a space the size of Ireland, so there’s plenty of room to explore. We discover head-turning heritage and atmosphere in the nation’s capital.

Australia's Great Southern Island (A Capital Idea)

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Overview

Travelling around Hobart Photo, Hobart, Australia
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Hobart is a city that instantly appeals. Casually straddling the Derwent River and its stunning harbour, a rich heritage of Georgian architecture and colonial history combines with modern-day confidence and personality to weave an enchanting spell over visitors. This culture-packed, progressive metropolis of 200,000 tempts travellers with its friendly atmosphere and smorgasbord of accessible attractions. Then, when you feel like exploring, there’s impressive walking in the nearby mountains and, of course, its most famous export – chocolate: 1. That’s No Ordinary Market; shop ‘til you drop and be inspired by showc...Read More

Mercure Hotel Hobart

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Hotel | "Corus Hotel"

Mercure Hotel Hobart Photo, Hobart, Australia
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Time for a Comfort Stop We travel on a budget, favouring local digs that usually save loads of money and provide a more cultural experience. But we’re not fools. This is a holiday and a little "luxury" now and again feeds the soul. Relaxing on the deck of our Port Arthur cottage, waiting for the moonrise, a full-page advertisement for Hobart’s Corus Hotel had me curious. Good location, refurbished 4½-star property, room upgrade, complimentary wine and restaurant meal for A$98 a night. It wasn’t hard to sell Karen on the idea. No Such Thing as a Free Meal? Reception is lined ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 9, 2002

Mercure Hotel Hobart
156 BATHURST STREET
Hobart, Australia 7000
61 3 62326255

Cadbury Chocolate Factory

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Attraction | "The Dark Master - Cadbury Chocolate Factory"

Cadbury Chocolate Factory Photo, Hobart, Australia
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Additction Defined That special moment just after sunset when time stands still. The smell of rain on a hot summer’s day. The company of friends, gritty blues and grittier red wine. These are a few of my favourite things. And then there’s chocolate. That’s right. Stand between me and my dark master, the cocoa bean, and you risk mortal injury. Addiction Satisfied Constitution Dock is a picture on a sunny autumn morning. Hobart’s waterfront is a short stroll from the city centre and the docks are abuzz with the new day. Bold colours of recreation craft dominate the greys and whites of working vessels, all reflected in the glassy waters. To the west, the sc...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 9, 2002

Cadbury Chocolate Factory
Cadbury Estate, Cadbury Road
Claremont, Australia 7011
+61 (0)3 6249 0333

Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens

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Attraction | "Colour Your Life - Royal Botanical Gardens"

Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens Photo, Hobart, Australia
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Traveller’s Rap Botanical Gardens offer a window into the landscape and culture of a destination. They are a sanctuary, providing an opportunity to relax and indulge your senses in exotic and ever changing surroundings. And, importantly, they are often free, offering an educational and entertaining diversion for all ages. Hobart’s Royal Botanical Gardens excel at all of the above, captivating visitors with inspirational displays, inventive new exhibits and sweeping river views. The Experience… The Queens Domain occupies a large hilly area immediately to the city’s north. Most of it is reserved as pu...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 9, 2002

Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens
Queens Domain
Hobart, Australia 7000
+61 (0)3 6236 3050

Mount Wellington

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Attraction | "The Pipes Are Calling - Mount Wellington"

Mount Wellington Photo, Hobart, Australia
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Traveller’s Rap Some good advice: If you’re in Hobart and the peak of Mount Wellington is clear, go and visit. This 100 million year-old dolerite monolith dominates the capital, casting a spiritual shadow over its 200,000 subjects 4000 feet below. You’ll need wheels to reach the top or catch a bus to the suburb of Fern Tree, a three-hour walk from the summit. Either way there’s breathtaking views over half the island and a choice of 50 walking trails used by surprisingly few visitors. The Experience… ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 9, 2002

Mount Wellington

Hobart, Australia 7000
+61 (0)3 6230 8233

Salamanca Market

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Attraction | "That's No Ordinary Market - Salamanca"

Salamanca Market Photo, Hobart, Australia
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Traveller’s Rap Hobart’s hypnotically beautiful waterfront is a busy place but every Saturday it takes a breath while one of Australia’s finest markets at nearby Salamanca Place swings into gear. Sandwiched between restored 1830s sandstone warehouses and elegant parklands fronting the Derwent River, this historic precinct offers everything from farm-fresh produce to tarot readings and raspberry chilli beer in a celebration of art and culture that has everyone talking – and returning for more. The Experience… It’s 7:30am and we meander through a maze of stalls to our breakfast destina...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 9, 2002

Salamanca Market
41 Salamanca Place
Hobart, Tasmania 7000
+61 (0)3 6223 2700

Battery Point Walking Tours

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Attraction | "Treasure Hunt - A Walking Tour of Hobart"

Battery Point Walking Tours Photo, Hobart, Australia
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A city with personality Sometimes I play a game when I visit a new city. I pretend the city is a friend and I try to encapsulate its personality by describing the person. It’s fun, and it helps me understand the place I’m visiting. Hobart is like a successful, 40-something, artsy type with fond memories of the hippie era. Instantly likeable, it’s accessible, friendly and confident, but never brash or arrogant. It embraces new and exciting ideas, skilfully merging them with a rich history and showcasing the results as a beautiful canvas that always brings a smile. So grab the walking map ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 9, 2002

Battery Point Walking Tours
The Wishing Well, Franklin Square
Hobart, Australia 7000
+61 (0)3 6223 7570