Roaring 40s Kayaking's Hobart City Tour is perfect for both beginners and pros. The tour departs from the Marieville Esplanade and takes approximately two and a half hours. Paddle your way around the picturesque waterfront and discover the city from a whole new perspective. Full day tours are available for those who prefer an adventurous holiday and leave from the Tasmanian Travel and Information Centre. The tour welcomes all ages seven and up.
Hobart Brewing Company is a great local brewery that features a tap room and event space. Visitors can enjoy beer flights and savor the local flavor of Tasmanian beer brewed in house. The brewery's signature brews include Harbour Master, a copper ale made with three kinds of hops; Saint Christopher Cream Ale, an ale with a sweet aftertaste; and the Iron Pot Rye Porter, a robust brew with chocolate undertones. The ambiance is relaxed and local events often take place here, making this a great place to stop by.
This new addition to the Hobart waterfront scene is a delightful space to browse for a truly unusual Tasmanian created gift, or piece of furniture made from only the finest Tasmanian wood. Handmade jewelery, ceramics, glassware, and sculpture are just some of the other lovely items offered at this striking venue. Eddie Wentorf, well known for his stunning bronze sculptures, and Folko Cooper, who produces unusual designer pieces and fountain sculptures for the garden, are just two of the Tasmanian creative artists on show. In very close proximity to restaurants, photo and aboriginal art galleries, and boutiques, one can make an entire afternoon on the waterfront a welcome respite from the usual tourist haunts.
Offering wonderful views and numerous walking trails, Mount Wellington is both a spectacular backdrop to Tasmania's capital and one of its best-loved attractions. While experienced walkers can reach the summit from the city center on a full-day hike, easier walks, five or six hours round trip, are also available from the bus terminus at Fern Tree. A spectacular panorama awaits at the summit barring inclement weather. Although visitors will enjoy views of Mount Wellington whether or not they climb it, the vistas of Hobart are incomparable from its formidable peak.
The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra happily housed in Federation Concert Hall, gives Tasmania its largest purpose-built convention facility. The Concert Hall has tiered seating for 1100 people and was opened in 2001. Attached to the Hotel Grand Chancellor, the reality of the building owes a great deal to the enterprise of the hotel owners. bar, dining and parking facilities are all available at the Hotel.
The Mawson's Huts Replica Museum recreates a prolific version of the original hut that served home to Sir Douglas Mawson and his team during their expedition to Antarctica from 1911-1914. The recreated hut sits on the waterfront of the city, nearly close to the same place from which the SY Aurora sailed further south to the deathly cold continent. Built from the same Baltic pine walls used in the original hut, the museum includes snippets from the daily lives of the expeditioners, including wooden bunk beds, heaters and a smattering of otherwise insignificant luxuries such as whiskey and chocolate. Such is the sense of wonder in this tiny hut that one almost hears the howling wind, and feels a chill run down the spine as they imagine the hardships faced by this intrepid expedition team. The small entrance fee collected at the hut is collectively redirected toward the preservation of the original hut in Antarctica.
Built in 1811, Anglesea Barracks are the oldest military establishment in Australia. Many of the buildings have been restored and the external grounds are open to the public. Access to the interior of the barracks is limited to one tour per week as the Australian Army still uses the facility. The tour incorporates the hospital, the original officers' quarters and mess, various military memorials, the old drill hall and the jail, which is now the 6th Military District Museum.
Native wildlife is up close and personal in natural surroundings at the Bonorong Wildlife Centre. Wander through and enjoy animal shows presented by knowledgeable staff or feed wallabies and kangaroos. Enjoy the restaurant or indulge in a picnic hamper with billy tea and damper. Large groups can book a "Breakfast with the Beasts" with a full breakfast including bush damper and billy tea. They then accompany a keeper to feed the animals. Night-owls can book a bush barbecue dinner followed by a spotlight tour of the nocturnal animals.
Lovers of African and tribal art will find much to admire in this gallery, located in the old 1834 Ordnance Store just down from Salamanca Place. Beautiful antique and silver jewelery from many countries is on display and available for purchase here, at Sidewalk Tribal Gallery. The gallery believes this is the largest and most diverse collection of African artifacts in Australia. Hand woven textiles, stone sculptures from Zimbabwe, masks and ceremonial items all form part of the variety of items on offer. Contemporary Tasmanian art is also on show with frequently changing exhibitions.
The Rosedown Cottage Gardens is a store-house of roses ranging from the typical rose breeds to rare rose collection displays by David Austin. Get to the destination and explore a whole world of colorful flowers. There are no cost applicable to children. Call ahead for more details.
Experience Tasmania Tours is a Hobart based company that specializes in half day and full day sightseeing tours. With over 13 different tours to choose from, this coach company is a good place to start planning visits, especially if you are pressed for time. Tour itineraries are varied with highlights such as Port Arthur Penal Settlement, the Tasmanian Devil Park, and Mt Wellington, wilderness areas and cruises, Richmond Village, Salamanca Market, Bonorong Wildlife Park and the Cadbury factory.
Local artisans not only show their work in Aspect Design gallery, but create their beautiful products on site. Hot glassmaker, Peter Rix, is in residence on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. While Geoff Roberts, jeweler, can be seen at work on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturday. At other times, their work is displayed along with timber craft, leather and other superb pieces showcasing the best of Tasmanian craft. Door to door delivery can be arranged anywhere in Australia and overseas inquiries are welcomed.