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With its wealth of well cared for 19th century buildings, Tasmania’s capital, Hobart is a modern city of about 225,000 people and lies on the beautiful Derwent River, at the foot of Mount Wellington.

Hobart from Mount Wellington Panorama 1
By JJ Harrison (jjharrison89@facebook.com) [CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL], from Wikimedia Commons

Hobart city on the Derwent River as seen from the peak of Mount Wellington.

Lady Nelson and brigantine in port
By John Dalton / varrqnuht (from Lauderdale, Australia) [CC BY-SA 2.0 ], via Wikimedia Commons

The old port warehouses of Constitution Dock are now converted to restaurants, galleries and businesses but many of the 19th century features of the port remain and can be seen on a walking tour. 


A landmark for central Hobart, the General Post Office was built in 1905 and the clock tower added later in 1906 after a government refusal to fund and public donations were used.


Hobart Parliament House for Hobart as seen from the gardens opposite. Like many of Hobart’ s old buildings this was built by convict labor using locally quarried sandstone in 1840.

Hobart from the air
By JJ Harrison (jjharrison89@facebook.com) [CC BY-SA 3.0 ], from Wikimedia Commons

The first European settlement in the area was a short distance away at Risdon Cove in 1804 but was within a year moved to Sullivan’s Cove and named Hobart Town in 1804. Its location on the beautiful estuary of the Derwent River not only enhances the recreation and aesthetics of city, but it is one of the world’s finest deep water ports and the major port for southern Tasmania.


The river front is line with well preserved 19th century warehouses and places of business. including the famous Constitution Dock as part of the old port.

Salamanca Market May

The famous Salamanca Market has been in operation for over 50 years. The market is visited by 25,000 to 40,000 visitors every Saturday and the area has also become something of a cultural centre.

Mount Wellington from Sandy Bay, Hobart Tasmania

The suburb of Sandy Bay looks out over the Derwent River estuary and is a popular fishing and holiday spot. Mount Wellington sits in the back ground.