Why would you want to visit Hobart, Tasmania? A better question would be, “Why wouldn’t you?” After Sydney Hobart is the oldest city in Australia with much of its history going back as early as 1803. It is the capital city of Tasmania and major transportation link to the mainland, so combines its old world charm with modern amenities. You can stay in a Hobart accommodation that dates back to the 19th century but is luxuriously appointed, giving you a feeling of living in two eras at once. These are just a few of the reasons why you don’t want to miss Hobart.
Back in 1804, when Lieutenant Governor Collins started the first settlement in what is now Hobart, his vision for the island was not a glorious one. Britain and Ireland saw the island as a perfect place to house their criminal populations and the bulk of the first settlers arrived in Hobart in chains. But many of these were what we would call political prisoners today. They were idealistic young Irishmen who were stirring up trouble calling for an independent Ireland. It wasn’t long, though, before the island’s natural resources and the city’s deep-water harbor were discovered and exploited by the free settlers who followed the convicts, looking for a new life. These free settlers began the first export trade on the island, with wool and timber being two of the main exports.
Originally called Van Diemen’s Land but was then changed to Tasmania in 1856. The name change was largely an attempt to put its penal colony past behind it. By then, the major construction in Hobart centered around the wharf and the Derwent River and many of the original buildings around the Wharf Docks remain standing. Although Sydney is older than Hobart, the Wharf Docks retain their old world atmosphere more than their Sydney equivalent. While there are plenty of wonderful “gentrified” restaurants and cafes to relax in, it is still a busy wharf, with fishing boats entering and leaving the wharf throughout the week.
Near the Wharf Docks, you’ll find Salamander Place. Here the warehouses and other buildings have been converted into souvenir shops, art galleries, restaurants, and cafes.
Tasmania’s convict history remains evident everywhere both in and around Hobart and in fact, has become one of Hobart’s tourist attractions. Regular tours of infamous prisons such as the Port Arthur Historic Site can be found within a short drive or bus tour from the center of the city. Others, like the chilling Female Factory, where hundreds of women and children endured almost unimaginable hardship from 1828 to 1877, are within the city limits themselves.
The penal colony era, though, is in Tasmania’s past. Nowadays, people come to Hobart from all around the world voluntarily to enjoy its unspoiled natural beauty. From here, it takes no time at all to be surrounded by nature at its finest. The best time of the year to visit is during the warmest summer months of December and January. This is the time of year when the world famous Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race is held, so make your Hobart accommodation (Hobart Tasmania Hotels) bookings early. The city is alive with excitement during this time of year.
Getaway To Swansea in Tasmania
What type of fishing do you enjoy? You will have all kinds to choose from. Flathead fishing is very popular here. The Swan River features excellent angling opportunities. Catches of one to two kilograms are not uncommon. Other favorites here include crabs and rock lobsters. Perhaps you need some good bait. Go to the Dolphin Sands Road. You may be able to find nippers, crabs, and pawns there. They will make excellent bait. The Swan River offers good chances to catch gar or leather jacket.
You may wish to take a boat out onto the river. It is perfectly fine to stay right on the banks. Either way will provide a great opportunity. Are you looking for squid? The main pier at Coles Bay is the best place, in the evening. Jigs work very well there. You may also find mackerel and long pike.
Down a ways from Great Oyster Bay is Schouten Passage. You will find deep waters and strong currents in this channel. You will also find very good fishing here. Flathead and Trumpeter are just a few of the one that you will encounter. There will be tuna closer to the shore. You may also have the chance to get a blue shark. All across this area, you will find amazing fishing. You will see a large variety of opportunities. You may also take a charter fishing trip from Coles Bay.
How do you feel about surfing? You can find a very good right-hand point break at Kularoo. The entire coastline of eastern Tasmania features some of the best surfing in the world.
There is amazing scenery at Freycinet National Park. Travel to the wetlands or take in the granite peaks. There is a lovely eucalyptus forest as well as enchanting white beaches. Wineglass Bay beach is world famous. You might wish to go bird watching or hiking. There is a lot of local wildlife and sights to see.
You may want to stop at Cape Tourville Lighthouse. The view from there is unforgettable. Take in the lovely coastline. You could encounter several areas to walk or hike to. There is an enormous variety of wildlife to appreciate.
Stay at any of the many fine hotels. Visit local restaurants and many cafes. Do you like seafood? It is fresh here, each day.
Eastern Tasmania, Australia, offers an enormous amount of things to do and see. The fishing is exceptional. Whether on shore or in a boat, you can catch a great variety of fish. It features some of the best surfing and diving areas in the world. Hike or walk, as you take in the many natural wonders. You can find very good Swansea accommodation. You will have a most relaxing and invigorating time, while you are here.
Launceston was originally established in 1806 after the collapse of Port Dalrymple. The city has enjoyed an unbroken history since then and signs of its history can be found everywhere you go. Initially Tasmania’s northernmost military base, it was also a vibrant trading center. As the city grew and became more prosperous, it developed into the shiny jewel that it is today.
When you visit Launceston, you will be sure to be given a warm, old world welcome. Your Launceston Accommodation will be like no other and may even be a cottage constructed in the first part of the 19th century, but with all the modern amenities you could want. Or it might be a luxurious resort and spa. The option is yours. Launceston Tasmania has it all.
Launceston Tasmania isn’t a big town and it is simple to find your way around, even on foot. While you explore the city, you can visit elegant historical sites, go shopping or dining in the center of the city or at Launceston Seaport. Then you can take the boardwalk that connects Seaport with Inveresk, where you can visit the Queen Victoria Museum, one of the best regional galleries in Tasmania. Your boardwalk excursion will also take you past the popular Ritchies Mill, National Automobile Museum of Tasmania and even more superb restaurants and galleries.
Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, you reach Cataract Gorge. Cataract Gorge has been described as a place of “mystical beauty” and its sheer cliff faces and wild unspoiled beauty will leave you in a state of amazement. There are two ways to explore Cataract Gorge: the easy way and then the hard way. The easy way is to go the chairlift and get a bird’s eye view of all the gorge’s attractions. The hard way is to descend to the bottom and join the other rock climbers who take on the challenges of the vertical cliff faces.
So far, you have seen a great deal and you have only been discovering Launceston on foot. Jump into your car or take a tour of the region and you are in for even more enjoyable surprises. For instance, from Launceston, you can easily access the cool-climate vineyards found in the Tamar Valley. Just take the Tamar Valley Wine Route and you’re there. If you favor sightseeing to wine tasting, you can take a river cruise and explore the Tamar River and surrounding wetlands area.
Also within easy reach of Launceston are some historical villages like Evandale and Longford. Longford, like Launceston, has a long history. Situated in the middle of the region’s farming area, Longford features old world farming estates still run by descendants of their first settlers who first began farming them in the early decades of the Nineteenth Century.
Once a former colony that was used to house repeat convicts, today Port Arthur is one of the most magnificent harbors on the Tasman Peninsula. The creepy prison is still here to haunt visitors, and together with a museum make up the Port Arthur Historic Site.
Many people overlook the Historic village of Port Arthur, but the area really warrants an overnight stay considering how much the area has to offer. In addition to the prison, the bushwalking, sea kayaking, and surfing are all fantastic. Another interesting site is nearby Remarkable Cave, just south of Port Arthur.
The cave has become famous for the shape of its opening, which closely resembles a map of Tasmania. Just a short walk from the cave is an impressive beach called Crescent Bay, which is surrounded by beautiful sand dunes. About 20 kilometers to the north-west you’ll find the Coal Mines Historic Site, an intriguing exploration into the lives of the convicts who used to toil underground. Another interesting location that shouldn’t be missed is the shack community, called DooTown, which sports the themes “GonnaDo”, “She’ll Doo”, and “Humpty Doo”. The names alone should tell you that this is a one of a kind experience. DooTown started in 1830 as a timber station and began to expand as about 1,100 convicts occupied the town.
Port Arthur is 93 kilometers from Hobart along the A9 highway.