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Tourist Places To Visit In Hobart
Capital of Australia's island state of Tasmania, Hobart lies on the River Derwent. Tourism is flourishing in this harbour town of Tasmania with buzzing summer festivals, craft beer bars and offbeat mountain vibes. The city has top-rated tourist attractions like the interesting Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), show-stopper Mount Wellington, picturesque Huon Valley, regional Richmond, cultural Battery Point and much more. Hobart is a beautiful mix of history, modern lifestyle and culture. Besides its museum histories and artworks, Hobart unveils one of the best party atmospheres of Australia. Let's dive deep into the tourist attractions that Hobart has to offer.
Kunanyi (Mount Wellington)
The mountain made for biking and bushwalking, Mount Wellington offers the best views of Hobart from the top. The aboriginal people call this giant mountain Kunanyi - but the government has officially the named it Mount Wellington. The views are spectacular as it comforts like a parental arm around the city. You have to take a 21 km mountain road from the Huon Highway to reach this place. At the pinnacle, tourists witness the show-stopper views of the city and the sea.
Home to Australia's oldest Anglican Church, Richmond was the first place to bridge the gap between Port Arthur and Coal River in 1820. It takes 20 minutes to drive from Hobart to Richmond. You can witness over 50 sandstone buildings in this beautiful town. Find yourself in the midst of geese loiter and ducks under Australia's oldest bridge which makes you feel like you're in a townside rural area. If you're travelling to Richmond, make sure your carry your camera because it's a picture-perfect town of Tasmania.
Explore the picturesque Huon Valley, located only at 30 minutes drive from Hobart, Tasmania. It's a valley with fertile land, rainforests and rivers. Stretching inland from the town of Huonville, Huon Valley produces the best quality apples, cherries and pears. Your tour is incomplete without witnessing the gorgeous apple orchard, vineyards and huon pines at Huon Valley. Driving your way to Huon Valley, you'll find the natural beauty at its best.
Step back in time as you wander around at Battery Point. You'll be greeted with the past of Hobart while exploring the area on foot. This section of Hobart navigates you through the 200 years history and old-school cafes. It takes 15 minutes of walk from the city centre following Murray Street to the docks. You can also be a part of Battery Point Sculpture Trail that takes an hour covering sculptures by numbers from site to site.
MONA: Museum of Old and New Art
Discovered in the year of 2011, the MONA or Museum of Old and New Art is one of the top-rated attractions of Hobart, Tasmania. This museum is deemed as the 'subversive adult Disneyland' as it exhibits the collection of art and antiquities from all around the world. The museum hosts two festivals - Mofo and Dark Moho in January and June, respectively. The museum arena is filled with a restaurant, Moorilla winery, cinema and much more.
Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens
Reckoned as Hobart’s gem, the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Garden was founded in the year 1818. The garden displays glimpses of river Derwent and exhibits beautiful colours during the seasonal change. The visitors can witness exotic and native plants, conservatory, Subantarctic Plant House, and many more species of plant life. Besides wandering the whole garden, you can also chill with a cup of Devonshire tea at the café.
Port Arthur Historic Site
When in Hobart, history buffs and nerds need to pay a visit to the Port Arthur Historic Site. It is the largest Australian World Heritage site, situated on Port Arthur (as the name suggests). An hour and half’s drive will drop you at this site, which is a former convict settlement, a hangover from the 18th and the 19th Century. The brilliant stone architecture is reminiscent somewhat of colonial times, while the greenery almost succeeds in convincing you that you are in Great Britain. A day tour is an excellent idea and can be arranged by yourself or with the help of a travel agent.
The oldest brewery in this country, the Cascade Brewery Company was established in the early 1800s. It boasts of a Gothic structure and welcomes visitors with a haunting doomed aura around it. And yet the insides warm your bellies and lungs with the thick fumes that are peculiar to such places. It lies 4 km away from Hobart and is easily reached by a car or even a Metro bus. You can book a walking tour of the brewery and get to see how beers are made, as well as taste them at the end of your tour. They also show you how ciders are made, and mind you, they are just as interesting.