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Sightseeing in Hobart - what to see. Complete travel guide

The island state of Tasmania, which is situated not far from the Australian continent, is a place of wonders. Despite its small size, Hobart, the center of this region, is an incredibly interesting place to visit from a historic and cultural point of view. The nature of this region is ideal for comfortable and trouble-free recreation. Tourists of different ages enjoy staying longer in this wonderful city in order to see all of its landmarks and get acquainted with the history of the green continent.
As a city, Hobart has been famous starting from the beginning of the 19th century. The British tried to be ahead of the French and be the first ones to establish a new colony in Tasmania. When searching for a suitable area for a settlement, the British chose a picturesque area not far from Mount Wellington where the River Derwent meets the Bass Strait. Initially, this was a small settlement consisting of tented houses. This was mostly home to soldiers, prisoners, and first settlers who had come to explore the new land by their own initiative.
As the town was situated near a bay, it started developing quickly, steadily turning into a famous Australian port. Year after year, the popularity of Hobart was growing, and this fact had a positive impact on its economy. Hobart officially became a town already in the 40s of the 19th century. The city got its current name in 1875 in honor of Lord Hobart, the British secretary of state for the colonies. Despite the fact that Hobart was initially nothing but a penal colony, the city’s authorities managed to develop its economy and make the city important for the whole continent. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
The Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens is one of the most popular landmarks in Hobart. In addition to many rare species of plants, this botanical garden is famous for its interesting buildings, many of which are very old. In 1818, Lieut-Governor William Sorell ordered to establish a botanical garden with a limited entrance. To take care of the garden, it was decided to appoint superintendents, and William Davidson became the first superintendent in 1828. Local people tell that prisoners worked over the creation of the gardens. They made a wall that is hollow inside to heat fruit trees and a special protective wall against locusts. Later, the Royal Society of Tasmania started managing the botanical gardens.
If you visit the Botanical Gardens, you will notice that they consist of several separate areas. There are zones that mimic Japanese flora, tropical forests, and various fruit trees. Naturally, it is impossible to fail to notice a beautiful old pond with tender lilies. After that, don’t forget to check out a greenhouse with subarctic plants. If you visit this park in spring, you have an opportunity to attend an incredibly beautiful event – the festival of tulips that takes place in the Royal Botanical Gardens every year.
Do you want to learn more about the heritage of the aboriginal people of the Australian island? In this case, make sure you visit the museum and picture gallery in Hobart that has been open since 1843. The collection of the museum keeps growing every year. Initially, the exhibits in the museum halls were dedicated only to the life and culture of local people. However, the collection has been growing year after year, and now visitors to this museum can learn about the island’s nature, the industrial part of Hobart, main crafts, and even artworks made by local colonists.
The collection of furniture is usually one of the most popular. The furniture pieces are made from Juan’s pine. This wood is so strong and durable that it is suitable for shipbuilding. This collection is absolutely unique and doesn’t have copies anywhere else in the world. An exhibition dedicated to silver items is no less impressive. All the items here were made by people imprisoned in Hobart. Finish your visit to the museum with an Ice exhibition and solve the mysteries of Antarctica. Finally, the zoological hall will get you acquainted with the Tasmanian tiger. Unfortunately, this species is already extinct.
Every year, tourists from all over the world visit Hobart in order to visit Hastings Caves. This is a true underground kingdom, and tourists are welcome to explore its halls and passages. Gorgeous stalactites, stalagmites, and helictites are a true pride of Hastings. After an interesting excursion, everyone is welcome to swim in the thermal spring that is located not far from the cave.
To get to the Australian city of Hobart on the famous island of Tasmania, tourists need to use airline services. This is currently the only way to get to the capital of the state. It is possible to make a change in Melbourne and then fly to Hobart Airport. Of course, tourists can always fly to Sydney first. Upon arrival at Hobart airport, tourists can use a taxi or bus to get to the city center.

City tours, excursions and tickets in Hobart and surroundings

Reference information
Map of all parks
National and city parks around Hobart
♥   County Park 'Oak Ridge Prairie' , 13.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   State Park 'Indiana Dunes' , 23 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Recreation Area 'South Shore' , 36.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   State Park 'Avalon' , 36.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Local Park 'Morgan' , 38.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo

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Moody Church

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The high vaulted ceiling, elegant chandeliers in the Byzantine style, large windows with colored stained glass, and antique wooden furniture – every detail of the interior of the church is special. Redbrick was the main building material in the construction of the church. The facade of the church seems incredibly openwork and elegant for buildings of this type. The church is distinguished by its impressive scale. It is specially equipped for large public events. The acoustic is special in the vast hall. A modern air conditioning system was installed in it not so long ago. … Read further

Soho House Hotel

From the series “Best industrial-style loft hotels”
Many ancient elements of decoration have been preserved in it after more than a hundred years. Beautiful wrought-iron porticos, brick walls, and wood-beamed ceilings are among them. There was a water pump on the roof of the hotel in the past. It had to be dismantled during reconstruction. A chic relaxation area with a swimming pool, spacious terraces, a restaurant, and a bar is located on the roof of the loft hotel today. The first two floors of the hotel are open to everyone today. Popular restaurants and cafes are located here. The atmosphere of the past years was also preserved in them. Absolutely everyone can feel it. … Read further

John Hancock Center

From the series “Elegant Architectural Structures for Fans of Skywalks”
Such a life under the sky has some unusual features. For example, to find out the weather, residents of high-rise apartments normally call an employee on the ground floor. Travelers who plan to visit Chicago in the period from January to March, will have a unique opportunity to skate on the ice rink. It opens each winter on one of the top floors of a skyscraper. The skating rink is situated at 300 meters altitude that makes it the highest in the world. John Hancock Center is one of the few skyscrapers in the world, which in many respects is focused on tourists. … Read further
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