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Global City Guidebook: Hobart

Jul 24, 2023

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The capital of Australia’s island state of Tasmania, Hobart is the second-oldest capital city in Australia and often the home port for Antarctic travels and various cruises. Visitors to the financial and administrative hub for Tasmania will discover its origins as a British penal colony, explore museums and admire convict-era architecture. Sitting on the estuary of River Derwent, Hobart is the least-populated Australian state capital city, and visitors will notice a lack of high-rise buildings compared to others.

GETTING THERE & AROUND

Hobart International Airport, about 10 miles from city center, serves major airlines like Qantas and Virgin Australia. With a conjoined international and domestic terminal, the airport offers easy travel both within the airport and to and from the city. In addition to lots for short-, medium- and long-term parking, the airport also offers taxi and limousine services as well as car rental services. The only transportation within the city is via Metro Tasmania buses. In 2021 the city launched a ferry service as an alternate crossing of the Tasman Bridge.

LODGING

Crowne Plaza Hobart, an IHG Hotel

Guests enjoy stylish spaces decked out with contemporary furnishings and décor and access to a modern restaurant. The hotel’s bar boasts a terrace with mountain views. Club-level accommodations promise access to a private lounge, and all guests enjoy proximity to city attractions.

110 Liverpool St., Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, tel 61 3 6213 4200 ihg.com

MACq 01 Hotel

Soak in views of the river at this waterfront hotel styled after a shipping shed once on site. History-inspired décor accompanies sleek accommodations, a fine-dining restaurant and a bar overlooking the water.

18 Hunter St., Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, tel 61 3 6210 7600 macq01.com.au

The Tasman, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Hobart

Located within a 19th-century building in the heart of the city, this upscale hotel features polished rooms and suites as well as an Italian restaurant, cocktail bar and modern lounge. The hotel spoils guests with rainfall showers, local artwork and Italian linens. Suites feature fireplaces, river views and freestanding bathtubs.

12 Murray St., Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, tel 61 3 6240 6000 marriott.com

DINING

The Glass House Hobart

In Brooke Street Pier this gem of a restaurant offers 280-degree views of Sullivan’s Cove. In addition to Tasmanian-inspired shared plates, this restaurant offers elegant cocktails with international flair and a raw bar with fresh seafood.

Brooke Street Pier, Franklin Wharf, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, tel 61 3 6223 1032 theglass.house

Landscape Restaurant & Grill

Found within The Henry Jones Art Hotel, this upscale restaurant perfected simple and elegant classics. Its Asado Grill, fired up daily with a selection of sherry, bourbon and Port casks, gives dishes rich flavors. Highlights include dry-aged sirloin on the bone, Wagyu eye filet and smoked lamb rump.

The Henry Jones Art Hotel, 23 Hunter St., Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, tel 61 3 6210 7712 landscaperestaurant.com.au

Me Wah Restaurant

Enjoy high-end Chinese cuisine done right at this fine-dining restaurant. Diners are surrounded by water features and wood-carved furnishings while indulging in flavorful dishes featuring the freshest of ingredients.

16 Magnet Court, Sandy Bay, Tasmania, Australia, tel 61 3 6223 3688 mewah.com.au

ATTRACTIONS

Cascades Female Factory

A UNESCO World Heritage site, this former workhouse held female convicts in Van Diemen’s Land, a penal colony in the early 19th century. Visitors can now explore this museum’s rooms and yards once used to hold convicts, telling the story of the greater history of Australia’s penal colonies.

16 Degraves St., South Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, tel 61 1800 139 478 femalefactory.org.au

Salamanca Place

This Hobart precinct features rows of sandstone buildings that once served as warehouses. Today visitors will find shops, cafés and restaurants as well as lawns and a fountain. The area also hosts Salamanca Market every Saturday.

Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, salamanca.com.au

Sullivans Cove Distillery

Winner of the award for world’s best single malt in 2014, this distillery offers tours and tastings. Tours offer an in-depth overview of the whisky process and let guests taste the brand’s whisky and brandy.

1/10 Lamb Place, Cambridge, Tasmania, Australia, tel 61 3 6248 5399 sullivanscove.com

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