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Hobart is a city of sails, sandstone and sunshine –a place that combines a rich colonial past with contemporary art and culture; a place that has all the attractions of a state capital, wrapped up in a friendly, accessible, pocket-sized city.
Convict built warehouses which look down on the bustle and fun of Salamanca Market, held each Saturday, are home to boutiques, restaurants, artists’ studios and galleries. Based at Montgomery’s YHA you can do what the locals do and enjoy the Salamanca Markets, explore the historic waterfront and nearby Battery Point precinct. MONA, the Museum of Old and New Art, a short ferry ride from the city, is a world class, multi-story gallery that looks over the majestic Derwent River and shouldn’t be missed. To the south of the city lies the Huon Valley, famous for its waterways and wilderness. Here you can venture on the popular Huon Trail and enjoy the unique history, crafts, food and wine of the region. Visit the Tahune Airwalk and underground wonders of Hastings Caves, where close by you can take a dip or a swim year round in the naturally heated thermal pool.
Port Arthur historic site is 70 minutes from Hobart. A former convict settlement, the site is one of Australia's most significant heritage areas. Take a guided walking tour, cruise the serene harbour and visit the open air museum. Also close by to Hobart is Mount Field National Park where you can walk to Russell Falls and witness the spectacular cascading stream of white water amongst the swamp gums as some of the world’s tallest trees tower above you.
NORTH EAST & THE SUNCOAST
The Suncoast boasts magnificent coastal scenery where you which is a picture perfect backdrop to deserted white sandy beaches while walking or swimming.
COLES BAY with its rugged and beautiful Freycinet Peninsula is one of Tasmania’s most popular destinations. Here you will discover picturesque Wineglass Bay, one of the world’s most stunning beaches with its well-formed walking track through granite outcrops.
The fishing port of St Helens has a relaxed atmosphere and picturesque places to unwind. Then travel north to BRIDPORT, another seaside village, where you can explore the river by canoe or visit the nearby lavender farm.
THE NORTH WEST and WEST
Deloraine is a charming town situated on the Meander River, and is classified by the National Trust as a site of historical significance. Further north is the sea gateway into Tasmania, Devonport, where you can enjoy the excellent cycling tracks along the foreshore between the city and the Don River.
CRADLE MOUNTAIN LAKE ST CLAIR NATIONAL PARK is home to some of the most spectacular scenery in the state. Spend a day or a week hiking through soaring mountains, deep gorges, lakes, tarns and wide open moor lands.
STRAHAN is a quaint fishing village situated in a sheltered nook of Tasmania’s wild west coast and is home to one of the most beautiful rivers, the Gordon, renowned for its mirror-like reflections. Cruise on the river, spend a day kayaking or sand boarding or get up close to the rugged west coast scenery by taking the West Coast Wilderness Railway from Strahan to Queenstown.