Exploring Hobart

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You may not know until you go,  but Hobart is actually one of Australia's most exciting cities. Just because it's on an island doesn't mean it doesn't pack a punch – because Hobart most certainly does.

Bringing together some of the country's most fascinating aspects of heritage, charm and natural beauty, Hobart has something to cater for all tastes. Whether it's the food, the arts, the outdoors, the culture or the wine, this is where amazing discoveries are made.

Hobart retains its early European charm, which was first established by the settlers who built lovely cottages and colonial mansions here. Many of these still remain today.

Buildings and warehouses established by the whalers and businessmen of days gone by at the city's docks now serve as trendy cafes, art studios and restaurants, which offer the best of Tasmania's many disciplines. The atmosphere here is sure to seduce you – what could be more romantic than taking a dockside stroll, soaking in all the fine food, art, music and wine while looking out at the boats dotting the harbour?

It all sounds too good to be true, but thankfully it isn't. All you need to do is make Hobart your next holiday destination and you'll see what all the fuss is about.

If you want to bring the kids, there's plenty for them to do too. Sailing and fishing can be fun for the whole family, as can the Salamanca Market, where the kids can help you find some unique treasures amongst some 300 stalls that are speckled along the old warehouse frontage.

For those wanting to explore the rest of Tasmania, Hobart serves as a great gateway. With great services, rental cars, tours and guides, it's easy to get anywhere from here – if you can face the idea of leaving, that is.

The romantic and encharting waterfront in Hobart

Salamanca Market - Image Credit: Hobart City-dot-com

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