Hobart, Tasmania’s cultural centre

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Hobart’s thriving arts and culture scene have made it the envy of many other cities around the country.

And with a mix of old and new, it is easy to see why so many of the city’s residents and visitors dedicate their free time to getting to know Hobart’s every nook and cranny.

From morning trips to the Salamanca markets to historical tours of the island state’s convict past and fine dining experiences of an evening, it can sometimes feel as if there is an endless list of things to do in this harbourside metropolis.

But despite its rich history and commitment to the arts, many people are still unaware of the fact that Hobart is also the state’s entertainment capital.

For the latest plays and productions, you can’t go past the Theatre Royal, which first opened its doors to the public in 1837. With regular performances from some of the country’s best performers, it is a true cultural icon in the region and one of the most hotly anticipated productions of the year, The Flood, will be on stage at the theatre this August.

For those who are keen to go bar-hopping after a performance, it is best to head to Salamanca Place where your choice of designer pubs will be waiting to greet you.  You can also grab a bite to eat while you are in the area and try some of the region’s best locally sourced produce.

Another must-visit cultural destination is the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), which has regular jazz performances each weekend, as well as cutting edge exhibitions.  A 15-minute drive from the city’s north, it is easy to stop by and explore your artistic side at what has been described as a world-leading museum.

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