If you head over to Tasmania, the wonderful Australian island, you’ll reach the popular capital city of Hobart with its population of just over 200,000 people. It’s located about 20 miles from Huonville and New Norfolk on the Derwent River and lies approximately 150 miles away from Queenstown.
The historical city was founded in 1803 as a penal colony. Next to Sydney, it’s the second-oldest capital in all of Australia.
As an added bonus to its natural beauty and interesting history, you’ll find lots of time to explore it as Hobart receives the highest number of sunlight hours of any location during the summer solstice.
It rarely snows there, but you’ll find that themajestic Mount Wellington is often snow capped in the winters.
Hobart was a pretty important seaport in the past because of the whaling and sealing trade. It also has numerous excellent beaches to enjoy such as Kingston, Sandy Bay, Bellerive, Nutgrove, Howrah, Cremorne, Seven-Mile, Goats, Clifton, and Roaches.
The excellent location of the port means it’s also a pretty popular stop for cruise ships during the year. Visitors love exploring the city’s wonderful restaurants, cafes, markets, cultural events, and active nightlife.
Some of the most popular sites are the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery and the Wrest Point Hotel Casino. This became the first legal gambling venture in Australia when it opened back in 1973.
You’ll also find the oldest theatre in the country, the Theatre Royal, as well as the Backspace and Playhouse theatres.
Wine production is also popular here with many vineyards both the Coal River and D’Entrecasteaux Channel areas. Some of the finest vineyards are Moorilla Estate and Berriedale. You’ll also want to visit the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, which are Australia’s second oldest.
For cultural activities, there’s the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, and the International Symphony Orchestra, which is housed at the University of Tasmania.
Festivals are popular during the year and the nightlife is quite active. Entertainment and sporting events are aplenty making Hobart one of the most fun and interesting Australian cities to visit.