Hobart rocks! It’s Australia’s second-oldest city and southernmost capital, lying at the foothills of Mt Wellington on the banks of the Derwent River. The waterfront areas around Sullivans Cove – Macquarie Wharf, Constitution Dock, Salamanca Place and Battery Point – are simply gorgeous with their neat Georgian buildings and the towering bulk of Mt Wellington behind. The town’s rich colonial heritage and natural charms are accented by a spirited, rootsy atmosphere: festivals, superb restaurants and hip urban bars abound.
Hobartians are super-relaxed and friendly, and will make you feel very welcome. They hang out in cafes and pubs, joking and idly watching the world go by, dressed for their next wilderness expedition. On summer afternoons the sea breeze blows and yachts tack across the river. On winter mornings the pea-soup ‘Bridgewater Jerry’ fog lifts to reveal the snow-capped summit of the mountain.
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Moorilla's newest attraction is MONA, the $75 million Museum of Old and New Art, which Moorilla owner David Walsh describes as 'a subversive adult Disneyland'. The extraordinary installation is arrayed across three underground levels concealed inside a sheer rock face. Ancient antiquities are showcased next to more recent works by Sir Sidney Nolan and British enfant terrible, Damien Hirst. Even if you're not an art fan, don't miss this eccentric, but world-class, museum. Catch the Moorilla ferry from Hobart's Brooke St Pier.
This picturesque row of four-storey sandstone warehouses on Sullivans Cove is a wonderful example of colonial architecture and Australia's best-preserved historic urban precinct. Salamanca Place was the hub of old Hobart Town's trade and commerce, but by the mid-20th century many of these 1830s whaling-era buildings had become decrepit ruins. The 1970s saw the dawning of Tasmania's sense of 'heritage', from which flowed a push to revive the warehouses as home to restaurants, cafes, bars and shops.Showcasing a vibrant cultural scene, the Salamanca Arts Centre occupies seven Salamanca warehouses and is home to many galleries, studios, performing arts venues and public spaces.To reach Salamanca Place from Battery Point, descend the well-weathered Kelly's Steps.
Salamanca Arts Centre
The non-profit Salamanca Arts Centre occupies seven Salamanca warehouses and is home to 75-plus arts organisations and individuals, including shops, galleries, studios, performing arts venues and public spaces.
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