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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Cloaked in winter snow,Mt Wellington peaks at 1270m, towering above Hobart like a benevolent overlord. The citizens find reassurance in its constant, solid presence, while outdoors types find the space to hike and bike on its leafy flanks. And the view from the top is unbelievable! Don't be deterred if the sky is overcast – often the peak rises above cloud level and looks out over a magic carpet of cotton-topped clouds.Hacked out of the mountainside during the Great Depression, the 22km road to the top winds up from the city through thick temperate forest, opening out to lunar rockscapes at the summit. If you don't have wheels, local buses 48 and 49 stop at Fern Tree halfway up the hill, from where it's a five- to six-hour return walk to the top via Fern Glade Track, Radfords Track, Pinnacle Track, then the steep Zig Zag Track. The Organ Pipes walk from the Chalet (en route to the summit) is a flat track below these amazing cliffs. Pick up the Mt Wellington Walks map ($4.10 from the visitor centre) as a guide or download PDF maps at www.wellingtonpark.com.au. Alternatively, Mt Wellington Walks runs organised hikes on the mountain from easy to adventurous.Some bus-tour companies include Mt Wellington in their itineraries. Another option is the Mt Wellington Shuttle Bus Service, departing the visitor centre at 10.15am and 1.30pm daily. City pick-ups by arrangement; call to book and confirm times.Feeling more intrepid? Bomb down the slopes on a mountain bike with Mt Wellington Descent. Kick off with a van ride to the summit, followed by more than 21km of downhill cruising (mostly on sealed roads, but with off-road options). Tours depart at 9.30am and 1pm daily, with an additional 4pm departure in January and February.
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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.
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An empty rum bottle's throw from the once notorious Sullivans Cove waterfront is a nest of tiny 19th-century cottages and laneways. The old maritime village of Battery Point takes its name from the 1818 gun battery that stood on the promontory.Spend a few hours exploring. Battery Point's liquored-up ale houses on Hampden Road have been refitted as cafes and restaurants, and cater to a less raucous clientele. Stumble up Kelly's Steps from Salamanca Place and dogleg into South Street where red lights once burned night and day and many a lonesome sailor sought the refuge of a buxom maiden. Spin around the picturesque Arthur Circus, check out St George's Anglican Church on Cromwell St, or shamble down Napoleon St to the waterfront. For a fortifying stout, duck into the salty 1846 Shipwrights Arms Hotel on Trumpeter St.
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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.
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