Port Arthur is the name of the small settlement in which the
well-preserved Port Arthur Historic Site is situated. In 1830, Governor Arthur chose
the Tasman Peninsula as the place where prisoners who had committed further crimes
in the colony would be confined in an allegedly 'escape-proof' natural prison. The
town is also the site of the tragic April 1996 massacre in which a lone gunman
opened fire on visitors and staff, killing 35 people.
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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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Cadbury Chocolate Factory
A must-see for sweet-tooths and Willie Wonka wannabes is the
Cadbury Chocolate Factory. Tour participants enjoy samples at the start and end of
the tour, and can invest in low-priced choc products. Tours are subject to demand;
fully enclosed footwear is required and bookings are essential. Some companies offer
day trips and river cruises incorporating the Cadbury tour, or book directly with
Cadbury and make your own way there.
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Around a bend in South Hobart, standing in startling, gothic
isolation, is the Cascade Brewery. Australia's oldest brewery, it was established in
1832 next to the clean-running Hobart Rivulet, and is still pumping out superb beer
and soft drinks today. Tours involve plenty of stair climbing, with tastings at the
end (including Cascade Premium, the global sales smash!).
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Cloaked in winter snow, Mount Wellington peaks at 1270m
(4167ft), towering over Hobart like a benevolent overlord. The citizens find
reassurance in its constant, solid presence, while outdoorsy 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 magical ocean of rolling white cloud-tops.
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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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