I like Hobart.
The small city on the edge of Tasmania, is the state capital and also its most populous city. With a population of 221,000 nearly half of all Tasmanians live here.
Founded in 1804 by Colonel David Collins, Hobart is the second oldest city in Australia. It was founded as a penal settlement of Australia, itself a penal colony.
It is a small city, though. But it’s quirky.
Full of weird architecture – old, well-preserved colonial houses, much of it dating back to the Georgian and Victorian eras, mixed with modern ones.
Small wooden houses versus tall glass towers. Fun street art. Little bars.
After arriving in our central Hotel, we stared out little afternoon walk around the Central Business District. We passed the impressive post office and the Tasmanian museum and art gallery, and walked over to the little harbor.
The Waterfront is now one of the city’s most fashionable areas. Along the small docks are a number of restaurants and bars, the university, city hall and a number of former warehouses.
It’s a port city, and can’t deny it.
We came the week before the Royal Hobart Regatta, a series of aquatic competitions and displays held annually since 1838!
So the city was already buzzing with events, and a number of ships were already anchoring in the port.
We walked over to Salamanca Place, a precinct of Hobart consisting of rows of former warehouses for the port of Hobart that have been converted into restaurants, galleries, craft shops and offices.
Each Saturday, Salamanca Place is the site for the Salamanca Market, a beautiful market I had visited during my trip around the world.
A bit uphill from there, we discovered a small, quiet neighborhood full of old Victorian wooden houses and beautiful rose gardens.
It’s called Battery Point, and it’s the historic centre of Hobart. The old port area was named after the big gun battery, which used to stand next to the port’s guardhouse.
The area was once a thriving area, which can still be seen in its houses: charming workers’ cottages or grand mansions.
We took a stroll around and snooped into some interesting small shops, cafés, restaurants and public houses.