Hobart is the small, very sympathetic capital of the island of Tasmania which is situated off the south east coast of the Australian continent. It was founded in 1804 by exiled convicts and is the second oldest city of Australia, after Sydney. Hobart is located at the mouth of the River Derwent and at the foot of Mouth Wellington. Mount Wellington rises up behind the city and at 1,271 metres high it is the largest mountain in Tasmania.
The busy harbour in the city is very beautiful and has not lost its unique charm over the years. The harbour goes with the city in spite of the city’s hectic business environment, there is always enough time for a bit of peace and relaxation such as in one of the many different restaurants and small cafes or in the wonderfully beautiful Hobart Royal Botanical Gardens in the centre of the city. The Anglesea Barracks belongs to one of the more exciting attractions in the city- it’s the oldest of the barracks for the first convicts that came here and is located in Davey Street. There you can see how the first convicts once lived. The barracks are the oldest on the whole continent and are still used by the Australian military, but can be visited during special visitor’s times.
For a longer trip it is worthwhile to go to Mount Wellington and Wellington Park in your car hire. The mountain is a wonderful place for hiking and other activities. In the beautiful countryside you can leave your everyday stresses and strains behind. On a bicycle, on foot or in your car hire, wonderful hours or days are guaranteed. From here when the weather is good, you can enjoy a really breath-taking view of the countryside and the city of Hobart. It is really worthwhile to go on a day trip up the mountain and Wellington Park that also in the same area. The area is easily reached within an hour in your car hire. Mount Nelson lies in the south and is also famous for its views and has a height of around 340 metres.
The city centre of Hobart is definitely one of the main attractions. The compact sandstone buildings were built by convicts in the beginning of the 19th century, and since then have been renovated so they can be found in good condition. The district was named Battery Point and a large part of this area is made up of residential buildings and old warehouses that today house shops, galleries, boutiques, craft shops and museums.
Highly recommended is the Salamanca Place. Around the square is full of shops, numerous restaurants with delicious dishes to excite the taste buds as well as bars and cafes in which you can experience the wonderful view of the River Derwent, particularly at dust. This once in a lifetime experience should not be missed! Every Saturday, Salamanca Place changes into a huge market for arts and crafts as well as groceries. It seems that the whole city meets here! Also the exquisite restaurants in North Hobart, north-west of Battery Point are famous for their tasty and varied international cuisine and can be easily reached in your cheap car hire in Hobart.
CarDelMar wishes you a great stay with car hire in Hobart!