The Best Attractions and Sights in Hobart Tasmania
Hobart is one of Australia's most popular tourist destinations, with a variety of unique tourist activities and sights to ensure that a trip to Tasmania will leave memories for a life time. A beautiful city, clothed in parklands with the Derwent River winding through its heart, these are the best attractions for tourists and visitors in Australia's southern most capital.
Bonorong Wildlife Park and Sanctuary - http://www.bonorong.com.au
Conveniently located just 25 minutes from the Hobart C.B.D, Bonorong Wildlife Park is the perfect destination to get up close and personal with Tasmanian Devil's and a variety of other native Australian animals. Established in 1981, Bonorong quickly established itself as Tasmania's most visited wildlife park, with its rustic rural setting being so close to the business and hotel district of the capital. With Tasmania being isolated from mainland Australia, the island state is the last remaining vestige for a variety of species that are no longer found on continental Australia and Bonorong plays an important role in maintaining the viability of many of these species. Arguably the wildlife sanctuaries most important function and also its biggest draw card, its famous Tasmanian Devil breeding program. The park has faithfully recreated native like facilities for their devils, which allow these beautiful and furious animals to feel like they are in the wild but allow the thousands of visitors each year unprecedented access to these nocturnal creatures. Their burrows have built in such away to allow visitors to see deep into their habitat while allowing the devils the day time privacy that they crave. Beyond devils, Bonorong is home to many other native marsupials and birds, including wombats, kangaroos, koalas and echidnas, allowing visitors to pat, touch and see some of Australia's most famous native inhabitants.
The highlight of the park are the twice a day tours and the night tours. Here the expert park keepers and rangers will give an informative and entertaining guide around the park, explaining the habitats of all the animals, their feeding and mating habits and how each animal ended up in the park. The guides give plenty of opportunities for up close photos while feeding the animals and audience participation is heavily encouraged. As many of the animals are nocturnal, the night time tour is even better. Lasting 2.5 hours, visitors are allowed inside the animal enclosures to feed the animals, including the opportunity to hand feed Tasmanian Devils. Animals such as possums, wombats and the devils themselves will be alert and active, giving a much greater appreciation to these majestic animals. This behind the scene tour is one of the highlights of a trip to Tasmania and shouldn't be missed.
Located in the beautiful Salamanca Place, a restored historical area on the Hobart waterfront and a very short walk from Constitution Dock, The Salamanca Markets are the largest and most popular markets in Tasmania. Occurring every Saturday from 8:30am to 3pm year round, the markets are opened additional days during the Christmas to New Year's period.
The area is stunning, set between beautiful trees and the sandstone facades of historic warehouses, thousands of locals and visitors make the pilgrimage to the markets to enjoy a fresh cooked breakfast, a fresh cup of coffee and the joy of seeing the best of Tasmania's art and craft. With over 100 stalls, featuring Tasmanian timbers, clothing, produce and confectionary, the whole family is sure to find that special Tasmanian keepsake. Free entertainment is provided throughout the day by roving buskers and drama and musical acts on the many green squares provided throughout the area. The permanent shops, restaurants and bars in the Salamanca Place precinct add additional shopping and eating options to the vast array offered at the market itself.
The visually imposing mountain overseeing Hobart, Mt Wellington is just a short drive from the centre of the city. A protected national park, the mountain provides unparalleled views of Hobart and the River Derwent. A road, first constructed in the 1930's provides easy car and bus access to the mountains summit, with lookouts and picnic areas provided along the road for locals and visitors alike to enjoy this mountain's splendour. There are numerous marked walking tracks from the summit to deeper into the park, but the real joy of this journey is the amazing view from the top. At over 1200m (4000ft) above the city and river below, on a clear day the 360 degree view is unbelievable. But even if the weather is not so kind, it is still an amazing experience to leave the relatively clear city behind and proceed up through layers of fog, mist and clouds. If you are truly lucky, the summit may even be above the clouds and fog below, granting some mind blowing photo opportunities. Be warned though, the summit is on average 8 degrees cooler than the city below and is almost always windy, so ensure that you wear appropriate clothing. The mountain is often snow capped, even in summer, which can be the perfect chance to let the children play in snow while the adults enjoy the view. There are picnic areas and toilet facilities at the summit, but no shops to purchase food or drink. The drive up and down the mountain can only be described as spectacular and easily completed in a modern car, with numerous tour buses making the trip safely every day, though the road will be closed if conditions are not safe due to heavy rain, wind or snow. It is hard to think of Hobart without thinking of Mt Wellington and it is highly recommended for all visitors to make the short journey to the summit and view the best views that the Apple Isle has to offer.
Putt Putt Golf - Putters Adventure Golf http://www.putters.com.au/
Hobart is blessed with a world class miniature golf facility in Putters Adventure Golf, located at Moonah, about 15 minutes drive from the centre of Hobart. Featuring 2 18 hole courses, golf simulators, children's playground and cafe, Putters is a terrific destination for all of the family. The 2 courses on offer are equally good but offer very different challenges. The Mountain Course is set outside and taking its cue from the elements, with obstacles like air blowers, waterfalls and large rocky outcrops. The indoor course, named The Mill Course, takes its design after an old watermill, with a gentle stream flowing through the complex to challenge the golfer, with the old river mill itself coming into play near the end of the round as you have to judge to perfection your putt to get the ball to rest on the mill itself which will then carry your ball over the hazard and onto the green behind. This indoor course is spread over 2 levels, with vacuum tubes to move the ball between the levels and the themeing throughout being consistently stellar. All balls are designed to float in the many water hazards dotting both courses, but although these courses are challenging, children will still find Putters a fun and interesting experience. Both courses are flood lit to allow night time play and with a course completely indoors, Putters is a terrific afternoon or evening outing for the whole family, no matter the weather.
This was just a sample of the wonderful sights and experiences that can be enjoyed in Hobart. With its stunning natural beauty, wild life sanctuaries and wonderful seafood and wineries, Hobart is a city that many fall in love with, leaving visitors with memories that will last a life time.
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