The City The guide was updated:Situated on both sides of the River Derwent with the imposing bulk of Mount Wellington dominating the skyline behind the city, makes Hobart to one of the most attractive places in Australia. The city is the second oldest city in Australia after Sydney and was established as a penal settlement in 1803.
Hobart has one of the deepest harbours in Australia, and, although the port is well past its heyday as a major exporter of fruit and wool, the river is still active with many yachts and other pleasure crafts. In addition, Hobart is a starting point for Australian and International ships going to the Antarctic.
Around the harbour many of the fine old brick and sandstone buildings have been restored and converted into new uses including hotels, restaurants, art galleries and craft shops. Salamanca Place hosts a tantalising market every Saturday and behind that is Battery Point, the historic centre of the city.
Tasmania has developed a fine reputation for the production of wonderful fresh produce, fruit and vegetables and a burgeoning wine scene. The Tastes of Tasmania Festival held in Hobart around the New Year, is a showcase of this outstanding produce—the event coincides with the end of the annual Sydney to Hobart yacht race, so the harbour and city really comes alive.