When you hear about “Down Under” your mind would automatically think about Australia. While it is correct terminology, it couldn’t be more wrong. Tasmania gets my vote as the true down under as it’s the most southern region of Australia. Although separated by water, Tasmania is Australia to the fullest.
Most known for its wilderness, parks and natural resources, the island itself attracts adventurers from all around the world. Your history lesson on Hobart and the island of Tasmania begins before leaving the airport. The airport shuttle drivers are very knowledgeable and passionate about indulging their guests with history.
How to get there: Hobart is accessible from many airports in Australia on Airlines such as Quantas, Jetstar and Virgin Australia. Hobart International Airport is located 20 minutes from Hobart.
There are three options to get to Hobart.
Taxi: a One-way cost of a taxi is $50.00 AUD
Rent a car: Most major car companies are at the airport. Renting a car is ideal if you want to see the island at your own leisure.
Airport shuttle: A one-way ticket cost $20.00 AUD and a roundtrip is $35AUD. Tickets can be purchased at the airport before boarding the bus or they can be pre-purchased no later than 48hours in advance here.
Where to stay: Most hotels are centralized around Hobart. The airport shuttle makes stops at each requested hotel. (Allow extra time for travel) I stayed at the Ibis Styles Hobart. The rooms were great but the views were even better.
Getting around: Transportation is determined by what your plans are. Walking is always a great option, you get to explore and stop at your own pace. Another great way to see the heart of the city is the Hobart Hop on and off. ($35.00 AUD) A 24-hour loop ticket allows you to see the key parts of the city and determine the time spent at each.
Things to do:
Salamanca Place - On Saturday mornings, Salamanca Market is very busy. You can pick up local honey and other local specialties.
Salamanca Art Centre - A great sandstone warehouse that houses a way array of craft, visual arts, art programs and events.
Cascade brewery - Australia’s oldest brewery and a home for great beers. There are shows and tours within the brewery that will give you a larger sense of history and a bigger appreciation for Tasmania.
Waterfront - Home to the Victoria Dock and the Constitution Dock, the waterfront is always busy and it’s a popular place in Hobart. The port and Hobart itself is a great place for boat-lovers.
Mawson’s Hut Replica Museum - A waterfront museum modeled after Sir Douglas Mawson’s hut on his 1911 Australian Antarctic Expedition.
After living the life of a local in Hobart, drive to nearby Lancaster and begin another journey that will add to your memories of Tasmania.
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