Australia’s southernmost capital, Hobart is also its second oldest city, after Sydney, and charms with its heritage and celebrated food and drink, not to mention with its world leading clean air and water and incredibly varied natural scenery that reminds visitors of a mini-New Zealand.
Notable for being one of the coldest Australian cities, compact Hobart is still linked to its maritime past but from a different perspective. While it was once a vital source for trade, its stress-free pace and cool climate are being lauded as precious commodities. Where the city was once seen as backward by its mainland brothers, it is now boutique. While Hobart may not have much that demands your attention, there is much to enjoy.
Located on the Derwent River in Tasmania’s south, Hobart is within a 90-minute drive of some of Tasmania’s most visited attractions and minutes away from beaches, wilderness and mountains, making it the perfect base for exploring the area. In just a few clicks you can have your ideal car booked at an affordable price.
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Founded in 1804, Hobart grew out of a penal settlement and attracted much development throughout its often checkered past without succumbing to much of its excesses. Its architectural heritage is better preserved than any other antipodean city.
The city has many beautiful historic buildings and precincts, especially around the river with its sandstone heritage. Hobart now has a truly burgeoning arts scene with its Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) just north of the city. Garden lovers can look forward to the Royal Botanical Gardens, the second oldest in Australia that is just a short drive away from the city center. Behind it is Mount Wellington covered with with dramatic views.
On the road to Mount Wellington you can find Australia’s oldest brewery and this is indicative of Hobart and Tasmania’s growing reputation for food and wine excellence. The weekly Salamanca Market is a prime example of the best Tasmanian produce from the bars and restaurants and the nearby waterfront, and more eating is to be had at the historical Battery Point. You’ll need a few days alone to sample the full range of beer flowing from the city’s pubs.
Using a car hire in Hobart
With good roads, few motorways and scenic views all around, driving through Tasmania is part of the fun. There are no train services so travelers usually rely on car hires to get around. There are many remote but accessible locations and stunning wilderness making Tasmania is a remarkable destination to explore by car. The island is compact, the roads uncrowded and the scenery varied. Tasmania’s network of highways allows drivers to loop around the island, discovering an ever-changing landscape, but allow several days – it’s bigger than you think.
South of Hobart is the clear waters and coastlines of Bruny Island, the fertile soils of Huon valley and the rugged Hartz Mountains National Park. East of Hobart is the wineries of the Coal River Valley and the Tasman National Park with its historic convict sites. To the west is Derwent Valley, into Tasmania’s central highlands and the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. And north takes you on the Heritage Highway to Launceston, a quaint Victorian city where you can continue your Tasmanian adventure.
There is so much to see in this part of the world, and a Hobart car hire can help you uncover some of the many mysteries just waiting to be discovered.With a few simple clicks, HAPPYCAR can make your Australian dreams a reality with a rental car specific to your desired itinerary.