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Hobart has a population of around 47,000. It is situated on the banks of the mouth of the Derwent River, beneath the slopes of majestic Mount Wellington. With such a lovely setting, it is no wonder that the city has been described as the most picturesque of all the capital cities of Australia.
Hobart began as a convict settlement in 1803. By 1827 it had become a bustling trading port, and one of the whaling capitals of the world. Even today, this city evokes a strong seafaring flavour and the harbour continues to be its lifeblood.
Being the second-oldest city of Australia, there are many elegant historic buildings. Many of these were erected by convicts during the city's earliest days. The streets of the city centre are arranged in a grid round Elizabeth Street Mall (main shopping centre), hence it is easy to get around. So easy that
I once spent a lovely morning in Hobart
and was amazed at how much I got to see in just a short space of time!
Arguably the most famous structure in Hobart, it is 1,417 meters long, longer than the more famous Sydney Harbour Bridge.
It crosses the Derwent River,
linking the city centre to the eastern shore, where the airport is located.
Cadbury chocolate factory Few humans can resist it. And when you have a factory-ful, it's almost a no-brainer. Built way back in 1922,
the Cadbury chocolate factory welcomes visitors.
At the visitor centre, you can sample the products, and of course make purchases too.
Museums Hobart's earliest surviving building is the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, constructed by convicts in 1808. I passed an easy couple of hours there, absorbed with the Aboriginal artifacts and convict relics. Most memorable for me was seeing what is believed to be the last remaining footage of the
well-known but now-extinct Tasmanian tiger (or thylacine).
It was hard to stop watching it, knowing that the doomed animal was to cease to exist shortly thereafter.
Other museums include:
Maritime Museum of Tasmania showcasing the strong seafaring heritage of Tasmania.
Tasmanian Cricket Museum celebrating the passionately followed sport (religion, more-like) of cricket.