Hobart - Sydney’s quieter, quainter sister (31 May)
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HOBART, TASMANIA’S CAPITAL, was established in 1804 on the Derwent River, and grew into one of the world’s whaling capitals by the 1830s. Like Sydney, it possesses a stunning harbor. But unlike Sydney, this diminutive town in the shadow of kunanyi/Mount Wellington possesses a rustic allure that feels more provincial than urban. Change does not happen quickly here. And that’s a huge part of its charm.
Colonial-era buildings at Sullivans Cove and Franklin Wharf give the waterfront an Old World feel. Nearby at Salamanca Place, sandstone warehouses have been converted into boutiques and sunny cafés. A lively farmers market is held on the plaza out front on Saturday mornings. Dozens of Hobart’s buildings—exquisite examples of unembellished Georgian architecture (mostly built by convicts)—have been placed on the Heritage Register. There are a preponderance of these on Macquarie and Davey Streets.
But what makes Hobart truly special is its location beneath kunanyi/Mount Wellington; even Charles Darwin climbed this 4,170-foot (1,271 m) peak. Visitors can drive or hike to the top, where an observatory shelter offers a bird’s-eye view over Hobart, snuggled prettily down on the banks of the Derwent.