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Written by Jane Walljasper

Oct 13th, 2018
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Craft beer, restaurants, cafes, museums, and an interesting history are some of the things that await you in Hobart, the capital of Australia's island state, Tasmania. It was founded in the year 1804 as a penal colony by the British. Ever since its foundation, this fascinating Australian city has expanded a lot while experiencing some periods of decline in the past. The skyline of Hobart is dominated by a mountain and much of the city's waterfront area has been made up of reclaimed land. Over a million tourists visit this city every year to explore its fabulous offerings, which include some great historic attractions.

 

St David's Park

An English-styled walled park located a few steps away from the Salamanca Markets, St David's Park is among the city's classic parks. Its origins date back to the early 19th century when it was a completely secluded place with beautiful trees, streams, and groves of wattle. Even today, it has managed to retain its charm. It was named after Lt Col David Collins, who was the founding Lt Governor of Hobart. His memorial can be found in this park along with the ones of other important people. A visit to this park during your holidays to hobart would give you the opportunity to relax and enjoy the peaceful green surroundings of this park.

 

Cascade Brewery

This is Australia's oldest continually operating brewery, which produces beer as well as a range of non-alcoholic products. It was founded by two English settlers, Peter Degraves and his brother-in-law, Major McIntosh in the year 1824. The vision of Degraves to brew a genuine and pure beer led to the sale of first beer from Cascade Brewery in 1832. In the years that followed, this brewery managed to maintain a constant supply of its beer to the Tasmanian people despite facing many adversities. You can take a tour of this historic brewery with the guided tours that begin from the Cascade Visitor Centre.

 

Campbell Street Gaol

Known as the Penitentiary Chapel Historic Site in recent times, this was a former Australian maximum security prison. It was designed by John Lee Archer in the Georgian Renaissance style of architecture and operated between the years 1821 and 1960. Today, it is managed as a historic site by the National Trust of Australia. During your visit to this former prison, you'll get the chance to discover its intriguing past of more than 175 years. It can be reached by taking a walk or a Red Decker bus ride from the CBD of Hobart.

 

Mount Wellington

Rising to a height of 4,170 feet above sea level, Mount Wellington is the summit of the Wellington mountain range and is located within the Wellington Park Reserve. Its lower slopes have a thick forest crisscrossed by several walking tracks, but the upper reaches are mostly covered by snow. Near the summit, you can find an enclosed lookout that provides enchanting views of Hobart city. This mountain was climbed by Charles Darwin in 1836 when he was on his visit to Hobart and described his experiences here in his book 'The Voyage of the Beagle'.

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