Salamanca Market - Hobart
Set among the historic Georgian sandstone buildings of Salamanca Place in Hobart, this famous market attracts thousands of locals and visitors every Saturday of the year.
Salamanca Market is one of those special places where you actually meet the people who create, make or grow what they sell.
The nearly 300 stallholders include makers of hand-made Tasmanian pieces from woodwork to jewellery, fashion to fanciful glassware and ceramics. Of course, there are also fantastic fresh fruit and organic vegetables, all accompanied by buskers and music. From the market, it's a short walk up historic Kelly's Steps to the Georgian cottages and early maritime village atmosphere of Battery Point.
Also nearby is Hobart's picturesque waterfront where you'll find fishing boats berthed close to cruising yachts and the occasional square-rigger or two.
Salamanca Market is held every Saturday from 8.30 am to 3 pm – rain, hail or shine.
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Museum of Old New Art - Mona
The Museum of Old and New Art – Mona is Australia's largest private museum and one of the most controversial private collections of modern art and antiquities in the world.
Described by its owner as a "subversive adult Disneyland", the collection includes everything from ancient Egyptian mummies to some of the world's most infamous and thought-provoking contemporary art.
With around 300 art works on display, the collection takes up three floors within a subterranean architectural masterpiece and is guaranteed to impress.
The 3.5 ha site includes a function centre, Moorilla winery and vineyard, a cellar door and wine bar. There's also the Source restaurant, a 63-seat cinema, the Mona Library and Gallery and eight stylish accommodation pavilions.
Visitors can catch a high speed ferry from Hobart's waterfront for a 30-minute ride up the River Derwent right to the steps of the museum.
Mona is open six days a week, closed Tuesdays.
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Kunanyi / Mt Wellington is a wilderness experience just a 20-minute drive from Hobart and is much loved by locals.
The 21-km drive to the summit passes through temperate rainforest to sub-alpine flora and glacial rock formations, ending in panoramic views of Hobart, Bruny Island, South Arm and the Tasman Peninsula.
No other city in Australia has a vista like this one. The interpretation centre at the top protects you from the blustering winds while an open viewing platform on the western side of the car park looks out to the World Heritage Wilderness Area beyond.
There are barbecues, picnic facilities and bushwalking trails for all fitness levels. Mountain activities also include trail biking and abseiling.
Park entrance fees do not apply and there are no opening or closing hours.
The Pinnacle shelter at the summit is open to the public during the summer months (daylight savings) from 8 am - 8 pm, and during the winter from 8 am - 4:30 pm.
Port Arthur Historic Site - Tasman Peninsula
The Port Arthur Historic Site is Australia's most intact and evocative convict site and one of Australia's great tourist attractions.
Located on the Tasman Peninsula, the site has more than 30 buildings, ruins and restored period homes dating from the prison's establishment in 1830 until its closure in 1877. During this time around 12,500 convicts served sentences and for many it was a living hell. Today, the site sits in 40 hectares of landscaped grounds and you'll need plenty of time to fully experience all that it has to offer. Entry is valid for two consecutive days and includes a guided walking tour, harbour cruise, entry to the museum, the Convict Study Centre and Interpretation Gallery, and the site of the dockyard.
For a small additional fee you can also cruise to the Isle of the Dead and join a guided tour of Port Arthur's island burial ground. The tour offers an insight into the lives of those who were part of the penal settlement including convicts, soldiers, civilians and their families. Or instead, you can take a trip to Point Puer Boys Prison. This was the first reformatory in the British Empire built exclusively for juvenile male convicts. Point Puer was renowned for its regime of stern discipline and harsh punishment.
The Port Arthur Historic Site is open every day of the year.
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Blow Hole and Tasman Arch
The Blow Hole and Tasman Arch are just two of many unusual geological formations found in the Tasman National Park, a place of rugged beauty with some of the most stunning coastal scenery found anywhere in Australia.
Not surprisingly, the park offers some of the best coastal walks in the country. A stroll of just an hour or two reveals sheer drops overlooking chasms and surging ocean, off-shore islands, white sandy beaches and a waterfall that tumbles into the sea.
At the southern end of the park are some of the highest and most spectacular sea cliffs in the world. You can reach the formations like the Tasman Arch, the Blow Hole, the Devils Kitchen, the Tessellated Pavement, Remarkable Cave and Waterfall Bay by car, but by far the best views of the rugged coastline are from the park's many bushwalks.
The park is also the home to the famous Port Arthur Historic Site, Australia's most evocative and intact convict penal settlement.
The Tasman National Park is a 1.5-hr drive from Hobart.
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Cradle Mountain - World Heritage Wilderness
Cradle Mountain is part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area and one of the most interesting and most visited places in Tasmania.
Located at the northern end of the Cradle Mountain - Lake St Clair National Park, Cradle Mountain is surrounded by glacial lakes, ancient rainforest, and unusual alpine vegetation. It's easy to appreciate the beauty of this unique place on one of the many short walks found in the area. You can stroll from cascading rivers to dense, old-growth rainforest in just 20 minutes on the Enchanted Walk. For a more extended walk, the two-hour circuit of Dove Lake is one of Australia's great short walks or spend the entire day tackling Cradle Mountain summit itself.
Cradle Mountain is also the starting point for the world-famous Overland Track, a magnificent six-day walk through the heart of some of the world's finest mountain terrain.
A range of tours are available from Cradle Valley, just outside the park boundary, including horseback trail rides and helicopter flights over the region's rugged mountains.
There's a variety of accommodation options available but please note that accommodation and hotels at Cradle Mountain often sell out, particularly in the high season, so it's always wise to book.