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Tasmania’s capital has been pressed into shape by nature.

The city is framed by the rugged figure of kunanyi / Mount Wellington and the flow of the wide River Derwent, with wilderness lingering nearby – just beyond the mountain.

Beyond mountain and river, it’s cultural and dining experiences that thrive in Australia's second-oldest city. The underground Museum of Old and New Art, aka Mona, looms large in global art circles and on the itineraries of scores of travellers.

The famed Salamanca Market has been a Saturday tradition for more than 50 years, and the city’s food scene is dynamic, with cafes, restaurants and bars transforming Tasmania’s famously fresh produce into refined expressions of place and season.

See Hobart from the water, or on foot around the waterfront, or even from the saddle of a bike on a mountain descent. Taste wine at urban wineries, and when the day is almost done, sip a whisky beside a dinosaur fossil, or settle into a cosy bar inside the walls of a 19th-century hospital.

Insider tips
  • Adventure lives here. Draw a circle 20km around the city and you can find mountain biking, hiking, kayaking, rock climbing, abseiling and surfing within it.
  • There’s more to Hobart art than Mona. Check out the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG), and a collection of private galleries sprinkled through Salamanca and the city centre.

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