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Hobart And The Derwent
hobartHobart is perhaps the most unique capital city in Australia. Its position in Southern Tasmania makes it the centre for activity in Tasmania, with an added bonus of Mount Wellington acting as a stunning backdrop to this amazing city. This historical city has so much to offer and even though it is not the largest of capital cities, is has all the essentials plus many, many more. Using Hobart as a base you can tour most of fantastic Southern Tasmania easily, as there are plenty of rest stops to relax and enjoy the views.

What will immediately appeal to you about Hobart is the fact that the seasons here are so distinctive. These seasons are celebrated in many various ways and the joy they bring is evident from the moment you arrive. The Hobart Summer Festival at Sullivan's Cove is something that you simply cannot miss out on if you are here during the summer months. This festival showcases exactly what Hobart has to offer, with great food, festivities and entertainment that the whole family can enjoy.

In Autumn the colours of the city come to life, with a myriad of golden trees and warm colours. During Winter you can enjoy the snow capped mountain peaks, and relax by cozy log fires,all while enjoying the amazing surrounding scenery. Spring brings with it an abundance of blooming flowers, showering the city with every colour of the rainbow and inviting you to enjoy the beautiful gardens and parks that are sprinkled throughout the city.

The most popular place to stay while visiting would have to be the Seven Mile Beach Caravan Park, which is located just 15 minutes from the city. Positioned right on the beach, this is an ideal park for those who love waterfront accommodation. The Elwick Tourist Park is another popular park and is located in central Hobart, acting as a fantastic base for you enjoy the nearby attractions. The beaches close by, including Clifton and Carlton beaches, are great for surfing or enjoying the natural beauty of the area and are best enjoyed by staying at these parks.

As Hobart is a port city, there is no doubt that the best feature of the city is the waterfront. Offering an endless array of fancy restaurants, exotic shops and boutiques and not to mention, remarkable entertainment sources you will never be left with nothing to do. However, if you do, boating, fishing, water sports and cruises that run daily along the majestic Derwent River are sure to keep you amused.

Hobart is also the finishing point of one of the world's most famous yacht races: the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. Choose to board a catamaran or a ferry to enjoy the river at its best and to be there when the boats come in. The Derwent River offers some of the best cruises in Australia as it is well sheltered and has such rugged beauty and scenery that is always changing. This experience simply cannot be missed.

Every major city must have its very own amazing botanic gardens, and Hobart is no exception to this rule. The Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens was founded in 1818, and encompasses exceptional beauty and ambience. Home to an abundance of native and exotic plant species, this is any nature-lovers dream. Including bright displays of annuals, a Japanese garden, a cacti garden, tropical plants and the largest collection of conifers in the southern hemisphere, there truly is something here for everyone.

As it is so close, while in Hobart you simply must take a drive up to Mount Wellington. You can drive to the base of the mountain at Fern Tree and then begin the 5-6 hour walk to the summit. There are a number of walking trails to choose from and you will be rewarded with spectacular views of Hobart and beyond.

If you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, then take a lovely drive along a country road is to Richmond. This quaint township is situated only 25km from Hobart, and here you will come across many historical manors and cottages. The Richmond Gaol is another popular tourist attraction as it is Australia’s oldest convict gaol. Richmond will take you on a journey of the past, allowing you to discover our country's convict days and giving you a closer look at a completely different way of life.

The surrounding Richmond area, and in particular the Coal River Valley is home to some of the country's most plentiful vineyards and wineries. With about 17 in total, you will be able to find exactly what you are looking for, taking you on the wine experience of a lifetime.

Hobart is the idea place to visit any time of the year, with each season offering something new and exciting. It is the perfect end or beginning to a campervan holiday around Tasmania and its stunning attractions will bring you back time after time, capturing your hearts and imaginations forever.

Christine Barton

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