Hobart has one of the finest deepwater ports in the world and a waterfront to match. Historic buildings, including the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, line the waterfront. Salamanca Place known by mariners around the world as the place to “hang out” in nineteenth century Hobart, is now known for its craft shops and extremely popular Saturday market.
Near Hobart’s Constitutional Dock it is possible to dine at a seafood restaurant or purchase your meal live from local fishermen. After Christmas every year, the dock is evacuated to make room for participants in the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, argueably the finest blue-water ocean classic in the world.
There are also craft shops and galleries, along with Australia’s only commercial whiskey distillery, as well as several pubs, including the historic Custom House Hotel.
Parliament House, Tasmania’s seat of government, is located between the docks and Salamanca Docks. Hobart’s Waterfront is only about three blocks or five minutes walk from the city centre.
Tall Ships Hobart 2013 will see Tasmania play host to tall ships from around the world in September this year.
Tasmania has hosted similar tall-ship events in 1988 and 1998, both of which were well-attended and most memorable. But Tall Ships Hobart 2013 is shaping up to be even bigger and better than both of these past events.
An impressive fleet of international ships are heading ‘down under’ to join Australian tall ships, primarily to help celebrate the Royal Australian Navy’s 100th anniversary.
A flotilla of these tall ships will gather in Hobart for five days, transforming Hobart’s beautiful harbour into a spectacle reminiscent of yesteryear.
Australian Wooden Boat Festival & Tall Ships – 8 February to 11 February 2013
Staged on Hobart’s historic Sullivans Cove waterfront docks, the Australian Wooden Boat Festival is a celebration of Australia’s rich maritime culture, heritage and craftsmanship and has established a reputation as one of the best events of its kind in the world. Attracting visitors from all over the world, boats from far and wide are on display at the Hobart docks on the Derwent River. With live music and entertainment and a delicious array of Tasmania’s fresh seafood, the four day festival brings together the biggest collection of wooden boats in the southern hemisphere.
Don’t miss Next Year’s Wooden Boat Festival!