This wonderful city is the state capital and largest city in Tasmania, an island state, also known as the natural state because almost half of it is in reserves, National Parks and World Heritage sites. In addition, it is Australia’s second oldest city after Sydney and located on the Derwent River, it is a busy seaport as a gateway to the Antarctic.
You would do well to hire a vehicle from Budget Rent a Car as you will want to see all that Hobart has to offer visitors. There is a booming tourist industry here with plenty of local attractions and people using it as a base to explore Tasmania and the Antarctic.
Many go to Salamanca Place, rows of sandstone buildings formerly used as warehouses which have been converted to craft shops, restaurants, galleries and offices. On Saturday it has the famous Salamanca Market with over 300 stalls selling fresh produce, arts and crafts from Tasmania and beyond.
Travel out to the wilderness in your Budget car hire in order to visit the spectacular Mount Wellington, a mountain rising right out of Hobart. It is encompassed by Wellington Park stretching over twenty kilometres connecting all of the various wild parts of this area. There’s no information center in the park so be sure to visit the website before making your visit.
Closer to town the Penitentiary Chapel gives a look at the in depth history of the penal colony which was the original settlement. This was the chapel for the inmates but it also contains solitary confinement cells beneath the floor which you learn all about on the guided tour. The Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens overlooking the Derwent River and Tasman Bridge are just a short drive away in your Budget rental car. The Gardens contain historic plant collections and many old, historically significant trees. There is also a restaurant and many paths to walk in order to see all the natural beauty the Gardens have to offer.