Located on the mouth of the Derwent River, Hobart boasts an abundance of historical, cultural and culinary delights. Beyond the city centre, there is much to see and do, from walks alongside the River Derwent, climbing Mt Wellington or visiting the many museums and galleries in suburban Hobart, to going further afield and discovering the many historic villages dotted throughout the countryside.
You can walk across Australia's oldest bridge and stand in the cell of its oldest jail in picturesque Richmond, a 30-minute drive north-east from Hobart. Explore the cobblestone streets by the lantern light of a ghost tour or picnic on the banks of the Coal River. Check out local art and craft in the galleries and cafes. Then savour classic cool-climate wines at the cellar doors and wineries of the Coal River Valley.
To Hobart's north west, the Derwent Valley is nestled in the heart of Tasmiania's magnificent mountains and wilderness. The Valley boasts rolling fruit orchards and quaint villages, and hop fields and oast houses can be seen dotted throughout the landscape. Decades ago explorers, bushmen, farmers and dam-builders carved a living in this wild and rugged country.
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Frederick Henry Bay and Ralphs Bay are two large bays to the south east of Hobart. To their west, separating them from the Derwent Estuary, is the South Arm, thin Isthmus that connects the South Arm peninsula to the mainland. The peninsula boasts the best surfing beaches around Hobart, its numerous settlements having become dormitory suburbs of Hobart in recent times.