Quality Hotel Hobart Midcity
Cnr. Elizabeth & Bathurst Stre
Hobart, TS 7000
Phone: (61) 3 62346333
Fax: (61) 3 62310898
One of the main thoroughfares in Hobart, Liverpool Street spans about 10 blocks and cuts through the city centre before turning into a residential street. Big shopping centers such as Myer and Elizabeth Street Mall can be found on the street. Between Murray Street and Elizabeth Street Mall is the pedestrianized Cat & Fiddle Arcade, a must-stop for children. Adjacent the Cat & Fiddle Arcade is the Centrepoint Shopping Centre, a delightful collection of shops situated around a food area. The other stores on Liverpool span from mainstream to eclectic, such as Horseland (for all your equestrian needs) and Tasmania Shop.
From the heart of the city, the bells of St David's Cathedral, a lovely Anglican Cathedral have been calling the faithful to worship for over 150 years. A small museum tells its history and the various chapels call for quiet contemplation. The Cathedral is also the home of the Choir of the Chapel of St Thomas, who lead even song.
St Joseph's Catholic Church in the heart of town pre-dates St Mary's Cathedral. It has undergone considerable change and restoration in its 160 year history. Today, the parish it serves is small, but is enlarged each week by interstate and overseas visitors to whom a warm welcome is always extended. Visitors of all denominations are equally welcome.
Tucked away in the sunken garden of the Commonwealth buildings, International Wall of Friendship ia a unique monument which is easily overlooked. Many nations have contributed to the Tasmanian community-from the construction of the huge dams which generate hydroelectricity to the highly visible face of the Hmong community each Saturday at Salamanca Market. Most recently the Kosovar community found a warm refuge from war and a special place in Tasmanian hearts. It is believed that no other project like this exists anywhere in the world, where to date 47 governments and local communities have gifted a plaque of friendship and peace.
There are a multitude of brochures available, lots of maps and timetables, booking information, helpful and comprehensive advice and accurate directions. The staff are always friendly and ready to help the eager or weary traveler. Also known as the Tasmanian Travel and Information Center, Hobart Travel Center has the most comprehensive tourist information available, but many accommodation and tourist attractions will also stock a limited range of brochures.
Setting for Bellerive Boardwalk, and a convenient respite from the attractions of neighboring Salamanca Market, this pretty park is a short stroll away from the City Center. The sweeping lawns and well-established trees are a fine counterpoint to the delightful garden samplings. History buffs will want to spend an hour or two browsing the headstones lining the wall on the Salamanca side, for here was the location of Hobart's first cemetery in 1804. Famous names rest alongside ordinary citizens, including the first white child born in Tasmania and victims of shipwrecks lost on the treacherous Tasmanian coast.
Constitution Dock is a lovely place to sit quietly and watch the water. At New Year, this is the finish of the annual Sydney Hobart Yacht Race and February sees the Royal Hobart Regatta. It is at such times the waterfront comes alive with visitors, sailors and spectacular sailing vessels. Several fine restaurants are close by while floating stalls cater for those who prefer a more informal feast of traditional fish and chips while watching the boats.
Visitors will not be disappointed with the truly unique beverage distilled at Lark Distillery. Instead of junipers, which are usually used for making gin, Bill Lark tried using a native plant. The result was an appealing Bush Liqueur made from mountain pepper berries. Delicious alone or blended with local Gillespies Ginger Beer, it is a taste sensation not to be missed. In addition, a single malt whiskey and apple schnapps are distilled at the site and are also well worth a try and would make a unique gift. Tastings and tours are available. Check website for more details.
Originally designed by famous convict architect John Lee Archer as a customs house, this large sandstone two-story building was constructed using convict labor between 1835 and 1840. After self-governance was granted to Tasmania in 1856, the Parliament House building was modified to suit parliamentary use. The lower floor now houses a historical museum and interesting historical documents are available for viewing. Visitors should note the grand central entrance surmounted by a parapet with a pretty cornice and the stonework coat of arms and enjoy a walk amongst 150-year-old majestic oak trees. Please call for open hours and group bookings which are free.
Full of information and run by volunteers, the National Trust shop is housed in a reclaimed and restored waterfront warehouse. The volunteers have a wealth of information about National Trust properties and activities in and around the city and a broad range of maps and tourist brochures are available. The shop offers a variety of items, many Tasmanian-made. Memberships, which give free admission to National Trust properties in Australia, New Zealand and Britain, as well as to many social and educational activities, can be purchased at the shop.
So named because of its industrial past, The Gasworks Complex is situated in the center of Old Hobart Town in what was formerly the red light district of Wapping. Once part of a warren of mean, criss-crossing alleys with open drains running alongside the neglected and unsanitary cottages, the site has been transformed. The complex is easily identified by a 34-meter high chimney stack.
A row of beautifully renovated sandstone warehouses lines Hobart's historic waterfront. Built in the 1830s, they were centers for trade and commerce. Recently they have been tastefully converted into stylish bars, art studios, book shops, boutiques, restaurants, jewelery stores and outdoor cafes. A lovely place to window shop or relax with a cappuccino or purchase a beautiful (and original) reminder of your visit. Across the road are lawns and park benches sheltered by the spreading branches of plane trees that are transformed by a mass of fairy lights in the evenings.