Hobart has stepped into the spotlight recently, having seen a boom in tourism. The old town is bursting with a fresh selection of trendy cafes, bars, and pubs, while the silhouette of Mount Wellington adds an impressive backdrop to the proceedings. Here, the rugged scenery is ideal for hikers and bikers, and, lower down on the waterfront, the attractions of Salamanca Pl and Battery Point proffer some of Tasmania’s best seasonal produce.

The sombre spectacle of Port Arthur provides a historic glimpse into Tasmania’s past, when the Peninsula was used to confine prisoners with vicious guard dogs and shark-infested waters. Though it might not be imbued with joy, the area offers the opportunity to dig beneath Hobart’s shiny façade.

Elsewhere, Bruny Island is chock full of animal encounters – think penguins, echidnas, and mutton birds – with a wild coastline full of picture-perfect scenery. Beach-goers will enjoy the selection of swimming and surfing opportunities, while nature-lovers can bask in the beauty of the South Bruny National Park.

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