Tourism Tasmania (www.discovertasmania.com.au) is the official tourism body and operates visitor centers in more than 20 towns throughout the state. The Tasmanian Travel and Information Centre, 20 Davey St. (at Elizabeth St.), Hobart (tel. 1800/990 440 in Australia, or 03/6238 4222; www.hobarttravelcentre.com.au) can arrange travel passes, ferry and bus tickets, car rentals, cruises, and accommodations. It is open daily 9am–5pm (closed Christmas Day).
Hobart straddles the Derwent River on the south coast of Tasmania. Salamanca Place and nearby Battery Point abut Sullivan’s Cove, home to hundreds of yachts. The row of sandstone warehouses that dominate Salamanca Place date to the city’s heyday as a whaling base in the 1830s. Behind Princes Wharf, Battery Point is the city’s historic district, which in colonial times was the home of sailors, fishermen, whalers, coopers, merchants, shipwrights, and master mariners. The open ocean is about 50km (31 miles) down the river, though the Derwent empties into Storm Bay, just 20km (12 miles) downstream. The central business district is on the west side of the water, with the main thoroughfares—Campbell, Argyle, Elizabeth, Murray, and Harrington streets—sloping down to the busy harbor. The Tasman Bridge and regular passenger ferries cross the Derwent River. Set back from and overlooking the city is 1,270m-tall (4,166-ft.) Mount Wellington.
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