Simply strolling around the harbor and popping into the shops at Salamanca Place can keep you nicely occupied, but don’t miss the lovely colonial stone cottages of Battery Point. This area got its name from a battery of guns set up on the promontory in 1818 to defend the town against potential invaders (particularly the French). Today, there are tearooms, antiques shops, restaurants, and atmospheric pubs interspersed between grand dwellings.
For magnificent views over Hobart and across a fair-size chunk of Tasmania, drive to the Pinnacle on top of Mount Wellington, about 40 minutes from the city center. Take a warm coat; the wind in this alpine area can bite. An extensive network of walking trails offers good hiking. You can order a copy of the Wellington Park Recreation Map and Notes and other day walk maps for A$10 or less online from Tasmap (www.tasmap.tas.gov.au). The website also has other free maps for download, including street maps of Hobart and Launceston.
Central Hobart is very small, and most of the attractions are in easy walking distance. Metro Tasmania (tel. 03/6233 4232 or 13 22 01; www.metrotas.com.au) operates public buses throughout the city and suburban areas. The buses operate on an electronic Green Card system, or you can just buy a ticket on board. Single tickets cost from A$3. Day Rover tickets can be used after 9am daily (or all day on weekends) and cost A$5.30.
Tasmania’s Tricky Roads
Driving in Tasmania can be dangerous; there are more accidents involving tourists on Tasmania’s roads than anywhere else in Australia. Many roads are narrow and bends can be tight, especially in the mountainous inland regions, where you may also come across black ice early in the morning or any time in winter. Marsupials are common around dusk, and swerving to avoid them has caused countless crashes. In fact, you may be shocked by the amount of road kill you will see here.
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