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  •   Hobart - Attractions

•   Battery Point
There is a wealth of historic buildings in Battery Point, a former maritime village, ranging from tiny fishermen`s cottages to grander homes. Don`t miss Arthur`s Circus, with its village green, now a children`s playground. The National Trust has a guided walking tour on Saturday.

•   Mount Wellington
Looming behind Hobart is Mount Wellington. Drive to the top where there is an enclosed lookout offering extensive views of Hobart and the Derwent Valley. Be warned - it can be windy on the summit and it may snow - even in summer.

•   Salamanca Place
At Salamanca Place, original warehouses have been converted to art and craft galleries. The colourful Salamanca Market on Saturday offers arts, crafts, food and street entertainers.

•   Cadbury Schweppes chocolate factory
A must for chocoholics is a tour of the Cadbury Schweppes chocolate factory at Claremont. Free samples are offered during the tour and you can buy from the factory shop at discount prices. Bookings are essential.

•   Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery
Overlooking Constitution Dock this Museum and Art Gallery has a fine collection of landscape paintings, together with natural history and humanities collections. Admission is free though there can be charges for special exhibitions. Free guided tours are offered Wednesday to Sunday at 2.30pm.

•   Port Arthur
No stay in Hobart would be complete without a trip to historic Port Arthur. Once a notorious penal settlement, now it offers scenic ruins amidst an area of natural beauty.

•   Royal Tasmanian Botanic Gardens
The Royal Tasmanian Botanic Gardens are set within Queens Domain and are surrounded by convict-hewn walls. The Domain features bushland and many sporting facilities. The gardens feature the famous vegie patch of Peter Cundall, from the ABC`s Gardening Australia show.

•   Theatre Royal
Visit the Theatre Royal, the oldest theatre still operating in Australia, with its fine Georgian interior. Better still, attend a performance!

•   Gourmet Isle
Not for nothing is Tasmania known as the gourmet isle. Sample some of its delights including fruit, wine and cheese. These can be sampled at many of Hobart's cafes and restaurants or purchased from specialist stores or, even better, directly from the producer.

•   Wrest Point Casino
Visit Australia`s first casino, which opened in 1973. It has open views over the water, and a range of bars, restaurants and gaming rooms.

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