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  •   Hobart - Untourist Attractions

•   Runnymede
The National Trust property Runnymede is located to the north of the city, in Newtown. The fine Georgian building has been restored, and both house and garden are open to the public.

•   Narryna Heritage Museum
Located in the historic suburb of Battery Point, the museum is housed in a Georgian building which is one of Hobart`s earliest colonial mansions. It features one of the oldest collections of early Tasmanian historical artefacts, including furniture, china, silver, costumes, embroidery and paintings.

•   Tasmanian Trail
A 480 km multi-pupose recreational trail extending from Devonport in north Tasmania to Dover in the south. The trail winds through forests and farmlands, historic towns and along fire trails. It is designed for use by bushwalkers, mountain bikers and horseriders.

•   Kangaroo Bluff Historic Site
Now managed by the National Parks and Wildlife Service, the Kangaroo Bluff Battery was developed to stop any enemy vessels from shelling Hobart Town. It is thought that the appearance in the River Derwent of two Russian warships in 1873 promoted plans for the construction.

•   Penitentiary Chapel & Criminal Courts Ghost Tour
Built in 1831, this is one of Tasmania`s oldest and most historic buildings. It was built to be the chapel for the adjacent prison barracks, but in 1860 two wings of the building were converted for use as criminal courts. Take the candlelit evening ghost tour, when you can see the tunnels, courtrooms and gallows, and hear stories about murders, grim executions and strange happenings. Bookings are essential.

•   St Davids Park
This mid-city park was once the burial site for 900 souls, although now only a few remain. The remaining gravestones give a poignant picture of life and death in the colony`s early days. The park is now the scene of festivals, concerts, weddings and celebrations.

•   Rafting Experience
For an exciting adventure on Hobart`s doorstep, go rafting on the Picton and Huon Rivers. You`ll be shooting rapids amidst stunning scenery.

•   Tasmanian Parliament House
The public can watch proceedings on sitting days from the public gallery. On non-sitting days there are guided tours through the building which include both the Legislative Council and the Assembly Chamber.

•   Allport Library and Museum
Located on the ground floor of the State Library of Tasmania, this collection of fine furniture and household items offers a glimpse into the lifestyle of a wealthy gentleman over 100 years ago.

•   Tasmanian Transport Museum
A collection of locomotives, carriages and railway memorabilia. Steam train trips are run twice a month.

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