Tasmania's capital is a charming little city with an international flair. It has one of the finest deepwater harbours anywhere, and a colourful waterfront bustling with activity.
Situated between Mount Wellington and the River Derwent, Hobart was established in 1804, just one year ahead of its great civic rival, Launceston. The city’s history can be traced to 1803, when a small party of soldiers and convicts, under the command of Lieutenant John Bowen, was dispatched from Sydney to form Australia’s second European settlement. The original town was located on the eastern bank of the Derwent, but within a few months the settlers moved to Sullivan’s Cove on the western shore, which today is the centre of Hobart’s waterfront area.