Tasmania’s capital, Hobart, is Australia’s second-oldest state capital (after Sydney), founded in 1804. Set on the mouth of the River Derwent against the striking backdrop of Mount Wellington, Hobart is a city of attractive Georgian sandstone and brick buildings, many convict-built.
Hobart’s population is about 200,000. Visitors driving rental cars don’t realise they have struck rush-hour traffic unless a resident mentions it. Yet the city is lively enough. Try the Salamanca Markets on Saturday morning, Wrest Point Casino or the many seafood restaurants and pubs around the waterfront.