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The whole city of Hobart is an open-air museum and gallery. The proximity to the water of the Derwent, the looming mountains, the historic vistas round every corner and the modern adaptation of the city by writers, artists and craftspeople to a literary and artistic showcase all make it a most attractive place. Visit the galleries and museums; so often the buildings in which these are housed are themselves works of art and history.

Hobart's compactness and mild climate make it ideal for walking and cycling. There are numerous tracks around the city, along the harbour and through the parks from which you can enjoy the city and get a feel for its history. Heritage trails abound, while the gardens, delightful streetscapes and bustling harbour will please your camera.

And then there are all the things you can do messing about in boats. Hobart is a maritime city in every sense, and there are many opportunities to sail, fish, cruise or yacht-watch. You can get a taste of life on an old square-rigger, the Lady Nelson; take a tea or dinner cruise up the Derwent for a different perspective of the city; or immerse yourself in the Antarctic at the Australian Antarctic Division display at Kingston.

If your mind is of a more literary bent, then you'll be in paradise in Hobart. In keeping with the seeming tradition of books to gather in cool places, Hobart has a goodly number of antiquarian and secondhand bookshops, with a fast-establishing 'bookwalk' of specialist bookstores. Literary lunches, book launches, poetry readings and the proliferation of café/bookshops adds to the literary atmosphere.

Perhaps a tipple is your fancy? The pure air and water of Tasmania have lent themselves to the manufacture of a distinct flavour of whisky, made by generations of distillers – originally drawn from Celtic Scots and Irish convicts - who have perfected the process to produce really smooth malts. The peaty soils and plentiful fresh water of the new colony meant that whisky was the first 'local' drink, with around 17 distilleries springing up in Hobart. Today the Lark and Tasmania distilleries produce a range of unique whiskies and liqueurs.

Parks and Gardens

Parks and Gardens: Hobart's mild climate and clean air produce some spectacularly colourful floral displays, so take the time to walk around the lawns at Parliament House, St David's Park, which has old tombstones and monuments, and Franklin Square, with its oversized chess board. READ MORE

Historical Buildings

In the city centre, Macquarie Street and Davey Street together house almost sixty National Trust-listed buildings. Walk from City Hall up Macquarie Street to Harrington Street, down towards Salamanca Place and back along Davey Street to see them all. READ MORE

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