Hobart - Population 214,000

Hobart

The City of Hobart and the Derwent River

Founded in 1804, Tasmania’s capital has come a long way from its harsh, colonial background to become a vibrant, naturally beautiful place that is a favourite with visitors from around the globe. With majestic Mount Wellington dominating the skyline and the Derwent River providing a picturesque setting for the yachts and ships of the sea port, the city that has evolved here blends the past and the present with ease.

Home to Australia’s oldest working theatre, Hobartians’ love of the arts is evidenced by the wonderful galleries and art studios hidden in amongst the stunning sandstone buildings of the waterfront; their support of the acclaimed Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra; the active contemporary music and dance scene; and the famous Salamanca Market, which is held every Saturday. The new kid on the block is the Museum of Old and New Art, or MONA. It’s only a short ferry ride up the Derwent River if you’d like to see for yourself what the world-wide fuss is all about!

Renowned for its relaxed lifestyle, affable locals, world-class education and infrastructure, lively arts scene and exceptional food and wine, Hobart offers the best of city living and is the perfect base from which to discover Tasmania.

Launceston - Population 105,000

Launceston lights at night

Image Credit: Tourism Tasmania and Rob Burnett

Launceston, the ‘northern capital’, is Australia’s third oldest city (behind Sydney and Hobart) and its many examples of Georgian and Victorian architecture allude to a fascinating history. Situated on the panoramic Tamar River and home to the spectacular Cataract Gorge, which is only a 15 minute walk from the city centre, Launceston is the gateway to Tasmania’s northern region. Boutique vineyards, fine dining experiences and outstanding local produce combine to make this city a ‘must see’.


Devonport - Population 25,000

Devonport

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Devonport is the first stop for visitors arriving on one of the Spirit of Tasmania ships from Melbourne. The city has a great deal to offer and, as with so many Tasmanian cities and towns, the gourmet traveller is extremely well catered for. The fertile Mersey Valley region produces around 40% of the state’s vegetable crop. Along with freshly caught seafood and locally bred prime beef, the proceeds of this harvest are available at restaurants throughout the city. Devonport is the heart of the North-West region, bringing together the country and the coast. The perfect springboard to other areas, from here it is only an hour’s drive to the iconic Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park, one of Tasmania’s premier wilderness regions.

Burnie - Population 21,000

Burnie

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Originally known as Emu Bay, Tasmania’s most westerly city is home to the fifth largest container port in Australia. With a long history in the timber and mineral industries, Burnie is now better known for manufacturing equipment for use in agriculture and aquaculture. The city is proud of its reputation as a community of ‘makers’ and a visit to the Makers’ Workshop, a place that honours Burnie’s history, innovators and artists, reveals a great deal about the paper, whisky, and award-winning cheeses that are produced in this area. Burnie is characterised by a vibrant foreshore and strong environmental awareness and locals and visitors alike enjoy the beaches, waterfalls, fly fishing, wildlife and gardens that are a part of everyday life here.