Hobart is the capital of Tasmania, the island state, sits on the River Derwent. At its fashionable Salamanca Place, old sandstone warehouses host galleries and cafes. Nearby is Battery Point, a historic district with narrow lanes and colonial-era cottages. The city’s backdrop is 1,270m-high Mount Wellington, with sweeping views, plus hiking and cycling trails. A small area of 1,700 square kilometres and population of only 240,000, home to half of the state’s population.
Today, Hobart is the financial and administrative hub of Tasmania, serving as the home port for both Australian and French Antarctic operations and acting as a tourist destination, with about two million visitors per annum. Well-known drawcards include its convict-era architecture, Salamanca Market and the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA).
Tasmania once called the apple isle, now these days as the salmon state, Australia’s large salmon farming destination. It is the second oldest Australian state after New South Wales, once called Van Demons Land, with a long convict history, including Port Arthur. Still a small population state of over 530,000. It is promoted as a natural state, and protected areas of Tasmania cover about 42% of its land area, which includes national parks and World Heritage Sites. Other large regional centre of Tasmania is Launceston, in the state’s north.
Tasmania is predominately rural/non-urban outside of Hobart and Launceston, with those two centres having residential, commercial/industrial and special use properties.