Hobart - where history and culture collide.
Battery Point and Arthur Circus.
A short stroll south of Salamanca Place, past the warehouses, craft stores and art galleries, you’ll encounter the suburb of Battery Point. This part of Hobart takes its name from the battery of guns that stood on the river’s edge from 1818, protecting the city against potential invaders. Today the narrow streets are best navigated by the Battery Point Sculpture Trail - a route of nine sculptures depicting key events in local history.
Leaving the original merchant’s district behind you, here you’ll get a taste of what life was like as an early resident of the colony. As you wander past craft breweries and convict-built churches, undoubtedly the most memorable part of your journey will be the ring of cottages on Arthur Circus. Built for the officers of the garrison in the 1800s, the quaint, picket-fenced properties retain a charming postcard-worthy feel.
Mount Wellington and Wellington Park.
The Female Factory.
While MONA represents Tasmania at its most cutting-edge, reminders of the state’s past are never far away. In South Hobart, Cascades Female Factory is a World Heritage Site offering tours of the barracks where female convicts were imprisoned from the late 1820s. A visit here offers a sobering insight into the conditions women prisoners endured during the early years of European settlement.
Those admitted to the prison were divided into three categories of prisoner; determined by the severity of their crime and history of offending. This system dictated rank and responsibility within the prison, with first class prisoners awarded trustworthy roles and the lowest class subjected to the toughest forms of labour.