Hobart Apartments--home stays while away
Just minutes from the centre of the charming Tasmanian capital, the Hobart Apartments create the feeling of home for business travelers and families on extended stay. Re-furbished in 2004, one and two bedroom apartments large enough for seven people are provided with everything needed for a comfortable stay, including a fully equipped separate kitchen with microwave, full size stove, large refrigerator and all the crockery and cutlery to make eating-in very easy. Wireless internet and Austar TV are also available. In addition to the apartment units, a fully furnished and separate three bedroom cottage accommodates larger parties.
Ample off-street parking available provides convenience to the Tasmanian come to the city for an extended visit or the world traveler on a mission to explore more remote parts of the large island from a central base, the Hobart Apartments is the best of both.
As beautiful as it is laid-back, picturesque Hobart is the capital of Tasmania and the second oldest capital city in Australia, first settled in 1804. Lying at the foot of Mount Wellington, its suburbs span both banks of the Derwent River. Hobart city centre features lovely shopping arcades, fashion boutiques, gift shops and many cafes and restaurants. Surrounded by the sea, naturally, the water is celebrated by festivals and the Harbour serves as destination for popular races from the Australian Continent.
The inner harbor area, particularly Battery Point, offers an historical perspective to a modern city, a place where convicts in the 19th century caught first glimpse of the new land they had been condemned to call home, that has been transformed through time into a vibrant city of choice. A maritime museum provides historical information on the shipping life so vital to a country over the centuries surrounded by the vast sea.
A city made comfortable for walkers, a few steps from the Hobart Apartments delivers visitors to shops, restaurants and entertainment around the Salamanca Market. On Saturdays between 8:30 AM and 3 PM, merchants convene to sell their home-grown and produced wares such as organic fruits and vegetables, crafts and flowers. The architecture is soft sandstone buildings more than 150 years old, dressed with ornate iron-works. The art galleries elegantly frame al fresco diners in the warm evening light.
Hobart has a thriving arts community crowned by the Salamanca Arts Centre. The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery on Maquerie Street teaches about modern life and culture. A short cruise upriver provides a unique experience to begin a tour of the already world famous MOMA, a trip redefining both art and 'museuming', and just 15minutes from downtown.
Dominated by the famous Mount Wellington over-looking the city, a day trip away from Hobart delivers guests to the mountaintop providing stunning views of the entire Derwent Valley, Port Arthur and the ocean stretching forever away. The Wellington Park features other beautiful landmarks such as Sleeping Beauty and Collins Bonnet.
Other trips are also easy from the Hobart Apartments to the world-famous Cadbury Chocolate factory for delectable sweet tastes. The Cascade Brewery features local ales to sample while walking through their Woodstock Garden. Wine and beers are equally emphasized at the Moorilla winery just 15 miles away. The Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens offer a variety of plants from sub-Antartic to ornate Japanese gardens and a ride through The Zoodoo, a wildlife park, will find as varied a mix of Tasmanian Devil, kangaroo and Koalas.
Life in Tasmania is vibrant for sophisticated travelers; picturesque and serene for those wanting to get away for romance or seclusion. Regardless of purpose, the Hobart Apartments mix convenience and affordability in a home away from ordinary home.