Salamanca: More to Offer than a Market

The bustling Salamanca market in Hobart is a highlight for most visitors to Tasmania. Full of fresh and gourmet produce, art, craft and entertainment. It’s a popular with the tourists and visiting the market is a great way to start your Saturday, but it is just the beginning.

There is more to Salamanca and the surrounding area than the market, and as a Tasmanian, I’d like to share with you the places I enjoy in Salamanca, the neighbouring Battery Point and the Hobart Wharf.

A short stroll from the Salamanca market is the beautiful Battery Point Princes Park playground, or the ‘boat park’ as the locals call it. It’s a beautiful park with a pirate ship for the kids and manicured lawns perfect for a picnic.

If you are feeling energetic you could take a walk up Battery Point’s famous Kelly’s steps. Built in 1840 by James Kelly, the steps join Battery Point to Salamanca Place. An architectural landmark in Hobart, the steps will take you to one of Hobart’s oldest suburbs, full of charming cottages and gardens.

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Located across the road from the historic Salamanca buildings is the Hobart wharf, the second deepest natural port in the world. It’s home to the Australian and French Antarctic research vessels, fishing vessels and the beautiful circa 1798 Lady Nelson replica ship. The Lady Nelson sails twice each Saturday and Sunday and is a wonderful way to experience the Derwent River. If you are lucky you may see whales and dolphins, depending on the time of year.

The Hobart wharf is also home to Mures, Hobart’s best seafood restaurant. The business prides itself on fresh ‘hook to plate’ seafood. This means that the seafood you are served is caught that morning and if you are early, you can even watch it being unloaded from the fishing boats.

When it comes to food, you will not be disappointed in Tasmania, local fresh produce and plenty of cafes and restaurants to choose from. Tucked away in Salamanca’s Peacock Theatre Foyer is a little cafe called Tricycle. It’s my favourite spot for morning tea with friends. Try it out.

When you’re looking for accommodation I suggest looking at the old jam factory. Built in 1804, the warehouse was home to H. Jones and Co. Pty. Ltd. IXL, one of of Australia’ most successful companies. The jam may be long gone, but in 2004, the warehouse was brought back to life and is now the site for The Henry Jones Art Hotel, a truly unique place to stay.

Hobart is only 2,575 km from the Antarctic mainland, so it is cold. Strolling around Salamanca and the wharf is beautiful but you need to be warm. Wearing warm clothing is my number one tip.

This area of Tasmania is truly beautiful. It’s a great place to unwind, breath some fresh air (the cleanest in the world) and it’s a great place for families and those needing time away from the hustle and bustle of busy city life.

Relax, explore and enjoy Tasmania.

This article on Travelling in Australia was bought to you by Neptune Marine Services.

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