Battery Point Historic Walking Tour

Self Guided Historic Walk  |  Battery Point Historic Walking Tour

My Battery Point Historic Walking Tour is a self guided ramble through Hobart’s Historic Precinct. Battery Point in Hobart is a fascinating place to discover on foot.

This self guided walk will take you along the backstreets and around the corners to poke into the different areas and to discover its contrasts.

There will be some history, but the main thrust is to help you walk the streets and soak up the ambiance of this very unique suburb of Hobart.

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Battery Point Historic Walking Tour Tasmania Battery Point and Tasman Bridge

In 1818 a battery of guns was established on the Point as part of Hobart’s defences, and it is from this that Battery Point gets its name.

It is nowadays a fashionable suburb in which to live, but it also contains some of the oldest, still standing houses in Tasmania.

The start and finish points are in Salamanca Place at Kelly’s Steps and the walk will take about 2 hours at a leisurely pace.

Battery Point Historic Walk Map

Things To See and Do  |  Battery Point Historic Walking Tour

Kelly’s Steps   |   Narryna Heritage Museum   |   St George’s Anglican Church
Arthur Circus   |   The Shipwright’s Arms Hotel   |   Princes Park   |   Lenna of Hobart
If it is a Saturday, the Salamanca Market will be at the start and the end of the walk.

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Battery Point Historic Walking Tour Tasmania Salamanca Market

Self Guided Walk Directions  |  Battery Point Historic Walking Tour

The start of the walk is on the south end of Salamanca Place.

Battery Point Historic Walking Tour Tasmania Kellys Steps

Kelly’s Steps   |  Battery Point Historic Walking Tour

Enter the narrow lane signposted “Kelly Steps” and climb the steps themselves onto Kelly Street.

From the top of the steps you can see how the old warehouses of Salamanca Place were built into the cutting made in the hill when the filling was pushed into the water to make the wharves.

Walk along Kelly Street until it ends at Hampden Road. The Prince of Wales Hotel will be on your left at Hampden Road.

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Battery Point Historic Walking Tour Tasmania Narryna Heritage Museum

Narryna Heritage Museum   |  Battery Point Historic Walking Tour

Turn right onto Hampden Road. As you walk along Hampden Road, notice the two conjoined houses on the right named “Mafeking” and “Pretoria”.

These were built just after the Boer War of 1899 – 1902 and commemorate two of the Battles. The Boer War was the first war in which Australian forces fought overseas.

Continue on to Narryna Heritage Museum. It is worth a half hour or so visiting this wonderful Museum of Colonial Heritage.

Built in 1836, this well restored building now houses one of Australia’s foremost colonial historic collections.

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Hampden Road   |  Battery Point Historic Walking Tour

Leaving Narryna Heritage Museum, turn left, cross Hampden Road and walk back towards Battery Point.

On the corner of De Witt Street, notice the beautiful “Invercoe”, a sandstone home with a steep slate roof built in 1883.

Turn right into De Witt Street and walk along to the corner of Cromwell Street.  Turn left into Cromwell Street.

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St George Anglican Church   |  Battery Point Historic Walking Tour

On your right will be St George’s Anglican Church, built in 1838.  It is the highest spot in Battery Point.

Continue towards the water and enjoy the fine views looking downhill along Cromwell Street to the Derwent River Estuary before turning left onto Colville Street.

Walk along Colville Street to Waterloo Crescent on your left. Turn left onto Waterloo Crescent.

Battery Point Historic Walking Tour Tasmania Hampden Road Houses

More of Hampden Road   |  Battery Point Historic Walking Tour

As you follow the curve of Waterloo Crescent, watch for the wonderfully restored Harriet House at No. 19 on your right, then for Fusilier Cottage, also on your right on the corner as Waterloo Crescent joins Hampden Road.

Turn right onto Hampden Road and follow it downhill. Battery Point’s old Community Hall is the fine red brick building on your right on the corner of Francis Street.

Continue on along Hampden Road, and watch for the turn to the left into Arthur Circus.

The building on the corner, The Grand Old Duke (c. 1850), was the Duke of York Tavern in earlier times, but is now a tastefully restored accommodation. Walk in to Arthur Circus.

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Arthur Circus   |  Battery Point Historic Walking Tour

This interesting circle of cottages built around a circular park was one of the earliest sub-divisions in Australia, having been established by then Governor Arthur in dubious circumstances in 1837.

The original cottages have all been refurbished and are still here.

They are now extremely expensive and highly sought after residences. Make a circle of Arthur Circus and return to Hampden Road.

Turn left onto Hampden Road (downhill) and then immediately right onto Colville Street. Walk up the hill along Colville Street.

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Battery Point Historic Walking Tour Tasmania Shipwrights Arms Bar

Shipwrights Arms Hotel   |  Battery Point Historic Walking Tour

You will see the Shipwright’s Arms Hotel on the corner of Trumpeter Street ahead and on your left. Still a local watering hole for yachtsmen and mariners, it is worth stopping in for refreshments.

Battery Point Historic Walking Tour Tasmania Princes Park Battery

Princes Park and the Battery   |  Battery Point Historic Walking Tour

Walk down Trumpeter Street towards the water, and then veer left onto the leafty Marine Terrace and follow it around beside the Derwent River as it becomes Clarke Avenue.

Many of the houses in the water frontage area are new or restored, and this water frontage property is perhaps the most expensive real estate in Tasmania.

Follow the curve of Clarke Avenue and turn left when it dead-ends into Finlay Street. Walk up Finlay Street (away from the water), and veer right onto Secheron Street, then turn hard right back onto Hampden Road.

Walk downhill along Hampden Road and turn left through the gates and into Princes Park where Hampden Road ends at Battery Square and Castray Esplanade.

Enter Princes Park. This park covers the area occupied by the original Battery from which Battery Point got its name.

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Battery Point Historic Walking Tour Tasmania Lenna of Hobart

Back to Salamanca Place   |  Battery Point Historic Walking Tour

Follow the path through Princes Park, then turn left and stay on the park path and walk uphill to the exit onto the Battery Square and McGregor Street corner.

Walk along McGregor Street to Runnymede Street and turn right. Lenna of Hobart, one of Battery Point’s landmark hotels, will be on your right.

Continue downhill to Salamanca Place, turn hard left and walk along Salamanca Place.

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