Battery Point

Historic Suburb of Hobart

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Narryna Heritage Museum - Built in the 1830s, step back in time for a rich experience of early colonial life.

Jackman McRoss Bakery at Battery Point
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Jackman & McRoss Bakery
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A Tiny Place Cafe - Battery Point has many unique cafes, restaurants and bakeries to enjoy your morning coffee and watch the world go by
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Salamanca Arts Centre: Deju Vu Books
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Salamanca Place - Shutterbug Walkabouts Experience
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Heritage Horse Drawn Carriages - Immerse yourself in the history and romance of Colonial Hobart by touring the Battery Point area and Salamanca Place driven by a pair of horses pulling an open carriage.
Image thanks to: Tanya Chalice Photography

Salamanca Place - Shutterbug Walkabouts Experience
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Battery Point

Historic suburb just 10 mins walk from Hobart City Centre.

Battery Point is a suburb of Hobart immediately south of the central business district. From Salamanca Place, climb the colonial era Kelly’s steps and wander up through the lanes and quaint streets of Battery Point, filled with stories of Hobart’s historic past. The curious 19th century sandstone and weatherboard cottages possess eccentric charm and nestle tightly into tiny streets and laneways.

Once a poor man’s village, Battery Point is now home to Hobart’s premium real estate and a fashionable suburb in which to live, with most cottages having been internally renovated to balance modern chic with old world charm. Many have been converted into guest houses where you can stay and immerse yourself in the historic village, just a stone’s throw away from Salamanca and the Hobart waterfront.

Hampden Road is the main strip of Battery Point, housing some of Hobart’s best cafes as well as art and gift shops and an artisan bakery featuring rustic brickwork, timber flooring, high ceilings and an open glass front. Recent additions to Battery Point’s cafe scene embrace those postmodern vibes and include a rustic but quaint tea house with raw, vegetarian and vegan eats, plucking veggies straight from the garden, as well as a kombi-inspired smoothie house embracing the age of cold pressed juice and smoothie bowls – serving as a slight juxtaposition from what once would have dished out ye old meat and 3 veg.

History

Settled in 1804 and built jutting out over the River Derwent, Battery Point began its life as a maritime village. The suburb’s name derives from an 1818 gun battery that stood to protect the town from real and imagined nautical threats. The battery was situated on the site of today’s Princes Park. The guns were used to fire salutes on ceremonial occasions but were never called upon for their intended use. The battery was decommissioned after an 1878 review of Hobart’s defences found that its proximity to surrounding residential neighbourhood could be a real danger. Subsequent to this, the site was handed over to the Hobart City Council as a place of recreation and amusement.

Activities and Things to Do and See

Battery Point is a charming place to discover on foot. Window shopping can be a delightful way to pass the day, with plenty of antique shops and bookstores to pass through.

Consider opting for a historic walking tour to learn the stories that at one time filled this otherworldly town. Some highlighted stops might include the below:

The Narryna Heritage Museum on Hampden Road is the perfect place to delve even deeper into Battery Point’s history. Built in 1836, this well restored building now houses an extensive collection of old colonial furniture and artifacts that are displayed in their natural settings.

St. George’s Anglican Church is worth a visit to those fascinated by stunning architecture. The church was designed by John Lee Archer in 1838 and sits upon Battery Point’s highest point, making it visible from the whole of Southern Hobart and the river where sailors would use it to guide them home.

‘Arthur’s Circus’ can be found in the centre village green, where charming and quirky cottages wrap around a circular park for a step back in history. Many of the cottages here were built in the 1840’s and 50’s, in the earliest days of old Hobart town, and have been continuously restored since. They are now highly sought after residences.
Princes Park covers the area occupied by the original Battery from which Battery Point got its name.

Accommodation offerings

Tourists staying right in Battery Point generally opt for either the boutique B&Bs, historic apartments, or cottages. A 19th century tavern which has been restored into an accommodation might be just your cup of tea! With downtown Hobart just a short walk away, options are plentiful for all tastes.

What to Eat

Hampden Road and its surroundings are filled with dining options. Whether you’re looking for sushi, a traditional pub serving a counter meal and a stout, or craving a family-run Italian restaurant, you’ll be sure to find it in Battery Point.

What to do

Battery Point

Ghost Tour - Battery Point

Battery Point

On our Battery Point route, over approximately two hours you will be professionally guided through the back streets of this lovely, historic waterfront suburb, taking in the tales and sights of Hobart’s most stunning part of town. With your guide, you will visit various haunted sites with ghosts from our legendary past through to the current day.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the heritage nature of some of the sites we visit and the hilly landscape in Battery Point, this tour is not suitable for people in wheelchairs or those with mobility issues.

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Walking Tour

AU$25

Walking Tour

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  • Two hour guided tour
  • The best of Battery Point

 

Red Decker 48 hour City Loop + Cascade Brewery

Hobart

Join the official sightseeing tour of Hobart bound for Australia’s oldest brewery, the Cascade Brewery. Established in 1824, it is still producing Australia’s oldest beer, Cascade Pale Ale. Your fully guided brewery tour will explore the brewing process, historic buildings and heritage gardens, finishing with product tastings.

Your 48-hour CITY LOOP ticket allows you to rejoin the official sightseeing tour of Hobart; choose from 20 different stops featuring the best sights and attractions in and around Hobart. Hop-on and hop-off as many times as you like, or stay on board and do the 90-minute city loop tour – the choice is yours! Our open-top double decker buses provide unrivalled views of this beautiful city, including local landmarks such as the River Derwent, Tasman Bridge and Mt Wellington as well as an abundance of colonial architecture and city streetscapes.

 

The City Loop operates between 20 popular locations including the MONA ferry terminal at Brooke Street Pier, Salamanca Place, Battery Point, Wrest Point Casino, Sandy Bay Village, Cascade Brewery, Cascades Female Factory, Hobart CBD, Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery, Maritime Museum of Tasmania, The Tench Penitentiary Chapel, Hobart Aquatic Centre, The Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens and Victoria Docks.

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Jump-on Jump-off bus

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Red Decker 48 hour City Loop + Mt Wellington

Rising 1270 metres above sea level, join our shuttle bus for a 2-hour return journey to the summit of kunanyi/Mt Wellington. Experience spectacular views of the city of Hobart and surrounds. Offering fantastic photo opportunities, this tour allows ample time to explore the summit, including the two lookouts and the surrounding landscape.

Your 48-hour CITY LOOP ticket allows you to rejoin the official sightseeing tour of Hobart; choose from 20 different stops featuring the best sights and attractions in and around Hobart. Hop-on and hop-off as many times as you like, or stay on board and do the 90-minute city loop tour – the choice is yours! Our open-top double decker buses provide unrivalled views of this beautiful city, including local landmarks such as the River Derwent, Tasman Bridge and Mt Wellington as well as an abundance of colonial architecture and city streetscapes.

The City Loop operates between 20 popular locations including the MONA ferry terminal at Brooke Street Pier, Salamanca Place, Battery Point, Wrest Point Casino, Sandy Bay Village, Cascade Brewery, Cascades Female Factory, Hobart CBD, Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery, Maritime Museum of Tasmania, The Tench Penitentiary Chapel, Hobart Aquatic Centre, The Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens and Victoria Docks.

 

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Whiskey Tour Hobart - includes tasting and lunch

Hobart - Full day private guided tour

Hobart is Tasmania’s capital city and the second oldest capital in Australia, after Sydney. Nestled amongst the foothills of Mt Wellington (1,270m) and at the entrance of the Derwent River, Hobart combines heritage charm with a modern lifestyle in a setting of exceptional beauty.

Your experienced and local guide will greet you at 8.30am at your CBD accommodation. Step back in history and join your guide for an introduction to one of Hobart’s oldest suburbs. From Salamanca Place, climb Kelly’s Steps and wander along Battery Point’s quaint streets, past Georgian cottages and grand colonial mansions, soaking up the village atmosphere.

Tasmania is ideally situated to make malt whisky, and yet 150 years after the last licenced Tasmanian distillery closed its doors, it took a true whisky lover to realise the environment was perfect for distilling and maturing whisky.

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Luxury Wine Tour at MONA Hobart - inc bottle of wine

Mona, the Museum of Old and New Art, is Australia’s largest privately owned gallery and museum. Showcasing the diverse collection of its owner, Tasmanian gambler David Walsh, the collection ranges from ancient Egyptian funerary to modernist masterpieces and international contemporary art. Since opening in 2011, visitors have been drawn to Mona’s picturesque site on the banks of the River Derwent, which also features luxury accommodation, a restaurant, vineyard and winery – amongst other things.

Begin your day by taking Mona’s MR-1 Fast Ferry from Hobart’s Brooke St Pier to Mona at 9:am. You’ll be travelling in style in the ferry’s super exclusive Posh Pit, with complimentary Moorilla wine, Moo Brew and delicious snacks. Upon arrival you will enter to the museum. You can then begin your self-guided exploration of Mona’s permanent collection and an array of blockbuster exhibitions.

Only a short walk away, at 11:30am, Moorilla’s wine ambassador will take you on a private behind-the-scenes tour of the winery and vineyard. You’ll taste the wine as it is being made, following the trail of grapes as they are handpicked, crushed, pressed, fermented and matured. You’ll also get all the goss about Moorilla from David Walsh and Claudio Alcorso, who planted Morilla’s first vines. Tour includes a tailoerd tasting of Moorilla’sPraxis and Muse Series in the fancy underground Barrel Room. You’ll also receive a complimentary bottle of Moorilla’s most celebrated wine, the Muse Pinot noir to take home.

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Tasman Island Cruises Full Day Tour from Hobart + Devil Park

Hobart - Tasman Peninsula

Take a Full Day Tour and spend a day on the Tasman Peninsula, incorporating return guided bus tour from Hobart, our award-winning cruise, morning tea, lunch and a visit to the Tasmanian Devil Conservation Park.

Itinerary

07:30am – Check in at Pennicott Wilderness Journeys Centre
07:45am – Bus departs
09:15am – Arrive on Tasman Peninsula, Morning Tea
10:00am – 3 Hour Wilderness Cruise
01:00pm – Cruise concludes
01:15pm – Lunch
02:45pm – Visit Tasmanian Devil Conservation Park
04:30pm – Bus departs
06:00pm – Arrive Hobart, hotel drop-off

 

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1 Day Tour

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Old Hobart Pub Tour

Join your local Tasmanian guide on an exciting journey through 200 alcohol-soaked years of enterprise, hardship and hilarious tales and stories at some of our old waterfront taverns, pubs and bars.

Enjoy a drink (your own purchase, no obligation) as you learn of Hobart’s underbelly through stories of pubs, brothels, smugglers, convicts and some rip-roaring Tasmanian characters who played an unforgettable part in the murky yet fascinating history of Hobart.

This tour is not only for guests who fancy a drink along the way. There’s no obligation to buy a drink at any of the pubs we visit.  It’s up to you to decide if you would like to quench your thirst as you listen to your friendly guide interpret stories of old Hobart town…

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Hobart Historic Walk

Hobart

Discover Hobart by foot and hear the fascinating stories of how Tasmania’s capital city was established and how it grew to become the vibrant waterfront city you enjoy today. Your local Tasmanian guide will identify the heritage-listed buildings of Hobart as you walk the old town. This will happen while telling the stories of the hardened characters and issues that were major influences in the early days of Hobart. The guided Hobart Historic Walk is a 1.5 hour tour and is wheelchair friendly.

The Hobart Historic Walk will provide an introduction to Hobart’s history and orientation of the city today. Identify the heritage listed buildings and hear the stories of the early characters and issues that were major influences in the early days of Hobart.  Or join the Old Hobart Pub Tour and learn about old taverns, pubs, brothels, smugglers, convicts and the characters involved.  The Grand Hobart Walk combines the Hobart Historic Walk with a tour of Salamanca and Battery Point. This 3 hour experience provides in depth insights into Hobart’s past and present.

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Hobart Walking Tour

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Iron Pot Cruises (10am)

Iron Pot Cruises is a 2½ hour cruise exploring the renowned waterways that influence Hobart’s lifestyle. Visit Australia’s oldest lighthouse, circumnavigate Betsey Island and discover the city’s rich maritime past.

Travel aboard one of our brand new vessels in a small group of up to 12 passengers. The spacious enclosed cabin contains comfortable leather seats. Large awning windows provide a great view and allow you to immerse yourself in the surroundings.

 

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Where to Stay

Battery Point

St Ives Apartments

Battery Point - Hobart

Located in the heart of Battery Point, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of St. George's Anglican Church and Salamanca Market.

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Salamanca Wharf Hotel

Battery Point - Hobart

Located in Sullivan's Cove, this boutique aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Salamanca Place and Salamanca Market. Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens and Cascade Brewery are also within 5 km.

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Salamanca Terraces

Battery Point - Hobart

Located in Sullivan's Cove, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Salamanca Place and Salamanca Market. Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens and Cascade Brewery are also within 5 km.

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Battery Point Boutique Accommodation

Battery Point - Hobart

Situated in Battery Point, this apartment building is close to St. George’s Anglican Church, Salamanca Market, and Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens. Also nearby are Salamanca Place and Narryna Heritage Museum.
This apartment building features laundry facilities, a garden, and barbecue grills. Free WiFi in public areas and free self parking are also provided. Other amenities include a picnic area.
Each apartment provides a kitchen with a refrigerator, an oven, a stovetop, and a microwave. Guests can appreciate conveniences like a washing machine and a dining area, and other amenities include free WiFi and a sitting area. Limited housekeeping is available.

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The Henry Jones Art Hotel

Hobart - South East

Located in Sullivan’s Cove, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Franklin Wharf and Salamanca Market. Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens and Cascade Brewery are also within 5 km.

A restaurant, a fitness center, and a bar/lounge are available at this smoke-free hotel. Free WiFi in public areas and free valet parking are also provided. Other amenities include a coffee shop/café, meeting rooms, and concierge services.
All 56 individually decorated rooms provide free WiFi, free wired Internet, and iPod docks. LCD TVs with cable channels and DVD players provide a bit of entertainment, and guests will also find comforts like premium bedding and pillow menus.

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Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel

Hobart - South East

Located in Sullivan’s Cove, this luxury apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery and Salamanca Market. Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens and Cascade Brewery are also within 5 km.
This apartment building features a restaurant, a fitness center, and a bar/lounge. WiFi in public areas is free. Other amenities include a 24-hour business center, a conference center, and self parking.
Each apartment offers free WiFi and free wired Internet, an LCD TV with satellite channels, plus a refrigerator and a coffee/tea maker. Added amenities include 24-hour room service, a DVD player, and a minibar.

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Hadley's Orient Hotel

Hobart - South East

Located in Hobart Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of St. David’s Cathedral and Salamanca Market. Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens and Cascade Brewery are also within 5 km.
This smoke-free hotel features a restaurant, a bar/lounge, and a conference center. WiFi in public areas is free. Additionally, a business center, conference space, and concierge services are onsite.
All 71 individually decorated rooms feature free WiFi and minibars. For a bit of entertainment, flat-screen TVs come with digital channels, and guests can also appreciate conveniences like refrigerators and coffee makers.

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