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A Brief History
The city of Hobart was first established in 1804, along the banks of the Derwent River; making it Australia’s second oldest city. At this time, the majority of residents were convicts sent to Australia from Britain. While some convicts were placed in prisons, the majority helped to build government buildings and houses, while others set up their own businesses. The transportation of convicts to Tasmania (then called Van Diemen’s Land) was abolished in 1853, and the island became a self-governing colony until the Commonwealth of Australia was officially formed in 1901. Although Hobart was no longer a penal colony at this point, the reputation followed the city for several more decades. Despite a few periods of financial hardship in the late 19th century and during the World Wars, Hobart became a thriving hub of industry focused around industries such as fishing and shipbuilding. In 1958, the Princess of Tasmania ferry began to operate between Melbourne and Tasmania, increasing tourism to the island state, affectionately dubbed the Apple Isle. Today, Hobart is a thriving centre for art, history, and natural beauty that you can take in by booking Cairns to Hobart flights with Webjet.
Top Things to Do and See
Museum of Old and New Art (MONA)
Since opening in 2011, MONA has quickly become one of the top attractions to experience after cheap flights to Hobart from Cairns. The museum features an interesting - and sometimes eye-opening - mix of classic and modern art styles. The curators of the museum like to use the exhibits as an example of ‘where we have been and where we will go next.’ In addition to some impressive art, visitors with Cairns to Hobart return flights can enjoy beautiful waterfront views over the River Derwent from the MONA lawns.
You’ll be able to spot Mount Wellington from many points around the city when you have cheap flights to Hobart from Cairns. The mountain sits at 1,271 metres above sea level. There are several ways to reach the summit of Mount Wellington when you have flights Cairns to Hobart. You could drive to the top or opt for one of the mountain’s several mountain trails. From the top of Mount Wellington, visitors with Cairns to Hobart flights are rewarded with stunning views of rolling green hills and the Hobart coastline.
The historical site of Port Arthur is a popular day trip for travellers with Cairns to Hobart flights. Over the years, Port Arthur has been the backdrop to many different periods in Tasmania’s history. It began as a timber station in 1830 and was converted into a convict settlement in 1833. Over the next several decades, Port Arthur was known as a settlement for some of the most threatening convicts who were transported from England. Prisoners faced hardship in the prison until it was shut down in 1877. Port Arthur is an eerie look into these different periods of Hobart’s convict history for visitors with cheap flights Cairns to Hobart.
Located right beside the waterfront, Battery Point is the oldest neighbourhood in Hobart. After your flights Cairns to Hobart, take a stroll through Battery Point to admire the historic houses and beautiful stone architecture. Landmarks not to miss in Battery Point include Arthurs Circus and the Battery Point Sculpture Trail. Battery Point is also known for some great restaurants and the famous Salamanca Market, which you can visit on Saturdays after your cheap flights to Hobart from Cairns.
Public Transport and How to Get Around
The most common method of transport after arriving on Cairns to Hobart flights is to utilise the city’s bus network. The Metro bus system operates all across the city and offers stops at many of Hobart’s top attractions. Typical bus fare in Hobart costs $3.50 or $4.80 AUD, depending on how far you travel. If you plan to take the bus several times after your cheap flights Cairns to Hobart, a Greencard can be purchased for $5 AUD and offers 20% off bus fares. Several ferries are also available to catch from central Hobart. Visitors with flights Cairns to Hobart can catch a ferry to various tourist destinations, such as MONA and Bruny Island.
Once your flights Cairns to Hobart arrive, you can catch a SkyBus from Hobart Airport (HBA) into the CBD. The SkyBus drops passengers off at Davey Street and Brooke Street Pier in the city centre regularly throughout the day. SkyBus fares cost $18.50 AUD for adults with tickets to Hobart from Cairns.