The prosperous southern suburbs of Hobart extend from Battery Point south along the river to Taroona and Kingston, and up into the foothills of Mount Wellington. Around the shopping area on Sandy Bay Road there are narrow streets of cottages, providing digs for students from the nearby University of Tasmania campus. Davey Street and Sandy Bay Road are lined with impressive mansions while the hills above are dotted with contemporary houses with spectacular outlooks.
Wrest Point Casino
A Hobart landmark since it opened in 1973, the iconic Wrest Point tower houses Australia’s first legal casino. From its rotating top-floor restaurant (open daily for dinner and lunch on Fridays) there are views of the Derwent River from the Tasman Bridge to Storm Bay, and to Mount Wellington behind the city. Be there at sunset for the most amazing views. 410 Sandy Bay Rd; 1800 703 006.
Sandy Bay Beach
Sandy Bay Beach has been a popular swimming beach for decades. Lawns beside the beach provide a relaxing place for a\ family barbecue, to kick a footy with the kids or take a leisurely stroll. There are a number of nearby eateries, including a fine dining seafood restaurant in the old regatta pavilion, a tiny wood-fired pizza restaurant on the foreshore, a beachside contemporary wine bar and a Chinese restaurant on Sandy Bay Road.
Cascades Female Factory Historic Site
Serving at various times as a rum distillery, contagious diseases hospital, home for ‘imperial lunatics’ and, most recently, as a fudge factory, this historic site was also a female prison for 50 years. The nearby Remembrance Garden was created in 1995. Visitors can take a tour of the site and have an 1830s-style ‘Morning Tea with the Matron’ in her refurbished cottage. 16 Degraves St, South Hobart; open 9am–4pm Mon–Fri; Morning Tea with the Matron bookings (03) 6223 1559; Mon, Wed and Fri.
Cascade beers have been brewed here since 1824, making it Australia’s oldest brewery. Locally grown hops, Tasmanian barley and mountain water combine to produce one of Australia’s top beers. There are several brewery tours daily with samples included. 140 Cascade Rd, South Hobart; bookings (03) 6224 1117; open daily.
Mount Nelson Signal Station
In 1811 on a visit to Van Diemen’s Land, Governor Macquarie ordered that a signal station be erected on 350m ‘Nelson Hill’ to relay sightings of boats to Hobart. The site affords sweeping views of the Derwent Valley and Storm Bay, and there is a restaurant with a spectacular outlook – especially at night.
Taroona Shot Tower
Towering above the winding Channel Highway south of Taroona, this 58-metre-tall sandstone tower was erected to make lead shot in 1870. The tower summit and its remarkably good views of the Derwent are reached via hundreds of steps. There is a tearooms on-site to help you recover from the climb. 234 Channel Hwy, Taroona; (03) 6227 8885; open Mon–Sun.