The northern waterfront of Sullivans Cove is the busiest, smelliest and most fascinating part of the working dock, both on and off the water. Along the Hunter Street waterfront contemporary apartments sit next to recycled 19th-century buildings, with Mount Wellington as the backdrop.
Constitution and Victoria docks
Constitution Dock and neighbouring Victoria Dock are the heart of Sullivans Cove. There are several excellent seafood restaurants nearby as well as dockside punts offering some of the best takeaway fish and chips in Australia. Every New Year, Constitution Dock comes alive when the annual Sydney and Melbourne to Hobart yachts cross the finish line of these gruelling ocean races. Every two years Franklin Wharf hosts the Australian Wooden Boat Festival, the largest gathering of historic craft in the Southern Hemisphere.
Federation Concert Hall
This concert hall is the home of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and was designed to give priority to quality acoustics. Described as both intimate and grand, it seats over 1000 people. 1 Davey St; TSO Box Office 1800 001 190.
The Henry Jones Art Hotel
Facing Victoria Dock, this multi-award-winning hotel complex is established in what was once the IXL jam factory, owned by Hobart’s first and most famous entrepreneur, Henry Jones. Alongside are galleries of fi ne Tasmanian furniture and Aboriginal art, cafes and restaurants. 25 Hunter St; (03) 6210 7700.
Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery
This historic museum and gallery complex is home to Australia’s finest collection of colonial art and Huon pine furniture. The zoology galleries will introduce you to Tasmania’s unique wildlife including a glimpse of the extinct Tasmanian tiger or thylacine. There’s also a gallery dedicated to Tasmanian Aboriginal culture. 40 Macquarie St; (03) 6211 4177; open 10am 5pm daily; tours 2.30pm Wed–Sun; admission free.
Maritime Museum of Tasmania
Located inside the impressive Neoclassical Carnegie Building, this museum brings to life Tasmania’s rich maritime history. It displays pictures and equipment from the whaling era, models of various ships and fascinating relics from shipwrecks. Cnr Davey and Argyle sts; (03) 6234 1427; open 9am–5pm Mon–Sun.