The docks on the southern side of Sullivans Cove are surrounded by remarkable historic buildings. The work of the docks continues amid cafes, restaurants and pubs, contributing to the area’s lively atmosphere.
The sandstone warehouses along Salamanca Place are undoubtedly Australia’s fi nest row of Georgian dockside buildings, packed with interesting shops and galleries.
Hobart’s famous Salamanca Market is held here every Saturday, offering an amazing variety of tempting produce, arts and crafts, and the chance to meet local artisans. (03) 6238 2843; 8.30am–3pm Sat.
For 150 years, merchants conducted their business from the Salamanca warehouses alongside some notoriously rowdy pubs and hotels. Knopwoods Retreat still does a brisk trade and is popular for Friday night drinks. Nearby, at the Salamanca Arts Centre a free street party featuring local musicians is held every Friday evening.
Situated behind the trees in Parliament Square, Hobart’s majestic Parliament House faces out to the waterfront. Designed by the colonial architect John Lee Archer and built by convicts as the first customs house, it became the home of Tasmania’s parliament in 1856. Between Salamanca Pl and Murray St; bookings (03) 6233 2288; visitors gallery open on sitting days; tours 10am and 2pm Mon–Fri, except sitting days.
Castray Esplanade and Princes Wharf
Built in 1870 to provide a promenade for the people of Hobart, Castray Esplanade runs behind Princes Wharf. At the city end of the esplanade are restaurants specialising in Tasmanian seafood. The Taste of Tasmania festival takes place in Princes Wharf No. 1 Shed at the beginning of January.
For most of the year, Princes Wharf is a working dock, berthing Antarctic research and supply vessels. The CSIRO Marine Research Laboratories are situated at the Battery Point end. On the hill are the original Signal Station and Mulgrave Battery, which was built in 1818 during panic about a rumoured Russian invasion. They are now part of Princes Park. The octagonal Tide House, next to the Ordnance Stores , is the point from which all distances are measured in Tasmania.