In pictures: Old Hobart town

FROM the lofty heights of Mt Wellington to the pretty waterfront of the town and its green squares and old buildings, there’s something very endearing about Hobart.  Somehow the town manages to cling to its colonial past while remaining inherently modern and fun with things like the MONA art gallery that blends old and new, the new cafes in the old IXL jam factory and the weekly Salamanca markets that utilise the incredible backdrop of 19th century sandstone buildings.

Hobart is Australia’s second-oldest city and the capital of Tasmania. While “laid-back to near-horizontal” as Lonely Planet put it, there’s still plenty to do, see and enjoy. Take a look.

The stunning views of Hobart from atop Mt Wellington (1271m).

 

The Saturday Salamanca market that lines the road in front of gorgeous sandstone buildings near the Hobart waterfront.

 

A barbershop in Battery Point.

 

Looking across the harbour to the old IXL jam factory, an iconic Australian brand founded by Henry James in 1891.

A cosy cafe in Battery Point, a suburb famed for its historic houses.

 

The pretty harbour replete with old sailing boats.

 

One of Hobart's many historic buildings, the clock tower of High Victorian style was opened in 1905.

Old barrels and boats by the IXL jam factory.

 

A street sign in Hobart.

All images are by Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com