The Waterfront

The Waterfront information

Hobart , Australia
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Hobartians flock to the city's waterfront like seagulls to chips. Centred on Victoria Dock (a working fishing harbour) and Constitution Dock (chock-full of floating takeaway-seafood punts), it's a brilliant place to explore. The obligatory Hobart experience is to sit in the sun, munch some fresh fish and chips and watch the harbour hubbub. If you'd prefer something with a knife and fork, there are some superb restaurants around here too – head for nearby Elizabeth St Pier.

Celebrations surrounding the finish of the annual Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race revolve around Constitution Dock at New Year. The fabulous food festival, The Taste , is also in full swing around this time. The waterfront on New Year's Eve is both an exhilarating and nauseating place (depending on how late you stay out).

Hunter Street has a row of fine Georgian warehouses, most of which comprised the old Henry Jones IXL jam factory. It's occupied these days by the Art School division of the University of Tasmania and Hobart's glam-est hotel, the uber-swish Henry Jones Art Hotel and its affiliated restaurants and galleries.