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Australia's smallest State capital and second oldest city, Hobart was founded in 1804, just 16 years after the settlement of Sydney. Today, more than 90 National Trust-classified buildings remain. Situated on the River Derwent, Hobart has a relaxed harbourside lifestyle, and each New Year sees the excitement of the finish of the Sydney-Hobart Yacht Race. Dominating the city's landscape is the towering Mount Wellington (1270m), often covered in snow in winter months.
Visit Salamanca Place which consists of a splendid row of Georgian sandstone warehouses dating back to the 1830s, now converted into cafes, craft shops, galleries and restaurants. Also a feature to see is The Shot Tower which was built in 1870. It is no longer used for the manufacture of lead shot, but offers a good lookout over the city which is on the Channel Highway about 10 km south of Hobart.