Hobart Waterfront | Tourism Tasmania | Geoff Murray

Hobart Waterfront | Tourism Tasmania | Geoff Murray

Well Hobart, Tasmania’s capital city has made it into the Lonely Planet’s Worldwide Top 10 cities to visit. We hope this gives you inspiration to visit Hobart and ideas on what the lifestyle could be like if you move to Hobart.

This story from The Mercury.

Hobart Stars in Top 10 List

Hobart is the only Australian city listed in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel guide for 2013.

The endorsement from the global travel bible is expected to deliver a major boost for Tasmania’s tourism industry.

Hobart is ranked seventh in Lonely Planet’s Top 10 Cities for 2013, described as “a historic city reinventing itself”, shaking off its “sleepy reputation”.

The list is featured in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2013 book, which also features the top picks for best countries, regions, travel experiences and events.

No other Australian city scores a mention.

“Hobart’s allure has always been its natural beauty,” the book says.

“But the recent arrival of the world-class MONA museum has the waters rippling, hip tourists flocking and Hobart rousing from its slumber.

“Now is the time to discover what’s going on down there before the rest of the world catches on.”

The locals are described as an “outdoorsy set dressed in the obligatory fleece and boat shoes”.

Lonely Planet spokesman Chris Zeiher said Hobart wouldn’t have had a second glance from judges if it hadn’t been for MONA.

“Tony Wheeler, our founder, actually championed Hobart’s inclusion in this year’s Best in Travel because of MONA,” he said.

It’s understood he likened MONA to the Guggenheim in Spain. Mr Zeiher said the listing by Lonely Planet was something for Hobart residents to be extremely proud of.

He said it would draw interstate visitors to the city and boost the state’s profile as a short-break destination. “I’m hoping it

[shows Hobart] as a place where people could have three or four days away and have a really fun time,” he said.

Tourism Industry Council of Tasmania chief executive Luke Martin said Tasmania was “flavour of the month” in the global travel scene. “This kind of renaissance we’ve got in Tassie at the moment, we need to make sure we have the resources to capitalise on that,” he said.

Tourism Minister Scott Bacon said the listing in Lonely Planet was “the sort of exposure money cannot buy”.

“It’s great publicity for some of our world-class tourism experiences, our fine dining and events like Ten Days on the Island and the Sydney-Hobart Yacht Race,” he said. “The inclusion of the Walls of Jerusalem in the guide’s ‘Great Wall Walks’ is further proof that our wilderness experiences rank among the best in the world.”

Mr Bacon said the Taste of Tasmania summer food festival had also been included in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel planner for next year.

He urged tourism and hospitality operators to capitalise on the exposure. In 2011, Newcastle was the only Australian city in the Top 10.

Lonely Planet’s Top 10 Cities
1. San Francisco, USA
2. Amsterdam, Netherlands
3. Hyderabad, India
4. Derry/Londonderry, Northern Ireland
5. Beijing, China
6. Christchurch, New Zealand
7. Hobart, Australia
8. Montreal, Canada
9. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
10. Puerto Iguazaacú, Argentina

Hobart is the only Australian city listed in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel guide for 2013.


And to quote from Lonely Planet itself:

When the world’s most trusted travel publisher ranks Hobart in the top 10 cities you know it’s for a very good reason. In fact there are many reasons why they’re saying “now is the time to discover what’s going on down there before the rest of the world catches on” – Lonely Planet 2013.

Nestled at the foot of the majestic Mount Wellington on the banks of the Derwent River this eclectic haven lays claim to a rich cultural scene, coming to life every Saturday at the famous Salamanca Market. From the mountain peak you can see the whole city laid out with a view across the Tasman Sea to the wild South West World Heritage Area. This only whets the appetite for the adventure ahead.

Once a sleepy seaside town, Hobart has awoken to an array of vibrant pubs, bars and exhibitions, including MONA and the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery’s collaboration ‘Theatre of the World’ exploring 4000 years of creativity. Dig even deeper and you’ll find a colonial heritage with a dark and sinister history that’s begging to be explored.

Then of course Hobart’s “culinary credentials continue to rise” thanks largely to its natural produce, award winning chefs and restaurants such as Garagistes and Ethos Eat Drink – try chef Iain Todd’s legendary tapas washed down with his hand made beer and you’ll understand why. Now you can see why this humble little town is gaining international acclaim, so hurry up and pop over before the rest of the world does.

Read Ten reasons to come to Hobart before the rest of the world catches on.


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