One of Hobart's most popular destinations, this stretch along the waterfront at Sullivans Cove is Australia's best-preserved, historic urban precinct. Originally home to whaling warehouses, this row of heritage buildings has been converted into arts and crafts shops, galleries, theatres, pubs and cafes with a famously vibrant Saturday market.
The colourful cultural precinct features a row of 19-century sandstone buildings, established in the 1830s and historically used by whalers, that provide a snapshot of Australia's maritime history. The working port still has tall ships moored at the marina, goods being shipped in and out and a buzzing atmosphere that harks at what life would have been like in Hobart over a century ago. The heritage buildings fell into disrepair during the mid-20th century but a preservation push in the 1970s saw these magnificent edifices restored.
Salamanca Market is a popular destination for arts and crafts, gourmet delights, handmade clothing, native plants, books and accessories from around 300 stalls stretching from Davey Street past Kelly's Steps. Open every Saturday from 8am to 3pm, entertainment, food stalls and music add to the colourful vibe and boisterous atmosphere that makes this market such a drawcard for visitors. Among the items for sale at the market, look out for handcrafted pieces made from local Tasmanian timber, such as Huon pine, products made from local honey or items knitted from possum fur. During the week, visit Salamanca Square for retail therapy, cafes and pubs, and Salamanca Arts Centre - heritage warehouses filled with artists' studios, workshops, galleries and shops.
To get to Salamanca Place from Hobart city centre, it's a 12-minute walk from Elizabeth Street Mall. From here, head down Wellington Walk to Kemp Street and turn left onto Collins Street. Turn right into Argyle Street and continue down Morrison Street to Castray Esplanade. Turn right onto Montpelier Retreat and then left to arrive at Salamanca Place.