Hobart, the capital city, is your introduction to Australia’s lush island state. The Derwent River and mighty Mt Wellington frame this small historic capital, offering the best of city living – good theatre, arts and crafts, excellent restaurants, shopping and services without the usual problems of crowding, traffic and alienation. Hobart has preserved the best of its history in the warm sandstone buildings, busy working harbour and dark green forested hills. The south is a region of vineyards, fertile valleys, winding waterways and historic sites and villages. From the top of Mt Wellington you can see the myriad of bays, islands, seacliffs and waterways that enthrall sailors from around the world.