Great central location

The Tourism Tasmania website has wonderful information about things to do and upcoming events


It is an easy walk from Pretoria House to a range of great restaurants. Casual, elegant or take-away, if you stroll around Battery Point, Salamanca Place and along the waterfront you are certain to find just what you want.

Further afield, a short drive around Hobart will take you to more magical and award winning restaurants. Try North Hobart or Sandy Bay to start.

And for when the kids must have something from their favourite chain, they are all a short drive away.

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Stroll down the main concourse of Salamanca Place, explore the small lanes and find the hidden courtyards full of exciting shopping. You will find the best examples of Tasmanian art, jewellery, clothing and memorabilia.

If you are dining in, wonderful specialty food stores are all close at hand offering both the very best ingredients and pre-made meals.

Venture further afield into Hobart for department and specialty stores, or Sandy Bay for Asian groceries. Or try world class wines and whiskey.

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From the internationally acclaimed Museum of Old and New Art to trekking through some of the world’s great national parks, Tasmania offers attractions for every taste, age and budget.

Pretoria House is a perfect base for exploring all that Hobart and Southern Tasmania have to offer. Try the Coal River Valley wine trail.

You can visit and return from most attractions within a day, including the Port Arthur historic site, the stunning Three Capes Track, the historic town of Richmond, and the iconic Tahune Airwalk.

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Hobart and surrounds have entertainment venues to suit every age. Choose from quiet wine bars to live music, nightclubs to art cinema. There is always something going on.

Tasmania also has great festivals and events.

Around Hobart, experience the winter extravagance of Dark Mofo or its summer partner Mona Foma. There is the amazing Wooden Boat festival, the food, wine and atmosphere of Taste of Tasmania and Taste of the Huon, the art, music and dance of Ten Days on the Island, and more.

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Keeping children amused when travelling is always a challenge. Many of the adult events and attractions mentioned above cater for children with a mix of fun activities and ‘feel like an adult’ experiences. Children are fascinated as the infamous cloaca does its business or the layers of a sarcophagus unfold at MONA, and are engaged in discovery and creation at the TMAG.

There are several great parks close to Pretoria House, some with extensive play equipment, or suitable for kite flying or just a good run around. The Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens is an outstanding location for a family picnic. Further afield, explore the maze and model village at Richmond.

There are several cinema complexes around Hobart and its suburbs. Village Cinemas is an easy walk from Pretoria House while the State Cinema in nearby North Hobart offers an intimate atmosphere more suited to older children.

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Some useful links

In addition to our suggestions, there is a rich set of resources online to provide you with extra inspiration for your visit. We do encourage you to explore the Internet as there are many more interesting and useful sites than we can list here.

Hobart and Tasmania are full of amazing things to see and do.

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