The accolades just keep on rolling in for Hobart. Tasmania’s cosmopolitan capital city has once again been recognised as a top global travel destination, this time by readers of the prestigious internet travel site TripAdvisor.

An active arts scene, vibrant nightlife and a unique mash-up of the 19th and 21st centuries are all reasons why readers of the world’s largest travel site rated Hobart as one of the world’s top ten “Destinations on the Rise.” Hobart was one of only two Australian cities named on the list, which recognises destinations that have seen the greatest increase in positive traveller feedback and traveller interest, year-over-year.

This accolade comes just weeks after Hobart was named one of Lonely Planet’s Top 10 Cities to visit in 2013 in the publisher’s Best in Travel 2013. Lonely Planet advised readers, ‘Now is the time to discover what’s going on down there before the rest of the world catches on’.

Tourism Tasmania’s Acting CEO, Adam Sproule, said “It appears the rest of the world is indeed becoming wise to the energy and excitement that Hobart offers as a top-class travel destination.”

“Hobart has something for all travellers and with the warmer months clearly in sight, visitors from Australia and abroad are encouraged to visit Tasmania now and discover our capital city for themselves,” he said.

The top activity in Hobart according to readers of TripAdvisor is the highly acclaimed Louisa’s Walk – a spine tingling tour that follows the steps of Louisa’s conviction and transportation to Hobart’s infamous Female Factory during the cities dark past. The tour allows visitors to truly immerse themselves in the haunting history and culture of the city.

The colourful Salamanca Market also proved popular with readers. Held every Saturday in the historic Salamanca precinct, the markets feature a vibrant mix of gorgeous handmade arts and crafts and farm fresh produce. Visitors can forage for ingredients or gifts whilst tapping their feet to buskers performing an eclectic mix of blues, jazz and folk music.

Mt Wellington was another favourite with TripAdvisor readers. The easy drive to the summit, a short drive from the city centre, presents visitors with breathtaking views over Hobart and beyond.  Adventure seekers can take an exhilarating guided bike ride down the mountain, whilst those seeking an easier pace can take their time enjoying one of the countless walking tracks.

The ‘active arts scene’ in Hobart continues to evolve and grow. A visit to Hobart wouldn’t be complete without taking in David Walsh’s highly acclaimed, controversial and mind blowing MONA (Museum of Old and New Art). Visitors can spend a cruisey afternoon pedalling their way around the city, immersing themselves in the city’s edgy arts precincts and galleries with bikes available for hire from the MONA ferry terminal at Brooke St Pier and Moto Adventure on the waterfront. A collection of enticing routes are available for download from smARTmap.

Another exciting addition coming to the Hobart waterfront will be summer’s most anticipated new attraction, outdoor ice-skating rink, Mawson’s Skate. Launching on 22 December, Mawson’s Skate will operate seven days a week, all year round, providing locals and visitors with chills, spills and thrills right in the heart of Sullivan’s Cove.

Hobart’s burgeoning dining scene has also attracted the attention of critics worldwide with Garagistes and Ethos picking up a swag of accolades over the past year. Both restaurants have been commended for delivering gastronomic delights which focus on organic, sustainable, biodynamic and local ingredients.

Summer brings with it a hive of activity with an events calendar full of cutting edge events. Highlights include the hugely popular Taste Festival (28 December 2012 – 3 January 2013) on Hobart’s waterfront; the iconic Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race (26 December 2012 – 1 January 2013); the über cool MONA FOMA (16 – 20 January, 2013); and Tasmania’s premier cultural event, Ten Days on the Island (15 – 24 March 2013).

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