Hobart Geology Tour

A journey to the heart of Hobart with a leading geologist






Find out what ‘lies beneath’ in this captivating geology tour of Hobart. This is no ordinary tour. Dr Tony Webster is a geoscientist who explores the underlying geology of Australia’s inner cities and how this influenced settlement and development patterns. Central Hobart is remarkable in that traces of the original…



Tour Highlights
Hobart waterfront
A specialist geology guide

Dr Tony Webster has spent 30 years as a geoscientist and focuses on the underlying geology of Australia’s inner cities and how this influenced settlement and development patterns.

Exploring Salamanca Arts Centre
Hobart’s history

Gain insight into the intriguing history of colonial Hobart as you walk through historical precincts and visit important landmarks on the 5km journey.

Salamanca Place and Mt Wellington
Salamanca Place

Part of the historic docks area of Hobart, walk along cobbled pathways among the Georgian sandstone warehouses that were built by convicts in the 1830s.


Hunter Street / Hunter Island (Old Wharf)
Royal Engineers Building - Dolerite outcrops in cutting (carpark)
Macquarie Point and the Hobart Cenotaph – former site of the Queens Battery - Panorama of the Hobart Settlement Valley and the Central Ridge of the CBD
Portal of the Hobart Rivulet Tunnel
Former Naval HQ and the Regatta Ground
Boer War Memorial and the beginning of the Soldiers Memorial Walk
Rose garden (and old university uphill behind)
The roundabout subway

Wapping (former industrial area – mainly noxious industries on low lying area) and the Collins Street Canal (diverted rivulet)
City Hall and the Hope and Anchor Tavern – approximate site of the first landing place in 1804 and the mouth of the Hobart Rivulet.
Commissariat Store (1808), Water Gate, Governors Private Secretary’s house
Franklin Square (site of original Government House)
Parliament House Lawns (former wetlands and mudflats at the mouth of a small creek)
St David’s Park (and grave of David Collins, first Governor and settlement founder)

Salamanca Place (the New Wharf). Ordnance Stores
Surviving features of the original coastline of Sullivan’s Cove. Some outcrops of dolerite (near CSIRO)
Musgrave Battery site (Princes Park)
Arthurs Circus
Salamanca Square (former quarry)
Montpelier Retreat and site of Cottage Green (original home of the Rev Robert Knopwood)
Salamanca Place – end of tour. The nearby pubs are a great place for a well-earnt post-walk drink

What's also included on every TAT tour:
Passionate and knowledgeable local guide
Comfortable and air-conditioned bus transport
Orientation tour of each and every location
Small group sizes
What’s also included this tour:
Local geologist guide
Insights into the geology of Hobart and the Derwent Estuary, and Charles Darwin’s geological observations of 1836
Insights into some of the history of early colonial Hobart