About Hobart Historic Tours

About Hobart Historic Tours and our home town

Hobart Historic Tours has been operating since 1996. Our aim is to provide a fun and informative experience to visitors who are interested to hear about the local stories and to see how Hobart became what it now is. Our guides are locals and they love to share their passion for Hobart with our guests.

About our team:

Our office team consists of knowledgeable tourism professionals who are most happy to answer any queries you may have. Please contact us on 03 6234 5550 or info@hobarthistorictours.com.au. Our office is located at Suite 4, 19A Hunter Street in Hobart.

Many guides can recite facts and figures about places, however our local guides can provide interpretation in a way that has meaning, that connects you to the story and that leaves you richer for the knowledge you’ve gained.

Meet some of our guides:

Barry S – Barry is a retired teacher with a keen interest in Australian History. He co-authored a book called Down Wapping, which pieces together the stories of people who once lived in the area now known as Hunter Street and along the banks of the Hobart Rivulet. Working as a guide enables me to meet people from all around the world and share my love of Hobart with them. Hobart is home to many beautiful old buildings, and Barry loves that the Hobart Historic Walk gives him the opportunity to show them to Hobart’s visitors and share the stories that accompany them. One of his hobbies is seeking out new coffee spots and restaurants around Hobart. He also has a real passion for travel and loves exchanging his stories with others.

Bill B – Bill is Tasmanian-born, and a descendant of Maria Lord (nee Riseley) who was married to Lt. Edward Lord who was Second in Command of the settlement on the Derwent under Lt-Col David Collins (1804). Bill’s principal employment was with ABC TV and Radio as leading News Anchor for 35 years in Sydney and Hobart and was Guest News Anchor for NBC in Texas and Oklahoma, USA. Also during those 35 years he was the sole commentator for the Anzac Day Parade and Memorial Service, was the anchor and link for the entire Port Arthur Massacre broadcasts worldwide and has also featured in a range of documentary programs. Bill says the best part of tour guiding is meeting some amazing guests who have their own stories to tell, especially if there is a Tasmanian connection. The tour he most enjoys is the Grand Hobart Walk as it covers an incredible variety of building styles, with each reflecting the historic changes taking place over the two centuries of Hobart’s existence. Because of his passion for history and research, he is able to populate many of those historic sites with stories of those who went before, making them seemingly come to life.

Jonathan K – Jonathan was born in Tasmania and graduated in Geology and Geophysics at the University of Tasmania. He worked in mining and petroleum exploration in Australia, Indonesia, Europe, Africa and South America. After years of moving around the world it was time to come back home in 1995 and look at a change of pace and lifestyle. His joy in sharing his experience and knowledge brought him into teaching, lecturing and now tour guiding. He has been guiding tours around Tasmania for English, German and Spanish speaking guests since 2008. Jonathan joined the Hobart Historic Tours team several seasons ago and he thoroughly enjoys presenting the history and some odd and quirky stories of the development of Hobart city.

Peter E – Peter and his wife moved to Tasmania about 13 years ago. Two years later, Peter decided to retrain and he completed a Tour Guiding course at TAFE. He had found his niche – with a passion for all things Tasmaniana – especially the history, he loves telling people as much as he can about our wonderful state. Peter says: “The Hobart Historic Walk is an icon and it is my favourite! I would love to meet you and take you on any of our walking tours.”

John C After many walking trips in Tasmania’s wilderness John left his desk job in Adelaide South Australia and moved to Tasmania 15 years ago. After completing a tourism training course majoring in tour guiding, he commenced work with Premier Travel Tasmania leading tours ranging from short historic walks in Hobart to ten day tours around the island. John enjoys meeting travellers from all around the world and showing them his adopted island home. He still also finds time to walk in wild regions all around the state.

Jennifer H Born in Canberra. Jennifer completed 3 Tourism Courses prior to arriving in Tasmania 12 years ago, and worked as a tour guide in Hobart, since arrival. Her main Interests are; history (medieval to mid-19th C) cartography, literature, nautical history and art. Having travelled extensively overseas, including living in England for a number of years, and possessing a deep interest in history, on arriving in Tasmania, the latter unfurled Jennifer’s enthusiasm further, with the interesting layered history of the beautiful city of Hobart and she is still discovering more pieces of the historic jigsaw.

The Grand Hobart Walk, is her favourite, brimming with unfolding stories, taking one back in time, from 1804 and recreating the early settlement of Hobartown, including historic Battery Point. Jennifer sais:”On climbing Kellys Steps, from Salamanca Place, one enters a different world, of quiet and tranquillity, where visitors are taken on a visual journey, embracing a plenitude of 200 years of architectural delights, accompanied by the many stories that bring the historic significance of this village area alive. A gem. Imparting Hobarts’ historic narrative to visitors, is a joy.”

About Hobart:

Hobart is Tasmania’s capital city and the second oldest capital in Australia, after Sydney. Nestled amongst the foothills of Mt Wellington, Hobart combines heritage charm with a modern lifestyle in a setting of exceptional beauty. It’s no wonder Lonely Planet has called Hobart one of the top ten spots to visit in the world right now. Enjoy the contrast of elegant heritage sandstone alongside modern architecture. Explore Salamanca Place, a short walk from the waterfront, with its galleries, theatres, craft shops and restaurants in 1830s Georgian warehouses and on Saturdays enjoy the food and entertainment of Salamanca market, Australia’s best outdoor market.

We look forward to hosting you for a guided walk in Hobart