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Holidays in Franklin Square

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Franklin Square featuring a city and street scenes

The heart of historic Hobart is a place to unwind, people watch and remember Tasmania’s colonial past. 

Franklin Square, with its towering oak trees, grassy knolls and central location, is a great spot to unwind and soak up the atmosphere of Hobart. Admire the surrounding historic buildings and think back to the city’s convict past when the square was a segregated area where convicts were gathered to be counted.

Bring a picnic and rest on a park bench or sit under the shade of an old oak tree. In the middle of the square is a statue of Sir John Franklin, the famed Arctic explorer and former governor of Tasmania after whom the square is named. Originally, the area was called George’s Square, after the King of England and it is the site of the first Government House.

Sit back and people watch and imagine the days when Tasmania was a convict colony of England. Hobart is one of the earliest British convict settlements in Australia and public assemblies were held in the square from 1817. Free men and women congregated on certain days of the week and convict men and woman were assembled on the other days to be counted.

Admire the surrounding historic buildings, including the Supreme Court and the Department of Premier and Cabinet. These were constructed during the whaling and wheat boom in Tasmania in the 1850s.

The surrounding oak trees were planted by colonists as reminders of England. When transportation of convicts finished in 1853, the assembly grounds were turned into a public park. Admire the limes, elders and elms, which were gradually added over the years.

The square is still a meeting place for lunchtime workers, public gatherings and political rallies. Relax on a bench for lunch, watch the gold fish swimming in the pond or play a game of chess with the locals on the giant outdoor chess set.

Franklin Square is located in Hobart's Central Business District, between Macquarie, Elizabeth and Davey Streets. The square is near all major shopping outlets and is the terminal for the Western and Southern services of Metro Tasmania. Public toilets are located in the park.

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Wrest Point
Wrest Point
4.5 out of 5
410 Sandy Bay Road, Sandy Bay, TAS
The price is AU$125 per night from 26 Aug. to 26 Aug.
Located in Sandy Bay, this luxury hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Salamanca Place, Salamanca Market and Constitution Dock. Hobart Cruise Terminal and Mount Nelson ...
4.2/5Very Good! (944 reviews)
"Great fast no problem"

Reviewed on 25 Jul. 2021

Wrest Point
Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart
Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart
4.5 out of 5
1 Davey St, Hobart, TAS
The price is AU$199 per night from 28 Jul. to 28 Jul.
Located in Hobart Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery and Hobart Cruise Terminal. Salamanca ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (1,035 reviews)
"The main foyer area when having a meal was cold"

Reviewed on 10 Jul. 2021

Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart
Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel
Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel
4.5 out of 5
1 Macquarie St, Hobart, TAS
The price is AU$159 per night from 29 Jul. to 29 Jul.
Located in Hobart Central Business District, this luxury aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Franklin Wharf and Constitution Dock. Hobart Cruise Terminal ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (2,738 reviews)
"The accommodation was clean and spacious, it was a great stay, we’d rebook in a heartbeat."

Reviewed on 29 Jun. 2021

Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel
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Wrest Point
Wrest Point
4.5 out of 5
410 Sandy Bay Road, Sandy Bay, TAS
The price is AU$125 per night from 26 Aug. to 26 Aug.
Wrest Point
Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart
Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart
4.5 out of 5
1 Davey St, Hobart, TAS
The price is AU$199 per night from 28 Jul. to 28 Jul.
Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart
Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel
Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel
4.5 out of 5
1 Macquarie St, Hobart, TAS
The price is AU$159 per night from 29 Jul. to 29 Jul.
Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel
Mövenpick Hotel Hobart
Mövenpick Hotel Hobart
4.5 out of 5
28 ELIZABETH STREET, Hobart, TAS
The price is AU$208 per night from 1 Aug. to 1 Aug.
Mövenpick Hotel Hobart
RACV Hobart Hotel
RACV Hobart Hotel
4 out of 5
154-156 Collins Street, Hobart, TAS
The price is AU$189 per night from 4 Aug. to 4 Aug.
RACV Hobart Hotel
Somerset on the Pier Hobart
Somerset on the Pier Hobart
4 out of 5
Elizabeth Street Pier, Hobart, TAS
The price is AU$214 per night from 10 Aug. to 10 Aug.
Somerset on the Pier Hobart
Lenna of Hobart
Lenna of Hobart
4 out of 5
20 Runnymede St, Battery Point, TAS
The price is AU$155 per night from 2 Aug. to 2 Aug.
Lenna of Hobart
Moss Hotel
Moss Hotel
3 out of 5
39 Salamanca Pl, Battery Point, TAS
The price is AU$178 per night from 2 Aug. to 2 Aug.
Moss Hotel
Quest Waterfront Serviced Apartments
Quest Waterfront Serviced Apartments
4 out of 5
3 Brooke Street, Hobart, TAS
The price is AU$159 per night from 2 Aug. to 2 Aug.
Quest Waterfront Serviced Apartments
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.