Suburb Profile: Salamanca, Hobart TAS

August 22, 2021

Located within Hobart, Salamanca is a lovely suburb that truly shows the history of the city. With sandstone buildings and former warehouses that have now been largely converted into restaurants, cafes, galleries, craft shops and office space, Salamanca is a popular place for both tourists and locals.

Previously called “The Cottage Green”, this suburb was renamed after the 1812 Battle of Salamanca, which took place in the Spanish province of Salamanca.

Top things to do in Salamanca

1. Salamanca markets

These weekly markets are what Salamanca is best known for. It’s a popular destination for both locals and tourists alike with the markets taking place rain or shine. There are over 300 stallholders selling everything from fresh produce to original, handmade Tasmanian pieces including glassware, woodwork and ceramics, to name just a few. The markets also have entertainment from local and international acts now calling Hobart their hometown.

Salamanca_marketSource: Discover Tasmania

2. Taste of Tasmania Festival

This summer festival takes place later this year in December 2017/January 2018. Showcasing the best that Tasmania has to offer your tastebuds – including seafood, cheeses, berries, cool-climate wines, boutique beers and ciders – this festival is truly a food lover’s dream. The festival takes place along the wharves and Salamanca Place each year.

Taste of Tasmania festival V2Source: Tourism Australia

Quick stats

  • Postcode– 7000
  • Vacancy rate– 4 per cent
  • Median house value– $592, 422
  • Median unit value– $443, 127
  • Price growth – House prices in Hobart have grown by 18.4 per cent in the past three years while unit prices have decreased by 6.87 per cent in the same period
  • Rental returns– The average house in Hobart has a weekly median rent of $550 and average rental returns of 4.54 per cent, while units have a median weekly rent of $460 and average returns of 5.23 per cent
  • Average listing duration– 81 days for houses; 88 days for units
  • Average weekly income– $1,136
  • weekly income-hobartDwelling type– The majority of properties are units (37 per cent)
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  • Occupation– The majority of residents are Professionals
  • Ownership– The majority of properties are rented (62 per cent) while 16 per cent are fully owned.
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  • Birthplace 63 per cent of Hobart’s residents are Australian
  •  Age – The majority of residents are aged 20–29 years (32 per cent), followed by those in the 50-64 years age group (17 per cent).
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Places to eat in Salamanca

Salamanca has a range of cafes and restaurants. Salamanca Place is a great spot to sit and people watch whilst having a relaxing meal.

The Brick Factory is a local favourite offering beer, wine, cocktails and a range of delicious food. It has a relaxing vibe and live music every weekend.

The brick factorySource: The brick factory facebook page

Rockwall Bar and Grill gives you the best of sophisticated yet casual dining with fresh Tasmanian seafood used liberally throughout its menu. Try their infamous steak with coffee rub and sample some Tasmanian wines from their vast wine list. The atmosphere is warm and the staff friendly and inviting; what’s not to love?

Salamanca is not short of places to eat. From Indian to Greek cuisine, you are sure to find something delicious.

Transport in Salamanca

Salamanca is within easy walking distance of Hobart’s city centre so there is no better way to get there than a walk along the water’s edge. And as a plus, its downhill!

If walking is not an option there are plenty of buses that will get you there and catching a cab is not too difficult anywhere in Hobart.

Hospitals and healthcare in Salamanca

There are many chemists in and around Salamanca so finding one will not be an issue in the slightest. The Royal Hobart Hospital is just a short walk away from Salamanca also with plenty of doctor’s surgeries along the way.

Education and childcare in Salamanca

There are several primary and secondary schools located near Salamanca. The Hobart Tasman Tafe campus is located just a short walk away and the university conservatorium of music is located in neighbouring Battery Point. Several child care centres are also close by in neighbouring Hobart.

Shopping in Salamanca

Aside from the weekly Saturday markets which should not be missed, there are several stores located throughout Salamanca Place and its surrounding buildings. These stores often have one of a kind items made by local artists. Be sure to check out the quirky children’s toy store- Toys to enjoy- for gorgeous wooden toys, wooden mobiles and locally made rag dolls.

Toys to enjoy toystoreSource: Toys to enjoy facebook page

You can’t go past taking a look at Spacebar Gallery in Salamanca Arts Centre. With unique items made by local designers and artists, you are sure to find something special.

Sports and recreation in Salamanca

Can you say yoga? There are three yoga centres in nearby Hobart city and one in Battery Point. There’s also a swimming pool and tennis centre in nearby suburb Glebe and plenty of gyms within walking distance of Salamanca.

Entertainment in Salamanca

Catch a show at Peacock Theatre located in the Salamanca Arts Centre. The theatre holds close intimate live productions which include everything from dance, music and film. Shows change monthly so be sure to take a look at what’s on when you plan on attending.

peacock_theatreSource: Salamanca Arts Centre

Whiskey bars – In this area are two great whiskey bars that shouldn’t be missed, by even the most novice whiskey taster.

Nant Whiskey Bar and Kitchen – located right in Salamanca Place – is a quiet yet inviting bar where you can sit and sample the local Nant Whiskey or try one of their specialty cocktails.

nant distillery

Lark distillery, just a short walk from Salamanca Place, has a slightly more laid back feel to Nant Whiskey Bar but is no less charming with its comfortable couches and warm wooden finishes.  Sample the local Lark Whiskeys, local beers and Tasmanian cheese platters.

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