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Franklin Square

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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Lodging Near Franklin Square

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Avalon City Retreat

Avalon City Retreat

152 Macquarie Street, Hobart
5.0
of 5, from 1 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Hobart, this luxury aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of St. Joseph's Catholic Church and Salamanca Market. Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens and Cascade Brewery are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$87
Quest Savoy

Quest Savoy

38 Elizabeth St, Hobart
3.9
of 5, from 54 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in the business district, this apartment is within a 10-minute walk of Hobart Town Hall and Salamanca Market. Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens and Cascade Brewery are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$98
Best Western Hobart

Best Western Hobart

156 Bathurst Street, Hobart
3.7
of 5, from 200 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Hobart, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of State Library of Tasmania and Salamanca Market. Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens and Cascade Brewery are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$92
Hadley's Orient Hotel

Hadley's Orient Hotel

34 Murray Street, Hobart
4.2
of 5, from 198 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Hobart, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of St. David's Cathedral and Salamanca Market. Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens and Cascade Brewery are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$123
Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart

Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart

1 Davey St, Hobart
4.4
of 5, from 546 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Sullivan's Cove, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Franklin Wharf and Salamanca Market. Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens and Cascade Brewery are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$87
Travelodge Hotel Hobart

Travelodge Hotel Hobart

167 Macquarie Street, Hobart
3.6
of 5, from 342 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in the business district, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of St. Joseph's Catholic Church and Salamanca Market. Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens and Cascade Brewery are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$111
Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel

Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel

1 Macquarie St, Hobart
4.4
of 5, from 340 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Sullivan's Cove, this luxury apartment is within a 15-minute walk of Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery and Salamanca Market. Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens and Cascade Brewery are also within 3 mi (5 km).