The first stop for general information is the Tasmanian Travel & Information Centre
at 20 Davey St, corner of Elizabeth Street (Mon-Fri 8.30am-5.15pm, Sat & Sun 9am-4pm; tel 03/6230 8233, www.tourism.tas.gov.au
), though it functions mainly as a travel, car hire and accommodation booking agency. The National Trust Shop
, in the Penitentiary Chapel at the corner of Brisbane and Campbell streets (Mon-Fri 10am-2.30pm; tel 03/6231 0911), has inexpensive architectural guides detailing the bewildering range of listed buildings. On a more alternative note, the Tasmanian Environment Centre
, 102 Bathurst St (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm; tel 03/6234 5566, www/tased.edu.au/tasonline/tech
), is a relaxed resource space with lots of books and information on Tasmania and notice boards featuring environmental events, rooms to let and items for sale. Organizations such as Bicycle Tasmania (tours of Hobart and Tasmania are free to members) and the Hobart Walking Club (visitors can join their walks free of charge) use this as their base, and the centre operates its own programme of walks and talks throughout the year. For bushwalking information
and a full range of Tasmaps, head for the Service Tasmania Shop at 134 Macquarie St (Mon-Fri 9am-4.45pm; tel 03/6233 3382); upstairs, the Parks and Wildlife Service (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm; tel 03/6230 8011, www.parks.tas.gov.au
) has information sheets and can refer you to a parks officer for advice; other general and bushwalking maps are stocked at the Tasmanian Map Centre, 96 Elizabeth St (tel 03/6231 9043).