St. George's Anglican Church
Perched on a hilltop looking out over Battery Point and the River Derwent, St. George's Anglican Church is one of the neighborhood’s most prominent historic landmarks. Dating back to 1838, it’s among the oldest churches in Hobart and still holds regular services.
Whether you choose to explore on foot, by bike, or even by horse-drawn carriage, a tour of Battery Point is sure to include a stop at St. George's Anglican Church. Visit with a guide to learn more about the church’s history and unique architecture, designed by colonial architect John Lee Archer and serving as an important landmark for sailors cruising into Hobart along the Derwent River. Admire the tower, which was built by convict architect James Blackburn and added in 1847; peek into the small church museum; or attend a service, concert, or communion at the church.
Things to know before you go
- St. George's Anglican Church is one of the lesser-known points of interest for those interested in Hobart’s convict history.
- Battery Point has many guesthouses, restaurants, and cafés, most of which are located around Hampden Road, just north of the church.
- The church is accessible for wheelchairs and strollers.
How to get there
The church is located along Cromwell Street in the heart of Battery Point—you’ll be able to see the hilltop church from wherever you are and walk there on foot. Battery Point is located just south of downtown Hobart, about a 15-minute walk or 5-minute taxi ride. Numerous buses stop on Sandy Bay Road along the neighborhood’s western border.
When to get there
Although it’s possible to admire the landmark church from the outside at any time, opening hours are limited and it’s worth checking ahead to avoid disappointment. Communion is held every Sunday at 8am.
Exploring Battery Point
After visiting St. George's Anglican Church, take the time to stroll the streets of Battery Point, where the weatherboard houses and old fishermen’s cottages provide plenty of photo opportunities. Head to the waterfront Princes Park, where a battery of guns once guarded Hobart’s coastline (hence the neighborhood’s name ‘Battery Point’); stop for morning tea at one of the district’s many cafés and bakeries; or browse the shops along Hampden Road. The landmark Kelly’s Steps lead the way into neighboring Salamanca, famous for its huge Saturday markets.
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