Salamanca Place Precinct Upgrade

The City of Hobart is upgrading the precinct connecting Salamanca Place to Hobart’s waterfront. The area houses major hospitality and retail activity, as well as being home to Salamanca Market.

The $3.5 million upgrade will give the area a fresh, contemporary feel and provide a high-quality, safe and accessible space for everyone. The project will be delivered in stages over the next three years.

The upgrade is part of the Inner City Action Plan, which contains a selection of key recommendations from the Gehl Architects Report, ‘Hobart 2010 Public Spaces and Public Life – a city with people in mind’. The recommendations aim to attract people and activity into Hobart and to create a vital, dynamic city centre.

The first stage of the project was completed in 2017, with the widening and upgrade of the Salamanca Place footpath between Gladstone Street and Montpelier Retreat.

Some of the main changes include:

  • closing the existing southbound one-way road that runs from Morrison Street to Montpelier Retreat through the Salamanca Lawns and rebuilding the flat area of the Salamanca Lawns to make it more accessible and suitable for special events
  • making the existing curved two-lane, one-way road connecting Gladstone Street to Morrison Street a two-way road for motorists driving between Morrison Street and Salamanca Place to improve traffic flow and reduce confusion for both motorists and pedestrians at a number of intersections
  • rebuilding the intersection at Salamanca Place and Montpelier Retreat and the footpath on Salamanca Place between Montpelier Retreat and Kennedy Lane to make the area safer for pedestrians
  • enhancing connection between Salamanca Place and the waterfront by installing new zebra crossings to give pedestrians priority
  • adding more seating and bicycle parking
  • increasing safety in the area through improved lighting and CCTV capability
  • introducing vehicular protection devices including impact absorbing bollards and solid art installations to create a safer environment for the Salamanca Market
  • upgrading bicycle infrastructure, bus stops and shelters
  • adding public artwork, new trees,plants and street furniture.

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Project update

The City of Hobart crews have finished the stormwater works and kerb reconstruction outside Princes Wharf 1. The concrete barriers that are currently in place will be removed by 17 November when drainage works and the installation of pedestrian crossings across the width of Castray Esplanade will commence. The changes will significantly enhance pedestrian connection between the waterfront and Salamanca Place.

To complete this stage of construction, both lanes of Castray Esplanade will be closed from Sunday 17 November to Sunday 1 December 2019. During the closure period, motorists are advised to allow extra time for travel and follow signs and instructions of traffic controllers on site. Safe pedestrian access will be maintained at all times.

The following road restrictions and detours will be in place:

  • The western end of Castray Esplanade (at the Morrison Street intersection) will be closed.
  • Castray Esplanade will be accessible from the eastern end (near the silos).
  • Morrison Street and Gladstone Street will remain open.


The PW1 Salamanca shuttle stop is currently located at the bus zone at 31 Morrison Street, near the Customs House Hotel. The shuttle stops on Castray Esplanade and CSIRO stops are not in operation while Castray Esplanade is closed to city bound traffic. 

From the beginning of December 2019 the original taxi rank on Castray Esplanade will be re-opened and the shuttle bus will run from its original position near Princes Wharf 1.

The current construction stage is expected to be completed by the first week of December 2019 once the new road surface has been installed. Works will re-commence in February/March 2020.

The next stage of works will include upgrades to kerbing near the Gladstone Street roundabout and surrounding the Tasman Monument to finalise the new road configuration and improve pedestrian access, followed by continued pedestrian improvement works adjacent to the Salamanca Lawns.


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