Battery Point is named after the battery of guns which were established on the point in 1818 as part of the Hobart coastal defences. The battery no longer exists.
The area is generally known as one of the city's more prestigious suburbs, with many large and extravagant homes and apartment blocks. It adjoins the waterfront Salamanca area as well as the nearby prestige suburb of Sandy Bay.
Battery Point has a large number of historic houses dating from the first European settlement of 'Hobart Town'. Probably most significant is Arthur's Circus with its cottages mostly originally constructed for the officers of the garrison.
Battery Point is accessible via Hampden Road, which runs from Sandy Bay Road from the edge of the city.
Battery Point residents have been the centre of controversy in recent years, demanding noise and other restricions aimed at safeguarding a sheltered lifestyle.