Since the opening of MONA, Hobart has been given another world class reason for us ‘mainlanders’ (local vernacular) to take a weekend away. Here is a list of my top 1o things to do and see complied after a recent trip down to this stunning city.
If there is one thing in the city to see it’s MONA. Allow minimum half a day to visit the gallery, walk around the property and have something to eat. The best way to get there and see the sights is to catch the ferry from constitution dock. If the artwork is not your thing, the building will not disappoint.
Salamanca is a bustling corner of the city and famous for it’s Saturday market. If you like a little craft and home-made goodies its the perfect place. With plenty of café’s and bars it’s a busy district in the evening.
With a name in reference to the buildings former use and traditional wine makers of Bordeaux, Garagistes is the hottest restaurant in town. There is a familiar Melbourne like feel to the space, the no reservations style and a menu of contemporary share plates.
Battery Point is the Hobart’s premier suburb with a mixture of colonial period cottages and waterfront multi million dollar homes. Take the Battery Point walk around the windy streets to learn about the history of the area and have a good sticky beak.
After all the walking you will need a good coffee and Jackman & McRoss, voted best coffee in Tassie, is the perfect pit stop.
For a day trip out of the city, Port Arthur should be at the top of your list. This famous historical convict site has an infamous past both at settlement and in more recent times.
To quench your thirst take a drive to Richmond and enjoy the many wineries on the way. You will step back in time once you have reached the romantic village famous for it’s Australia’s oldest convict built bridge.
Experience Tasmania’s natural beauty with a scenic drive to the Huon Valley. Known for the ‘Apple Aisle’, most of Tassie’s apples can be found sold on the roadside in this region.
Australia’s oldest brewery is the perfect place to venture to sample the local tipple.
To get a good look of Hobart, Mount Wellington is the destination. And for the adventurous ones, jump on a bike and ride down the windy mountain road taking in the views along the way.
Need a place to stay? The Henry Jones Art Hotel is provides luxury rooms with waterfront views. Word of warning – book in advance.