What can I say about Hobart? I don’t even know where to start! As someone who doesn’t particularly enjoy the cold or Melbourne’s weather, I was reluctant to go further south, preferring to spend my weekends up north chasing the sunshine. But the longer I worked in travel, the more I constantly heard about how amazing, breathtaking and adventurous our little island of Tasmania was. It started to slowly but surely creep up my Australia bucket list. And this Easter I finally got over there to check it out, and BOY did the weather turn it on for us. We got so lucky, it was absolutely outstanding with clear blue skies for the whole weekend!
Hobart is Tasmania’s capital city and the second oldest capital in Australia, after Sydney. Located at the entrance to the Derwent River, the city of Hobart is surrounded by bushland and beaches, with history everywhere you turn and an abundance of weekend getaway destinations at your finger tips. If you only have 24 hours to visit Hobart here are some of the things you can’t miss.
If you talk to anyone about Hobart, one of the first things they will tell you is that you have to visit Salamanca Markets, which are held every Saturday morning on the waterfront in Salamanca Place. You can pretty much find everything at the almost 300 stalls that make up the market, including local produce such as wines, cheese and spirits, hand-made pieces from woodwork to jewellery, fashion, glassware and ceramics. You can even meet a range of local authors and artists who are willing to sign their work when you purchase!
I don’t really know how to describe Mount Wellington, other than just crazy. The lookout is only 20 minutes away from Hobart, but it feels like another world away, with wilderness and natural beauty everywhere you turn, as far as the eye can see. It gets super chilly up on the mountain, so make sure you bring a BIG jacket when you’re visiting. There are a few different walks around the top of the mountain for the active people, and for those who prefer to relax, you can just walk straight from your car park to the lookout and enjoy the views.
If you want to feel like you have stepped back in time take a walking tour or self-guided tour around Battery Point. The charming streets and sandstone buildings makes you feel like the town has been pretty much untouched for over a hundred years. Battery Point is also a great place to base yourself, with lots of hotels and apartments to rent in the area, within walking distance of restaurants, cafes and the infamous Salamanca Place.
The Museum of Old and New Art, MONA, is Australia’s largest private museum and houses a diverse private collection that ranges from ancient Egyptian mummies, to some of the world’s most infamous and thought-provoking contemporary art. Located 15 minutes from Hobart, the whole experience of MONA is not something you will soon forget and will definitely be unlike any museum you have been to before. Image from Expedia.
Port Arthur Historic Site is Australia’s most intact and evocative convict site, located on the Tasman Peninsula. The site has more than 30 buildings, ruins and restored period homes, dating from the prisons establishment in 1830 until its closure in 1877. During this period around 12,500 convicts served sentences at the prison, and for many it was known as a living hell. Image found here.
Tasmania is overflowing with award-winning restaurants and fine dining experiences, using the best Tasmanian produce. There’s no shortage of good food in Tassie, with people’s first comment about the island often being along the lines of ‘omg that food!’. Make the most of your time in Hobart by eating your way through it, it’s delicious.
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