Back when we were living in Melbourne we took a mid winter trip to Hobart in Tasmania. For my international readers, Tasmania or ‘Tassie’ as we like to call it, is the island at the bottom of Australia that often gets missed out on maps of my country. Hobart is its capital and is a wonderful thriving city of foodies, art lovers and craftspeople. The city is off the main tourist and backpacker routes but a visit there is well rewarded.
Australia’s second oldest city Hobart lies on the estuary of the Derwent River on Tasmania’s south-east coast. Founded in 1803 as a British penal colony, the area was home to the Palawa indigenous tribes for tens of thousands of years prior. Flanked by the pristine waters of the Southern Ocean and rugged bush, Hobart is also the gateway to the Antarctic. The area is known for beautiful landscapes and some of the oldest sandstone buildings in Australia.
1. Mount Wellington dominates the city skyline and the views from its summit are wonderful
2. The freshest seafood – Bruny Island oysters are amazing
3. Pristine landscapes – Hobart sits on the Derwent River and is surrounded by bushland
4. Modern architecture of Hobart’s MONA (Museum of Old and New Art) built into a cliff
5. Sparkly art installation at MONA – exhibitions are updated often throughout the year
6. Sandstone, a Tasmanian tiger & a brewery – the old site of Hobart’s famous Cascade Brewery
7. A slower pace of life and retro goodness found in signs like this one from a milk bar
7. The haunting and tragic beauty of Port Arthur
Why visit Hobart
With a thriving food and art scene as well as amazing natural resources Hobart is great destination for culture lovers and adventurers. The world class Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) is a big drawcard for visitors with many unique exhibitions and events throughout the year. A favourite is Dark Mofo, MONA’s mid winter food, arts, cinema and music festival. Each Saturday the popular Salamanca markets are held with over 300 stores of crafts and gourmet produce.
Within easy reach of the city you will find fantastic wineries, fascinating old towns and the tragically beautiful and UNESCO listed Port Arthur historical site. I also recommend a day trip to Bruny Island famous for stunning landscapes, wildlife and the freshest local produce.
Build up an appetite climbing Mount Wellington or hiking along rainforest trails. Hobart has a fantastic restaurant and cafe scene that is served by wonderful local produce of the region.
Tip – wine lovers should not miss Stefano Lubiana’s cellar door and their specialty biodynamic sparkling wine and pinot noir.
Here you will find some great blog posts and guides from fellow travellers about visiting Hobart.
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