Vying against Sydney for the title of most scenic Australian capital, Hobart is a dream to explore on foot and simply a must for any cultured and quirky Aussie camper adventure. Nestled under the beauty of Mt Wellington, the city is divided by whale-inhabited Derwent River and is bursting with prime attractions just waiting to be discovered. Here is our pick for this dazzling capital’s most alluring hot spots.
The Museum of Old and New Art, locally referred to as MONA, is simply a must for anyone visiting Tasmania’s capital. The eclectic museum is run by a local gambler extraordinaire and is truly a sight for sore eyes. Catch the ferry to the museum to witness brilliant views down the Derwent River and to experience the magnificence of Mona’s architecture, an art work itself, as you round into the bay.
Known for its bustling weekend market, Salamanca is a Tasmanian icon and should be on everyone’s Hobart itinerary. The historic sandstone warehouses that line the street are home to cultured art galleries, boutique clothing stores and a range of quality Tasmanian fare. Choose from one of the many high-class restaurants serving the finest of the state’s produce. On the weekend the street is over-taken by store-holders selling everything from salmon sausages to lovingly crafted hand-knits.
This up and coming hub is uber cool with practically a new low-lit establishment popping up each week. Make your way there on any night of the week to enjoy some of the state’s finest food and wine or visit the charming state cinema with its refreshing open roof top in the warmer months.
Recently becoming known for being a foodies island paradise, Bruny is an absolute must and just a short day trip from Hobart. Navigate the smooth surface of the D’Entrecasteaux Channel on an award-winning Pennicott Wilderness Journey or take a food tour of the island experiencing some of the finest cheese, oysters and smoked goods you will ever encounter. Walk to the craggy cliff edges to marvel at the simply breathtaking coastline of the
Mt Wellington/ Kunanyi
Protectively overlooking Tasmania’s alluring capital at a height of 1200 metres, Mt Wellington offers the best views of the city. The mountain’s peak is just a 20 minute drive from the city centre and those willing to make the drive will be rewarded with spectacular panoramic views of the city, separated by the shimmering Derwent River. Visit early in the morning or at sunrise to capture the best photos.
Mt Nelson Signal Station Lookout
Anyone looking for a different perspective of the capital should make their way to the Mt Nelson Signal Station, an easy 10 minute drive from the CBD. Enjoy spectacular views of the Derwent River and dine at the Mount Nelson Signal Station Brasserie offering perhaps some of the freshest scones with a view that the state has on offer.
Willie Smith’s Apple Shed
ciders. Learn about the history of apple-picking in the area at the gold-coin donation museum before settling down to sample the tasting
paddle and delicious fresh produce from the surrounding Huon Valley. Visit on the weekend and lap up the heightened atmosphere where locals jive to folk music and bask in each other’s company.
This historic suburb is just minutes from Salamanca and is home to a wealth of historic houses and gardens. Wander along the cobbled streets, stopping to sample old-style boiled lollies at the quaint sweets store or pay a visit to the historical museum of Narryna, part of the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery. Break up the day at one of the local cafes serving the best of the local area’s produce.
The Royal Botanical Gardens
Those seeking peace and tranquility should pack a picnic and make their way to the Royal Botanic Gardens just outside of Hobart’s city centre. Wander beneath the branches of ancient trees and encounter the world’s only subantarctic Plant House. There is a restaurant onsite with beautiful views of the gardens, offering a great menu and delicious cakes and ice cream.
Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG)
This recently refurbished museum offers guests a completely free pass to explore a number of culturally significant exhibitions and displays. Learn about the state’s indigenous and geological history and take home some new found knowledge about the island state.