Tasmania (or Tassie) is a tiny island that is located at the bottom of mainland Australia. It’s probably a state that is not a priority for most tourists; perhaps they think it’s quite boring. To be honest, I initially thought that too but if you love fresh air, gorgeous nature, delicious food, and super nice people – then this is the place for you!
How to get there
From Sydney, the average flight time is approximately 2 hours. Qantas, Jetstar, Virgin and Tiger Airways all fly there daily. Personally, I generally fly with Jetstar or Virgin when I travel interstate.
I pre-booked a hire car prior to us arriving in Hobart. I recommend that you do this so you don’t have to rely on any public transport (I don’t think they have trains there!), uber or taxis.
Where we stayed
We stayed at the Wrest Point Hotel, which I booked through Booking.com. It had free on-site parking, which was perfect for our hire car. Our room also had a view of the harbour, which was really beautiful at night.
The hotel is also great because it has a bar and a few restaurants that will cater to everyone’s tastes!
Where to go
1. Salamanca Markets: These outdoor markets are opened every Saturday and have over 300 different variety of stores. They sell a huge variety ranging from jewellery, leather goods, hand-made Tasmanian pieces, and loads of food!
2. Mount Wellington: From the city centre, getting up to Mount Wellington is just a short 20 minutes drive. There are a number of tracks suitable for every level. We came here on a rainy winter’s day so we drove up to the summit instead of opting for a hike. Make sure you come on a sunny day, as you’ll be rewarded with the gorgeous Hobart city views from the lookout (which I didn’t see because it was cloudy, boooo!).
3. MONA: This is Australia’s largest private museum. There is a bar as soon as you descend the stairs into the museum, which is a nice place to start your MONA experience. I found the museum to be quite unique – very weird and wacky. There are a number of ancient pieces, as well as contemporary art. Some pieces were very provoking and controversial. But hey, if you’re into that don’t give this one a miss!
4. Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens: We stopped by here on a whim because it’s just a stone’s throw away from the CBD. It’s a beautiful and well-established garden. My favourites are the Japanese gardens and the lily pond.
5. Wineries: Tasmania’s cool climate makes it suitable for some of the best cool-climate wines. My favourite was Paddleduck Winery’s Reisling and their (non-alcoholic) Verjuice!
Where to eat
Hobart has some of the best food I’ve ever had in Australia! Everything was fresh and delicious. Here are my favourite restaurants:
1. Aloft: Located on the pier, this Asian-fusion restaurant has stunning views of Hobart’s harbour. The food and cocktails were outstanding, and the service was excellent. Just remember though, this restaurant is more on the fine-dining side, therefore the meals will be smaller (and more expensive) than usual. Definitely worth the price tag in my books!
2. Maldini: An Italian restaurant at Salamanca Place that is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. If pastas and pizzas are your thing, this is the place to go!
3. Frank Restaurant: We came here for brunch and we were welcomed by mouthwatering South American flavours! This is more like a sharing-is-caring type of restaurant – I mean tapas style with bigger plates. Overall, there is no arguing that they have fantastic food and excellent customer service!
Have you been to Hobart?
Let me know in the comment section down below what you loved about this little town!
See ya in my next post…