A weekend in Tasmania is simply not enough to see everything this stunning island has to offer. Our Instagram and Facebook feeds have been flooded with amazing photos, creating a desperate urge to finally check it out.
Being our first time here, we decided to stay in Hobart, and check out the local surroundings this time around. Tasmania has so much to offer at all ends of the state, which makes trying to fit everything in impossible. Staying in Hobart meant we would be able to check out some breweries, a few nice restaurants and of course the amazing sites it has to offer.
Below are our favourite things we were able to experience during our short weekend getaway.
1. SALAMANCA PLACE
The top recommendation we had when asked where to visit in Hobart was Salamanca Place and Salamanca Square. This is where you’ll find some of the towns most historic Georgian sandstone warehouses, an abundance of delicious cafes (more on this below), and of course the Salamanca Markets (one of Australia’s most popular markets). Held every Saturday, this street long event brings locals and tourists to the area to shop some of the best locally made goodies (including food!).
The Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) is one of Hobart’s top destinations. Known as the ‘Adult Disneyland’ for museum buffs, there is so much to see in such a stunning atmosphere. Also located in the building are a handful of excellent restaurants, bars, cafes, and cellar doors to indulge in. You could really spend the whole day here and still leave wanting more.
3. BATTERY POINT
Step back in time to this historic 1830’s part of Hobart. Located in the South-East part of the city near the waterfront, here you will find true colonial-style with an abundance of old stone buildings, small cafes and shops and of course, the gorgeous white picket fences. Stroll through the streets of Battery Point to see how Tasmanian’s use to live.
4. THE CASCADE BREWERY
This is Australia’s oldest brewery, with probably one of the most stunning settings in the country. Housed in a gorgeous stone building, tours are available daily, followed by a delicious sampling of beer and cider on their terrace. Sit back and enjoy a drink in their 3 acres of gardens, full of gorgeous fountains and greenery.
5. MT. WELLINGTON
One thing we didn’t have a chance to do, but deserves a bit of recognition is Mt. Wellington, which boast stunning views from Hobart’s harbour. Of course the best time to make the 21km drive is on a clear day (rare in Hobart), which offers stunning panoramic views of Hobart, Bruny Island and the Tasman Peninsula.
6. SULLIVANS COVE
Located near the Salamanca Market, Sullivans Cove is located along the western shore of the Derwent River. Dotted with an abundance of boats docked from around the world, piers stretch out over the harbour, filled with market style stalls, restaurants and cafes.
7. RESTAURANTS, BREWERIES & WINERIES
Hobart has such a strong dining scene, which is why it makes for the perfect getaway for us Melbournian food critics! Since it was a chilly, rainy date in Hobart, we decided instead of booking a brewery tour, we would make our own, which meant we could go at our own pace. Breweries including Shambles Brewery, Brooke St Pier, Hobart Brewery Co and Cascade Brewery.
Hobart also has some pretty amazing restaurants with some stunning views. Our top picks for restaurants and cafes include:
We absolutely fell in love with Hobart from the moment we touched down in this charming town with so much history and culture. No doubt you will be seeing another post in the not too distant future with more amazing snaps of different parts of Tasmania. I am already going with withdrawals of this stunning place.