HOBART – THE AUSTRALIAN TRAVELLER GUIDE
Hobart, the charming Tasmanian capital, has been named in so many Hot Lists in its time it’s hard to believe the place still gets cold. Mt Wellington soars 1270m above its wide harbour, it’s frequently dusted with a layer of snow well into spring, and a cosy fireplace is seldom far away in winter. Hobart may be where the action is but it offers a refreshing change from your average capital city. Rush hour traffic is practically a null term and the compact town centre is a pleasure to navigate on foot (although admiring the picturesque historic streetscapes can make you late for work). More than 210,000 residents enjoy Hobart’s many charms, and so will you.
Hobart Airport is 17km east of town and is serviced by Qantas, Tiger, Jetstar and Virgin Blue. Catch a taxi to the city (around $36, 13 22 27) or the Airporter Shuttle Bus ($15 one way, 1300 360 000). Redline Coaches (1300 360 000) and TassieLink (1300 300 520) provide bus services throughout Tasmania. Taxis are easy to find or the local Metro bus service (13 22 01) can get you around town. An impressive array of car rental desks can be found at the airport, and many also have offices in town.
Is there ever, ever any instance where shared bathrooms can be chic, asks Winsor Dobbin? A night in Tasmania's new Montacute Boutique Bunk House should answer that... Rose Flynn and Antony Langdon, the livewire young owners of Hobart’s chic new accommodation offering, reckon they opened Montacute Boutique Bunkhouse because they “know that a trip to Tasmania can add up”. Is it a hotel? Not really. Is it a guesthouse? Not exactly. Is it a hostel? Well... not like any hostel you’ve stayed at before. It has been described as perfect for those with champagne tastes on a cider budget, and...
There's an uncountable number of reasons to scribble Tasmania's Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) on your bucket list, says Carla Grossetti. Here are her top 10... 1. For a kick up the arts A tumble down the theatrically-lit, underground inverted pyramid that is MONA is almost a hallucinatory trip. This avantgarde museum, founded by gambling magnate David Walsh, contains exhibits that are both delightful and deeply disturbing. As with Lewis Carroll’s Mad Hatter, who runs his life based on his mind, the museum seems to hold a looking glass up to the inner workings of Walsh’s algorithmic elements. The 51-year-old,...
Score: 8.44 We’re not surprised that a weekend holiday in Hobart has earned such a high score; the city has been sculpting a smorgasbord of artistic endeavours ripe for the exploring (and eating) for years now. We reckon the frankly remarkable experience of MONA is chief on the to-do list, alongside the three-hatted sensory delight of Garagistes, but even the mountainous skyline is a pretty work of art. A day in Hobart – according to Max Anderson: “Gorge yourself in any of the establishments in wonderful Salamanca Place, drinking in the maritime history as well as the champion pinots. You’re moments from...
The Museum of Old and New Art has shocked and delighted visitors worldwide but, asks Angeline Nicholas, can its cuisine do the same? A vessel emerges menacingly on the horizon at Hobart’s waterfront. Decked out in Navy camouflage, it quietly skims over the jet-black water. My ride to lunch has arrived. To be fair I was expecting a commuter catamaran with a friendly bearded captain, not a military invasion. The Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) is the crown jewel in millionaire David Walsh’s self-built estate. Infamous for its controversial exhibits on sex, death, bodily functions and nudity; be warned, this place is no...
There is only one city in the world friendlier than our own Hobart, according to a new survey. The Tasmanian city was only outfriendly-ed by Florianopolis, Brazil, in a reader survey which appeared in the UK- and US-based travel magazine Conde Nast Traveler. The magazine’s readers painted a fine picture of laid-back Hobart, heaping praise on it such as “a truly unique part of the world,” and “they know how to treat visitors”. Margaret River managed sixth on the list and New Zealand’s Queenstown smiled its way to fourth. The annual ‘Friendliest and Unfriendliest Cities In The World’ was voted...
Perched atop a nine-storey office tower overlooking Hobart’s Salamanca Wharf is this: the newly-opened Avalon City Retreat. But it’s more than just your standard penthouse – please, this is a fully self-contained omnipod; a modular design that can be lifted and relocated to, well, anywhere. Not that there’s anything portable-looking about the interior. Two king-sized bedrooms with custom-made beds, ensuite bathrooms and a fully-stocked kitchen (we mean fully – with everything from wines and whiskies to seriously gourmet pre-made dinners if you don’t feel like venturing out). And while the art collection has been thoughtfully curated, and the complimentary champagne...
Owners of Castray Esplanade Food + Wine, Michael Roberts and his wife Karen, are both well-known Tassie foodies with over 30 years' experience in the business. Michael shares his dining tips for dining experiences under $50 around Salamanca. Start the day at Tricycle Café. Housed in one of the striking sandstone warehouses that line Salamanca Place in Hobart, Tricycle is an excellent place for breakfast – spoil yourself with one of their delicious friandise to go with your second cup of coffee. Service is relaxed, yet professional. Grumbling belly at lunch time? Head to Jack Greene for a gourmet burger. This...
The design of Hobart’s newest hotel draws inspiration from the icy region of Antarctica, but does Stephanie Williams encounter a warm reception? Here’s something you probably didn't know about Hobart: it’s full of adventurers. And not the ‘weekend warrior’ kind who boast about that one walking trip they took years ago – the real deal. Hobart is the last port of call before the freezing waters hit, so it’s also the last port of call for the extremists who study and play in them. In fact, this city boasts the largest concentration of Southern Ocean and Antarctic scientists in the world. So...
Hotel hideaway for the landed gentry Villa Howden, Hobart, Tas With bubbles on arrival, antique furnishings, self-playing pianos and manicured gardens with croquet sets, Villa Howden is no ordinary boutique stay. “I wanted to buy everything in my room. Loved it!” says Rowntree, scoring it 10. Prev<<<< Milk Beach, Sydney, NSW Next >>>> Bouddi National Park, NSW Villa Howden...
Tasmania is a hotbed of unique pieces and incredible finds – and nowhere more so than its thriving market scene. Here, some of the best spots to go treasure hunting. Words by Elspeth Callender. If there was ever a little island that could, Tasmania would be it. What other area, a good 240 kilometres out to sea, could produce all five food groups (that’s cheese, salmon, wine, stone fruit and cheese) to such artisan levels, to the loud and repeated appreciation of the rest of the country, with such little fanfare? But there’s a lot more going on here than...
Where is it? Tasman Peninsula, 95km south-east of Hobart How to see it for yourself? This view is at the end of the cape, which has a detached sea stack known as the Candlestick. These dolerite seacliffs are among the tallest and oldest in Australia. Kayaking is available with operators such as Roaring 40s Ocean Kayaking. To see it from the land, the Cape Hauy Track is a five-hour return trek that begins in Fortescue Bay, taking in heath and woodland before the views of the cliffs. Why I love it “This breathtaking view gives me a genuine feel for untouched wilderness. Even better is the experience of walking along the track...
Where is it? In Mount Field National Park, 85km north-west of Hobart How to see it for yourself? Just a 10-minute stroll from the Mt Field National Park Visitors Centre, Russell Falls can be accessed via a sealed path suitable for wheelchairs. The walk will also take you past some of the tallest hardwood trees in the world. Return by the same track or cross a bridge below the falls and follow the creek back. Why I love it “This unusual, angled view of the dramatic, twotiered Russell Falls has become quite famous, appearing in National Geographic and several other international magazines. I had to balance out on...
Where is it? 13km southeast of Hobart How to see it for yourself? This shot was taken from the banks of Tranmere Point in Camelot Park, looking towards the tip of the peninsula, directly across the river from Taroona. Follow the Tasman Highway from Hobart, turning off at Bellerive, and following Tranmere Road. There are paths leading down to the water’s edge. Why I love it “The best way to view Hobart and Mt Wellington is from the eastern side of the Derwent River. Just after sunset, the gentle city lights are majestic.” – Michael Walters Image by Michael Walters...
Where is it? About 20km west of Hobart, Pinnacle Road, Wellington Park How to see it for yourself? Drive to the summit following Pinnacle Road. In winter, the road can close due to snow or ice cover so check beforehand. The lookout is a two-minute walk from the car park. Various tracks allow you to bushwalk, cycle or horse-ride. Why I love it “The view facing west is like a trip back to the time of dinosaurs. There is something eerie yet beautifully breathtaking. When the sun is setting on you and the wind is still you couldn’t feel more at peace.” – Michael Walters Image by Michael Walters...
Aaron Smith finds out if a one-day whisky tour of Tasmania's premier boutique distillery is worth the cost. “I would prefer barley be fed to pigs than it be used to turn men into swine.” That’s what Lady Jane Franklin purportedly said of the production of whisky when her husband was governor of Tasmania back in the 1800s. The resultant prohibition led to a 153-year distillation drought in Tasmania until 1992, when land surveyor Bill Lark challenged the law. With the help of some whisky-loving MPs, Tasmania built its first legal distillery since 1839 and in the subsequent two decades,...
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