You’ve checked out Constitution Dock. (Usually a bit empty – unless, of course, you’re in Hobart when the Sydney to Hobart yachts arrive and the Taste of Tasmania Festival is in full swing. Then it’s a shoulder-to-shoulder culinary meltdown.)

You’ve walked around Victoria Dock, admiring the colourfully painted fishing boats. You’ve checked out the art in the new Art Hotel, while this afternoon a walk around the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens and perhaps up Mount Wellington beckons. Right now, though, it’s time for lunch.

“Hopping from stall to stall at the Taste of Tasmania Festival, while the Sydney to Hobart yachts make their unhurried way into port, is the ultimate Constitution Dock experience.”
– Greg Barton

Is there a finer place in the world to slip down a still-quivering, freshly shucked pacific oyster, closely followed by a slurp of Tassie Sauvignon Blanc, than the Pier next to Constitution Dock?

Clear blue skies, some of the freshest air in the world and outstanding seafood in a beautiful, old-world environment. Before you die, at least once (although preferably many times), you’ve got to do it.

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Did you know?
Hobart boasts Australia’s oldest brewery. The Cascade Brewery started doing wonderful things to hops in 1824.

How to get there
Qantas and Virgin Blue have regular flights to Hobart from most major cities in Australia.

The “Spirit of Tasmania” sails between Melbourne and Devonport, as well as Sydney and Devonport.

Best time to go
Anytime, but always be prepared for cold, wet weather.

Further information
Useful websites:
Official website of the Hobart Summer Festival
Cascade Brewery Company website


** This is our original 100 Things to Do Before You Die. First published in 1996. There is an updated 100 Things To Do In Australia Before you die, published in 2011.

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