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 shuttle ferry that will take you to Australia’s greatest triumph since the Opera House, the mind-altering experience that is MONA. After going underground, treat yourself to sky-gazing on the lawns outside the Moo Brew Brewery or do the sensational The Source Restaurant.”

And now, your excuse to book flights… The schedule and dates of MONA’s annual winter festival, Dark Mofo, have just been announced – and it sounds brilliant. Themed around darkness and timed to coincide with winter solstice, expect large-scale public art, food, music, light and a nude solstice swim, of course. From 12–22 June; More info: MONA

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