Tassie Winter Break - 24hrs
Arrive in Hobart
With just 24 hours to spend in Hobart, there’s no time for sleep ins. Rise early and join the local chorus ordering their morning coffee at one of the artisan bakeries. Head to Daci & Daci for fresh Tassie salmon and egg on brioche or surrender to a colossal chocolate croissant from Jackman and McRoss.
From either bakery it’s a short walk to Brooke Street Pier to catch the first ferry out to MONA, Museum of Old and New Art, at 9.30am. That’s right, even Lonely Planet’s guide book insists that one must ‘descend the spiralled staircase of Hobart’s uber-trendy subterranean MONA.’ A 24-hour stint in Hobart wouldn’t be complete without a few hours spent in David Walsh’s wonderland.
The ferry’s Posh Pit will warm your winter cockles, including complimentary canapés and Moorilla wine in the exclusive lounge. This time of year it beats sitting on a sheep’s back in ‘cattle class.’ The short voyage will take around 30 minutes, delivering you to Walsh’s collection of modern art and antiquities. Consider this a taster, enjoying a couple hours underground (some say two days isn’t enough) followed by a Winemakers Platter of terrine, rillettes and pâté from the wine bar.
Check into your Hotel Grand Chancellor accommodation.
Back in the CBD, spend an indulgent afternoon sampling the best of the town’s providores, restaurants, cafés and bars on a Gourmania Tea and Tapas tour. Mary McNeill is a sixth generation Hobartian, so she knows her way around the traps. It’s like having a really dedicated Hobartian friend by your side.
A former pastry chef, Mary’s three hour tour begins with a delicate pastry (of course the highest quality) and pot of tea before winding its way via the city’s culinary hot spots. Expect to visit a converted stable, hear tales from the past and finish the tour with a warming Pinot in preparation for your evening ahead. Unsure of where to go for dinner? Just ask Mary.
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Availability of experiences in this itinerary may be subject to opening times, seasonal operation or booking requirements.
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