Hobart and Beyond Road Trip
Begin your Hobart experience with brunch in historic Battery Point. Along Hampden Road you’ll be spoilt for choice – Jackman and McRoss is a Hobart institution, groovy Tea Tribe is packed full of nutritious goodness and Jam Jar has a jazzy feel that’ll make you want to come back for Friday night tapas. Walk off your breakfast in the neighbourhood – venture through Arthur’s Circus, pass by old mariners’ cottages and pop your head into Annick’s antique store.
Check into your Woolmers Apartments accommodation for the next two nights.
By midday, make sure you’re in South Hobart at the Cascade Female Factory. ‘Her Story’ isn’t your typical history lesson, but rather a 45 minute roaming theatre show. Through just two actors, the stories of incarcerated women are brought to life – including the poor matron who had to take care of twelve pregnancies, one thousand convict women and a husband best described as incompetent. If that doesn’t sound tough, imagine being sent to Tasmania for life just because you stole a watch.
After the play, head for West Hobart and park yourself at Pigeon Hole for lunch. This local fave, as the name suggests, is about big enough for a flock of pigeons only. Sit outside on the bench and order off a seasonal menu packed full of produce from the owner’s farm.
In the afternoon, explore Hobart’s waterfront from the seat of a kayak. During the 2.5 hour paddle, explore Battery Point from the water, slip under passing jetties and get a closer look at docked ships and fishing boats. You’ll be served fresh fish and chips from the local punt, to enjoy on the kayak deck as drivers motor along Davey Street wishing they were dining with you. Follow up your early bite with a casual tapas dinner at The Mill on Morrison.
Today Gray Line Tours is taking care of your entertainment, so enjoy the ride. The morning begins at 9.20am with a tour of Hobart aboard a coach tram. All you need to do is sit back and tune into the commentary. Your tour begins in Hobart’s birthplace, Sullivan’s Cove, and ventures out to Sandy Bay, South Hobart and across the Tasman Bridge to Kangaroo Bay marina.
Some highlights along the way include the Georgian warehouses of Salamanca Place and the former gun battery of Princes Park, just nearby. Other sights include Cascade, Australia’s oldest brewery, as well as St David’s Cathedral, the GPO and Hobart Town Hall in the city. You’ll also visit the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, where Peter Cundall’s veggie patch resides. Take your notepad, you’ll want to return to some of these places.
Part two of your day involves moving from coach to swiftmoving ferry. Hop aboard the MR-1 Fast Ferry from the Hobart waterfront and you’ll be at Mona, Museum of Old and New Art in no time. This happens to be Australia’s largest private art collection and owner David Walsh has packed it full with modern art and antiquities. You may have heard – his gallery can surprise, challenge and confront – in the very least it’ll give you something to chat about at dinner this evening.
Your tour concludes back at Sullivan’s Cove. Choose to return to Hobart by coach or ferry, depositing you back to Hobart’s waterfront at approximately 5.30pm. This is perfect timing for a pre-dinner tipple. Head underground to Ash and Besters at 100 Elizabeth Street, surfacing for a six course set menu at Ethos Eat Drink just above. Only the finest seasonal, small batch offerings reach your plate, having arrived at Ethos on the same day.
Hobart and Huon Valley
Your first two days have included plenty of guided touring, so today is the chance to stretch your legs and your Tassie confidence. Set out for the Huon Valley under your own steam after breakfast at Tricycle Café in Salamanca. This hole in the wall is right beside Bruny Island Cheese Company’s Hobart cellar door. Pop into the little providore, packed with cheese (obviously) and other goodies for your drive south.
First stop on the road is Willie Smith’s Apple Shed, about 35 minutes driving time from Hobart. It is Australia’s first organic cidery and the location where William Smith planted his orchard back in 1888. Walk through the museum here and you’ll understand why Tassie became known as the Apple Isle. This region exported apples across the globe. Now, four generations of Smith family later, the apple heritage lives on through farmhouse style cider. Take a seat in the shed out back and order yourself a tasting paddle.
Your destination for lunch today is Cygnet. A long-time favourite of the local community, Red Velvet Lounge has re-opened following a devastating fire that forced its doors closed. Reinvigorated with a new interior head chef and owner, Steve Cumper, is ready to serve you with his traditional passion. Not sure what to order – just ask this former Country Chef of the Year what he suggests.
Make your way back to Hobart after lunch, stopping in at Home Hill Winery if there’s time before your departing flight.
Availability of experiences in this itinerary may be subject to opening times, seasonal operation or booking requirements, please call ahead to plan each day.
Photo Credit: Tourism Tasmania. All rights reserved @Tourism Tasmania and Scott Sporleder, Rob Burnett, Sarah Williams Photography, Jonathan Wherrett, Andrew McIntosh, Ocean Photography, Chris Crerar, Peter Topliss, Kathryn Leahy.