3 Day Hobart and Surrounds Trip
Hobart and D’Entrecasteaux Channel
Start the day with breakfast at Tricycle Café in Salamanca. A local favourite, this hole in the wall café sits right beside Bruny Island Cheese Company’s Hobart providore. Pop into the pocket-sized cellar door packed with cheese and other goodies, then hit the road leaving Hobart for the D’Entrecasteaux Channel, or ‘the channel’ as the locals call it.
Stop for lunch forty minutes later at Grandvewe Cheeses in Birchs Bay, home to Australia’s only organic sheep cheesery and its smallest distillery. Head distiller Ryan Hartshorn creates small-batch vodka from sheep’s whey – a by-product of the cheesery. It’s taken two years for Ryan to develop his methods, and as well as distilling the spirit, he also painstakingly paints each bottle’s label individually. Pair it with a sheep cheese tasting then settle in for a relaxed lunch on the deck.
Alternatively, if you’re after a classy lunchtime dining affair, make your way to Peppermint Bay Restaurant, also in the neighbourhood. With its indoor and outdoor spaces, waterside wines await. If you missed Grandvewe, you can drop into the mini tasting room inside Hobart’s Brooke Street Pier to sample their wares.
Return to Hobart after lunch, stopping at Nutpatch, a petite outpost near the Bruny Island ferry terminal at Kettering where you’ll find Italian John Zito crafting chocolate and nougat goodies.
Check into Woolmers Apartments, your accommodation for the next two nights, before strolling down to The Black Footed Pig to enjoy casual tapas for dinner.
A day of leisurely touring with Gray Line Tours begins at 9.20am with a ride around Hobart in the morning aboard a restored antique coach tram – all you need to do is sit back and tune into the commentary. Your tour begins in Hobart’s birthplace, Sullivans 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 nearby. Other architectural sights include Australia’s oldest brewery and St David’s Cathedral. You’ll also visit the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, where you can poke around Peter Cundall’s veggie patch. Take notes, you’ll want to return to some of these places.
Part two of your day involves moving from coach to swift moving ferry. Hop aboard the Mona Roma 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 privately owned museum and owner David Walsh has packed it full with modern art and antiquities. 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. Try some of Tasmania’s fantastic local produce at Peacock and Jones. Only the finest seasonal offerings reach your plate.
Enjoy a sleep in, then begin your day with brunch in historic Battery Point. Along Hampden Road you’ll be spoilt for choice – Jackman and McRoss bakery is a Hobart institution and the groovy Pollen Tea Room is packed full of nutritious goodness. Walk off your breakfast in the pretty little neighbourhood as you venture through Arthurs Circus, pass by old mariners’ cottages and pop your head into Annick’s Antiques store.
After your stroll, it’s time to discover some of Hobart’s remarkable heritage at the Cascade Female Factory in South Hobart. Heritage tours start at 10am with ‘Her Story’, a 45-minute roaming theatre show kicking off at noon. 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 an incompetent husband. If that doesn’t sound tough, imagine being sent to Van Diemen’s Land for life just because you stole a watch.
After the play, head for West Hobart and park yourself at Pigeon Hole Café for a late lunch. This local hotspot, is as the name suggests, about big enough for a flock of pigeons. Sit outside on the bench and order off a seasonal menu packed full of produce from the owner’s farm.
In the afternoon, explore the city’s waterfront from the seat of a kayak with Roaring 40°s Kayaking. During the two and half hour paddle, explore Battery Point and Hobart’s city docks from the water, slipping under jetties for a closer look at ships and historic fishing boats. You’ll be served fresh fish and chips from the local fish punt, to enjoy on your kayak deck as drivers-by wish they were you – bringing an end to an idyllic Hobart holiday.
Alternatively drive out to Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary to get hands-on with the local wildlife. You’ll be contributing to the conservation and rehabilitation of Tasmania’s threatened wildlife including the Tasmanian devil. The park is also home to wombats, koalas, echidnas, birds and many more native animals.
From Bonorong, it’s less than an hour to Hobart Airport for your 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 Rob Burnett, Jonathan Wherett, Adam Gibson, Scott Sporleder, Peter Topliss, Sarah Williams Photography.