Whether you're a hipster, a modern day Yuccie (Young Urban Creative) or someone between beards, we've handpicked the best of southern Tasmania to fill your weekend. We've got markets, live music and craft cider covered.
Mix with the locals as soon as you arrive in Hobart.
Rektango is a Friday night institution down in Salamanca. The free live music gathering happens weekly between 5.30pm and 7.30pm, attracting curious visitors drawn by the folksy tunes. Grab a pre-dinner hot mulled wine by the fire.
Image – Rektango, Salamanca Arts Centre Courtyard: Tourism Tasmania & Arcadia Publications
Not far from Rektango is your casual dinner destination, Preachers. Drop into Society on your way up for a Splendid Gin if you feel so inclined. Their spirit library, complete with rolling ladder, is something else. Park yourself at Preachers, either in the heated Metro bus or the heritage listed cottage by a fire. Craft beers and hearty burgers are a specialty. Just want a share plate – the vegan board is a colourful affair of house-made hari chutney, baby beets, roast pumpkin hummus, falafel and more.
Image – Preachers: Tourism Tasmania & Arcadia Publications
Stay local and affordable tonight. Just up the road is exceptional Montacute in Battery Point. Some may refer to it as a backpackers, courtesy of its price, but Montacute offers so much more. Think veggie patch, young hosts only too willing to point you on your way, a cracker fire, verandah views to the mountain and bikes to discover the city.
Image – Double Room, Montacute Bunkhouse, Battery Point: Tourism Tasmania & Nick Osborne
Image – Salamanca Market: Tourism Tasmania & Hobart City Council
Throw on your handmade beanie for Salamanca Market. This cannot be missed. Take the Kelly Street route down to the market, leading you down historic Kelly’s Steps. This will bring you out into the heart of Salamanca’s galleries, artist studios and of course the bustling market. Grab a bite at the market or pick from one of many popular brekkie locations including Tricycle Café, Laundry Café or Retro. Find yourself a hand-knitted scarf, sample a local whisky, meet a silversmith, and continue on your way.
Venture up into North Hobart (NoHo) for lunch. On a sunny Saturday, park yourself at Room For A Pony. The former servo has a wicked seasonal menu, staff that know their stuff and quasi grass outside to feel Tassie winter on your skin. Another lunch option, and a shorter stroll for good single origin is Pilgrim in the city. They run a multi roaster program using the latest extraction practices to highlight origin. Owner Will Priestly takes his coffee seriously, regularly off overseas to discover new sources. The popular haunt also offers a great Middle Eastern Grain Bowl, packed full of purple picked cauliflower, quinoa tabouli and charred eggplant.
Image – Room For A Pony: Dale Baldwin
Head back down to the waterfront stopping off at Monks & Co barbershop if your beard needs a quick touch up before heading to Mona where all the cool cats go. Let’s face it, you can’t head home without Mona in your head and tales of underground art. Do your Mona travel in style from the Brooke Street Pier, by booking into the ferry’s Posh Pit. Either that, or climb aboard a sheep in cattle class. (No, that’s not a euphemism…) It’s a perfect opportunity to order a Willie Smith’s craft cider. Spend the next few hours deep below in David Walsh’s subversive wonderland. Upon surfacing, you may need to hit the wine bar to debrief and compare notes on a museum like no other on the planet.
Image – Ferry Ride to MONA on Sheep: Tourism Tasmania & Paul Fleming
Tonight, check into Hobart’s latest and instagramable waterfront hotel MACq 01. It’s Australia’s first story telling hotel and boy does it have some tales to share. It has 114 stories to be exact – one for every room. Settle in to what MACq 01 refers to as “˜informal luxury.’ Take a tour with the Master Storyteller, head down to the Story Bar for a single malt by the communal fire or sign up for a gin making class.
Image – Interior ‘Grounded Yet Exceptional’ Room at MACq 01- : supplied Federal Hotels
Choose to stay and eat in house or venture off to highly acclaimed Franklin Restaurant, not before a stop at the Hobart Brewing Company an easy walk from MACq 01. The former Ford car showroom (c. 1923) has a minimalist interior and an indoor garden worth taking a peek at. From the central open kitchen, complete with a ten-tonne Scotch oven, comes all manner of Tasmanian fare from abalone to sea urchin across a menu that changes every day. Kick on after dinner at Rude Boy….. for a night cap before returning to MACq 01 for the night, perhaps in your very own top level penthouse.
Image – Salamanca Market: Tourism Tasmania & Adam Gibson
After a leisurely sleep in, venture up to Hobart’s Farmers Market in the city. This is where you’ll gather supplies for your winter picnic. But first things first. Get a warming single origin coffee into you, sipped to the tune of a market busker. Team it with a freshly made breakfast – perhaps a haloumi burger takes your fancy? Then gather a crusty sourdough loaf, local cheeses, homemade chutney, whatever suits your picnic desires. The Veg Bar or Born in Brunswick back up in NoHo are other breakfast picks for this morning.
Image – ‘Bury Me Standing’ Coffee Team: Chris Crerar
Got your flannie, got your beanie? Winter picnics aren’t always a warm affair down the Huon Valley. They’re crisp and give good reason to wrap your arm round someone.
On the way down drop into Willie Smith’s Apple Shed. This gem takes you through the Apple Isle’s fascinating apple history and does it in rustic style. Opt for an organic cider or sample their latest, the Charles Oates Apple Blanco.
Hop on your way again: destination Cygnet. This is where you’ll find a bakery that’s entirely unplugged. That’s right, Cygnet Woodfired Bakehouse is your off-the-grid destination for the best sweet treats direct from a wood fired oven. Add a few sneaky tarts or perhaps a cruffin (croissant slash muffin) with custard and plum jam to your picnic stash.
Next, find yourself some plush grass down by the water. There’s plenty of options along the riverbank just beyond Cygnet. Further down, Lymington holds its own little know allure. The quaint beach has fossils to seek out along the foreshore. Depending on flight times don’t get too distracted on your fossil hunt before venturing back to the big smoke of Hobart.
Image – Government Huts, Mt Field National Park : Tourism Tasmania & Anthan Hendry
*There is plenty more to add to your hipster manifesto. If you have a few spare days and like the sounds of rustic old huts up at Mt. Field National Park, book early. The Mount Field Government Huts are a real steal and positioned perfectly for day walks up around the Tarn Shelf and beyond. They are the genuine deal. No bells, certainly no whistles. Just a broom to restore them to their former glory when you leave, bunk beds and a toasty wood fire to get roaring come evening. On the drive down, grab a craft beer in the paddock at Two Metre Tall.