Heading to Tassie for our season of curious events and have a few extra days to explore? We have the latest eats, drinks and some grand day trips to wrap around your festival fun. Whether it's Dark Mofo, Festival of Voices, Whisky Week or the Huon Valley Mid Winter Festival that lures you here, we'll make sure you're stay in the south is packed with the best.
There are some new kids on the block. Well, a lot. Here are a few to get you started.
Image – Etties. Image supplied
If you’ve been down the century-old carriageway that led to Ethos, you’ll know where to find Etties on Elizabeth Street. The Euro inspired restaurant and bar is nestled in one of Hobart’s oldest buildings. If you’re looking for a cosy winter bar, look no further than Ettie’s piano bar. Championing the locals is their specialty – perhaps a Hartshorn Distillery sheep whey vodka (hailing from Woodbridge) with pepperberry and lemon?
Crumb Street Diner
When Crumb Street first opened in Harrington Street, there was often a line out the door for their slow cooked deliciousness. Now in a comfy new neon-lit premises on the edge of North Hobart, they have your sticky lamb ribs and pulled pork desires covered. They also offer great coffee, stoneground sour dough to grab on the run for brekkie, old-school floats, plus the staff are super friendly.
Has the name caught your attention? A new addition to what’s now known as our Midtown, Rude Boy brings a touch of the Caribbean to Hobart Town. The rum bar and restaurant prides itself on great cocktails and a colourful atmosphere that invites lively chatter. We haven’t even mentioned the Jamaican shrimp fritters. Or the funky bathrooms. Drive past and you’ll want to be on the inside this winter.
In the cosy quarters of Fico, European fare is delivered using Tasmania’s locally sourced best. There’s no pomp and ceremony here, but the food experience is exceptional. From grilled bug tail, seaweed and sorrel to handmade pasta and risotto, Fico blend simplicity with intricate flavours from their quasi-open kitchen. What’s more, the wine cellar is located in an original bank vault. Prepare to be surprised and impressed with this Macquarie Street find.
Don’t be afraid of the cooler temps. Get out there!
Mount Wellington Hot Chocolate
Image – Mt Wellington Hot Chocolate. Image credit: Adam Gibson
It’s winter! Get your beanie (preferably a nice hand-knitted number from Salamanca Market) and head on up Mount Wellington. If you’re lucky we’ll even provide a light dusting of snow. Halfway up, at The Springs, pull over. Lost Freight, a funky shipping container will be at the ready with a toasty hot chocolate. Then venture up to the summit or just take a walk out to Sphinx Rock from The Springs. The views are well worth this relatively flat saunter.
GET YOUR ART ON –
Rug up and get arty. With TMAG (Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery) on the waterfront and Salamanca Place a short walk away, hours can be lost to art. If it’s a Saturday, head for Salamanca Market between 8.30am and 3pm. Fine makers, artists, wood turners, musicians, designers and more converge.
Looking for art any day of the week? Use the Tasmanian Arts Guide to discover artist studios and galleries. You might even find a fellow making a violin near historic Kelly’s Steps, leading up to Battery Point.
TO MARKET TO MARKET –
Image – Market Scene Hobart Farmers Market. Image credit: Chris Crerar
There’s a lot to love about Hobart markets. On a Saturday, Salamanca Market spills colour and vibrancy across several blocks. Explore yourself or take a foodie walking tour with Gourmania that includes the market’s hotspots as part of the on-foot discovery. Come Sunday, the Farm Gate Market in town delivers our freshest produce direct from the growers. Expect locally roasted coffee, crusty loaves, artisan olive oil, heirloom vegetables and more when the brass bell rings at 8.30am to signal the start of trade.
ADVENTURES BEYOND –
Derwent Valley Venturing
If you haven’t been through the Derwent Valley in a while, or ever, then this winter is your time. Much is happening in this neck of the woods, which leads to Mount Field, Tasmania’s equally oldest national park. Take a short 20-minute walk to mighty Russell Falls then venture up to the Tall Trees Walk, a further 30-minute circuit. Set to open in June, the team behind Agrarian Kitchen are swinging open the doors to a new eatery in Willow Court. This is a must. It’s well combined with a tinker around the antique stores of New Norfolk and the likes of Fly Wheel with its vintage stationary. Continue on down the valley, including a stop at Two Metre Tall Brewery. It’s likely the only time you’ll have a craft beer in a paddock this year. Set your end destination at the winter wonderland that is Mount Field National Park.
Oysters & Ghosts
Image – Pirates Bay Lookout. Image credit: Sean Scott
It’s not your typical combo. But if you like fresh Pacific oysters and the idea of slipping into your thickest winter coat by lantern light, the Tasman Peninsula can deliver. Bangor Wine & Oyster Shed is a must for lunch (Tasmanian eBike Adventures now runs great half and full-day rides on the Bangor property too). If you’re lucky, you might even get a possie near their roaring wood fire. Then continue on down the Peninsula, stopping at Pirate’s Bay lookout. The Cubed Espresso van is open through winter on weekends for handmade sweets with a sweet view. There are plenty of rock formations to explore at Eaglehawk, or continue on down to Port Arthur Historic Site if you haven’t been. Come nightfall….hop on a tour….it’s when the ghosts come out.
Don’t rush home. Down this way you can head to McHenry Distillery’s gin lab and make your very own bottle of self-labelled gin. Keen to stretch your legs? Cape Hauy is a four-hour walk featuring towering dolerite columns and a pleasant finish line at Fortescue Bay.
Head For The Huon
Image – Huon Valley Mid-Winter Fest. Image credit: Natalie Mendham
There’s a valley that’s heating up for winter. Plan your trip to coincide with the Huon Valley Mid Winter Festival (July 14-16). It’s your opportunity to sing to apple trees – a pagan ritual to ward off nasty spirits and ensure a good crop. Dress up in your oddest garb, don some gummies, or just head there for a mulled cider. It’s one of the great stops along our Tasmanian Cider Trail. Follow it, and you’ll also find Pagan and Frank’s Cider down this way.
Willie Smiths have also recently released their Charles Oates Fine Apple Brandy. Enjoy a rustic lunch in the Apple Shed then head to Cygnet for the afternoon. Stop in at the Cygnet Woodfired Bakehouse for delicious pastries straight from the fiery oven and take them riverside with a coffee. The Gourmet Farmer, Matthew Evans also resides down near Cygnet. His Friday Feasts at Fat Pig Farm redefine what it is to sit down for a country feast. So there you have it. This winter, the Huon is hot. Cider sipping, banging pots and pans in a paddock at Mid Winter Festival or fire-cooked dining. It’s all here.
From Capital To Wilderness
Image – Deep South West. Image credit: Matt Glastonbury
Who knew you could be in a capital city in the morning then whisked to South West Tasmania….returned to Hobart in time for cocktail hour. With Par Avion, one can be deposited by plane to a place where there’s no roads in and barely a soul. The South West experience includes a boat trip into Bathurst Harbour, delicious Tasmanian lunch and window seats to a spectacular aerial view of the South and South West.
Image – MACq 01. Image Stu Gibson
It’s Australia’s first storytelling hotel and has opened this June on Hobart’s waterfront. MACq01 is no ordinary hotel. It tells 114 stories of Tasmanian characters, one for every room, including more penthouses than Tassie has ever seen. The Master Storyteller and his team are on hand to deliver more tales and guests are offered everything from gin making workshops with local botanicals to theatrical cooking demonstrations with Saffire’s former Executive Chef. Informal luxury has never looked so good.
Image – Frenchman’s River. Image supplied
In recent years there’s been a quiet migration of ‘mainlanders’ to Cygnet and neighbouring areas. Those who have moved, remain hushed about finding a simple life at the bottom of Tasmania. A stay at Frenchman’s River gives a taste of what these new locals enjoy. Views across still waters of Cygnet Bay, sweeping green hills, and most of all peaceful quiet. The Writer’s House is just perfect for two. Light the open fire and let this region have its way over you.
The Library House
Image – Library House. Image from Facebook
It’s a suburb much loved by the locals. West Hobart is just a few minutes from the CBD, has a gorgeous neighbourhood feel and is home to The Library House. The name hints a little at what may be inside. The library, a private collection, lines shelf after shelf. Aside from luring the avid reader, the 1900-built Federation beauty features a media room, open fire and impressive five bedrooms. So gather up your friends and book yourself in to the leafy, local neighbourhood of West Hobart.