First thing to do is get a good coffee into you. With that rush of cool air hitting you on arrival, it’s all about warming up. You’re in Tassie in winter. It’s the most glorious time to be here but don’t tell the masses. There’s amazing festivals, usually a dust of snow on the mountain and lots of single malts. Yellow Bernard will sort you for coffee. They also enjoy cycling. Ask them why they wear Lycra year-round.
Tonight, venture up to what the locals call NoHo. That’s a fancy name for North Hobart. Try T-Bone Brewing Co. for a pre-dinner craft beer. Ask the owner about his dad. He happens to have the first biodiesel-powered distillery in the country. Curious? Tom will tell you more.
From beer to tequila, at Pancho Villa you’ll be surrounded by dim lights, some skulls and, more importantly, some seriously good Mexican food.
Throw on your handmade beanie for Salamanca Market. If you don’t have one, there’ll be a local knitting away so buy one there. Pick your colour. Take the Kelly Street route 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-crocheted scarf, sample a local whisky, meet a silversmith, and continue on your way.
Later on, wander over to the Hobart Brewing Co. More than likely they’ll have some live music on the go outside. They do everything onsite so don’t be shy, ask over the bar about the process. This part of Hobart has grand plans so ask about them too.
Remember Kelly’s Steps? Head back up there. Tonight you’re dining French style. The place might be tiny, but that’s why it’s named A Tiny Place. Tucked away in Battery Point, only those in the know dine here. The building dates back to 1860. The chef is Philippe. You’ll be telling your friends about this place.
Tonight, check into Hobart’s latest and instagrammable waterfront hotel, MACq 01. It’s Australia’s first storytelling hotel, and boy does it have some tales to tell. It has 114 stories to be exact – one for every room. Settle in to what MACq 01 refers to as ‘”informal luxury”.
After a leisurely sleep in, venture up to Hobart’s Farm Gate Market in the middle of 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? Ever experienced a winter picnic? Gather a crusty sourdough loaf, local cheeses, homemade chutney, whatever suits your picnic desires, and head south.
Winter in the Huon Valley is as crisp as the apples grown there. Drop into Willie Smith’s Apple Shed and learn about the Apple Isle’s fascinating apple history in the rustic setting. Opt for an organic cider or sample their latest, the Charles Oates Apple Blanco. Time your trip to be here during the Huon Valley Mid Winter Festival and join a few of the locals donning top hats and tatters.
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 stash.
You’ve got your supplies, time for the picnic. 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-known 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.