2 days in Hobart: what to see, eat and experience

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It’s undeniable – there’s nowhere quite like Tasmania. An island of untamed beaches, national parks, mountains, lush vineyards and white sands – untapped beauty at its finest. So as spring turned into early summer, I hopped on a plane with my sister for a four day, largely food, wine and relaxation themed adventure to get a taste of Tasmania’s best. Here’s a rundown of our adventures and recommendations for 2 days in Hobart: what to see, eat and experience.

Despite having travelled the world extensively, I have found myself still yet to experience so much of my home country and wonderful, completely accessible experiences right on my doorstep. Why have I looked so far, but not near? I have no excuse! Tasmania is home for Brooke, and after our recent travels to Europe I was more inspired than ever to finally fly across the Bass Strait and get a feel for her island home. I was not disappointed!


Checking in

Arriving into Hobart after just an hour and a half flight from Sydney, I immediately felt right at home, yet another world away. Set between the summit of Mt Wellington, and the shores of the Derwent River, Hobart is an eclectic, relaxed maritime city that beautifully blends art, history, natural scenery and – my favourite of all – farm to table produce.


My sister and I stayed at the exquisite Arthouse Salamanca – a private house just minutes by foot from Hobart’s historic waterfront and Salamanca Place. We arrived at this white cottage, turned the key and immediately felt like royalty – with a fully kitted out kitchen, more rooms than we knew what to do with, and a giant bathtub beckoning. The little touches – like gorgeous bath products, a bowl of walnuts ready to crack on the coffee table, and an iPod full of jazz tunes docked and play-ready made our ‘place to crash’ after a day of exploring feel like an experience on its own.

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Sunrise at Mount Wellington (Kunanyi)

Just a 20-minute drive from downtown Hobart to its summit, Mount Wellington rises 1270 metres above Hobart’s harbour, and is an accessible and definitely should be a well addition on every Hobart itinerary. Drive up the winding roads to find panoramic views of Hobart – the sheer beauty of the Tasman Peninsula below it will really knock the breath out of you. As we navigated our way up to the summit, hairpin after hairpin, we drove through eerie fog and I felt like I was scaling and climbing above the clouds.


Visit MONA

As Australia’s largest private museum, the Museum of Old and New Art is a gallery with attitude, along with many things. MONA is an underground space, built into a sandstone cliff face, and as we spiralled our way downstairs, I really felt like I was descending into another realm. MONA is a museum themed on love, sex and death… owner David Walsh has described the museum as a “subversive adult Disneyland”. At just 15 minutes from central Hobart by car (655 Main Road, Berriedale) – and also reachable via a direct ferry from Brooke Street Pier, it’s an experience you can’t miss.

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Salamanca Market

This market is somewhat of a Hobart Institution that is well loved by locals and visitors alike. The Salamanca Market has been running every Saturday of the year on Salamanca Place since 1973! Attracting thousands of visitors every Saturday, there are 300 licensed vendors, offering coffee, freshly baked treats, flower stands, vegetables and local produce, and handicrafts, artisan produce, jewellery and fine art, woodwork.


Sullivans Cove / The Hobart Waterfront

The Hobart Waterfront plays host to a series of bars and eateries, a dock for impressive catamarans, and is also a point of departure for water taxis and ferries. We spent lots of time wandering the waterfront for food, drinks… and to walk off our excessive consumption.


Eating out and in

My first observation about Tasmanian providore was the big support of local. Grocery chains, small food markets and bottle shops all champion and support local produce – and we were happy to indulge! On our first night in town, we stocked up on local cheeses, olives, pickled squid, dips and vegetables, and nibbled away for hours from our local produce shop Salamanca Fresh.

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On our second night in town, we opted to check out the share plates at Frank Restaurant & Bar (1 Franklin Wharf, Hobart) – a glass-encased restaurant set slightly back from the Hobart waterfront.

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My favourite food experience of all, was lunching at Glass House (Main Deck, Brooke Street Pier). Suspended over Sullivan’s Cove, Glass House boasts 280 degree water views – and we were treated to front row seats looking out to the harbor. More art than lunch, Glass House offers a divine food experience. We sampled Kingfish sashimi, buffalo mozzarella salad mélange, soft shell crab and the zestiest lemon curd dessert… one of my favourite dining experiences of all time.

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We also loved Jackman & McRoss for breakfast – and opted for Daci & Daci Bakers on day 2…I recommend the avocado / sourdough toast, and any sweet pastry!

Also check out Pilgrim or Yellow Bernard for coffee (recommended to us via Instagram – but we ran out of days!)


Thanks to Tourism Tasmania for facilitating my stay in Tassie!

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    January 31, 2016 at 1:29 pm

    Arthouse Salamanca is an average of $700 per night!! Is that a realistic accommodation recommendation for the average tourist!!??

    December 11, 2015 at 12:54 am

    Visited Hobart twice; eat at Mure’s fish restaurant both times and would thoroughly recommend there. Stayed, the 2nd time at Sullivan’s, again excellent. Salamanca market has had our custom both times we visited, indeed the 2nd visit to Australia was all but planned around a visit! The rest of Tassie is pretty good as well – would like to get back but not sure if I ever will.

    December 10, 2015 at 2:13 am

    Sunrise looks gorgeous and the food looks amazing!

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    December 9, 2015 at 12:03 am

    Hobart is really great place to travel. But Australia is little bit costly to travel.

    Courtney {Alkeks Abroad}
    December 8, 2015 at 10:41 pm

    We ate at Jackman & Ross when we were in Hobart too. So yummy and not pricey at all!

    December 8, 2015 at 8:07 pm

    This looks so pretty!

    I need to see more of Australia!

    Miles of Happiness - Marie
    December 8, 2015 at 5:39 pm

    That sounds like a fabulous escape…

    jessica wright
    December 8, 2015 at 2:03 pm

    High on my list to visit one day, thank you for sharing!

    December 8, 2015 at 12:11 am

    Looks amazing!

    December 7, 2015 at 11:21 pm

    It looks like you have spent 2 great days.

    Tessa / Bramble & Thorn
    December 7, 2015 at 8:28 pm

    This post is making me realise I need to get to Hobart, stat. Living in Melbourne it’s pretty inexcusable that I’ve never been to Tasmania, it’s so close!

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