As Winter draws to a close we have been feeling the need to get out a little more. Whilst reading about magical places has satisfied the most part of our wanderlust, we have also done a little indulging in the pursuit of simply being, in one of our favourite places, Hobart.
Here is our pick from a weekend we just spent enjoying some quiet, idyll time amongst friendly faces, beautiful produce and breathtaking scenery.
Just a 20-minute drive from central Hobart to its summit, Mount Wellington rises 1270 metres above Hobart’s harbour. An accessible and what should definitely be on the list of every Hobart itinerary. Drive up the winding roads to find panoramic views of Hobart – the sheer beauty of the Tasman Peninsula below will really knock the breath out of you. Take comfy shoes to stop on the way up and enjoy some of the short hikes around the area.
Photo: World of Wanderlust
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… owner David Walsh has described the museum as a “subversive adult Disneyland”. At just 15 minutes from central Hobart by car and also reachable via a direct ferry from Brooke Street Pier, it’s an experience you can’t miss. Would love to come back for MOFO in the new year.
One of the highlights of our weekend, both in terms of food and the beautiful interior.
It’s a big open space with polished concrete floors adorned in cowhides, an indoor garden, bespoke wooden stools, chairs, tables and also offers communal dining and a concrete bar to view the kitchen crew in all their glory.
Franklin – its wide open spaces, its wood-burning oven, its simple but beautiful furniture, and that's before we even get to the food. Simple cookery of this nature means there’s nowhere to hide, and that’s the thing, Franklin is much more than what lands on the plate.
A walk to Jackman & McRoss never disappoints. A light Japanese cheesecake among other deliciousness awaits you.
Photo: World of Wanderlust
This market is somewhat of a Hobart Institution that is well loved by locals and visitors alike. The Salamanca Market runs every Saturday of the year on Salamanca Place with 300 licensed vendors, offering coffee, freshly baked treats, flowers, crafts
Every Sunday, come rain hail or shine, a busy street in the heart of Hobart transforms into a bustling farmers’ market that is all aboutTasmanian produce and getting to know your farmer. Artisan producers display incredible olive oil, cool climate wine, spirits from boutique distilleries, heavenly artisan breads, cakes and sourdough donuts, jams, mustards and preserves, locally roasted coffee and hand blended tea.
Stone Flower is a 1830s barn that has been transformed into a unique, comfortable and luxurious one bed accommodation. Fully equipped, self contained and private, it is centrally located with in minutes of all the best that Hobart has to offer. With great weather the weekend we stayed, we walked everywhere and enjoyed the quietness of Hobart’s streets at night.
It was such a special place to stay and we also loved The Pigeon Hole Cafe down the street for breakfasts.
Photographs: Pigeon Hole Cafe
We will definitely be back, looking forward to exploring more of this welcoming island.