Australia’s lonely, little southern island state is mostly renowned as a nature lover’s paradise…yet those who do venture here soon discover that Tasmania is, in fact, anything but little, poor, or indeed lonesome. According to many, the southernmost tip of Australia is actually the country’s most rewarding holiday destination because it is here that you can indulge in a variety of experiences within very short distances. Unlike many other parts of the country, you need not cover thousands of kilometres to experience the very best the state has to offer. Don’t believe us? Fine! Then why not take on our challenge?
Book a flight into Hobart International Airport and, once you have settled into your lovely accommodation, be ready to savour, flavour and experience the very best of Tasmania, with barely the need to get out of the capital city!
Here is a sure fire way to enjoy a very comprehensive holiday in Hobart…according to us.
Mount Wellington – for nature
The 20km windy and insanely scenic road which leads from the Huon Highway out of Hobart, to the visiting summit of Mount Wellington could be described as the city’s prime attraction bar none. The fact that you’ll be privy to the most breathtaking views once you reach the top, however, is the only reason you need to head up here. Not only will you be driving through a kaleidoscope of different topography (from rolling fertile hills to temperate and even alpine forests) but you’ll also enjoy sweeping views of the city, the coastline and the heritage-listed wilderness of the far reaches of Tasmania. This is but a most unforgettable way to begin any tour of Tasmania. Check out the Wellington Park website for details of access times and best months of year to visit for optimal views.
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary – for wildlife
Only a half hour out of Hobart is where you’ll find a most wonderful native animal sanctuary. Bonorong may not get nearly as much attention as Australia’s most favour animal parks, yet it really, really, should. In this case, however, quieter and smaller definitely works in your favour. You can come and visit the most loved Australian animals, from kangaroos to wallabies, black cockatoos, koalas and the most revered of all, the Tassie devil. Not only will your visit be about the best thing you’ll do on your holiday to Tasmania, but you’ll also have your heart filled knowing that your reasonable entry fee will go directly into the rehabilitation and preservation of all the creatures and critters you’ll meet. This is an especially perfect place to take the kids if you’re travelling as a family.
M.O.N.A. – for art
Hobart’s premier art museum is a great attraction and only part of that has to do with the art itself. First of all you need to hop on a catamaran for a fantastic half hour ride, then you’ll be awestruck first by the surreal setting of the museum and then by its spine-tingling architectural style. All of this even before you’ve steeped inside its front doors!
Home to a wide array of classic and contemporary art, the M.O.N.A. is one of Australia’s most respected art spaces and an absolute must not just for those who are actually into art, although it helps greatly if you are. Those who aren’t can opt for an audio guide to help them navigate through the maze of the weird and wonderful installations on show. The M.O.N.A. also boasts a fantastic wine bar, so check out the museum webpage for all the info you need in order to plan a fantastic day out in Hobart.
The M.O.N.A. recently played host to what is being touted as ‘the world’s most incredible food explosion’; a $1.5million feast for 250 people, called ‘Invite the World to Dinner’ which was held to showcase Australia’s finest produce. This brings us to our next suggestion…
Feast! – for foodies
One of Hobart most underrated attraction is, by far, its gastronomic scene. Unbeknownst to many, the Tasmanian capital is home to some of the world’s most coveted chefs, celebrated eateries and most prized produce as well. So, when in Hobart…you should feast!
Some of Tasmania’s most famous food produce ranges from infinitely famous King Island cheeses, to wild abalone, pristine salmon, rare black truffle (first discovered in Tasmania in 1999), locally grown wasabi (ordered specifically by the Japanese Embassy in Canberra, believe it or not) as well as some of the most organic Wagyu beef in the world. Need we say more?
If you’ve been on the hunt for a true food lover’s paradise, then dare we say you may have just found one. Check out the Best Restaurants Guide to find out where you should go to savour what!