G’day mates! English Marie here. Are you as intrigued by Tasmania as I am? Well, I’d like to introduce to you the capital of Tas and the second oldest capital in all of Australia- Hobart. Recently named as one of the ‘Top Ten Spots to Visit in the World Right Now’ by Lonely Planet, Hobart is a unique blend of history, charm, and modern luxury. Surrounded by rugged mountains, rolling green hills, breathtaking waterways, and rich cultural heritage, Hobart truly is one of the best places to visit.
As mentioned before, Hobart has a rich history and you’ll find historical buildings and sites all over the city and surrounds. One of the main historical attractions is Port Arthur. Whether you drive or take a sea plane to get there you’ll be astounded by the gorgeous scenery surrounding your journey. Located on the Tasman Peninsula, Port Arthur was once considered an ‘inescapable prison,’ overseen by guards and half-starved hounds. Surrounded by landscaped Victorian gardens, you’ll find it difficult to imagine this castle-like structure was once a prison that held 1,100 convicts. Founded in 1830, Port Arthur started out as a small timber station, from 1833 to 1850s some of the colonies most dangerous and hardened criminals were sent here to work. While you visit Port Arthur, take a moment to follow the Convict Water Supply Trail or a trip to Point Puer Boys Prison- the first boy’s prison of the British Empire, it once held around 3,000 boys between the ages of 9 and 16. Take a walk through time and put yourself in the shoes of those who once were imprisoned in this historical place.
Looking for some more culture? Make your way to the MONA- the Museum of Old and New Art. This is a unique, one-of-a-kind museum, located on the River Derwent just north of Hobart. This wonderful museum is home to a diverse private collection, ranging from Egyptian mummies to some of the world’s most amazing and controversial contemporary art. Housed within three floors, the building itself is an architectural jewel. You’ll also find on this 3.5 hectare site, the Moorilla winery and vineyard, Cellar Door, Wine Bar and Barrel Room, Void Bar, Moo Brew microbrewery, the Source Restaurant, a 63-seat cinema, the MONA Library and gallery, and eight contemporary accommodation pavilions. The MONA is a must-see!
If you’re a foodie, get ready for a scrumptious treat! Every year, from 28 -31 December, one of Australia’s most popular food festivals takes place in Hobart- the Taste of Tasmania. This festival brings the best of the best and most unique cuisine outdoors, each stall using their creativity to bring you amazing dishes. You’ll find anything from good ol’ fish and chips to cuisine for the adventurous, like wallaby burritos. This festival coincides with the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, an epic 630 nautical mile offshore race; AND New Year’s Eve- creating a momentous celebration you don’t want to miss. For more information on Taste of Tasmania click here.
Another spot you’ve got to experience while in Hobart is Salmanca Place. Smack dab in the heart of the hustle and buzz of the waterfront. Here culture meets history, as well as loads of food and shopping. You can wander through galleries, learn about Salmanca’s industrial past, or have a lazy afternoon under a sun umbrella enjoying a drink or two. Soak up the vibrant colors, sights, and sounds that will surround you in Salmanca Place.
Are you ready to experience Hobart, yet? What are you waiting for? Give us a call today and let us help you plan a handcrafted luxury vacation to Hobart. 312-951-8517, or if you’d like to see some of our past itineraries click here. The options are endless, why wait?