A Bit of Old and New
Located on Australia’s island state of Tasmania is the state capital Hobart. The city sits on the River Derwent against the gorgeous backdrop of Mount Wellington. Like many cities, Hobart consists of many neighborhoods that help bring its character to life. Hobart’s Salamanca Place offers old sandstone warehouses that host galleries and cafes while the historic district near Battery Point is known for its narrow lanes and colonial era cottages.
Recommended Hotel: Hotel Saffire Freycinet
Off the south coast of Tasmania is the upscale coastal resort set in Coles Bay. Saffire Freycinet helps connect each guest with the surrounding environment with stunning panoramic mountain views, natural stone and timber elements creating a unified touch between the indoors and outdoors. Spring for a private pavilion suite and be spoiled by bay views and a private courtyard plunge pool.
Day One: Mount Wellington
Take in sweeping views of the city of Hobart at the top of Mount Wellington. This 1,271 meter (4,170 ft) tall mountain is only a half of a mile to the top with a leisurely hike only taking about 30-45 min. If you prefer not to hike, you can take an even shorter drive to the top where most visitors stroll along the Pinnacles Boardwalk offering exceptional views of the city and the River Derwent below. On a windy day you can step into the Observation Shelter with floor-to-ceiling glass windows overlooking Hobart.
Day Two: MONA
Visit the MONA (The Museum of Old and New Art) located just up the river from Hobart. MONA, founded by David Walsh, is the largest privately funded museum in the southern hemisphere. It houses modern, ancient and contemporary art from David Walsh’s collection with overall themes of sex and death. In addition to its indoor collection, the museum also puts on a two large festivals a year with music, public art and live performances. Mona was built with a grand plan of visitor experience in mind. From the outside, it appears to be a single story building built into the cliffs of the Berriedale Peninsula. Inside guests quickly learn the building holds several stories as they immediately descend down a spiral staircase leading past three large levels to begin viewing the art. Once at the bottom, guests see a light which so happens to be MONA’s full service Void Bar. Grab a drink or two as you stroll through the intentionally ominous, windowless structure. Once you are done with the museums underworld, relax at the museum’s wine bar serving a variety of selections provided by the Moorilla winery the museum is located on.
Day Four: Salamanca Market
A trip to Tasmania is not complete without a visit to the Salamanca Market. Spend your Saturday morning drifting through one of Australia’s most vibrant and loved markets. With over 300 vendors, the market has an enormous selection of locally made products for you to choose as a keepsake from your trip.
Night Four: Peacock and Jones
Tucked away in an old sandstone warehouse along the waterfront is Peacock and Jones. Known for their importance on locally sourced Tasmanian produce and sustainable food, the restaurant offers an open kitchen giving guests a feel for the whole process. If it’s your first time visiting, anything seafood on the menu is a great start. The parmesan chips are a must and don’t forget to pair your meal with their expansive wine collection.