3 Perfect Days in Hobart: A ‘How-To’ Guide

What can one do in Hobart, TAS, for three days? Good thing you asked me; the answer is – plenty!

Yes, we have a gorgeous award-winning resort in Hobart. Including Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific Seven Mile Beach, the Apple Isle offers attractions for even the most discerning of travellers.

Brace yourselves, here is my no-holds barred account of three days in Hobart.

Day 1. Friday. Arrival

A little nippy, but soon forgot the temperature in awe of the surrounding mountains. The vibe was very rugged, the Australia of my imagination.

A walk through Salamanca Place was quite peaceful (markets were on the next day). We ducked in and out of quirky art shops and the such. Lunch was the venerable Tassie Scallop Souvlakia at Mezethes Greek Taverna – delicious! Just behind Salamanca Place we stumbled upon the historic suburb of Battery Point. There was a pub or two, but in the next streets over, we discovered many beautiful houses (with lavender growing in the front gardens!), picturesque, quiet streets, a village atmosphere and tantalising glimpses of the harbour.

Dinner was cooked in our resort’s self-contained kitchen. We had Tasmanian smoked salmon and, let me tell you, it was the most delicious I’d ever tasted. I think Tassie may be hiding all the best fish  :)

Day 2. Saturday. Culture Like the Locals

 

One doesn’t pass a Saturday in Hobart without visiting Salamanca Markets. Admittedly, I had fears that these markets might be a little too touristy for my tastes, so was very pleased to be proven wrong! We wandered the stalls, sampling cherries and raspberries fresh from nearby Huon Valley, purchasing handmade goods  and chatting with the friendly locals. Quick coffee in one of the classy historic warehouses repurposed into a restaurant, and it was down to the wharf to catch the ferry.

Gorgeous MONA

Gorgeous MONA

Just one MONA’s interiors

Just one MONA’s interiors

 

MONA, the infamous Museum of Old and New Art, can be reached by a 30 min ferry ride (tip: sip a glass of bubbly) gliding through more of those majestic mountains I’d noticed on my arrival. The museum itself is a lot like falling down the rabbit hole. Refreshingly irreverent, MONA is by turns shocking, discombobulating – and inspiring. Perched on the cliff, the MONA Caféhad frankly delicious scones, and an outside lawn (complete with beanbags) where one can bask in the sun and natural scenery.

 

Day 3. Sunday. Get Historic

 

Via Adventure Island ToursRichmond was our first stop, a charming historic town that boasts the Best Pie Shop in Tasmania (unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to pop in) and the oft-pictured Australia’s oldest bridge, Richmond Bridge.  Tip: if you’re after history, spend half an hour in Richmond Gaol. Smaller, quieter and with complete intact architecture as compared to Port Arthur, Richmond’s gaol was one of the best and most authentic historic goals I’ve visited.

Australia’s oldest Bridge in Richmond

Australia’s oldest Bridge in Richmond

Richmond was followed by a 1 hour visit to theTasmanian Devils Sanctuary to pat kangaroos, wallabies, watch the feeding of the quolls (so cute!) and, of course, get close to the famous Devils.

Port Arthur Historic Site is BIG. A World Heritage listed property and one of the few open-air museums, this was a notorious convict settlement and prison that now comprises of 30-ish historic buildings and ruins to explore. My favourite was theSeparate PrisonThe Penitentiary ruin and the pretty architecture of the Commandant’s House.  Tip: I wouldn’t recommend the cruise around the Isle of the Dead Cemetery and Point Puer’s Boys’ Prison, as there really isn’t much to see, save for that stretch of ocean that eventually meets Antarctica.  Expect to spend several hours discovering the grounds.

View of The Penitentiary at Port Arthur

View of The Penitentiary at Port Arthur

One of the gardens in the grounds of Port Arthur Historic Site

One of the gardens in the grounds of Port Arthur Historic Site

Our last hurrah was at the Devil’s Kitchen (apparently no one knows the origin of its name), The Tasman Blowhole, and theTasman Arch, all impressive natural rock formations set in tall (romantic?) cliffs.

Tip: If you can, drive by Doo Town, a group of houses all named with the word ‘Doo’ in them (some of my favourite, PG-rated, ones were Just Doo It, Make Doo and Much-A-Doo). Quirky.

And that was it! Three days in Hobart where, we may not have seen everything on offer, but we certainly whet our appetites. If you haven’t been before, I hope you find this guide helpful, and if you have – what was your favourite? Any suggestions for next visits? Join in the conversation and leave a comment below!

 

2 thoughts on “3 Perfect Days in Hobart: A ‘How-To’ Guide

  1. abmarriott says:

    Have three mid week days coming up at Seven Mile so looking at what is on offer for a weekend gives some ideas. Suppose some time will be spent in the 2BR Presidential using the spa. Have done most of the regular spots when I used stay at the YHA, but this time aiming for tours of Cadbury and Cascade Brewery. For some reason over the past 20 years never got around to doing these tours yet been all over the place around Hobart. Planning for at least a half day at Richmond to really see (and experience) what is there. Tourist operators tend to only do a quick and rushed stop.

  2. Ilona says:

    Thanks for your comment, abmarriott! I’d recommend looking up Cadbury on TripAdvisor, as, last I’d heard, the factory in Hobart no longer gives tours – just a talk, and the opportunity to purchase some yummy chocolates. Let me know how you go with Richmond – I really liked visiting the village! Hope you have a relaxing stay at Wyndham Seven Mile Beach & it’s beautiful spa – Happy Holidaying, Ilona

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