Five hundred and eleven kilometres south of Melbourne—and just across the Bass Strait—sits that kind of heart-shaped island called Tasmania. You’ve probably heard of it. It’s home to those crazy little devils, some pretty wild landscapes, and some of the best wine you’ll ever taste.
It’s also where the city of Hobart is located—and mate, you’d be nuts not to visit. But you’re not nuts, because right now you’re going to browse Wotif’s huge selection of offers on the best boutique hotels in Hobart and book one before you finish reading this article.
Out & About
You’ve arrived, you’ve gathered your luggage and dropped it off at one of our Hobart boutique hotels, and now it’s time to explore. There’s all sorts of fun things to see and do in this town, and here’s a few things you should try during your radical holiday:
- Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens – We challenge you to find botanical gardens better than these. Covering an area of approximately 14 hectares in the Queens Domain, they’re a perfect place to begin your day. Go for a stroll through the Japanese garden and you’ll feel like you’re in Tokyo. Or cruise through the cactus collection—you’ll feel like you’re in an old spaghetti Western.
- Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery – If it wasn’t for the oldest Royal Society outside of England—the Royal Society of Tasmania—this place wouldn’t exist. Are you into photography? Great! The Ray Barnes Collection sports over 3000 items, ranging from old photographic equipment to pictures of Tasmania dating back to the 1850s. And let us not forget to mention the decorative arts section. Seriously, couches and other old furniture that are considered fine art are housed here. No, you can’t decorate your flat with them.
- Mount Wellington – If you think this is the highest peak in the Wellington Range, you’d be right. Make your way to the top and check out the glass-enclosed lookout building near the summit for unreal views. Snap a few photos, take some Snapchat videos and then head to the organ pipes. What are the organ pipes? They are a series of dolerite columns that make up the most distinct feature of the mountain. A few nutcases have climbed some of the organs, but we do not recommend this activity because, you know, you could plummet back to the earth.
Food and Drink
You can try to go the whole trip without eating or drinking anything, but you’ll be mighty uncomfortable and may not make it. With that said, leave the minibar in your Hobart boutique accommodation untouched and check out some of these places below:
- Stillwater – This may be the swankiest joint on the island of Tasmania. It’s located in an old flour mill on the waterfront and is well worth a visit. Not only can you get freaking phenomenal dishes like Moulting Bay Lease oysters, Tasmanian black-lipped abalone, and roast duck breast, but the list of wines you can pair with them is absurd.
- Cascade Brewery – You’ve got to head to this historic brewery and enjoy their foamy libations because let’s face it, they’re incredible. Australia’s oldest brewery is home to tasty brews like Cascade Stout, Cascade Pale Ale and Cascade Draught. Cheers!
- Salamanca Market – If you’re staying at one of our boutique hotels in Hobart like the Salamanca Wharf Hotel, you’ll be within walking distance of one of the biggest street markets in the country. You can find just about anything at this market, which is held every Saturday. Pick up local produce and fresh seafood while sampling the area’s best wine. Everything tastes better with wine!
Many people forget about that little island off the southern coast of Australia, but you’re not one of them. And since you’re not one of them, you’re going to browse Wotif’s great selection of boutique Hobart hotels and book one like the Mona Pavilions now. Don’t worry, the real Tasmanian devils are much cuter than the cartoon version.