Look at a world map and shift your gaze all the way to the bottom until you get to Australia. Scroll down a little further until you see the small, kind of heart-shaped island known as Tasmania. That’s where you’re going…well, more specifically, you’re going to the capital city of Hobart.
Go there to drink the smoothest wine and eat the freshest seafood. Go there to ride a mountain bike as fast as you can down a mountain. Go there to swim naked at the start of the winter solstice. Go there because you deserve a holiday!
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Planning Your Trip
Guess what’s first on your travel agenda? Landing at Hobart International Airport (HBA), 15km from the city centre. If you’re getting in late and just want to go straight to bed, Wotif’s hotels near Hobart International Airport are perfect for you. But if you’re ready to hit the ground running, grab a ride from a taxicab or shuttle bus and head straight downtown.
Eat, Eat, Eat
Who’s hungry? You are, baby. Leave the comfort of your Hobart hotel and take a stroll through the Salamanca Market to eat your way through one of Tasmania’s biggest attractions. Dig into the freshest produce in the fruit and vegetable section. Take care of your sweets addiction at the honey and jam stalls. You can also sample dishes from some of the local restaurants.
If you’re a lover of seafood, you’re in luck. This town is loaded with too many great fish joints to count. Make your way to one of the places at Franklin Wharf and tear into a fillet of Tasmanian Atlantic Salmon. And you’d be a sucker if you didn’t get your hands on a bucket of abalone. Any Hobart travel guide that doesn’t tell you to eat abalone is a fraud.
The Gang’s All Here
A great way to welcome the family to this wonderful island is to take them to the Maritime Museum of Tasmania. The kids will love the displays featuring an aboriginal bark canoe, a replica of a 19th-century whaling vessel and a variety of shipwreck artefacts. The place is just like Cameron’s house in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off: “It’s very beautiful and very cold, and you can’t touch anything”.
Don’t head back to your Hobart accommodation just yet; you guys haven’t even been to the Tasmanian Devil Unzoo. Go on a Devil Tracking Tour, where the kids will get a behind-the-scenes look into the conservation efforts surrounding these feisty little critters. Just be warned: If you’re going because you think they look like the one from Looney Tunes, you’ll be disappointed.
Up for an Adventure?
Do you take after Ricky Bobby? More concisely, do you feel the need for speed? Make your way 21km east to Mount Wellington. What are you going to do there? You’re going to fly down the slopes on a 21-speed mountain bike. All you have to do is strap on a helmet and point your ride downhill. You’ll get to the bottom and back to your accommodation in Hobart somehow.
Think this island that’s almost at the end of the Earth doesn’t have festivals? Think again. Book a stay at one of the hotels in Hobart in the middle of June so you can attend the Dark MOFO festival. This is held every year to celebrate the winter solstice. It’s nothing but 10 days of musical and artistic performances.
Get this—the festival comes to a close with a naked swim on the morning of the winter solstice. Sounds pretty epic to us.
Nightlife in Hobart
Are you thinking about where to stay at in Hobart central business district? Well, if you want to be close to the best nightlife, any of the Hobart hotels along Davey Street will have you within walking distance of fantastic night spots. Franklin Wharf and Morrison Street in particular have plenty of great places to mingle with the locals while tossing back a few schooners.
But the real action is along Salamanca Place. It’ll be hard to hit all the watering holes, but if you think you can do it, go for it.
Go South, Way South
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