So you’ve booked a trip to Tasmania and you have no idea what to do. Well look no further, here are our suggestions for getting out and about and enjoying the best of food, wine and entertainment close to Hobart. For some of these activities you’ll want a car but if you’d like to go without, that’s possible too! We road-tested these adventures with some friends from Queensland in November 2017 and had a great long weekend.
DAY 1 – Arrive and immerse in historical Richmond
Richmond is just a short drive north of the airport and a great place for any history buff to begin. Park in town and stroll down to the convict-built bridge that’s still in use today or check out the old gaol. Richmond Bridge, constructed in 1823 to cross the Coal River, it is the oldest and largest stone arch bridge in Australia and dare we say it, the prettiest too. Stop to take a picture, feed the ducks or walk onward to the oldest Roman Catholic church in Australia. For a different take on history, be sure to head to Walter & Co. and Warwick Oatman Antiques.
From Richmond, head south towards Hobart and stop in at Coal River Farm for wine and chocolate. Kids (and adults) will love the farm animals and you can even feed the goats! They make a wonderful selection of products right on site so pick some up to take with you, there’s always time for cheese and chocolate!
A little further down the road is Frogmore Creek, the perfect place for a long lunch but depending on the day you might need to book ahead. Stroll the vineyard, sample their range of wines produced from grapes grown right there. The food is wonderful and service excellent. The view doesn’t hurt either.
Then it’s time to head to Hobart and walk to the waterfront. We recommend staying in Battery Point or near the Hobart waterfront where it’s easy to walk to a huge array of restaurants, shops and cafes. You can check the availability of our heritage apartments on Hampden Road here.
Spend the afternoon walking the quaint streets or relaxing in Princes Park overlooking the river.
For dinner you are spoilt for choice! Rockwall Bar and Grill at Salamanca Place is a staple or check out newly opened Suzie Lucks. In Battery Point you can opt for 3 Japanese, the famous Da Angelo or a range of other cuisines. Read our full list of recommendations for Hampden Road here.
DAY 2. Art, cocktails and trip down the river
Breakfast is not to be missed but if you’re an early-riser you might want to take a walk first as there’s not much open before 8am. Jackman & McRoss is a perennial favourite and also open early but you can find more options for Battery Point Breakfasts here. Elsewhere you can try Ginger Brown in South Hobart or head across town to Small Fry on Bathurst Street.
Many people visiting to Hobart are here for one reason – MONA. The Museum of Old and New Art is the largest privately funded art gallery in Australia and fathered by David Walsh. Aim to spend 4-5 hours there and ensure you make time for a long lunch, a drink at the underground Void bar, and if the weather is nice, a house beer on the lawn. MONA is home to Moo Brew and a selection of wines grown and produced on site. The best way to arrive is via the MONA ROMA Ferry, a tour of the Derwent River in its own right and another good opportunity to sneak in a glass of bubbles or a treat. More info on getting to/from MONA here.
Although you’re likely exhausted after a long day of contemplating art and eating, there’s still time for more. Step off the MONA ferry at Brooke Street Pier and head up to the Glass House Hobart. You’ll find a light selection of small plates and unique cocktails overlooking the water.
DAY 3. Wine, oysters and convict history
Time to hit the road and head out of town, across the bridge and east through Sorell and to Dunalley and the Bangor Wine and Oyster Shed. The view over the grapevines toward Blackman and Dunalley Bay is stunning and made better yet with the accompaniment of excellent local wines, oysters and a full al la carte menu of local delicacies. All very well priced too!
After lunch, if you’re up for a scenic drive, continue east across Eagle Hawk Neck toward the Port Arthur historic site and open air museum and soak up some more convict history. This will take a few hours and if you’d like to stay into the evening you can even organise a ghost tour.
There is so much to do in and around Hobart but here’s a starting point. Enjoy your trip and don’t forget to reach out if you’d like to stay with us.