My trip to Tasmania started with the recommendation of a friend and a quick Google search of “Wineglass Bay”. While this Ireland sized island south of mainland Australia doesn’t make the itinerary for many travelers to Australia, it is well worth a visit and offers some stunning sights. Here are some highlights from my three days in and around Hobart.
Freycinet National Park
Situated on the aptly named Freycinet Penninsula, the park offers a host of sights that will keep you reaching for your camera. While many people chose to rent a car and drive around Tasmania, I only had three days and opted for a day tour from Hobart with Rob from Wineglass Bay Tours (highly recommended!). The main attraction of the day was Wineglass Bay, however the other stops at Cape Tourville, Honeymoon Bay, Coles Bay and the stunning Friendly Beaches did not disappoint.
Tasmania is known to have some of the best beers in Australia so it only seemed appropriate to spend a good amount of time at the local breweries. Sunday afternoon was spent at Hobart Brewing Co., located near the food trucks at Red Square, listening to live music and sampling from their extensive selection of beers. My personal favourite was the Stout. They are only open Thursday to Sunday so be sure to plan your visit accordingly.
Located a 45 minute walk from the Hobart CBD, Cascade Brewery is Tasmania’s most famous and offers a great selection of beers in an idyllic setting. They also have a number of ciders made from Tasmanian apples that are worth a try. At just $12 for a “Paddle” sampler of 4 beer or ciders this may be the most affordable place to drink in town.
The Museum of Old and New Art is unlike any museum I’ve visited. There are several massive installations alongside the standard art offerings, but be warned that this is not the place for the easily offended. Exhibits include the Cloaca poop-machine which is allegedly intended to represent the fact that so much modern art is “shit”! Nonetheless the works are thought provoking and the museum is so unique that it warrants a visit. The museum shares a stunning property with the neighbouring winery and there is a cafe and wine bar on site. On a nice day, the MONA ferry from Brooke Street Pier will provide some great photo ops of Hobart.
While sadly not a unique story, the colonial history of Tasmania is sobering. The Black War, fought in the 1820s between the British and the Palawa (Aboriginal Tasmanians) resulted in the aboriginals being hunted and all but exterminated from Tasmania. The Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery houses some great exhibits that delve in to the history of the island and admission is free.
Escape the CBD and take a walk through Battery Point. This affluent neighbourhood adjacent to Salamanca Place is a great place for an afternoon walk. Weave through the streets to admire the homes and catch the views out on to the river. Princes Park makes a great starting (or finishing) point.
Three days was just enough time to scratch the surface of Tasmania. Other popular destinations include Bruny Island, Cradle Mountain and Port Arthur.