This winter, explore a new city with our Bucket list series. In Hobart, treat yourself to whisky tastings, explore iconic markets and take in the beautiful scenery on clear, crisp days.
Marvel at Russell Falls
Mount Field’s Russell Falls are usually just a small trickle in summer, but in winter - after a little snow - they become impressively powerful. It’s well worth a trip to see the water flowing freely and if the mood takes you, you can continue a little further up the mountain and make a snowman.
Taste Local Whisky
When it’s cold and wet outdoors, head inside and sample some of Australia’s finest whiskies. The whisky industry in Tasmania is booming, with a number of locally produced drops winning top awards both in Australia and overseas. The best-known distillery is Lark, which offers a 45-minute tasting experience that is highly recommended for newcomers to whisky.
Pull up a chair at the cosy and intimate Nant Whisky Bar, in the old warehouses of Salamanca, where you can enjoy one on the rocks or in a classic cocktail.
The Museum of Old and New Art is a huge drawcard for Tassie’s capital. Full of unconventional and challenging pieces, surrounded by a plethora of drinking and dining venues, and famous for its steady stream of events, MONA is a must-do for any visitor. The best way to arrive is by ferry but make sure you rug up – it’s a chilly trip in winter.
Escape to Bruny Island
The home of beautiful South Bruny National Park, Bruny Island provides the ultimate Tasmanian wilderness experience. Venture into the wilderness on a bushwalk or join an eco-cruise exploring the stunning coastline where you’ll likely see fur seals and fairy penguins. The food and wine scene on Bruny Island is incredible, offering locally produced chocolate, truffles, handmade fudge, cheese, and oysters.
Eat your way through the markets
Farm Gate Market takes place every Sunday on Bathurst Street in the city. It's not the biggest market, but the produce is the best of the best, and sold alongside locally sourced meats and seafood, and homemade sweets. On Saturday mornings, head to the excellent Salamanca Market on the Hobart Waterfront to find more than 300 stalls selling arts, jewellery, food, wine and more. And, in winter, the roasted chesnuts are a must!
Travel over Sea and Sky
One of the most thrilling ways to see Hobart and surrounds is by seaplane. Local pilots provide interesting commentary while you take in spectacular views. Winter skies are generally clearer so it's a great time to fly!
Explore Battery Point
Battery Point, on the Hobart Waterfront, is a step back in time. A colonial settlement from 1830, the area boasts many of its original buildings, giving it a distinct architectural and historical flavour. Wander the narrow streets to find museums, cafés, boutiques and restaurants among the colonial-style houses.
Enjoy a pint at Cascade Brewery
One of Tasmania’s most famous brews is Cascade Lager, produced at the historic Cascade Brewery. Nearly two centuries old, it’s the oldest continually operating brewery in Australia. The staff are friendly, knowledgeable and always ready for a chat. The brewery is home to a bar which boasts some excellent drink and meal combos. Why not spend a lazy afternoon under the winter sun in the immaculately kept gardens while enjoying a bite to eat and a beer?
Talk to the Animals
Bonorong Wildlife Park is home to hundreds of native animals and has a strong focus on conservation. You can lay your eyes on the endangered Tasmanian Devil and meet one of the friendly wallabies who roam freely around the grounds. Entry includes a guided tour with plenty of stories from the park’s keepers.
The strikingly modern Vibe Hotel Hobart or newly refurbished Travelodge Hotel Hobart are great bases for exploring Tasmania in winter, with a convenient CBD location within easy reach of the waterfront and Salamanca Place.
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