Tasmania: The Apple Island is known for its epic art galleries and cultural festivals, its scenic wine regions and electrifying nightlife, but fitting all the cool stuff into a tight itinerary is no mean feat. Fortunately, we’ve done the hard work (so you don’t have to) and handpicked our top 5 attractions in Australia’s second oldest capital city, Hobart.
Lose Yourself in the Salamanca Markets
Loved by tourists and locals alike, Salamanca Market is one of Australia’s most vibrant and happening markets. And for good reason – with more than 230 stallholders snaking their way along the historic street. Expect an eclectic mix of arts, crafts, and artisan wares. On any one visit, you may find yourself popping into a nearby warehouse art gallery, marvelling at intricate handcrafted jewellery whilst munching on crispy salt and pepper calamari.
Tackle the Battery Point Sculpture Trail
Nestled in what is arguably the city’s most historic suburb, Battery Point, this trail features nine sculptures, which each represent a piece of Tasmanian history. A visit here will set you back roughly an hour - so ensure to stock up on some baked goods at one of the nearby boutique bakeries or riverside cafes.
Imbibe at Coal River Valley
Coal River Valley is one of Tasmania’s premier wine producing regions and situated a very convenient 20 minutes from Hobart’s centre. There are plenty of vineyards to choose from, but we can’t go past the hearty woodfired pizza - with a crisp vino on the side - at the impressive Pooley Wines sandstone estate or snapping a super scenic pic at the nearby Puddleduck Vineyard.
Step back in time at Sullivans Cove
Sullivans Cove is steeped in history. The first point of European settlement in Tasmania, today the precinct is abuzz with tourists and visitors alike. There are plenty of boutiques and independent art stores to dally in and the al fresco dining - think freshly shucked oysters and soft-shell crayfish wedged between crusty, flaky baguette rolls – is to die for.
MONA is a Must-Do!
No trip to Hobart is complete without time well spent at the Museum of Old and New Art jam packed with strikingly brazen and controversial works. For a fun alternative, consider catching a ferry - you’ll be able to avoid car park queues and just enjoy those beautiful views. If a trip to the Tasmanian capital is on the horizon, then book an AmazingCo City Highlights Experience (available exclusively to guests who stay at the brand new, centrally located Vibe Hotel Hobart) and embark on a self-guided, all-inclusive tour around Hobart’s cultural best. You won’t be disappointed.
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With thanks to our friends at AmazingCo for these great tips. Note some activities listed may be subject to Covid restrictions.