Hobart is a beautiful city stuck in time and fringed by wildlife. Located in the south of Tasmania, it’s not hard to explore the city of Hobart in a weekend getaway. I was lucky enough to join the Australian Country team on a trip to the island off the island. It’s time to discover Hobart.
I flew from Hobart to Sydney on Jetstar for $60 one way. Keep your eye out for flight deals during sales periods to save money. Our editor and photographer hired a car to get around in and I’d recommend you hire a car too as the only other option is buses and you’ll find Hobart is a very easy city to drive around.
No trip to Hobart is complete without a visit to the weird and wacky MONA Museum (Museum of Old and New Art). There’s a reason it’s one of the most popular attractions in the city. The museum itself is a piece of art with the entire thing housed underground.
The best place to stock up on fresh produce and grab a bite to eat for breakfast and lunch are at the local markets. The popular Salamanca Markets are held from 8:30am to 3pm each Saturday. Stalls here sell everything from local arts and crafts to freshly baked bagels and doughnuts. There are also smaller markets held throughout the city on Sunday mornings.
Head to the top of Mt Wellington for spectacular views over the entire city. From here you’ll be able to see the Derwent River snake its way through the hilly, green city below.
Drop in for a coffee and some cake at Signal Station Brasserie at the top of Mount Nelson. Open year round (except for public holidays) the café has stunning views over Hobart and the Derwent below. On a clear day, you’ll be able to see as far as Bruny Island!
Watch for the Aurora Australis on a clear and cool night. A lot of the time the aurora can only be seen through a camera only but during a stronger solar storm there are lights visible to the naked eye. We spotted the aurora from Howden and Tinderbox in late October. Check out the story I wrote on aurora chasing in Tasmania in the mother’s day issue of Australian Country magazine.
If you have the extra time, make the trip to Bruny Island. You’ll need to hire a car for this! We stayed on Bruny for two nights so we could experience the island in full. Catch the ferry to the island and drive the length of it to Cape Bruny where you’ll see the lighthouse. Accommodation on the island is limited but there are options available, just be sure to book in advance if you’re heading there on a public holiday.
No matter what time of year you’re visiting, Hobart will most likely be cold. It snowed at the top of Mt Wellington while we were there in November which marks the end of spring in Australia! We were pretty cold at night too, especially while we were out hunting the Aurora Australis.
I think a trip to Hobart is the perfect long weekend away. What do you think? Let me know in the comments below.