15 Reasons Hobart is Hot even when it’s Cold
Oh, Hobart. You little beauty, you! For two Sydney-siders in need of a short winter getaway, Hobart was the perfect amount of everything – just the right length of time on a airplane (just under two hours, long enough to catch up on some trash TV), do-able in three days (a mid-week getaway meant we could catch up on the workweek come Thursday!) and stunning weather for a winter holiday (crisp enough for a coat, but thermal underwear is by no means necessary). Expedia’s Aussie travellers are a savvy bunch, usually spending two nights in Hobart so here’s McKean Studio’s suggestions on how to spend a perfect few days in the Apple Isle!
Jackman & McRoss
The best thing about Hobart is its walkability. The hills are just steep enough to feel like you’ve earned your fish and chips, but everything is close enough that you won’t really need the car to get around. A walk to Battery Point is the best way to get your blood pumping, and you can reward yourself with breakfast at Jackman & McRoss. Lightning fast service (we’ve never had a coffee order filled that quickly) and a changing menu of specials that vary with the seasons (think porridge with apples and roasted figs) awaits. If you’ve still got room left after breakfast, there’s also a huge counter full of sweet treats, and shelves of fresh bread to tempt you. It’s winter, you’re allowed a little extra padding!
The Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens
If you manage to time your trip with good weather, the Botanical Gardens are a great place for a stroll. The Japanese Gardens, the conservatory and the cactus garden all worth a look. Free entry, and a great way to ease into your relaxing getaway!
Fish & Chips on the wharf
We couldn’t resist trying out the very cute, novelty shaped floating fish and chips Flippers Fish and Chips stand (ordering from a whale boat?!) but you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to your casual seafood by the harbour. Be prepared to defend your dinner from greedy seagulls, but it’s a lovely way to spend an evening watching the sun go down and the skies changing colour.
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After fish and chips, it’s only right that you follow it up with an ice cream cone, even if the weather is making you wonder if a cold dessert is the right choice – we promise, it is. Good luck choosing a flavour, because with 32 different types on offer at Mures you’re going to have a hard time. Pro-tip, the condensed milk flavour sounds controversial and sickly sweet, but is amazing and totally worth the gamble!
If you’re in Hobart, you’ve got to go to MONA. During the winter season a slew of events are on, and the MONA hosted “Dark Mofo” winter feast in particular is a huge attraction. Many of the local businesses and galleries host events and shows to coincide with Dark Mofo, so making the trek for this winter spectacular will mean a lot of bang for your buck!
Salamanca Arts Centre and Galleries
Visit the galleries, shop some local Tasmanian art, and stop in for coffee at the cute and cozy Tricycle cafe. A great spot to buy a few trinkets for those back home, and of course, it’s also adjacent the famous Salamanca Markets, held every Saturday.
If you’ve gone the hire car option while you’re in Hobart, then taking a quick trip up to the top of Mt Wellington is a great way to fit in some extra sightseeing at 1,200 metres above sea level. We managed to choose a day with 50km/h winds, so while it wasn’t the most relaxing visit, it sure was memorable! Once at the top, the Mt Wellington lookout is a great way to take in the city below, and stunning landscape sprawling out beyond the suburbs. You might even spot a rainbow or two!
For a brunch or caffeine fix, stop into Pilgrim Coffee. Single origin coffee options, shiny brass tables, cosy booths and indulgent food are a winning combination. Pilgrims is packed with business meetings first thing in the morning so you might need to jostle for a table, but the service is fast and attentive.
Bury Me Standing
If you haven’t quite had your fill from breakfast, or are in need of an on-the-go snack, visit Bury Me Standing Coffee Co. A local institution at the Sunday Farm Gate Markets, Bury Me Standing now has their very own hole in the wall café, so you can get your delicious boiled bagels every day of the week. Don’t expect your standard poppy seed and cream cheese, there’s a variety of different bagel and ‘schmear’ flavours each week – think gingerbread bagels and caramelized fig cream cheese.
Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery
A great place to stop in to learn a little more about Tasmania and Hobart’s history, the Tasmania Museum and Art Gallery is a great mixture of exhibitions covering Australian history, early settlement, modern design and natural history. Winter brings their major new exhibition, Tempest, to coincide with the Dark Mofo festival. Tempest will transform the galleries into a world of shipwrecks and stormy seas, romance, discovery, tragedy and magic, creating a new and exciting experience for visitors.
Daci & Daci Bakers
The best way to end your trip, or perhaps pick up something a little indulgent to enjoy at the airport before you head home, is a visit to Daci & Daci Bakers. A huge array of sweet cakes, slices, biscuits and meringues, as well as savoury pastries, sandwiches and breads are baked on site each day. If the weather permits, get your treats to go and enjoy in one of the many beautiful nearby parks around Hobart.
Still wanting more? For a winter-warming-whisky, try Lark Distillery, with more than 150 malt whiskies, Preachers in Battery Point for a burger or cocktail in a very cute converted cottage, and Ginger Brown for good coffee.
A winter getaway needs a cosy base for staying in on those chilly nights, and for a great stay The Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel has you covered. Comfortable accommodation right in the heart of Hobart, making a walk to the waterfront, Battery Point, museums, or right into the CBD an easy task. A variety of accommodation options are available to suit every traveller style and budget (classic hotel rooms all the way to two bedroom apartments) and free parking onsite, although for the most part we just left the hire car in its parking space and strolled our way around town. The perfect way to warm up on those winter days!
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