HOBART AND BEYOND ROAD TRIP
Take off and explore Tasmania's first city by land, air and sea.
3 day itineraries
- Cradle Mountain
- East Coast
- Freycinet Peninsula
- Heritage Highway
- Hobart and Beyond
- Hobart and Port Arthur
- North West
- Tamar Valley
Introduce yourself to Hobart with a 30 minute flight over the city courtesy of one of a number of businesses offering this fun activity. While up in the clouds, take in the capital as a whole while the pilot points out the finer details: the buildings, the beaches, the gardens and – if you're lucky – the dolphins and whales.
Then walk your wobbly legs to Castray Esplanade Food and Wine. Organic produce from all over the state meets in the kitchen here to make up an interesting seasonal menu. Share your street-side eating spot with the dogs who pop by for ‘puppy latte buckets’.
From here it's only a short walk to Anglesea Barracks, where the heritage-listed buildings have remained largely untouched since the early 1800s. You're in the grounds of the Military Museum of Tasmania, so you can dig deeper into history across a range of exhibitions, some housed in former cells.
Check into your Hobart accommodation for the next two nights.
Come evening, order an English pub-style dinner at Shipwright's Arms in Battery Point. The dedication to a good dinner here is matched only by a dedication to maritime history. And with good reason: a shipwright was the guy who built it.
After yesterday’s birds-eye view, get a ground-level look at Hobart on a Gray Line city tour. Entrance to MONA is included, so you won't miss the chance to visit Australia's most unusual art museum – a vast underground wonderland exhibiting antiquities as well as contemporary art.
If your legs are tired when you get back to Hobart, grab an electric bike from Moto Adventure Tasmania or a segway from Segway Tasmania where you will cross the historic waterfront from the site of first European arrival, past colonial buildings from the early 19th century, old piers, dockside cranes and original bridges to the charms of Salamanca Place and grandeur of our Parliament House and its gardens.
Look out for the locals in front of the rustic Daci & Daci. This is your lunch stop! And don’t forget one of their meringues for dessert. Actually, some say no meal’s complete without a whisky so it's lucky you're only a short walk from Lark Distillery. A guided tour of Tasmania's first licensed distillery includes a thoughtful lesson on whisky tasting.
Cap off your day at Alexander's Restaurant inside the sandstone mansion Lenna. Enjoy a fine dining take on modern Australian cuisine as you survey Salamanca in colonial style.
You may have a short sleep-in, so long as you get to the Cascade Female Factory in time for the Her Story performance at 11am. Over the course of 45 minutes, this theatre show brings one of Australia's most well-known heritage convict sites to life, telling the stories of the women who once toiled there.
Then head out of Franklin Wharf on one of Pennicott Wilderness Journey's Iron Pot Cruises. You'll be whisked past the Iron Pot Lighthouse, the final turn in the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race and the site of a dark, tragic history. This two-and-a-half-hour tour includes everything from views of Wrest Point Casino and the Shot Tower to glimpses of Betsey Island and Hope Beach.
For your final stop, squeeze your way into the scurry at Ginger Brown Café and hotfoot it to the comfy retro couches. It's busy for two reasons: their delicious, inventive twists on breakfast and lunch, and their regular specials updates on Facebook.