Exploring Tasmania’s Capital City – Hobart
Australia is literally the other side of the world to us. While we’re enjoying drizzle and cold, Aussies are at the height of summer. If you fancy a getaway somewhere Australian this winter, the Australia’s favourite island, Tasmania, might just be the one for you. Known for its rugged wilderness, rich and interesting history and its food, Tasmania is an adventure just waiting to happen! We’re taking a look at Hobart, the capital city.
The city sits nestled in the foothills of Mt Wellington, a mountain made for biking and walking, and at the edge of the River Derwent, a haven for water sport lovers. It is home to some of Australia’s best arts festivals, and some of the best food that the island has on offer.
Dark Mofo and MONA FOMA
The Museum of Old and New Art or MONA is in the Moorilla Winery on the Berriedale peninsula. In it you can explore art and antiquities, and it has been described as a subversive adult Disneyland. The Museum’s indoor collection is updated regularly, but it draws attention through its outdoor festivals. MONA FOMA is Tasmania’s largest contemporary music festival, curated by Brian Ritchie, bass player for the Violent Femmes. It is not just about music, but incorporates theatre, dance, visual art, performance and new media too, from The Flaming Lips to Gilbert and George. There’s another one in (their) winter too, so you whatever time of year you plan on going, you’re sure to catch something awesome. mofo.net.au
Ethos Eat Drink
When you go for dinner at Ethos Eat Drink, you’ll have an experience like you’ve never had before. Situated in a space that used to be the stables of the Old Hobart Hotel, it is 200 years old and boasts Tasmania’s oldest plumbed toilet. They offer a daily set menu using local ingredients sourced from artisan suppliers. When you arrive, you’re asked if there are foods that you don’t want to eat or are allergic to, and then what you would like to drink. The chef and staff do the rest, giving you a six course meal that you’ll never forget. ethoseatdrink.com
Tasmania’s leading independent bookshop, Fullers has been around since the 1920s. In the main shopping area, it has a café inside. Fully embedded into the local community, there are a number of different groups and events at the Hobart store, so you can guarantee something interesting. www.fullersbookshop.com.au
The Henry Jones Art Hotel
Australia’s first dedicated art hotel, it is a waterfront hotel with art and design woven into it’s very being. It can be a bit on the pricey side, but they have some fine cocktails and local beers and ciders on offer. www.thehenryjones.com
Photographs / Written by: Darcie Hewitt. Darcie is a freelance writer with a passion for travel. Australia’s among her top recommendations for 2016 travel.