This winter, explore a new city with our Winter Bucket list series. In Hobart, treat yourself to whisky tastings, explore iconic markets and take in the beautiful scenery on clear, crisp days.
Marvel at Russell Falls
In summer, Mount Field’s Russell Falls are usually just a small trickle, but in winter - after a little snow - they become impressively powerful. It’s well worth a trip to see the water flowing freely and if the mood takes you, you can continue a little further up the mountain and make a snow man.
Taste local whisky
When it's cold and wet outdoors, head inside and sample some of Australia's finest whiskeys. The whisky industry in Tasmania is booming, with a number of locally-produced drops winning top awards both in Australia and overseas. The most well-known distillery is Lark, which offers everything from a 3 hour tour to an immersive 2 day 'Ultimate Lark Adventure'. If these options seem too much, why not pull up a chair at Nant Whisky Bar in Salamanca, where you can enjoy one on the rocks or in a classic cocktail.
The Museum of Old and New Art is a huge drawcard for Tassie’s capital. Full of unconventional and challenging pieces, surrounded by a plethora of drinking and dining venues, and famous for its steady stream of events, MONA is a must-do for any visitor. The best way to arrive is by ferry but make sure you rug up – it’s a chilly trip in winter.
‘Tohi combines a stone-age technology with modern artistic exploration. Before the arrival of European explorers in Tonga, metalwork had not been discovered: building and furnishings were fixed not by nails but by lashings, lalava, made from plaited strands of coconut fibres. These could remain undyed, and already be patterned differently in the ways they crossed; but simply by adding a dark dye to some strands and leaving others undyed, rich decorative possibilities were also available.’ —Brian Boyd, guest curator . #OntheOriginofArt Continues until April 17 . Image: Kulasi 2003–12 Sopolemalama Filipe Tohi Courtesy of the artist . Photo: #MonaMuseum/Rémi Chauvin (@monsieurremi)
Escape to Bruny Island
The home of beautiful South Bruny National Park, Bruny Island provides the ultimate Tasmanian wilderness experience. Choose to venture into the wilderness on a bushwalk, go on an eco-cruise exploring the stunning coastline visiting local fur seals and fairy penguins. The food and wine scene on Bruny Island is incredible, offering locally sourced and produced chocolate, truffles, hand made fudge, cheese, and fresh oysters.
Eat your way through the markets
Farm Gate Market takes place every Sunday on Bathurst St in the city. It's not the biggest market, but the produce is the best of the best, and sold alongside locally sourced meats and seafood, and homemade sweets. On Saturday mornings, head to the iconic Salamanca Market on the Hobart Waterfront to find 300 locals selling arts, jewellery, food, wine and more.
Travel over sea and sky
One of the most thrilling ways to see Hobart and surrounds is by seaplane. Local pilots provide interesting commentary while you take in spectacular views. Winter skies are generally clearer so it's a great time to fly!
Fantastic view of the Sandy Bay Marina, with Mt Wellington to the back left, downtown Hobart to the right, and the @universityoftasmania campus to the middle left. Fantastic drone shot by @edthompson. Thanks for tagging #hobartandbeyond Ed! #sandybay #hobart #tasmania #australia #hobartandbeyond #discovertasmania #seeaustralia
Dine in style at Franklin
Keep warm while dining in front of a wood-fire oven at Franklin. Chef David Moyle has taken an industrial space and transformed it into a stylish restaurant and bar. The kitchen is the centrepiece, sitting in the middle of the restaurant. The menu is based on seasonality and changes daily.
Travel Secret: The ten-tonne Scotch oven claimed to be large enough to hold a small cow.
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Explore Battery Point
Located on the Hobart Waterfront, Battery Point is a step back in time. Founded in 1830, the area boasts many of its original buildings, giving it a distinct architectural and historical flavour. Wander the narrow streets to find museums, cafes, boutiques and restaurants among the colonial-style houses.
Enjoy a pint at Cascade Brewery
One of Tasmania's most famous brews is Cascade Lager, produced locally at the historic Cascade Brewery. At over 150 years old, it’s the oldest running brewery in Hobart. The staff are all friendly and knowledgeable, and ever-ready for a chat. The brewery is also home to a restaurant which boasts some excellent drink and meal combos. Why not spend a lazy afternoon under the winter sun in the immaculately-kept gardens while enjoying a bite to eat and a beer?
Talk to the animals
Bonorong Wildlife Park is home to hundreds of native animals and has a strong focus on conservation. You can lay your eyes on the almost-extinct Tasmanian Devil and meet one of the friendly wallabies who roam freely around the grounds. Entry includes a guided tour with plenty of stories from the park's keepers.