If you’ve envisioned Australia as a land of dry bushland and dripping rainforests, visiting Hobart will quickly dissuade you. Hugging the mouth of the River Derwent on Tasmania’s southern coast, the city’s cooler climes mean you won’t be kicking off your sandals and having a cold one on the beach; instead, sample delicious seafood, explore the city’s rich history, and trek up the snow-capped spine of nearby Mount Wellington.
All cities have restaurants and dining districts with nice cuisine, but Tasmania’s reputation as the seafood capital of Australia is such that it’s not uncommon for tourists to embark on eating expeditions just to sample the deep-sea and freshwater fish, abalone, rock lobster, mussels and oysters. So where can you do it in Hobart? Situated along Hobart’s historical waterfront, the Drunken Admiral has a great seafood line-up complemented by truly unique interiors that make for a fantastic dining experience. For families wanting something more traditional, Blue Eye Seafood Restaurant offers a fresh, welcoming ambience, as well as an array of delicious dishes that will satiate any seafood devotee. If refined elegance and an upscale vibe are more what you’re after, you can’t go past Mures Upper Deck, which has views of the wharfs, as well as some of the best seafood in Tassie.
Hobart is also home to a number of fascinating attractions; visiting them is a great way to burn off all the seafood-induced calories! Mona and the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery feature exhibits of both old and modern art, with the latter also showcasing scientific and cultural displays that give visitors insights into Tasmania’s unique history. Historic landmarks like the Cascades Female Factory and the Hobart Convict Penitentiary are also a good way to get an idea of what life was like in the territory’s founding days, while weekly events like the Salamanca Markets are a fun way to get in touch with the locals. For the kids, visit Zoodoo Zoo to have interactive encounters with birds and mammals.
Although Tasmania generally is renowned for its magnificent natural habitats, Mount Wellington’s proximity to Hobart makes it ideal for a day trip. Whether you want to explore Wellington Park on foot, traverse alpine tracks in massive four-wheel drives, or survey the land from the back of a horse, it’s a stunning place that will cleanse your experiential palate. Just remember to be prepared, especially if you visit in winter – the weather can change quickly, and it’s no fun to be caught on a mountainside in a blizzard.
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