Hobart is a small city with a beautiful harbour and rich history. And in the food department, with its restaurants, cafes, distilleries and other food-related experiences, Hobart punches way above its weight. Just ask Mary McNeill from Gourmania Food Tours and read her excellent interview and find out where and what to eat in Hobart. And if you’re ready to book your Hobart holiday, here are her 10 tips for visitors to the capital of Tasmania.
1-Make sure you allow enough time to explore
There’s so much to do in Hobart. Plan to visit for a minimum of three days but ideally five days for a first visit.
2-The capital of Tasmania is a delicious city
Arrive at the end of the week (on a Thursday or Friday) and stay for the weekend to make the most of opening hours of local businesses. There are so many wonderful food experiences, restaurants and cafes to choose from both in and near Hobart.
3-Explore with a local
Get the lay of the land with a walking tour of the city and an on-the-water experience to fully enjoy Hobart’s charms.
4-Hobart has excellent museums
Make sure you have enough time to see both the major museums – MONA and TMAG (Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery).
5-Mount Wellington has great views
Head to the top of the mountain and get a bird’s-eye view of the city.
6-Explore Battery Point
Take a stroll through historic Battery Point and visit some of the cafes.
7-Take a road trip
Explore one of the regional areas by road, such as Port Arthur (if you are interested in history) or to the Channel and Huon Valley if you are more focused on produce.
8-Grab a guide
The guides from the wine industry and the fruit growers association and also regional guides are excellent resources to help you make the most of your drives and to find memorable cellar doors and farm gate experiences along the way.
9-Visit a market
If you are here on a weekend make sure to visit both markets (Salamanca Market on Saturdays and Farm Gate Market on Sundays).
In summer MONA market – MOMA – is definitely worth adding to your itinerary.
Mary McNeill runs Gourmania Food Tours in Hobart.