10 local tips on visiting the capital of Tasmania

10 local tips on visiting the capital of Tasmania

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Smolt Restaurant – Gourmania Food Tours. Photo: April Wright

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

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Hobart waterfront. Photo: Kathryn Leahy

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.

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Tasmanian Seafood Seduction – Pennicott Wilderness Journeys. Photo: Poon Wai Nang

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).  

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Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery. Photo: Lucia Rossi

5-Mount Wellington has great views

Head to the top of the mountain and get a bird’s-eye view of the city.   

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Looking west at sunset from Mount Wellington. Photo: Kathryn Leahy

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.  

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Port Arthur Lavender. Photo: Supplied Courtesy of Port Arthur Lavender

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.

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Farm Gate Market, Photo: Chris Crerar

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).

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Farm Gate Market – Bury Me Standing Coffee and Bagels. Photo: Chris Crerar

10-Summer tip

In summer MONA market – MOMA – is definitely worth adding to your itinerary.   

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Mona: JAMES TURRELL – AMARNA. Photo: Jesse Dejardins

Mary McNeill runs Gourmania Food Tours in Hobart.

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