Hobart, Tasmania – Part 4 - Orlando / Florida Guide
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Other local attractions in the area include the Cadbury factory, and if you want to go for a day trip places like Port Arthur, and the Tasman Peninsula, the Huon Valley, the Tahune Forest Air Walk or Cockle Creek which is the southernmost point reachable by car. You could also take the walk to South Cape Bay Beach which also forms part of a 6 day walk to South Western Tasmania. If you are not teetotal then I would recommend two trips. The first would be to the Cascade Brewery which is located in South Hobart and near the natural spring waters of Mount Wellington. Also, Hobart has in the surrounding areas many vineyards, which includes the Moorilla Estate at Berriedale. If you want something completely different then you will find nationally known bootmaker Blundstones is based in Moonah in the northern suburbs.
There are a range of options for your stay but as I said earlier a lot will depend on the time of year and what else is happening in the town. This will affect both the availability and the cost.
At the Top end of the market, there’s no better cure for jetlag than The Islington. It was voted Australia’s Best City Boutique Hotel in 2013 and is a small Georgian manor with art and oddities, faultless staff, a superb restaurant and mountain views. The only slight downside is that it is 2km from the centre of town. Also, doubles start from around A$480. If you are looking for a typical Mid-range choice then the Hotel Collins has a central location and a metro style. Décor in the renovated tower block may lack character, but you’ll be too busy staring at the mountain and harbour views to care. Doubles are priced from A$300 but a good tip is that they have half-price standbys available online fairly often out of high season. If you are looking for a least-cost option then you will find bygone charm and an effusive welcome awaits you at the Astor Private Hotel, It is a rambling but well maintained B& B that is superb value for the central location. Doubles here start from A$130 but the cheapest rooms have to share bathrooms.
So if you stay for more than a weekend what should you do. Well as I said previously The Museum of Old and New Art, with an entry fee of A$25, has put Hobart back on the map with its subterranean building being as wild as some of its installations. Why not try arriving by catamaran, it’s only A$25 for a return trip, and then dine at MONA’s gourmet restaurant. Other essentials things to do should include scaling Mt Wellington. You walk up with a half day hike and then come down by bike. Another ‘must do’ is trying some local produce from dockside fish ’n’ chips to restaurants such as Garagistes.
Then embark on the Australian road trip everyone overlooks. The classic week-long Tassie circuit goes clockwise via Port Arthur Penitentiary, the high sea cliffs on the Tasman Peninsula, wildlife wonderland Maria Island NP, Freycinet NP, the Bay of Fires and Cradle Mountain. Or go south for hauntingly beautiful Bruny Island and Cockle Creek, literally the end of the road in Australia, but a gateway to one of the purest patches of wilderness on earth.
If you like sailing then Hobart is internationally famous among the yachting fraternity as the finish of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race which starts in Sydney on the day after Christmas Day. The arrival of the yachts is celebrated as part of the Hobart Summer Festival, a food and wine festival beginning just after Christmas and ending in mid-January.
There is plenty to do in Tasmania so next time you are down under include it in your plans.
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