Hobart & Surrounding Areas
A visit to Tasmania and especially the southern region wherein Hobart is based offers travelers a unique experience!
Combine the boundless natural beauty of mountains, lakes, rivers, forests, secluded beaches with gigantic dunes, with man-made historical sites, and modern day gourmet and art experiences, and one can easily understand why Tasmania has been rated as amongst the top 4 islands in the world to visit by Travel+Leisure USA and as the best temperate island holiday and #4 Best in Travel Regions 2015 by Lonely Planet!
We gladly assist guests on recommendations for sites to visit, below are some of our favourite sites !
South Hobart is an up market suburb of Hobart, of historical importance with fabulous heritage mansions lining the streets, and key tourist sites.
Macquarie Street Shopping precinct – The local shopping and restaurant precinct two streets and a 5 minute walk from Davey Place Townhouses and includes cafes, restaurants, various speciality stores , bakeries, a butcher as well as The Salad Bowl, a lovely deli stocking local and imported groceries for you to take back to enjoy at Davey Place!
Cascade Brewery & Restaurant – book a tour of Australia’s oldest operating brewery, pop in for beer tasting at the glass walled bar while enjoying the most beautiful mountain views or stay on for lunch at the restaurant and walk around the gardens.
Female Factory- visit the site of the female convict factory for insights into the European history of the beginnings of Hobart
Hobart CBD Shopping –walk the CBD to discover the laneway stores and cafes tucked between Elisabeth Street Mall, Liverpool Street, the luxury brand stores in CentrePoint, Murray Street and the new Myer Centre. http://www.urbanwalkabout.com/hobart/
Hobart Waterfront, Salamanca, Constitution Dock– enjoy walking and exploring Hobart’s historical and modern cultural life centre or take a ferry or boat cruise on the Derwent River.
Sandy Bay & Nutgrove Beach– start your walk along the Sandy Bay beach waterfront, walk towards the city and along the beautiful Long Beach with views across the water of the yachts, Hobart city and the bridge. One of the few “city” beaches in the world which still offers the genuine tranquility of a beach!
MONA – a unique art experience , world renown and compared favourably by art critics to the New York Gallery of Modern Art. Schedule a day to fully enjoy the experience of the optional catamaran ride to and from Mona, the art galleries, the vineyard, cafes and restaurants. And look out for any concerts or special events at the time of your visit!
Mt Stuart Lookout & Café – a 20 minute drive away, on the hills behind Sandy Bay is the Mt Stuart Lookout with a great new café serving delicious meals eaten at tables offering 360 degree views of the greater Hobart, Bruny Island, and across the river to Opossum Bay!
North Hobart restaurant strip– find any cuisine of preference as well as unique gift shops along Elisabeth Street , North Hobart, and don’t forget to pop in at the heritage listed State Cinema for a unique movie experience.
Day Trips South of Hobart:
Bruny Island– travel south to Kettering to board the car ferry to a pristine island offering beaches, Vineyards, Oyester Farm, a Cheese factory, berry picking etc. Do consider a Pennicott adventure boat cruise so to experience the maritime beauty and coastal cliffs of Bruny Island
Peppermint Bay– enjoy a scenic and verdant green drive along winding roads, passing by secluded beach covers until you reach Peppermint Bay.
Pack a picnic and stop at each of your choice or have lunch at the fabulous Peppermint Bay Hotel. Or stop at the Grandvewe Goat Cheese factory to experience a working goa cheese farm and have lunch at their café. www.grandvewe.com.au
Day Trips East of Hobart :
Richmond & Coal River Valley – explore scenic vineyards just 20 minutes east of Hobart, winding your way into the historic town of Richmond for lunch and shopping. Pooley’s Vineyard, just before the entrance to the town offers unique cellar door experience in heritage sand stone setting and personalised wine tasting!
Amongst our favourite vineyards are Coal River Vineyard (for it’s quiet surroundings and views and great restaurant), Frogmore’s (for its view, café and total experience).
Day Trips West of Hobart :
Huon Valley– take a drive through the historic apple growing region of Tasmania, visit farm gates, pick cherries in December and stop at the quaint town of Cygnet town for lunch a(The Red Velvet Lounge is recommended!) www.huontrail.org.au
Tahune Air Walk– a day trip to experience the ancient forests of Huon Pine by walking on elevated walkways amongst the trees is definitely worth the trip!
www.farmgatemarket.com.au– weekly farmers and gourmet food market in the Hobart CBD
www.fruitgrowerstas.com.au– tourist fruit picking farms
http://www.greaterhobarttrails.com.au/tracks/walking/hobart/– best walks in and around Hobart