Tasmania (or “Tassie”) is an island just off the southern part of Australia, separated by the Bass Strait. As 45% of the island protected in National Parks, it is one of the region’s premier tourist destinations. It is great for adventurers who wish to see such rich wildlife in wilderness reserves, relax with the calm and laidback lifestyle the island gives off, or even find the isolation some seek from the hustle and bustle of cities. The saying “four seasons in a day” is very true here, so be sure to pack right!
If you like to walk about cities exploring historic neighborhoods with a unique local vibe, then you will like spending a few days at Australia’s second oldest city that is Hobart. With such fresh seafood and famous markets within easy reach, Hobart truly delivers on all fronts. Find historic sandstone buildings converted into many quirky and unique restaurants, cafes, bars and specialty shops, and definitely take a stroll through the infamous Saturday Salamanca Markets. Definitely visit the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) for its interesting and fun art gallery, designed to open your mind.
Imagine a shimmering crescent of white sand meeting turqoise waters all along the coastline that is framed by forested mountains. A beautiful and remote place located in Freycinet National Park, Wineglass Bay is one of Australia’s must-see destinations for travellers looking for a serene escape. It will give you one of those ‘stop and linger’ moments, where you sit and watch the sky deepen to night and blaze with unobstructed stars... For a private-beach experience, wake in the early morning and head to the The Lookout to see the magical sunrise.
Take a three-hour journey on the award-winning wilderness cruise that sails through the rugged coastline of Bruny Island. Listen to the awesome ‘Breathing Rock’ as you enter deep-sea caves, and feel the power of nature at the very point where the Tasman Sea meets the Southern Ocean. Afterwards, feast on their deliciously fresh and sweet oysters grown in pristine bay waters at Get Shucked (1735 Main Rd), and cheese at the Bruny Island Cheese Co. (1807 Main Rd) which serves free tastings of a wide range of cheeses, made and matured using traditional artisanal techniques of the highest quality milk.
Ask the locals where to head for brunch and it is likely that they’ll point you towards Jackman & McRoss. It’s easy walking distance from the central business district at Hobart, a quiet street in Battery Point. For a lively atmosphere with a good diversity of menus, queuing up with many others for their light meals, little cakes, tarts, slices and crusty loaves may all be worth your while. Try the chocolate eclair filled with fluffy cream, or delicious meringue tart!
JACKMAN & MCROSS. 57 Hampden Rd, Battery Point TAS 7004, Australia
Ever seen chandeliers made from old chemist bottles? Dine in one of Hobart’s oldest buildings that were built in the 1820s; a stable-turned-chemist and now restaurant, called Ethos. Their environmentally friendly philosophy is seen by the way they source ethical produce from biodynamic vegetables, to hand-reared and caught meat and fish. They say Ethos serves the best coffee in Hobart; so particular enthusiasts should take note!
ETHOS. 100 Elizabeth St, Hobart TAS 7000, Australia.
Located on Hobart’s pristine waterfront of Sullivan’s Cove, The Henry Jones Art Hotel is Australia’s first dedicated art hotel that sits on a street rich in history, being one of the first sites for European settlers in Australia. Formerly a jam factory founded by Henry Jones, the 1862 sandstone building has been converted into one of Australia’s swishiest hotels around. With excellent service and their very own showcase of Tasmanian art, it’s definitely worth to stay a night or two.
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