Fifteen of the best things to do over three days in Hobart, Tasmania.
Birthdays are a great excuse to spoil yourself, aren’t they? For my birthday this year, the bf and I spent a weekend in Melbourne with absolutely no limits on the amount of cake and wine I was allowed to consume.
So when his birthday rolled around, I jumped at the chance to plan another indulgent, long weekend escape. I had my sights set on another trendy, food-filled capital city: Hobart, Tasmania.
We had three full days to explore Hobart and the surrounding regions. Here’s what was on my hitlist – 15 of the best things to do in Hobart.
Day One: Markets and Bruny Island
- Salamanca Markets: It’s at the top of the list for a reason. Quality local produce, handmade crafts, quirky souvenirs, tiny pancakes… this market is the real deal.
- Bruny Island: If you love quiet drives through farmlands and white sandy beaches with not another soul in sight (like I really, really do), Bruny Island is for you.
- Bruny Island Premium Wines: The cheese board and dukkah are to die for.
- The Neck Lookout: Probably one of the most unique lookout points and worth ducking around a security fence for (more on that later).
- Dinner at Solo: One of the top rated Italian restaurants in Hobart and it did not disappoint.
Day Two: Mount Wellington and Wine
- Mount Wellington: Another item at the very top of the hitlist – it’s worth the trek up the windy road to the summit for the stunning views over Hobart and all the way to Bruny Island.
- Constitution Dock: What could be more quintessentially Hobart than a wander around the old docks by the harbour?
- Frogmore Creek Winery: Only 20 minutes from Hobart by car, it’s just too easy to pop over the Tasman Bridge and visit some of the excellent wineries on the way to Richmond. Frogmore’s sparkling and pinot noir are definitely worth the drive.
- Coal Valley Vineyard: Come for the wine, stay for the view. The restaurant overlooks sweeping views of the vineyards and rolling hills beyond, and the honeycomb parfait for dessert is divine.
- Richmond: This historic village is the perfect place to recover after an afternoon of wine tastings. Driving over the old stone bridge is like stepping into the English countryside.
Day Three: Huon Valley and Cider
- Willie Smith’s Apple Shed: It’s quirky, it’s cosy and it definitely earns its place on the hitlist. The food is great and the tasting platter is a perfect introduction to Huon Valley cider (even at 10 am in the morning!).
- Hartz Mountain National Park: Probably another place we weren’t meant to take our hire car, but the short Waratah walk we took through a breathtakingly green forest wasn’t to be missed.
- Frank’s Cider: Another local cider worth stopping for, located in a former church hall built in the 1870’s. Can definitely recommend the cherry pear cider.
- Fish Frenzy: Our last meal in Hobart was fittingly down at the docks, at one of the top rated seafood restaurants in the area. Great food without being too fancy – which is kind of my sweet spot.
- Puddleduck Vineyard: How do you end three perfect days in Hobart? A glass of pinot noir on the deck at Puddleduck was a pretty good choice. Come for the wine, stay for the duck paraphernalia.
Safe to say we made the absolute most out of our trip to Tassie, and only ran into a couple of speed bumps in the form of fallen trees and fenced off lookouts (I promised more on that and I will get to it! Just not in this post.)
If you’ve never taken a mini-getaway to Tasmania, I highly recommend it. And if you have been lucky enough to make it across the strait, what would be on your hitlist?