West Hobart Highlights & Essential Things To Do
Discover Your Local West Hobart Area
Tucked away in a harbour at the foot of Tasmania is Australia's smallest and second oldest capital city. At the foot of Mount Wellington, Hobart curves itself around the harbour much the way it did during its convict days. The sandstone warehouses still line Salamanca Place and the fishmongers still work the docks at 4am. Today, Hobart is a little bit more famous for its food and wine and internationally recognised for its outstanding art scene. And in such beautiful surrounds there are too many things to do and it's hard to know where to turn your eye. Come and watch Hobart's local attractions shamelessly compete for your attention.
Such lush and plentiful surrounds goes hand-in-hand with fresh and flavoursome produce and Hobart's food scene certainly takes advantage of this. The passion for organic and seasonal cooking has inspired an innovative philosophy that is now contagious across Tasmania. Eat in a building that is 193 years old at Ethos or pick up the produce straight from its source at the Salamanca Markets, the best food event every Saturday. Complement your meals with some superbly matched wines anywhere along the city's outskirts or sip a crisp lager in the wilderness surrounding the world famous Cascade Brewery.
Good food and wine is best enjoyed with aesthetic activities as well and Hobart does this in the dark blindfolded. Hire an artBIKE from the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery and pedal your way between Hobart's labyrinths of galleries without a set plan. Wherever you end up, leave time for MONA, which is the one Tassie site that has put Hobart on the international map. Go for a day, stay in one of the exclusive Mona pavilions, check out what's on and participate in hour long wine tastings in one of the world's weirdest structures.
In contrast to this are Hobart's older structures dripping with the history of Tasmania's dirty past. Battery Point and Port Arthur are prerequisites for any Australian history buff and the Port Arthur Ghost Tour will have any sceptic questioning the supernatural. Look out for the little girl in the blue party dress who closely follows behind tour groups.
Tasmania's natural landscape is even older than its convict past and Hobart's surrounding scenery embodies the city's immortal spirit. Climb to the pinnacle of Mount Wellington and watch the frosty little town with its little yachts gliding across the harbour. Warm yourself up with some bush walking and mountain biking or do it all in the comfort of your heated vehicle.
No matter which part of Hobart captivates you the most, Australia's southernmost capital is hidden for a reason. It is the perfect winter getaway to thaw your winter chills.