Tasmania: a guide on the best places to eat, drink and see
Late last year I spent 10 days visiting Australia’s island state, Tasmania. Undoubtedly the most underrated place in the country, Tasmania is bursting with culture, incredible places to eat and drink, rich history and some of the most stunning (and Insta worthy) landscape to lay your eyes on. And while I feel like I barely scratched the surface, I couldn’t help but put together a little recap of my trip should you be so lucky to visit. One thing’s for sure, I’ll definitely be back.
My parents and I opted for an Airbnb in Dynnyrne, Hobart. With views over the Derwent River, Dynnyrne is a quiet, leafy suburb that is walking distance to Sandy Bay and Battery Point. Our Airbnb was immaculate, stylishly appointed and a comfortable option for a relaxing stay. We hired a car to get around so it was good having somewhere to park, which you don’t often get at most hotels. If you can get it, I highly recommend this Airbnb but there are so many great boutique hotels and serviced apartments to choose from. Next time, I’m staying here.
EAT & DRINK
You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to dining out in Hobart. From fine dining to gorgeous little local bars and cafes, the options are endless. Service in Hobart is second to none and most days we found ourselves deep in conversation with restaurant owners, sommeliers and waiters while we dined on the finest produce Tassie has to offer. Sadly, we didn’t get to any wineries (hence the burning desire to return!) but I highly recommend any of the following places for a meal or drink.
A European inspired wine bar, bottle shop and dining room, Ettie’s is a casual bistro, that champions the local produce of Tasmania, in the beautiful surrounds of one of Hobart’s oldest buildings.
Room For A Pony
Cafe by day, bar by night, Room For a Pony is situated on Elizabeth Street in North Hobart. We stopped by for breakfast and if you’re serious about good eggs and coffee, you should too. The house made sourdough crumpets are pretty spectacular too.
The Agrarian Kitchen Eatery
Located approximately 40 minutes out of Hobart, The Agrarian Kitchen is the very definition of paddock-to-plate dining. Everything that arrives on your (perfectly styled) plate comes directly from local farmers, fishermen, artisan producers and community gardens. Cooking classes are run by founder and ex-Gourmet Traveller Food Editor, Rodney Dunn, at the nearby cooking school and farm.
Jackman & McRoss Bakery
A Hobart institution, no trip to Tassie is complete without a trip to Jackman & McRoss. Located in the historic Battery Point precinct, Jackman & McRoss are famous for their delicious pies, best served with a serve of their homemade relish. Good luck staying away from the dessert cabinets too…
Pigeon Whole Bakers
Speaking of pastry, one hungry afternoon we stumbled across Pigeon Whole Bakers on Argyle Street in the city and pretty much emptied the place out. Fresh, flaky pastry, amazing bread and take home cookies. Need I say more?
IXL Long Bar
Located on the ground floor of the Henry Jones Art Hotel, IXL Long Bar is the perfect spot to perch for a little pre-dinner tipple. Cosy and intimate, enjoy views of Salamanca and Constitution Dock to a soundtrack of smooth live music.
Take a stroll around Constitution Dock and you can’t miss Hobart’s oldest distillery. Knowledgeable and passionate staff offer whiskey and gin tastings, run tours of the distillery and will impart with some of the best kept secrets when it comes to spirits. If you’re serious about whiskey, then this is a must. Be sure to bring a bottle home with you too.
No trip to Tasmania is complete with out a visit to these iconic hot spots…
A quick 30-minute ferry ride (you don’t even have to get out of your car) will have you at one of Tassie’s most beautiful islands. Sample famous Bruny Island oysters, sip Tassie sparkling and enjoy the stunning scenery. For those wanting to venture out, join a bush walk or eco-cruise.
Kunyani / Mount Wellington
Much loved by locals, Kunanyi/Mount Wellington is home to temperate rainforest, sub-alpine flora and glacial rock formations, not to mention stunning panoramic views of Hobart, Bruny Island and the Tasman Peninsula.
Head out onto the viewing platform at the summit for a vista unlike any other in Australia.
Salamanca Place is a cobblestone square on Hobart’s waterfront, five minutes from the city centre. Once a stomping ground for sailors, whalers and workmen, Salamanca Place is now home to Hobart’s vibrant cultural scene. If you’re lucky enough to be in town on a Saturday (which we weren’t unfortunately!) be sure to check out the food markets where you’ll find an abundance of local produce and artisan wares. Pop into warehouse art galleries, theatres, cafés and bars, and pick up boutique jewellery and one-off fashion pieces.
MONA - Museum of New Art
Delight in the quirky, clever and sometimes downright bizarre world that is MONA. You’ll need to set aside a day for a trip to MONA where you’ll explore some incredible art installations both indoor and out at this Hobart icon. Leave your judgement at the door and just enjoy . And definitely take the ferry!
Three Capes Track
Last but certainly not least I cannot recommend a few days in the Tasmanian wilderness high enough. My mum and I took part in a three-day hike of the Three Capes Track with walking company, Life’s An Adventure, and it was seriously life changing. We were based at Stewart’s Bay Lodge in Port Arthur (another must see!) and trekked each Cape over the three days: Cape Raoul, Cape Hauy and Cape Pillar. The walk was tough but incredible, a great opportunity to meet new people, challenge yourself physically and mentally and see some of the most awe-inspiring parts of nature.