Tasmania Blog【Part 3】4 days in Hobart – Mt Wellington, Salamanca Market, Bellerive house…

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Tasmania Itinerary

Launceston (3 days) –> Coles Bay (2 days) —> Hobart (4days)

A full list of 10 days itinerary, click here to read later.

Quick Facts of Hobart

Located in southern Tasmania, Hobart is Tasmania’s Capital city and the second oldest capital in Australia, after Sydney.

To early British settlers, Van Diemen’s Land (as they called Tasmania) was the end of the world – an ideal location to house the convicts.

Where we stay in Hobart?

We stayed 2 nights in Bellerive House (a luxury B&B with the Mount Wellington view) and another 2 nights at Sandy Bay (an Airbnb room with Sandy Bay view).

1. Bellerive House (with Mt Wellington’s View)

It was once Bellerive’s Gentlemen’s Residences, today it is a Heritage-listed property that has been restored to a luxurious bed and breakfast accommodation. Host Jacqueline and David used to live in Singapore for many years before decided to settle in the charming village of Bellerive in Tasmania.

There are 3 types of room range from $225 AUD to $280 AUD per night. We stayed at Mount Wellington Room for 2 nights ($280/ night).

The room is located at the 2nd storey of the house, good quality linen on the comfortable queen bed, free wifi, with fabulous views of Mount Wellington from the window.

Bellerivehouse mt wellington room

Bellerive House Mt Wellington Room 2

mt wellington view from bellerive house window
River Derwent and Mount Wellington view from our room


bellerive house mt wellington room bathroom

The spacious ensuite bathroom has a heated floor, a bath and a separate shower.

Home cooked meal for breakfast, fresh baked cookies and fresh cut flowers in the room. For the price we paid it was well worth it.

Bellerive House Hobart Breakfast
Breakfast area at Bellerive House
Bellerive House outdoor entrance
Bellerive House – Entrance

 

Bellerive House

89-91 Cambridge Road
Bellerive TASMANIA 7018
AUSTRALIA

2. Airbnb at Sandy Bay 

We love to stay at Airbnb whenever we are travelling for a longer trip. Most often than not we can find a very good property with friendly local hosts, great view, free wifi and carpark, and more relax and homy place to stay than the hotels.

After our lovely 2 nights stay at the Bellerive House, we booked another 2 nights at an Airbnb across the river at Sandy Bay. It cost $155 SGD/night.

airbnb at sandy bay
That was the view that we woke up to while staying at Sandy Bay, Hobart
Sandy bay airbnb attic
The room located in the attic of a historic local home.
sandy bay airbnb old house
Airbnb at Sandy Bay – with Sandy Bay view
Sandy bay private balcony and sunset
Our private balcony with the beautiful sunset at Sandy Bay

There are many other good Airbnb around Hobart area at a reasonable price. If you have never booked Airbnb before, you could use my referral link to get FREE $45 SGD travel credit when you sign up.

What Did We do In Hobart?

1. Hobart Salamanca Market

One of the must-visit in Hobart, Salamanca Market opens every Saturday 8.30am to 3 pm on the waterfront since 1973. Nearly 300 stalls selling local Tasmanian food produce, art pieces, local whiskey, craft beers, glassware and ceramics.

We drove from East Coast to Hobart on Saturday morning and went straight to Salamanca Market around lunchtime before it closed.

Hobart Salamanca Market
Salamanca Market – Every Saturday 8.30am – 3 pm
Tasmanian ginger beer at Salamanca Market
Tasmanian Ginger Beers and different flavours. AUD$5/ bottle of Ginger Beer

 

tasmanian pigs ears salamanca market
Pigs Ears anyone?
tasmanian truffles salamanca market
Tasmanian truffle creme and truffle honey

We spent a good 2 hours there, tasted some wine, some Tasmanian whiskey, had some food… Lovely!

 

2. Hobart Waterfront 

The waterfront area is known as Sullivans Cove and stretches from Salamanca Place to Hunter Street. It’s a nice walk around the area after visiting Salamanca Market.

There are many restaurants, cafes, distillery and museums around this area.

Museums

  • Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (10am-4pm)
  • Maritime Museum of Tasmania (9am – 5pm)

Distillery

  • Lark Distillery (10.30am – 7pm), Wed-Sat (10.30am – 11pm)

Restaurants (Recommended)

  • Ball and Chain Grill (12pm – 2.30pm, 5.30pm-10pm) – very good grass-fed steak
  • Fish Frenzy (11am-9pm) – affordable fresh fish and chips by the dock
  • Drunken Admiral (5pm – 10pm) – very popular place for dinner – reservation is recommended
parliment house garden park beside salamanca market
There’s a nice park just beside Salamanca’s Market – in front of the Parliment House. Lots of shades, nice grass to picnic and relax.
Hobart princes Wharf
Hobart’s landmark –  Princes Wharf near Salamanca Market
view from hobart waterfront salamanca market
View from Hobart Waterfront near MONA Ferry
black bird statue at hobart waterfront
Blackbird statue at Hobart waterfront
hobart waterfront with horse
Horse Carriages tour are for hired from $60 and above
Hobart old and new buildings
Hobart waterfront – Hunter Street (old and new buildings)

3. MONA Museum – Museum of Old and New Art 

  • Open everyday (Except Tuesday) : 10am – 6pm
  • Ticket: $28 adult, Free for Tasmanian or under 18

This museum is huge and amazing. No matter you are a museum or art lovers or not, I guess nobody will get tired of this museum! MONA museum is the largest privately funded museum in Australia. Located within Moorilla Winery, yes, wine tasting and tour is available too!! Yeah!

But seriously, this art museum is not boring at all, apart from all the interesting arts and exhibitions, there are cellar door, microbrewery, restaurants, wine bar, museum bar, museum cafe, library, shops, events..Probably one of the best museum I have been to anyway around the world.

This museum is such a controversial one funded by David Walsh, a multimillionaire and professional gambler. Not the typical traditional art museum you would expect, one of the most controversial exhibitions include 151 porcelain vulvas sculpted from real women and a poo machine.

Prepare to spend at least 4-5 hours or the whole day here. There are so much to see and experience. Really impressive.

entrance to MONA Museum
The entrance of the museum is surrounded by rows of vineyards – beautiful!
MONA Museum carpark Swiss artist Roman Signer crashed car.
The “crashed artist’s car” sculpture at the outdoor carpark
MONA Museum Yayui Kusama Polka dot room
“Dot Obsessions” exhibition by Yayoi Kusama (5 November 2016 – 17 April 2017)
art of Faig Ahmed's melted and pixellated rugs
Art of Faig Ahmed – Melting carpet
Japanese cum art MONA Museum
Yes, part of the exhibition 18 SX
MONA Cafe with a view
We needed a half time break at the cafe – the museum was just too big

Anyway, best to spend the whole day at the museum! Must-visit! Don’t miss it! Info of MONA Museum, here.

4. Mount Wellington 

Mount Wellington is the best place to see the entire Hobart city view.

Just a short drive from Hobart City, Mount Wellington rises to 1,270 metres and is frequently covered in snow, sometimes even during the summer. We can feel the temperature dropping significantly the higher we drove up.

Free entry and open every day. There is an observation shelter and toilets at the summit, open from 8 am to 4.30pm (May-Aug), to 10 pm (Sep-Apr). There is an open-air lookout beside the observation shelter which can be accessed at any time. We visited during the summer month in January, oh boy the temperature up there was freezing (down to single digit) with the strong wind blowing! Remember to bring an extra jacket when visiting there!

mount wellington observation shelter
Mt Wellington Observation Shelter(open from 8 am)
mount wellington observation deck hobart
Open air lookout at Mount Wellington – can be accessed  anytime any day
strong wind at mount wellington
View of Hobart from Mt Wellington is spectacular! The wind is strong too, don’t get blown away!

mt wellington summit hobart

If you like to see how Mt Wellington looks like now (live), you can access the live mountain cam here.

 

5. Wine and Whiskey Tasting at  Hobart 

We tasted some very good sparkling wines from northern Tasmania, some lovely cool climate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the east coast, and Hobart is the base for southern Tasmanian wine trail.

Wine growing areas that are close to Hobart city are Derwent Valley, Coal River Valley and the Huon/Channel. Some of the best Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Riesling (dry to sweet) can be found there.

Derwent Estate Tasmania wine cellar

Recommended wineries to visit are:
  • Frogmore Creek @ Coal River Valley (very good lunch too)
  • Pooley Wines – “Best Small Cellar Door in Southern Tasmania”
  • Domaine A/ Stoney Vineyard  (the oldest in Tasmania’s Coal River Valley)
  • Stefano Lubiano Wines (biodynamic wines)
  • Derwent Estate (quality boutique wines that also sell their grapes to some of the premium names like Penfolds Yattarna)
  • Moorilla Winery (home to MONA Museum)
Whisky fan? Don’t miss this!
  • Sullivans Cove Distillery – “World’s Best Single Malt”

Sullivans cove world best whiskey

I have a detailed post about our day trip to visit different wineries and Sullivans Cove Whisky Distillery from Hobart,  if wine and whisky is your thing, you can read it here.

6. Day Trip To Bruny Island 

Bruny Island The Neck lookout

We took a day trip to Bruny Island from Hobart. Taking our rented car in 20 minutes car ferry to Bruny Island. The island is much bigger than I thought. If you think Tasmania is wild, Bruny Island is even more untouched.

Visited the famous The Neck Lookout, Cape Bruny Lighthouse at the southern tip of the island, and had some local fresh oysters and bubbles, tasted local cider and beers.

Full post of Bruny Island day trip, here to read.

 

10 Days Self-Driving Itinerary to Tasmania & Mornington Peninsular

【Part 1】3 days in Launceston (Lavender Farm, Cataract Gorge, Best Sparkling Wines)

【Part 2】East Coast Tasmania (Wineglass Bay hiking, Wine Tasting)

【Part 4】Wine and Whisky Tasting – Hobart Day Trip

【Part 5】Bruny Island – Hobart Day Trip

 

 

 

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