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.
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.
89-91 Cambridge Road
Bellerive TASMANIA 7018
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.
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.
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.
- Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (10am-4pm)
- Maritime Museum of Tasmania (9am – 5pm)
- Lark Distillery (10.30am – 7pm), Wed-Sat (10.30am – 11pm)
- 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
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.
Anyway, best to spend the whole day at the museum! Must-visit! Don’t miss it! Info of MONA Museum, here.
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!
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.
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”
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
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.
【Part 5】Bruny Island – Hobart Day Trip