Hobart is fast becoming a ‘hot destination’ for both international and domestic travellers’. Here are our top three picks of what to do while visiting.
MONA — Museum of Old and New Art
The $75 million museum was founded in 2011 by philanthropist David Walsh and is located 12km north of Hobart’s city centre. Spread across three underground levels, the extensive collection includes ancient antiques, modern and contemporary artworks. The collection includes work by Sidney Nolan as well as some rather provocative installations, with many of the pieces part of Walsh’s private collection. There are also frequently updated exhibitions.
Built into the side of the cliff on the Derwent River the museum is open daily and can be accessed via the camouflaged ferry from Brooke St Pier or via the MONA Roma shuttle bus.
Explore the historic waterfront area of Salamanca Place, with its colonial sandstone warehouses dating back to the whaling days of the 1830’s. Now home to galleries, restaurants, bars and retail outlets there’s plenty to do. On Saturday morning visit the Salamanca Markets.
Walk from Salamanca Place up Kelly’s steps to the old maritime village of Battery Point. Wander around the lanes with their historic seafarers cottages or call in at one of the cafes in the area. A favourite for visitors is Jackman & McRoss. This bakery caf is famous for its delicious pies, pastries and breads and is also a great spot for lunch.
Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery
Established in 1846 by the scientific society — Royal Society of Tasmania — it is Australia’s second oldest museum. The combined museum, art gallery and herbarium precinct includes some of Tasmania’s oldest surviving public buildings such as the Commissariat store dating back to 1810. The museum has collections of Aboriginal and colonial relics, works by Australian artists as well as an extensive zoological collection with a fascinating and comprehensive exhibit devoted to the Tasmanian Tiger.
Located just across from Constitution Dock, it is open daily with free general admission.