If you’re looking for a quick getaway from mainland Australia, then Hobart is the right place to go. With centuries of history to discover and beautiful landscapes to see, here is our list of things to do in Hobart Australia in 48 hours.
Things to do in Hobart Australia:
Start the day at the famous Salamanca Markets, that happen every Saturday on Salamanca Place. Wander around one of the best and biggest open air markets in Australia, picking up locally made products. There is everything from artisanal soap, to handmade crafts and delicious snacks to tempt you for a whole morning.
Then head to the historic harbour and stroll along the waterfront of the second oldest capital city in Australia, after Sydney. It might be a quiet walk, unless you’re visiting in January when the Sydney Hobart yacht race takes place. From there, you can take the ferry directly to MONA – Museum of Old and New Art.
This is one of the things to do in Hobart Australia that cannot be missed. The MONA is simply out of this world in terms of architecture and exhibitions. While the building is carved into Derwent river sandstone, it invites you to experience art in a revolutionary way. On your way in, you can download The O app on your phone or pick up the device that will give you valuable insight on each work of art. From interviews with the artists, to the museum owner comments, you will have plenty of information to develop your own interpretation of each piece.
At the end of the day, join the locals at one of the hip restaurants in the North Hobart neighbourhood, a.k.a. NoHo. Try Willing Bros Wine Merchants, for a wine tasting experience, or go to Bar Wa Izakaya if you’re into delicious japanese fusion tapas
Get an early start on the second day and head out to Mount Wellington, a short drive from the CBD. Enjoy nature walks in the 1.300 meter summit, from where you will have spectacular views of the city on a clear day. And if you’re feeling adventurous, don’t miss the chance to explore it by bike or on a horse.
Once you’re in the foothills again, make your way to the Cascades Female Factory located just nearby. What was once an institution to reform female convicts, is now a World Heritage Site for the exceptional opportunity it gives visitors to learn more about its history. Make sure you take the guided tour and watch the live depiction of a typical day at the factory.
Afterwards, visit the Cascade Brewery next door and learn all about the making of one of Australia’s favourite lagers. The oldest operating brewery in the country is settled in a majestic Gothic building dating as far back as 1824. So take some time to explore it and to get a sip of the award winning beers.
Wrap up your day wandering around the beautiful Georgian sandstone warehouses of Salamanca Place, facing Hobart’s waterfront.
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