Not even 2 hours flight from Sydney.
I actually changed my mind about Tasmania. I used to say if you don’t have 7 days minimum, it is not worth to go to Tassie. Actually if you have 2 or 3 days off, Hobart itself is a great city break destination. 25 degrees when I took of from Kingsford Sydney airport, 16 degrees when we landed at the small Hobart airoprt after a 1h20 mins flight. The air here is so fresh and pure.
20 mins drive via the famous Tasman Bridge are enough to arrive at the Islington Boutique house Amazing place and exactly I expected. 20 mins walk from Salamanca Place or 10 mins drive. Time for à drink at the Jack Greene Pub http://www.jackgreene.com.au/
Hobart is a human size city of 200 000 inhabitants when Launceston is 100 000. Hobart is small enough to be explored by foot. The city has a cute marina where fishermen boats moor. The city is also surrounded by Hills and the famous Mount Wellington.
2 main streets: Elizabeth street (another one!) where you Will do your shopping and Salamanca place where you Will find 40 cafés and restaurants.
Salamanca place reminds me the Rocks in Sydney where you have all the restaurants before the Park Hyatt.
Hobart is also the place where to buy all your hiking & fishing gear because Tassie is the place to Hike !
And tonight, it will be dinner at the Smolt one of the top signature restaurant in Town. http://smolt.com.au/
Hobart is a city plenty of potential and very connected to Art. Would not be surprised to see this city soon part of the top 5 best city break in the South Pacific, One of the must to see thing is obviously Mona Museum. Opened in 2011, this Museum has totally changed Hobart and its tourism industry. It is a privately owned Museum. David Walsh, the owner, had such a big private collection that he decided to open a museum to show his modern art pieces to the public.
Please take one of their quirky catamaran from Salamanca wharf to Cruise all the Way to the Museum. 20 aud one way for a 30 mins journey.
A departure almost every hour. And please make sure you dedicate a full day to the museum because the place really deserves it. Amazing architecture, amazing modeŕn art, amazing everything. 25 aud is the ticket price to visit Mona and remember that with the same ticket you come in and out as much as you want the same day. Have lunch in one of the cafés or restaurant, have a drink a the sensational bar, have a walk around in the gardens, stop at the library and if you really want to treat yourself, stay at the Mona in one of the 6 stunning modern and arty pavilions.
Last day in Hobart, I decided to visit Bruny Island to have a outdoor and Tassie food experience, Bruny is the perfect day tour if you don’t have time to stay longer in Tasmania. Bruny Island itself offers a little of everything you can see in Tasmania.
« This tour will take you on a tantalising gourmet food journey with history, site seeing and pure indulgence thrown in for good measure. Its fun and time flies! See Tasmania in weeks or what Bruny Island has to offer in one day.Eat your way around Bruny Island on a gourmet food and sightseeing day tour departing Hobart, Tasmania. Visit scenic lookouts overlooking Adventure Bay and Cape Bruny, and spot echidnas, white wallabies and other wildlife, maybe a tiger snake. You´ll taste the gourmet foods Bruny Island is famous for, from artisan cheeses, oysters and locally grown berries to smoked salmon, chocolates, nougat and wine. For those a little more adventurous, try some of Tasmania’s Award winning Whisky at some of the venues we visit. »
After this great experience on Bruny, back to The Islington. I like the smell of the Wood burning slowly in the fire place. That makes the house warm and cosy. The menu for tonight looks stunning: fresh oysters, slow cooked beef with a potato gratin. Cheese plate and home made raspberry tart. The staff at the Islington and the service is just perfect.
Time to head off to Sydney. That was my first trip to Hobart but not the last one !