Well now I can say I did go there. And I loved it!
We flew from Perth to Melbourne with Jetstar and stayed a night at Crown Towers in Melbourne to see my little sis. Holy moly, if you stay there you have to book the Crystal Made package. Free-flowing champagne, cocktails and yummy canapés in the Crystal Club. Was honestly so good. Then off we popped the next day back to the airport to make our way down to Tasmania.
As we only had three days to play we decided to do Hobart and do it as well as we could. To make sure this was achievable I highly recommend to hire a car. Jetstar offer this service via their website. Super easy to use and the car was there waiting for us the moment we landed.
We stayed at….. Salamanca Inn.
This is right in the heart of where you want to be in Hobart. Even though we had a car it’s nice to be able to walk around as much as you can and this is absolutely in the vicinity of where you need to be staying.
Aloft…. On our first night we just wanted to go for a little explore, not really knowing what we wanted to do and where we wanted to eat we were lucky enough to stumble across this amazing restaurant right out on the jetty over looking the water. It was stunning. We sat up at the bar, had a couple of cocktails and some insanely good Tasmanian oysters while we watched the chefs cook right in front of us in the open kitchen. This is absolutely hands down my favourite way to dine, right up close and personal. The staff were amazing!
Small Fry….. This could possibly be hands down one of the best breakfasts we have ever had. A small quaint little cafe dishing up the best mushrooms on toast to have ever crossed my lips. The coffee was good, the ambiance was good and the staff again so attentive and lovely. They actually hail as a doughnut cafe. You should have seen these things walk out the door!! Out of the oven and gone in 60 seconds. A real cult following from all the Tasmanian peeps.
Da Angelo Ristorante….. One of the best most authentic Italian feeds I have ever had. The pizza base is the bomb! When you walk in you are greeted with trophy wall of all the celebs that have eaten there and let me tell you, there was at least two whole walls full of them. If it’s good enough for them, it’s good enough for me…. haha. The restaurant has been owned and run by a gorgeous Italian family for years. Authentic, delicious, inviting. Make sure you ring and book, they seem to be extremely popular.
Fish Frenzy….. Apparently voted one of Tasmania’s best fish & chip eateries. I would have to agree. Not that I have eaten at any other fish & chip restaurants in Tasmania but I have definitely sampled my fair share of fish & chips around Australia and judging by that, they were darn good fish & chips.
Rockwall Bar & Grill…… we just felt like steak. Something big and hearty and that’s exactly what we got. Perfectly cooked, lovely accompaniments, friendly staff.
Wow was this an amazing place. It’s about a 25 minute drive from the Salamanca Inn to the ferry. I would 100% have a car for this trip. There’s so much to see and do and as I’m not really the ‘tour bus’ kinda girl it was great to be able to see what we wanted to see and do it at our own pace.
First stop was Bruny Island House of Whisky. If this is not usually your thing I can highly recommend it. We had a taster of 4 whisky’s and loved it.
Our next little stop, or ‘non-stop’… was Get Shucked Oyster Farm. It’s a cute little place to stop but if you are like me, all I wanted to do as pull up to the drive through window and order some Tasmania Oysters to take away.
We were told by a local to head down Adventure Bay Road and just after a little berry farm on there right, there is a park bench on the beach on the left. He recommended we head there to sit in peace, admire the scenery and gulp down those delicious oysters.
On the way to the ‘park bench’ we stopped at Bruny Island Cheese for a beer and cheese tasting. The cheeses were out of this world!! We purchased our favourite and took it home for an afternoon snack at the hotel.
We drove a little while longer around the island before making our way back to get the car on the ferry. All in all a stunning day on Bruny Island.
The Museum of Modern Art. Wow did this blow my tiny mind. The only way I can describe it is a museum on steroids. There was nothing boring about this museum at all. In fact, there was so much to do and see I will need to go back for a second look next time I am in Hobart.
We caught the to ferry to MONA close by our hotel from the Brooke St Pier as this is the most picturesque way to see what Tasmania has to offer. It was a truly beautiful 30 minute ferry ride and quicker that you could have finished your sparkling, you were there.
I could go on for days about the amazing art and showcases that MONA has to offer but all I will say is head here to have a look and please make sure you check it out when you’re down in Hobart. It’s incredible.
Probably one of the longest and most beautiful markets I have seen and right on our door step.
We didn’t have time to make it up there this trip but apparently the views are incredible. Will have to stay on the hit list for next time.
And when all was said and done off we went back to the airport, handed over the keys to our hire car and jumped on our Jetstar flight back to Melbourne.
Hobart, your were incred. Until next time.