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If you are looking for a capital city with a small town appeal, Hobart in Tasmania is one of our favourite choices. Much smaller than some of Australia’s more populated capital cities such as Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. We adored our time in Hobart and fit in as much as we could during our 3 day visit, while still taking some time to relax.
Our Hobart visit was during winter in mid June and was actually our babymoon, so I was about 4.5 months pregnant at the time. That meant we had no choice but to slow things down a little more as I was suffering some pretty awful morning sickness still at times.
3 DAY HOBART ITINERARY
We arrived late morning so it was too early to check in just yet. Instead we jumped in our hire car and headed into town, with a visit to the popular Salamanca Markets. The markets had a similar vibe to the Southbank Markets in Brisbane, and were a bit of a foodie delight. It was bratwurst and jam donuts for lunch… the strange combinations of a pregnant woman!
We checked into our hotel – Grand Mercure Hobart Central Apartments and settled in a little, then jumped into the hire car again and headed up Mt Wellington. It was around 3:30pm when we headed up, so still daylight but being winter, night fell pretty quick and as we were heading down, it was already dark. It meant taking care on the narrow winding roads, but we sure did enjoy the views on the way up. Not so much the freezing cold at the top but it was worth it!
Dinner on night one was an Italian restaurant towards the top of Salamanca Place since hearty Italian food was one of the few things I always wanted in my fussy pregnancy stage… oh yes we walked a lot to find something I’d settle on. It was great food though. Unfortunately we forget the name.
We got an early start and headed to Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary in the morning. A reasonable drive from Hobart and a great way to spend a couple of hours getting up close with native Australian wildlife.
We headed to the Cascade Brewery for lunch and had the most amazing stout pie. This pie was easily THE BEST PIE EVER! Food was great and it is set on some lovely gardens. There is also the option of doing a brewery tour, which Simon would have enjoyed, but I’m not a beer drinker and the smell alone might have made me sick. Another time.
Near the Cascade Visitor Centre and brewery we visited the Female Factory, which is a historic site that was the female convict accommodation. Thousands of women and children were accommodated on the site in the past, although during our visit it was incredibly quiet and nothing much happening. We decided not to worry about a tour and explored on our own for half an hour.
Dinner was at the very popular Drunken Admiral Seafood Restaurant down by the Hobart harbour. This was walking distance from our accommodation. The restaurant is award-winning and has been decorated with a rustic boat theme. Even our booth consisted of upright boat halves. And the food was great, but unfortunately, seafood was one thing I wasn’t craving so while I know it was good food… I struggled to really enjoy it. Simon loved it though and we will go back next visit.
By far our favourite day of our entire 8 day Tasmania holiday, we got up early and headed on the big drive to Port Arthur, starting with a 3 hour Tasman Island adventure cruise with Pennicott Wilderness Journeys. Just amazing. The scenery was so beautiful and untouched and we were surprised how much wilderness we did see… dolphins, seals, birds. Wonderful!
Afterwards just around the corner a bit more to Port Arthur Historic site for an afternoon of exploring this early prison site and learning about the history. Another must-see when in Tasmania. We also had a casual lunch at the Port Arthur Historic Site cafe.
Then an enjoyable dinner at the adjoining accommodation restaurant, Hadley’s Hotel Restaurant and Bar, with a quiet night in before our journey took us elsewhere in Tasmania the next morning.
Tasmania is a great family-friendly destination to visit with all ages! Find winter inspiration for more great things to do in Tasmania. And don’t miss your chance to check out some of Tasmania’s best beaches and coastline!
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