Firstly, Wow it was cold in Tasmania, I’ve experienced cold days in Victoria but Tasmania is on a whole different level. It was so good to finally head ‘down under’ and tick off visiting southeast Tasmania and its largest city Hobart.
Being an Island 230km (150 miles) away from mainland Australia, you feel you’re in another country. The pace is much slower than the busy streets of Melbourne, Sydney and even Adelaide but the friendly locals welcoming you to the state is only just the beginning of what this state has to offer.
My trip began by checking into my apartment in West Hobart called ‘Bay View Apartments’ I had an incredible view of the Hobart CBD and the bay area, wasn’t long until I was ready to try out the food scene in North Hobart along Elizabeth Street where I ended up at Cyclo Vietnamese known for there Banh Mi rolls and Noodle soups. To finish off my first day I took a stroll along Franklin Wharf and ended up at the Henry Jones Art Hotel’s bar IXL Long Bar, due to the ongoing Dark Mofo Event to celebrate the Winter Solstice they had some special cocktails on the menu. After that, it was time for some Japanese food at Kosaten in Battery Point where I needed to order all my food and drinks via a tablet and a robotic tray brought it out to me from the kitchen.
The following day was a brunch kinda day so once again was off to North Hobart and found a very Melbourne vibe café called Born in Brunswick (that name though :D) was not expecting it to Wow me but the coffee and food were delicious. After brunch I took off in the car towards Lawrenny Estate Distilling – Tasmania Distillery, it was a very long winding road but the Gin, Vodka and Whiskey were worth the trip, there are so many Distelleries in Tasmania and I hope to try some more when I return one day.
My final day was a trip to the eerie Port Arthur penitentiary on the Tasman Peninsula, about an hour and a half drive from Hobart, during my visit I did a guided introductory tour on the site which when for around 30 mins. The guide spoke about what the prison was used for, what punishments were taken in the event of misbehaved inmates and what each building was used for. After the tour, I took some time to visit each building before running in for cover from the cold rain. No trip to Tasmania is complete without a seafood dinner and so I found one right on the wharf called Mures Upper Deck to taste a bit of everything it was a seafood platter with a glass of wine to finish off a great trip.
A bit shout out to my mate Stefan for joining me on this trip and helping get some great pictures around Hobart for this blog, I look forward to travelling back in 2023 for the Dark Mofo Event and Winter Feast.
Considering visiting Tasmania? For more information you can visit the Offical Tasmanian tourism site click here or you can contact me via email @ firstname.lastname@example.org