So you’re booked on our 10am Saturday City Paddle and wondering how to fill in the rest of your long weekend in Hobart? This vibrant city offers a lot – from river to mountain to MONA, with bars, cafes and restaurants aplenty to sate the appetite and quench the thirst. Here’s some tips and highlights we’ve gathered up in a truly Hobart package.
Arrive early: grab a backpack and packed lunch then head up to the city’s magnificent overlord, kunyani/Mt Wellington, on the new explorer loop service. Jump off at The Springs where great coffee and a cake (for energy!) await then enjoy a walk along either the Organ Pipes track, with its amazing view of the rock formations, or take the Sphinx Rock track and see Hobart from above. Finish at the Chalet where the bus will pick you up again to finish your adventure on the mountain’s peak. Make sure you know the bus timetable though!
Alternatively take the bus all the way to the top and descend into Hobart City on the many trails.
4pm (aka beer o’clock): Shambles Brewery get a beer, you deserve it. And they make their own.
6pm dinner: North Hobart. So spoilt for choice - all the international flavours with Tassie flair. Our favourite Indian is Annapurna so good you’ll need to book.
8pm you-time: State Theatre, North Hobart with 11 screens and a rooftop cinema and bar on offer, the range of national and international movies is impressive (with some exclusives).
8am breakfast time: Daci and Daci (11 Murray Street) – good luck making the choice from so much yummy goodness! (https://dacidaci.com.au/ )
9.15am walk off breakfast into the past: wander to historic Battery Point via the colourful and vibrant Salamanca Market or along Castray Esplanade and follow the Battery Point Sculpture Trail. These old winding streets are lined with colonial cottages with the odd historic mansion in between.
10am get a new perspective: the time has come the walrus said... to jump on a kayak with us! Discover the city’s iconic waterfront from a whole new perspective for the next 2 ½ hours. Enjoy!
12.30pm lunch, maybe, or just a coffee fix: if you still feel like lunch after fish & chips on your kayak or just need a coffee fix, try The Stagg
1.30pm time for more action: after lunch/coffee you don’t have to move far to start your next adventure as Hobart Mountain Bike Tours also start at The Stagg
5pm quick rest and shower before dinner.
6pm – again so many choices around Salamanca for dinner! Try Kosaten Japenese Restaurant- Reg's favourite restaurant which is hidden at 17 Castray Esplanade and easy to walk past (you can order via iPad). Jack Greene does great burgers and craft beer and Blue Eye is one of the city’s best seafood restaurants. Save room for dessert wherever you go and try our favourite place – Honey Badger Dessert Cafe
am: Hobart’s Farm Gate Market is bulging with a huge range of local produce and, importantly, delicious fresh- made breakfast options.
am to pm: MONA via ferry is THE way to get there. We recommend the Posh Pit ticket that includes a drink each way, nibbles and, if you’re quick to ask, a free wine tour at MONA. It costs a bit more, but well worth it for the full and highly distinctive MONA experience. And believe us, there’s a lot to take in!
pm saying goodbye: sprint to the airport as you promise yourself the next visit will be longer!