Nearing the end of our Australian Adventure, we flew to Tasmania for a few days. Being farther south, the weather is typically a little cooler here, so we recommend bringing clothes appropriate for the changing temperatures. Also, be prepared for some foggy mists. Brian and I are apparently great at bringing along the fog with us to otherwise picturesque sites.
Where to stay:
- Grand Chancellor in Hobart – A lovely hotel with great amenities overlooking the River Derwent.
- Freycinet Lodge – A lodge in Freycinet, outside of Hobart. This is a great area for hiking (even in the fog).
- Stewarts Bay Lodge in Port Arthur – Again, another beautiful spot overlooking the bay with hiking nearby. You will also see a great amount of pademelons wandering around in the evening hours.
Where to eat:
- Drunken Admiral – This was a yummy, casual seafood spot along the bay. Try the oysters!
- Aloft – A nice restaurant with harbour views. You can also choose to sit at the high top-bar overlooking the kitchen. Plus, it’s on Brooke Street (Actually spelled with an ‘e’) so it’s obviously a good choice!
What to do:
- Hike the trails along Mount Wellington
- Take a journey around Hobart on the Explorer Bus. It will also take you up to the top of Mt. Wellington, if you do not wish to hike. They will drive you to the top for some magnificent views (if it’s not foggy) all the while giving you some great history about the island.
- Visit the MONA Museum – This is home to some very original artwork that can be quite thought-provoking. The museum is almost entirely underground and has a cafe, bar, and restaurant. Many of their exhibits are not kid-friendly.
- Visit the Port Arthur Historic Site – This is a well-preserved convict site in Australia with a vast history. They run multiple tours throughout each day, or you can explore the area on your own. Be sure to get a boat ticket that will cruise you by the Isle of the Dead Cemetery.
- Walk along the streets of Battery Point.