Luscious takes a trip: Visiting Hobart, Australia, in style

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Hobart, the capital of Australian state, Tasmania, is a small and beautiful city, renowned for incredible food and wine using local produce. Mr Luscious and I have had several very happy visits there over the years, as it’s a quick flight from our home town of Melbourne, across Bass Strait.

For his 50th birthday, Mr Luscious said that he’d like a few days in Hobart to celebrate his half-century milestone. Here’s a look at our itinerary…

 

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Getting there:

Because of work commitments, we took  a mid-afternoon flight from Melbourne to Hobart (about 1 hour). On this trip, we flew with Virgin Australia – we’ve traditionally been loyal to Qantas, but sadly, Qantas management have destroyed the iconic brand in recent years.

Hobart airport is small, so you’re off the plane, collecting your bags and opening the door of your car hire in 15 minutes or less. And the drive from the airport is about 15 minutes, so it’s all very easy.

Hobart-Australia-map

If you are flying internationally, you will need to fly in to another major city first, such as Melbourne or Sydney, and then take a domestic flight to Hobart.

Or, you can get the Spirit of Tasmania boat from Melbourne, either as a “foot” passenger, or by bringing a car with you – it travels overnight from Port Melbourne to Devonport at the top of Tasmania.

Our trip involved the very heart of Hobart – the central business district, Salamanca Place, Battery Point, South Hobart and North Hobart, as well as a boat cruise to Peppermint Bay and a drive to New Norfolk.

Hobart-Tasmania central map including CBD Battery Point and North Hobart

 

Accommodation

We stayed at the Islington Hotel in Davey Street, Hobart. See the post and photos here:

 

Activities in and around Hobart

Why go to Hobart? We love it for the food and wine, scenery and relaxed atmosphere.

But it offers a lot more, especially for outdoorsy types (camping, fishing, hiking…) and there is a thriving arts and culture scene with lots of writers, crafters and artists choosing to move to Tasmania for the supportive arts community.

Tasmania is also the source of significant Australian history, with the convict settlement at Port Arthur and other fascinating spots.

Hobart is also famous for the annual Sydney-to-Melbourne yacht race, and many cultural festivals. Learn more about Tasmanian via the Discover Tasmania and Discover Hobart websites.

As we’ve been to Hobart several times before, we’ve covered most of the main tourist activities, such as a day trip to historic Port Arthur, a drive through the amusing Doo Town. And we’ve been fortunate to stay with a friend who once had a fabulous home in the heart of Battery Point.

 

Historic Port Arthur in Tasmania

 

Here are some of the things we did on this trip:

Gourmania - coffee on the afternoon Tea to Tapas tour - Hobart tourism.jpg

Luscious takes a trip: Gourmania gourmet food tours in Hobart, Tasmania

Delicious food and wine tours in Hobart, Tasmania

 

Tomorrow, before we head off to the airport, we’ll be taking:

 

richmond bridge in historic richmond in tasmania

 

Food and wine in the Tasmanian capital

As always, we ate some sensational meals. On this occasion, we dined at:

Luxe restaurants in Hobart - fresh food and delicious wine

But here are some other cafes, restaurants and food stores on our list:

Restaurants

Bakeries, cafes and wine bars

Food stores

 

 

 

 

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Have a romantic weekend in Hobart Tasmania

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peppermint bay at night - elegant dining in hobart

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Cheers, Natasha
www.myLusciousLife.com

 

 

 

 

 

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