Upon arriving in Hobart on a chilly Saturday morning and hastily driving to the famous Salamanca markets to catch the last of the hot coffee and donuts, despite the gloomy weather, I knew I would love Hobart. In total, I ended up spending about two days and three nights in Tasmania’s quaint capital city.
Here is how I would spend my ideal day in Hobart:
Sunrise at Mount Wellington
Mount Wellington Park is where the urban city of Hobart meets lush bushland. I love how just 20 minutes from the CBD, you can find yourself on top of a mountain surrounded by over 500 native planet species and looking out over Hobart. As you can see, I didn’t get lucky weather-wise at all (I really was hoping for the classic picturesque sunset), but I still got the gist of Mount Wellington’s beauty and enormity. A word of advice: rug up in the warmest clothes you own as the temperature drops significantly and the wind gusts are so strong, I felt as though I was nearly blown off the mountain!
Breakfast at the Salamanca Markets
Every Saturday, over 300 stallholders line the street in Salamanca Place near the waterfront selling the best of Tasmania’s produce, clothing and handicrafts. As you weave your way through the stalls and try to refrain from eating everything from hot donuts to bratwurst, musicians are dotted between stalls to a relaxing and fun atmosphere.
Hours: 8.30am – 3pm
I really had high expectations for Mona (the Museum for Old and New Art), and while the architecture was beautiful, I really just could not immerse myself into some of the art. I’ll keep most of my opinions to myself when it comes to this one! I am more of a fan of the ‘old’ part of Mona, though, and I found the ancient Egyptian artefacts to be the most interesting. While it isn’t for everyone, I would say if you’re a fan of this kind of thing, then get yourself over to the North of Hobart and spend a few hours here. The cute cafe inside has great food, too!
Cost: $20-28 for adults & $15-$25 for concessions
Hours: Wednesday to Monday 10am-5pm
Check in to the Salamanca Wharf Hotel
If you’re looking for a hotel with a prime location in Hobart, then look no further than the Salamanca Wharf Hotel! Located just a few minutes walk from Salamanca Place and opposite the waterfront, getting to Hobart’s key attractions is super easy. Don’t stress about parking as they have a garage for your rental. I would suggest booking your stay on a Friday night, so you can wake the next morning and head down to the Salamanca markets for coffee and breakfast!
We stayed in one of the four loft penthouse apartments on the top level, and instantly felt comfortable and relaxed. The hotel’s belief is that when travelling, people want to stay somewhere that is just as comfortable as their family home, and that is just what they offer their guests! The room is incredibly spacious and contains a fully equipped kitchen, luxurious bathroom, floor to ceiling windows and a balcony overlooking the harbour! Crack open a Tasmanian beer from the mini bar and unwind on the couch before exploring Salamanca Place at night for dinner. There are plenty of food options within walking distance, or you could opt for the Salamanca Wharf cafe just down stairs near the lobby!
Location is everything when booking accommodation, especially if your time is limited in a city like mine was. The Salamanca Wharf Hotel made us feel so welcomed and we could not of been happier at how close we were to a myriad of restaurants, pubs, markets and the waterfront! If I’m back in Hobart sometime soon, this is where you’ll find me!
Book your stay at the Salamanca Wharf Hotel on their website!
I was welcomed as a guest of the Aplite House, but as always, opinions are my own!