Okay, so how do you make the most of a long weekend? Go to Hobart. Next question, how do you make the most of three days in Hobart?
Well, recently I went to Hobart for a three day getaway with my housemate Abbey (Abigail) for the generous Queen’s B’day and here’s how I did it (with cheap flights and accommodation).
The trick is, book your flights early (around March time), when the good sales are on – but also be prepared for crappy flight times.
Also, go with an Air BnB, it is so much cheaper!! The place we stayed at Ian’s crib and it was just we needed! Cheap and close to everything!
If you get in a little later, like we did on the Friday night, head down to the wharf for a bite to eat!
Our choice of meal for the Friday night was the delicious Korean Fried Chicken at Post Street Social. Who have live music on the deck, which was great!
Just don’t get confused with the club part and the chilled out dining part. We ended up walking into the nightclub at 9pm…
If your first full day is on a Saturday, you must go to Salamanca Market! It can be a bit frosty in winter so make sure you rug up. The markets have so much on offer from food to craft goodies and clothes, there is so much to look at!
If you are a donut or bratwurst fan, you will get some pretty good ones at the market! The stalls you want to go to for these include Salamanca Cream for a raspberry donut and Silver Hill for a pork bratwurst!
The market runs from 9am to around 3pm so you have time to explore. But if you’re looking for pure beauty in Hobart, head to the Botanical Gardens.
You can explore all the beautiful gardens on display, just watch out for the birds, Abbey coped a lucky bird poo to the beanie during our adventure around the gardens.
The tearooms are also beautiful, overlooking the water and is a good place for a rest – if you walked from the city to the gardens, you will want a rest.
Spend your afternoon/night down at Salamanca, after the market the bars come to life. Our local and personal favourite for the weekend was The Brick Factory/Grape, good drinks, great music and amazing pizza.
After dinner time, The Brick Factory had a live band and Grape (which is the front part of the venue) had a DJ. Whoever said Hobart isn’t a party town, lied to you!
So as you probably guessed Saturday night was spent at the pub and also at the bar next door, Cargo.
Good places, not really nightclubs but they have music, people dance where they can fit and it is a great night, you don’t even have to dress up if you don’t want to!
The best bit about it? The kebab van out the front.
It was a rocky start for us on Sunday, but we powered through and headed on the ferry to MONA. The 3am finish the night before wasn’t ideal but nothing a coffee couldn’t fix.
On the ferry to MONA, the captain offered some fun tassie facts as we drove past the Zinc factory (one of the world’s largest zinc smelters in the world) and the sheds that in fact made the boat we were travelling on.
Now my thoughts on MONA? Interesting.
The building is beautiful and all the little details are amazing – like having an interactive iPhone app where you can read more about each art piece. Some of the art honestly I didn’t understand, but some were really interesting to read about, look at and interact with.
The one downfall about MONA when you’re a little seedy? It is hot and dark and easy to get lost in.
MONA is definitely worth going for a look, you do need some time to have a really good look around, but it is fascinating.
My highlight? The wine bar! Up on the hill, the wine bar is surrounded by fire pits and with the blue and cheddar cheese, you can’t go wrong.
Nothing cures a hangover like more wine… or it just delays it.
Our last full night in Hobart was spent drinking a lot of alcohol and eating some really delicious food. First, we headed to Templo, a restaurant recommended to us by multiple people.
Although the restaurant is very small, the food definitely makes up for it!
We had the mussels to start, which were so soft and so amazing (not like your average supermarket ones), a pasta dish served with cabbage, the pasta was huge and incredible and then ended with the gnocchi, yum! The food and wine were delicious, like really delicious. If you’re a foodie, add it to your list!
After dinner, we headed back to our favourite place, Salamanca for a drink (which ended up being about 20 drinks).
Hot tip, on a Sunday, Cargo does $10 cocktails, the long island iced teas are amazing! But the cocktail you want to try is the pavlova martini. Wow actually tastes like a pav, which is very dangerous!
Anyway, the night turned into drinking a bottle of Prosecco with some of the local football players and going to the club, Observatory Bar (new and very good, plays good music, highly recommend) with a 5am finish… so not ideal.
So as you probably also guessed, Monday was useless for us. Thank god for the late check out we were granted.
We literally woke up 30 mins before check out and Abbey had to pack for the two of us, I wasn’t in a good way!
Nothing a frozen coke couldn’t fix, so it was off to Maccas before lounging out at Brooke Street Pier on the couches they had on offer.
Around 4pm we were hungry so we were on the hunt for food. Banjo’s Bakery has a signature scallop pie so we gave that a go – I know with a hangover it isn’t ideal.
But it was really nice, I enjoyed it.
Our next stop was to the Brick Factory (the local) to sit by the fire and have a hot drink. Shout out to the staff for not asking us to leave when we spent the rest of the day there until it was time to order dinner.
The oysters Kilpatrick were amazing and huge, definitely local, and the pawn pizza was also delicious! Great food, really recommend you have a meal there if you’re visiting Hobart.
Then it was off to the airport for our 11:10pm flight, yes I did have work the next day and no it wasn’t the best choice we made, but they were cheap!
So if we didn’t actually have the hangover we would have gone to Mount Wellington, but it was raining anyway so we might have ended up doing something similar anyway…
When I got back to Tasmania, I would hire a car and explore the beautiful island!
From Port Arthur to Wine Glass Bay and Cradle Mountain, there are so many beautiful sights in Hobart, but we still had a fun crazy time!
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