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Hobart is a gorgeous historical city with many attractions sitting on the mouth of the Derwent River with Mt Wellington as its majestic backdrop makes Hobart one of Australia's prettiest cities. The city is very small compared to other Australian cities which makes it a perfect place to visit for a few days before exploring the rest of Tasmania.
Hobart is fantastic city for hiring a car and exploring as there are many beautiful and interesting attractions at your finger tips. There is haunting Port Arthur , Huon Valley , Mt Field National Park, Mt Wellington and the stunning and attractive Derwent River to explore and all within easy reach from the city.
Qantas flies direct to Hobart from Sydney and Melbourne. www.qantas.com.au
Jetstar flies direct from Sydney and Melbourne. www.jetstar.com.au
Virgin Blue flies direct to Hobart from Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Albury and Brisbane. www.virginblue.com.au
Tiger Airlines flies direct to Hobart from Adelaide and Melbourne. www.tigerairlines.com.au
Hobart Airport has to be one of Australia's best for arriving and departing, with limited traffic and being located just 17kms from the CBD it takes no time to be located in your hotel room.
All car rentals can be located at the Airport - Hertz, Thrifty, Budget, Redspot , Europcar and Avis.
Cars can also be hired in the CBD. - Avis 125 Bathurst Street - Europcar 110 Harrington Street - Hertz 122 Harrington - Budget 96 Harrington - Thrifty 11 Argyle
Taxis Stands can be found outside the Domestic terminal, It cost around $35.00AUD into the city.
There is a shuttle bus that meets every airplane and takes you into the CBD and any hotel in the city.The bus departs outside the terminal.
There is a Qantas Lounge in the Airport.
Hobart is a very compact city and is easily walkable, although there are a few hilly spots. Taxi's are readily available through out the city. The local bus service is also excellent.
A hire car is ideal in Hobart as the traffic is light and its a tiny city compared with other cities within Australia. There are some wonderful attractions just outside Hobart like Port Arthur, Mt Field National Park, Peppermint Bay and the Huon Valley which are easily located within 30 - 50mins drive from Hobart. All cars can be hired at the airport.
Hobart lends itself to cycling as long as your not interested in seeing Mt Wellington. !
There is a good bike rental shop just outside the CBD called the Derwent Bike Hire and its located in the suburb of Cenotaph . For more information contact their website.
If you are looking to save some money and having quick access to all of Hobart's attractions then your best option is to purchase the Smart Vistit Card which allows you to visit free over 60 best Tasmania's attractions and all the National Parks in Tasmania. In Hobart you have free entrance to Hobart Historic Walking Tour - Hobart Historic Pub Walking Tour, Battery Point walking tour , Hobart Aqua Center , Museum of Tasmania, Hobart City Sights Tour , Hobart City Sights and Mt Wellington Tour plus the Derwent River Cruise olus heaps more.
to buy the smartcard just visit the local information centre in the CBD Hobart. The card is valid for either 3, 7 or 10 days pass.
"Museum of Old and New Art - MONA opened in Hobart in January 2011. It houses a collection that ranges from ancient Egyptian mummies to some of the world's most infamous and thought-provoking contemporary art. At a cost of $AUD75 million, the buildings subterranean design and the owners unconventional and challenging curatorial approach make it a must-see for any visitor to Australia.
Getting there :
45 minutes from the MONA Brooke St ferry terminal (Hobart)
$15 return per person
Bookings 03 6223 6064 or book online.
9.30am, 11am, 12.30pm, 2pm, 4.30pm, 6.30pm
At the Art gallery you can buy the book.
"THE MUSEUM OF OLD AND NEW ART OPENING EXHIBITION CATALOGUE NUMBERED AND SIGNED"
Accommodation: I've not stayed here yet but its definitely on my list for my next stay in Hobart. The luxury 1 & 2 bedroom pavilions look fabulous.. & I cannot wait to try them. They also have a gym & heated infinity pool .
Mona is located within the Moorilla Estate winery on the Berriedale peninsula in Hobart approximately 15 mins drive from the CBD. There is a ferry available from the waterfront at Mona's Brooke Street Wharf which operates daily or one can catch the Mona Roma Bus.
I opted to catch the ferry over which was very easy from the wharf. However; I did notice the exclusive lounge where guests were enjoying complimentary canapés, pastries & champagne in the best position of the ferry. Evidently for an additional price one can enjoy the views from the Posh Pit & sip champs. ( the way to go... for really enjoying the whole Mona experience).
The only downfall of the ferry ride is the steps to climb up after debarking from the ferry. It's certainly not suitable for the elderly or handicapped. However; I did hear an announcement stating if you think you may have a problem then to contact staff as I'm sure they must have a lift hidden somewhere.
The architecture is the best part of Mona; it's an incredible building which will never date but will only enhance the landscape as years go on. I was impressed with all aspects of the building & also the outer buildings, especially the cement truck iron sculpture & others cleverly scattered around the Moorillia Estate.
The museum houses over 400 artistic works from David Walsh's private collection which is amazing considering the whole project was created by one man. The Art Works were a little " too Arty" for myself but I still enjoyed walking for hours around the gallery & would do it again.
After viewing the Art Gallery there is a fab little café wine bar which was very enjoyable for lunch & coffee.
I decided to catch the bus back but it was running late so I just hopped into a taxi which are located just outside the Café,
Overall : A an awesome day trip whilst visiting Hobart & a must do on everyone's list.
We visited the TMAG for a dinner conference which was being held in the museum. We particularly loved the new renovations which is very much in tune with Mona. We unfortunately weren't allowed to wonder through any of the exhibitions due to the regulations regarding security after hours. However; we were very impressed with the interior renovations & the façade of the building & will return to view properly next time we visit Hobart.
Having dinner in the Museum was very interesting which made the night more enjoyable.
The Salamanca Markets are held every Saturday in Salamanca Place .The Market operates Saturday between 8am until 2.30pm. Its the most touristy thing to do in Tasmania. There are over 300 wonderful stalls with artists selling their paintings, woodwork, crafts and produce. Its a market not to be missed if visiting Hobart and Tasmania. There are plenty of cafes, restaurants and hotels all neatly placed alongside the markets in old historical buildings and warehouses.
Sullivan Cove is famously known for the finishing port of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. The race is held on Boxing Day Dec 26th and the yachts have to sail over 600 nautical miles to finish at Constitution Dock usually 2 days after starting.
Constitution Dock and Sullivan Cove is dripping in Australian History as it was first settled in the early 1800's. Constitution Dock is the harbour dock area of Hobart which is also next door to Salamanca Place and Battery Point the main tourist area of Hobart. If wanting to visit Hobart its best staying close to this area as all the action happens around the Dock and Salamanca Place.
There are plenty of tours available in Hobart to keep any keen tourist busy. The most popular ones being to Mt Wellington, Port Arthur and a cruise on the Derwent River.
All tours can be located down at Sullivan Cove at, Brooke Street Pier .
If visiting Hobart, a must do on your list is to drive up to the top of Mount Wellington and see the magnicient views of Hobart and surrounding areas. The road is sealed but extremely windy and sometimes its closed due to weather conditions. Its not uncommon to see the mountain covered in snow. There are plenty of tours available from Hobart to view Mt Wellington.
There are also some excellent walks which are operated by Mt Wellington walking tours. See website for more details www.mtwellington walks.com.au
The Cascade Brewery is the oldest brewery in Australia it was founded it the early 1800's by Peter Degraves. The brewery is just a short 10min drive from Hobart. Its opened 7 days a week with guided tours which last approx 1.5hrs there is also an opportunity to taste the beer at the end of the tour.
There is a dress regulation regarding the tour for safety reasons. You must wear long trousers no shorts or skirts/ dresses or sandals are allowed, closed in shoes are only allowed due to safety regulations.
For more information visit their web-page for additional details.
If you love history & the Theatre Loiusa's Walk is a must do when visiting Hobart. Basically the walk captures the history of Louisa a convict who worked in the Cascades Female Factory.
Performance Times: 2.00 pm Daily. Duration: Allow two hours
2012 prices - Prices: $35 Adult, $90.00 Family (parents plus up to 4 children aged 5 to 18). Children under 5 are free.
Meeting Point: Shows leave daily from just outside the Cascade Brewery, Cascade Rd, South Hobart.
To get to the Louisa's Walk the departure point is at the Cascade Brewery from the Tasmanian Travel & Information Centre.
Penitentiary Chapel is apart of the National Trust of Australia. Its a great way to discover Tasmania history. Tours are available through the day or you can do an evening Ghost Tour which takes you through the 1860s courtrooms, birdwalk tunnels & confinement cells. The tour starts at 8.30pm & costs $10.00
Day tours - Monday to Friday start 10am. 11.30 am. 1pm. & 2.30pm.
Tours last approx 70 minutes. Costs - $8.00 Adult - Family $16.00
There is nothing better than strolling through the gardens on a lovely Spring day. Hobart Botanical Gardens although not as grand as Sydney's they still do ooze with charm.
The Japanese Garden is highly impressive designed by Kanjiro Harada, a landscape architect from Yaizu Japan is certainly worth viewing.
If you like gardening like myself & have watched the ABC show one can find the Vegie Patch which is the forefront of regularly hosts ABC's Gardening Australia program.
The park is located on the way to Port Arthur approx one hour from Hobart. The park is open daily between the hours of 9am - 5pm.
You can hand feed kangaroo's , wallabies & see the show Kings of the Wind with falcons & hawks. There is also regular feeding times for the Tasman Devils at the times 10am, 11am, 12.15pm, 1.30pm, 3pm and 5pm (4.30pm in winter).
The Kings of the Wind free-flight show:
11.15am and 3.30pm.
Hand-feed kangaroos: 10.30am and 2.30pm.
Port Arthur is located 100kms south - east on the Tasman Peninsula and takes approx 1.5hrs drive from Hobart. To get the max out of this haunting attraction you are best staying overnight, however it is easily done as a day trip from Hobart.
Port Arthur is drenched in Australian History from the convict heritage days . There are plenty of historic sites to visit including the Penitentiary , Separate Prison , residence for the Master Shipwright , The Junior Medical Officer's House , The Hospital built in 1841-42 , Commandant's House , and Port Arthur's church built in 1836 .
If your feeling brave there is also the Ghost Tours available. Bookings are advisable to avoid disappointment.
There are plenty of tours available from Hobart if you don't have your own car.
We decided to travel to Port Arthur on one of the worst days; it was bitterly cold, rainy & very windy. I wanted to show my English friend a little of Tassie & thought Port Arthur would give her some interesting insights into the establishment of the Penal Settlement in the 1830’s.
The drive took approx 1.5hrs along the Tasman and Arthur Highways to Port Athur. It’s situated at the southern end of Tasmania Peninsula. The roads are all in good condition well sign posted.
On arrival most of the car park was empty probably due to the terrible weather. Tickets are brought inside at the Vistors Information Desk. We brought a $30 Bronze Ticket which included a 40 min introduction to Port Arthur guided walking tour, harbour cruise and access to more than 30 historic buildings.
Due to the bad weather the cruise was cancelled & our guided tour didn’t start for another 1/2hour so we decided to walk around ourselves. No discount was given due to the cruise cancellation.
It was such a shame the weather was disgusting as I would imagine in bright sunshine Port Arthur would be absolutely gorgeous. The site is located on at least 40 acres with stunning old oaks, elms trees & impressive attractive gardens.
There are equally stunning classical historical buildings oozing with spine-chilling stories like the Penitentiary, convict church, museum houses, separate prisons, and the old coal mining sites. The prison cells certainly still hold that cold creepy feeling to them. It was really spooky as my camera started playing up whilst trying to take pics of the list of photos of the convicts, once outside it was totally okay.
Overall: we found the whole Port Arthur experience fascinating & captivating. I would highly recommend having a whole day to enjoy it & also some of the attractive beaches close by. Just pick a nice sunny day !
Mt Field is a gorgeous National Park and easy to drive from Hobart. Its a short one hour drive west just past New Norfolk. There are some very pretty rainforest walks and beautiful waterfalls the most popular being Russell Falls. Close to the park entrance are three waterfalls: There are also two others Junee Falls and Marriotts Falls. All walks are easy with good walking tracks.
You can continue along from Mt Field National Park to Gordon's Dam and Lake Gordon where you will be rewarded with spectacular scenery. The drive from New Norfolk to Gordon's Dam takes approx one hour.
Peppermint Bay is located on the Derwent River in the small village of Woodbridge just 30 minutes drive from Hobart. Peppermint Bay is famous for its fabulous restaurant which sits proudly overlooking the beautiful Derwent River. Visiting Peppermint Bay for lunch makes a perfect day trip from Hobart. The best way to experience Peppermint Bay is by taking a cruise from Hobart and seeing spectacular views of waters of the D'Entrecasteaux Channel with passing views of Bruny Island .
Cruises depart from Hobart Cruises, Brooke Street Pier, Hobart.
Located in Richmond this a village of the bygone days in the 1800's. Its an interesting attraction to visit. www.richmond village.com.au with plenty of Arts and Craft shops and historical buildings to visit.
Visitng Richmond makes a great day trip. Its located only 25kms from Hobart and has some absolutely gorgeous historical buildings to stroll around and don't forget to stop and have devonshire tea at one of the cafes.
If you love berries and to hand pick some delicious fruit then taking a drive out to Sorwell Fruit Farm which is located approx 30mins from town is a excellent day tour from Hobart.
Opened from 10am-4pm for the months of March, April and May. Check the webpage to see opening times for other months.
Bruny Island is easy to get to with a car or without. This lovely natural wonderland is located just off the town of Kettering at 30mins drive from Hobart. The island is serviced by the Bruny Island Ferry Service departing from Kettering a short 20 minute ferry ride to Roberts Point . The island offers accommodation to suit everyone from caravan parks to luxury self contained cottages. For additional information see the tourist information centre for maps and ferry timetables.
A great tour to do starts from Hobart on a 3hr cruise www.bruny charters.com.au/
for whale watching, dolphin and seals sightings.
The airwalk takes you over the canopy of trees giving spectacular views of the Huon Valley and surrounding regions. The walkway is located approx 90mins from Hobart in the stunning Huon Valley just past the town of Geeveston. There are also numerous other walks available to suit all levels of walkers. You can also do a tour from Hobart with www.experiencetas.com.au .
Tahune AirWalk is open seven days a week from 9am – 5pm November to March and 10am – 4pm April to October.
The Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary is located approx 30mins outside of Hobart. It was originally established in 1981 as a sanctuary for injured wildlife. Its a fabulous way to experience & see Kangaroo's, Wombats, koalas & Tasmania Devils.
The ultimate experience is the night tour ; you can hand feed many like the Tasmania Devil, golden possums, tawny frogmouths & many more. Its pricey but certainly worth it. Night Tour - Costs for 2.5hr tour - 2012 - 2 Adults $149 each
Entrance Fee -
Adult $24.00 Family (2 Adults & 2 Children) $60.00
Tours are run at 11:30am and 2:00pm every single day of the week. Allow forty-five minutes for the tour and another forty-five minutes to view the rest of the park.
Hartz Mountains National Park is approx 80kms from Hobart. If you enjoy hiking, walking & viewing stunning scenery then visiting this National Park is a must do on your list.
Basic day facilities (toilets, shelters, picnic tables, barbecues) are available.
Hobart has some very interesting restaurants to try. Here are a few we have enjoyed over our numerous visits to Hobart. Most of the popular restuarants require a booking ahead.
1. henry jones art hotel - dining room.
2. Ivory Cafe - Thai Restuarant - Elizabeth Street Hobart.
3. Fish Frenzy - Elizabeth Pier Hobart.
4. Marque IV - Elizabeth Pier.
5. Peppermint Bay - 35min drive south of Hobart.
6. Battery Point Steakhouse - Battery point.
7. Blue Skies - casual waterfront location.
8. Flathead. 2 Cascade Rd Sth Hobart - fab/ cheap.
9. Piccolo - Italian - 323A Elizabeth St North Hobart .
10. Moorilla Estate - Source Restaurant - 15min drive.
11. Smolt - Salamanca
.......... ................ ..................... new ones we have tried.
12. Ethos - 100 Elizabeth Street - (Tapas)
13. Garagisters - 103 Murray Street. Hobart
14. Da Angelo Italian Restaurant - excellent Italian - Batttery Point.
15. Solo Pasta & Pizza - Sandy Bay Rd. - yummy pizza.
16. Crumb Street - 144 Harrington Street - all about smoked meats - BYO - cheap.
For the Vegetarians - Shu Yuan - Thai in Bank Arcade CBD.
cheap eats - Fish340 - city.
For Coffee - Villino Espresso - 30 Criterion Street, Hobart,
The Drunken Admiral Restaurant is located near the Henry Jones Art Hotel in historic Sullivan Cove. We always dine here when we visit Hobart as it's always reliable as the fish is fresh, tasty & excellent quality. The restaurant evidently has been opened since 1979 & is run as a family business.
The décor of the restaurant is very quaint with little cosy corners & nooks decorated with a rustic nautical maritime theme; creating an unique interesting & warm ambience. Although a little daggy its certainly is different.
We arrived late for dinner & was able to grab a table without any problems. For mains we ordered the fish of the day & a mixed seafood plate which were delicious.
Drunken Restaurant is definitely one to try if you are a seafood lover as you won't be disappointed.
Smolt Restaurant is located in the heart of Salamanca's Square. We have been to this restaurant numerous times although never just for coffee. We were lucky as there was only a few patrons in the restaurant so we managed to have excellent service & order two cappuccinos.
The décor is a little mixed matched with different shape tables which made it look more casual than classy like the façade of the restaurant.
Definitely a must do if looking for a nice place to enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner or just for a coffee.
Visited November 2013
Prosser's Restaurant is located on the waterfront in Sandy Bay approx 7 minutes drive from the CBD. The restaurant stands proudly overlooking the beautiful Derwent River. There is plenty of parking available next to the restaurant.
The décor is slightly dated & I was disappointed the restaurant didn't have tablecloths. However; the food certainly made up for it. For entrée we ordered the Yellow Fin Tuna sashimi with soba noodles ,soy beans, avocado & the fried chilli salt Calamari with green pawpaw salad, coriander, cashews, fried shallots with a lime and palm sugar nim jam dressing. Yum !
For mains we opted for Prosser’s Signature cajun spice crusted Catch of the Day served on paris mash with a light citrus butter dressing & the Mixed Grill of fresh fish with a parsley, garlic and lemon crust on soft potato puree with a lemon and caper caramelised butter which were delicious.
We found the staff to be very friendly & helpful too.
The Blue Eye Restaurant is located in Salamanca across the road from the village. The décor is more like a café but at least they do have half the restaurant with tablecloths. We found the staff to be extremely friendly & helpful throughout our stay.
I opted to have the lunch time special which offered excellent value ( $26 ) for a two course meal. For entrees; I ordered the Thai Fish cakes & hubby decided on the seafood chowder. For mains my Char-grilled Atlantic salmon, steamed greens, & chips was delicious. My hubby ordered from the menu the Mixed Plate of boarfish, Atlantic salmon, squid, prawn + bacon kebab,chips, iceberg salad, & tartare sauce which he said was fabulous.This was all washed down with a lovely glass of Blue Eye Pinot Grigio.
We really enjoyed our lunch & can highly recommend Blue Eye for those looking for a smart casual lunch.
I was apart of a conference group & was very lucky to have lunch in the barrel and production room downstairs. Our group consisted of twenty people & we shared a scrumptious lunch of fresh oysters, rocket & blue cheese salad. For mains we shared some beautiful fresh vegetables & salads with slow cooked chicken. The cheese platter afterwards was very tasty too.
I later come back to Mona with my hubby & we found the Wine Bar Café was very welcoming after a long few hours strolling around the Art Gallery. The restaurant has a warm casual ambiance with a large bar & wooden table & chairs. The wine selection was excellent & so too was the menu especially the soup of the day.
Visited November 2013
Most of Hobart's nightlife happens down at Salamanca Place. There are a few irish pubs Knopwoods and Irish Murphy's which really get crowded on a Friday and Saturday night. Behind the pubs in Salamanca Square is the Celona Bar which is good for cocktails and a quite drink.
Garagistes Wine Bar - very popular as the restaurant is fab.
Mona Bar - closes early but good for an afternoon drink after viewing Mona.
Tavern 42 - Lively atmpshere
For live music hop over to Republic Bar and Cafe in North Hobart.
The Casino is also a great place to visit if you want some solid entertainment.
There are basically twp places to shop in Hobart. Elizabeth Street Mall, where you can find departmental stores, boutique, books and general shops. The other place is at Salamanca Place. There are numerous craft shops around this precinct . If you are looking for good quality wood articles you cannot go past some of the stores located here. Plenty of wool shops selling their jumpers, scarfs and gloves. Everything is excellent quality and therefore revelantly expensive.
Hobart's Savoy baths and day spa - Indulge in the spa and Therapeutic Baths - Fabulous Bath House - Lower Level, 38 Elizabeth Street.
The Green Shop is run by the Tasmanian Greens. - All sorts of enviromental goodies. - 83 Harrington Street, Hobart - Opening hours: 9.30am-5.30pm Mon-Fri, 10am-2pm Sat.
We absolutely loved our stay in the Sullivan Cove Apartments and found it very difficult to leave. If you are looking for space, a touch of luxury and class then you will be totally satisfied with these apartments. They are located in a prime position close to all major attractions and a short walk into town and Salamanca Markets.
Our apartment was gorgeous with a large open plan dining / living room and fully equipped modern kitchen. There was a large flat screen TV , CD player and an electric BBQ on the spacious undercover balcony. We had no waterview just a view of the roof tops.
Kitchen- awesome with all the modern utilities one needs for self catering. Coffee and tea facilities were also provided. A large fridge , dishwasher , stove were also available.
Overall : A home away from home ..Just book it. !
Driving down to Hobart from Cradle Mountain in the snow we realized we would be late arriving so I rang the hotel to state my concerns regarding getting keys to our apartment before their office closed.
The receptionist was superb & quickly SMS a text message regarding details picking up keys from a letterbox with instructions.
On arrival we found the keys & followed the instructions to our apartment 304. We were lucky to book the last two bedroom apartment & were hoping it was going to be located in the same building as our last visit. To our satisfaction & pleasure the apartment was located one level up from our previous one with exactly & precisely the same layout.
Having stayed at these apartments before I just couldn’t consider staying anywhere else in Hobart, as having to attend a conference for a week we wanted somewhere spacious, relaxing & comfortable.
Our apartment was again fabulous so we invited guests over for drinks with confidence; all our guests loved the apartment & regretted they had not booked the apartments too as most were staying across the road at Hotel Chancellor.
Overall: We had another delightful stay without any hiccups except for the lift being maintained for service for a day which meant a walk down 3 levels. Regardless, we thoroughly enjoyed our very spacious well designed apartment.
This is our fourth stay at Sullivan Cove & again our stay was perfect. I wouldn't consider staying anywhere else in Hobart as the apartments are very spacious, modern & perfectly located.
The Sullivan Cove apartments are situated in numerous locations around Sullivan Cove and Salamanca Place. Our IXL apartment 205 was behind the Henry Jones Art Hotel in Sullivan’s Cove.
Check in : All went accordingly to plan with out any hiccups.
Apartment : Our apartment was gorgeous with a large open plan dining / living room and fully equipped modern kitchen. There was a large flat screen TV , CD player and an electric BBQ on the spacious undercover balcony. We had no waterview just a view of the roof tops.
The bedroom was average size with a comfortable bed and good block out control panelled curtains. Off the bedroom was a extremely neat bathroom with no bath but a double shower which worked well.
The second bedroom had two single beds and off the room was a enormous bathroom with a gorgeous deep bath / shower and good size vanity unit. The washing machine and dyer was located next door to the bathroom.
An outdoor BBQ on the deck is also available. The kitchen is very well equipped with everything one needs for self catering. However; there are plenty of excellent restaurants below if cooking isn't your thing to do on holidays.
Overall : We love the spacious modern apartments, good security, friendly staff not to mention excellent value. We will return again.
Although the hotel needs a major revamp, we still enjoyed our stay & found the Wrest Point Hotel to offer comfortable accommodation & for a few more dollars the suites offer excellent value. The hotel is located in Sandy bay approx 5mins drive from the CBD. Its best suited for having a hired car for getting around Hobart.
There are plenty of restaurants, cafes & bars in the Casino to keep you entertained for days. We dined at the Pier Restaurant & found it to be surprising good. Room service was very efficient & we found the free valet parking & cheerful staff to be excellent.
On the mezzanine level there is a hairdresser & beautician which I found to be handy.
For those looking for a little more entertainment there is the Casino with a large variety of table games like blackjack, roulette, & poker not to mention the huge array of pokies.
Apartment: We had booked a waterfront apartment & ours was at the end of the pier which was great as it wasn’t above all the restaurants. The apartment was disappointing after our fabulous stay at Sullivan Apartments.
The apartment was loft style with a bedroom upstairs with no bathroom which we thought to be ridiculous. The downstairs was open planned with a small kitchenette , lounge & working desk. Doors led outside to a small balcony.
The best aspect of the apartments was the lovely water views. However, it wasn’t very private as a motor cruise boat was moored at the marina just below our apartment & they basically could see straight into our room.
Overall: for the price we were dissatisfied as the apartments need an update especially the bathrooms. Although we didn’t have water views at the Sullivan Apartments they certainly were 100% better regarding quality & price.
The hotel is situated across the road from the Waterfront, the building is large and imposing with little warmth or character. It has a large conventional lobby area with a restaurant and café bar attached. Our room, decorated in mix match pink and grey, is on the second level and looks directly across to the Waterfront, marina and harbour.
Overall, the room lacks any atmosphere or style; it is your typical comfortable hotel room. Thank God for the view, this is highly appealing and interesting. If staying here, only ask for harbour views, otherwise you will be looking at just the back streets of the city.
The Lenna is situated in Salamanca nestled beside the harbour which caters for one of Australia's best sporting event; the Sydney to Hobart yacht race.
I loved Hobart, I think its one of the nicest cities in Australia after Sydney. The harbour is extremely pretty and the foreshore and pier area impressive. Salamanca is interesting area with restored stone warehouses converted into trendy restaurants, cafes, shops and art galleries. It also has a great market on Saturdays with over 200 stalls selling all sorts of arts and crafts articles.
PROS: Good position in old building. Rooms spacious with normal hotel facilities. Our room had a lovely view of the garden. Staff friendly and helpful. Quite area in weekdays but fires up on weekends. Good cafe, pub and waterfront restaurants near by. Parking provided.
CONS: a bit of a hike into town up the hill.
This delightful boutique luxury hotel is situated on the edge of the Derwent River in New Norfolk. Built in the 1800's by convicts, the building once was used for a "Young gentlemen's school ".
If you are into luxury B&B's then this hotel is perfect. The owners John and Laurella are delightful and extremely friendly. This hotel is in a good position if you want to explore the South West region, the Mt Field National Park is on your doorstep.
For dinner you have a few options such as dining at Veranda's or the local pub, both within walking distance from New Norfolk.
Henry Jones Hotel - 5 star and expensive in fabulous location.
Somerset Pier Apartments - on the pier in Sullivan Cove - perfect waterfront location.
Just check when the cruise ships arrivals before booking.
Zero Davy Apartments - Sullivan Cove. - excellent location. Next door to Sullivan Apartments.
B&B - The Lodge. - www.thelodge.com.au/
B&B - Amberley House.
B&B - Clydesdale Manor - Sandy Bay.
For the romantic's - D'Entrecasteaux Hotel. - 15mins from Hobart. www.dentrecasteaux. com.au/
Hostel : Allport's Hostel - Elizabeth Street Nth Hobart.
For other suggestions : Look on www.wotif.com.au (under Hobart) to check rates and availablity.
Tasmania is our coolest state in Australia. Its a fabulous destination to visit in summer as the conditions are perfect for swimming, sailing, walking and any general outdoor activity. However, Tasmania's weather can change rapiadly so its advisable to pack layers.
In winter its chilly and not unusal to find snow on the top of Mt Wellington, it also rains alot in the winter months with temperatures ranging between 8 - 15C.
Cape Tourville lighthouse walk is definitely worth doing as the views are stunning of Wineglass Bay and up the East Coast to Bicheno. It's approx 15 minutes drive from Coles Bay through the National Park to the CT lighthouse car-park.
The walk is very easy along a wooden board walk & is totally suited to all levels of walkers. It takes around 20 minute circuit walk but extra time is needed for taking in the stunning views along the boardwalk.
There are Toilets, picnic and electric barbecue facilities & parking fees apply for the National Park entrance fee.
Visited November 2013
Coles Bay lies at the entrance to Freycinet National Park on the east Coast of Tasmania . Its easily accessible from either Hobart located 202 km north east or 218 km south east of Launceston.
There is plenty of accommodation available from simple camping , B&B's to luxury 5 star resorts. We enjoyed renting a house in Swansea & visiting Freycinet National Park as a day trip which was easily doable as its about 45 minutes' drive from Swansea and around 30 minutes' drive from Bicheno.
Coles Bay is gorgeous with beautiful turquoise water & breathtaking views of The Hazards in the Freycinet National Park. There is a small shopping village with a supermarket, café, newsagent & 24hr ATM.
It's a point to note that Coles Bay became one of the first in the world to ban Plastic shopping bags in April 2003 which it later received the Environmental Excellence Award.
Coles Bay is the gateway into the Freycinet National Park with its stunning views of Wineglass Bay.
Visited November 2013