If you think museums and galleries are stuffy, solemn places then you will be forever changed by the must-see MONA (Museum of New and Old Art).
The architecture, which descends into the rock face, is a work of art in itself. Then there’s owner David Walsh’s irreverent, rock ‘n roll sass that permeates the space.
The sprawling site, accessible via ferry or car, takes around 20 minutes to get there from Hobart and has river views, beer gardens, live music, food trucks, restaurants, wine bars, cellar door and accommodation so you can really make a weekend of it there. Oh, and there’s also endless hours of art to view!
The MONA team are also behind Dark Mofo, an arts festival every June that is a smorgasbord for both the mind and belly, with Princes Wharf being transformed into a red banquet hall lined with stalls from Tassie’s finest food producers for ‘Winter Feast’.
True foodies seeking ‘hatted’ fine dining experiences will want to check out Fico, whose modern Australian menu just won them Gourmet Traveller’s ‘2022 Tasmanian Restaurant of the Year’.
Dier Makr and Templo also received special mentions, while the 2021 Australian Good Food Guide, who annually bestow the ‘Chef Hat’ awards, gave Aura their first hat a couple of months after opening.
One of the best things about Tassie is how close everything is.
Just like up in Launceston, with the picturesque Cataract Gorge literally minutes from the city centre, it’s no different down in Hobart. A ten-minute drive and you can be in forest looking at waterfalls of Myrtle Falls.
Strickland Falls is thirteen minutes and O’Grady’s Falls another five minutes from there. If you’re limited for time, these tranquil, scenic spots accessible from the city allow you to pack a lot into a short stay.
Kunanyi / Mt Wellington, which overlooks Hobart, can be explored via tour in a morning, while if you wanted to take more time exploring the spectacular scenery, you could hire a motor-home.