How to spend a weekend in Hobart, a local’s guide
Killara Distillery owner Kristy Booth-Lark shares her favourite places to go in Hobart.
Kristy Booth-Lark knows a little about whisky. After growing up and working alongside her parents at their award-winning Lark Distillery in Hobart, it’s in her blood.
Now she has her own distillery called Killara, one of the first distilleries in the world owned and operated by a woman. While she doesn’t love her 6am workday start, there’s no place she’d rather be than in Hobart, showcasing its local produce. She loves the southern capital for its alluring mix of city buzz and small-town community vibe.
We asked Kristy to reveal her favourite local haunts.
Slides: Mount Wellington lookout (photo Luke Tscharke); Mona (photo Adam Gibson); Salamanca Markets (photo Poon Wai Nang); Evolve Bar (photo Adam Gibson); Salty Dog, Suzie Luck’s.
Where I go…
For a great cup of coffee… I head to Fullers Bookshop. It’s independently run, with great coffee and a great selection of books. It’s a nice spot to relax, and read the books you’ve just bought. (She’s currently reading The Wasp and the Orchid, by Danielle Clode).
For a long lunch… Down in Salamanca, there’s a restaurant called Suzie Luck’s. They’ve got a great variety of modern Asian dishes. I usually go for the special of the day, to try something different.
For dinner… There are so many places but I like to head a little bit out of Hobart, to Kingston. I love the Salty Dog. It used to be this old pub, a bit run down, sticky carpet and all. But it’s been redone, and now it’s just the perfect spot to take your family for a nice meal, and with a view right out over the beach.
To get back to nature… The Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens are really beautiful. You can spend an afternoon or a whole day there, wandering around the gardens before stopping in at the cafe. Sometimes I go alone for some peace and quiet, but I’ll usually bring my kids with me. Mount Wellington is also the spot to go for a beautiful view.
Killara’s signature Apothecary Gin. Image: Lusy Productions.
To buy a special gift… It’s back to Salamanca. There are heaps of galleries where you can get some unique pieces, or every Saturday along the waterfront there’s a local market. I try to support local Tassie artists and producers as much as possible, both professionally and personally, and you can get a whole range of cool things at the market from handmade jewellery to woodwork and crafts. Anything from there would make a nice gift.
To treat myself… I go for a cocktail at Evolve Spirits Bar. It’s a really cool spot – the owners support a lot of local producers and have a great selection of whiskys and brandies. Plus, I love the decor. The bar is filled with all sorts of fossils on display – there’s even a fossilised dinosaur egg. Another cool spot is Society. The bar is owned and run by some amazing women who are huge supporters of the local industry. My current go-to drink is a French 75, which is a mix of gin and champagne. And if I’m at home I’ll make one myself with Killara gin. What else?
For a culture hit… I definitely recommend the Tasmanian Museum. My kids and I love it. We go fairly regularly, and often meet friends there too. And, of course, MONA has always got interesting exhibitions going on.
To unwind… I never really get a chance to unwind! But my perfect evening would probably be staying home, having some champagne with friends. It’s all about good food, and good company.