Australia’s most historic capital, Hobart is often overlooked as a travel destination.
Australia’s smallest and most historic capital, Hobart is often overlooked as a travel destination. It's an easy one-hour flight from Melbourne, although some may prefer to board the Spirit of Tasmania to Launceston and then drive to Tasmania’s capital.
Located at the foot of Mount Wellington, hiking, bushwalking and mountain biking are all on the cards if you feel so inclined. For the less outdoorsy, there’s a shuttle bus service so you can still experience the incredibly views without the exhaustion.
A short ferry ride from Hobart, concealed inside a sheer rock face, is the recently developed Museum of Old and New Art (MONA). Already world famous, it has redefined art and is a must-see regardless of your attachment to traditional art.
A trip to the famous Salamanca market on Saturdays will explain Hobart’s growing reputation for outstanding food and wine. If you have time, why not throw in visits to the Cascade Brewery in South Hobart and a tour of the Cadbury Chocolate Factory? Willy Wonka eat your heart out.
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