Hobart

The local's Hobart

Unbridled wilderness and historic buildings top the list of well-known Tassie attractions, but there's plenty more to see and do in the state's happening capital.

Grab a morning bun at Pigeon Whole Bakers

A mandatory morning stop for locals, Pigeon Whole Bakers is the perfect way to kick-start your stay in the Tassie capital. Get there early to secure one of their sell-out morning buns – a flaky pastry with caramelised sugar and a hint of cardamom – or take your pick from one of the daily specials. From sourdough doughnuts to freshly-baked bagels, it's easy to see how this hole-in-the-wall café became a Hobart breakfast institution.

Tuck in to share plates at Shambles Brewery

Beer may be the main attraction at this local brewery, but Shambles' modern Australian menu has no problem holding its own. If you're feeling adventurous, go for the wallaby drumsticks with curry mayo, or keep things classic with a cheeseburger and chips. Either way, with a regular rotation of seasonal ales on tap, you'll have no trouble finding the perfect match for any taste.

Treat yourself to farm-to-table fare at The Den

After something more refined? Trade craft beer for cocktails at The Den. Dedicated to combining Tasmania's finest produce with Asian-inspired flavours, this trendy bar and eatery is an ideal spot for date night. Dig in to dishes like sticky duck and Scottsdale pork belly, then wash it all down with a signature drink. From Granny Smith-infused vodka to house made gin, The Den's killer cocktail list has every taste covered.

Discover weird and wonderful art at Mona

After you've feasted on Hobart's finest, it's time to feast your eyes on the city's most talked-about attraction: The Museum of Old and New Art. Better known as Mona, this “subversive adult Disneyland” is far more than your average art gallery, with avant-garde exhibits, genre-bending festivals and a winery and brewery all located on site. Add to that a camouflaged catamaran to take you from Brooke Street Pier to the museum and you're guaranteed an experience that begins as soon as you board.

Get close to the weather at Kunanyi / Mount Wellington

Prefer mother nature to modern art? With some of the country's most coveted national parks on its doorstep, you don't have to go far to find wilderness in Hobart. And while Kunanyi / Mount Wellington's natural beauty is no secret, there's more than one way to trek to the top. Follow the Lenah Valley Track to reach Sphinx Rock, or lace up your boots and hike to the summit instead. Rising more than 4000 feet above sea level, this challenging trail will bring you closer to the clouds than the city below – with the panoramic views to prove it.

See another side of Hobart's historic waterfront

After you've seen the city from the sky, join a guided kayak tour and paddle your way to a new perspective. Departing from the heart of the city daily, these 2.5-hour tours let you see Hobart's working waterfront in action, along with historic homes, sailing ships and the harbour's resident seal, Sammy. To top it all off, you'll get to cruise up to the city's famous floating fish punts and tuck in to fish and chips from the best seat in town.

Fill up on beer and cheese on Bruny Island

A paradise for pathfinding foodies and adventure seekers alike, Bruny Island is where top-notch Tassie produce and incredible landscapes combine. Fuel your adventure with a bite and a beer at Bruny Island Cheese Co., then head to Get Shucked to sample oysters straight from the sea. When you're ready to walk off your lunch, head to the iconic Neck Lookout to see the headland between North and South Bruny Island split the sea in two.

Spy local critters on a wilderness cruise

Rather to do things differently? Hop aboard a wilderness cruise and see another side of Bruny Island. Departing from Adventure Bay, this three-hour wilderness tour takes in everything from towering sea cliffs to deep sea caves, with dolphins, seals and whales to spot along the way. And, if you find yourself peckish once you arrive back at the terminal, Bruny Island Cruises' on-site restaurant serves up fresh-caught seafood with a cracking view.

Visit a cider shed in the Huon Valley

If you want to sample local produce without heading off shore, make the 45-minute trip to the Huon Valley instead. Home to a handful of providores and cellar doors – not to mention world-famous Tassie salmon – this small community is chock-full of places where you can fill a picnic basket. After a one-stop shop? Willie Smith's Apple Shed pours some of the best cider in the state – all with house made charcuterie boards and seasonal share plates to match.

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