Hop over to Hobart and get started on this fantastic to-do list. The capital of the Apple Isle has a lot to offer families willing to try out something new – from mountain views and food markets to wildlife and wacky art
Start your Hobart adventure with a drive to the top of Mount Wellington for beautiful views of Hobart and the surrounds below, stopping off for a babyccino (and your latte, of course) in South Hobart at Ginger Brown. Then head back into town for a dose of shopping at Salamanca Market. The markets are a bustling hive of activity, and you can pick up anything – from handmade clothing items and woodwork to beautiful local produce and tasty treats.
The markets are open until 3pm and there are a number food stores offering tasty bites perfect for lunch.
The Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) can’t be missed, so dedicate the afternoon to the quirky-cool experience. Australia’s biggest privately-owned museum is like nowhere else in the world and the unusual exhibits incorporate light and sound, making it quite the interactive experience. The best way to get to MONA is to take the MONA ROMA from Franklin Wharf to the museum.
Catch the MONA ROMA back into town and grab fish and chips at Mures Lower Deck for dinner. There are also oysters, share platters, soup and pizza, plus over 30 flavours of ice cream for a post-dinner indulgence.
Rise early and head out of Hobart to Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary (about 30 minutes’ drive), where you can see wombats, koalas, birds, quolls and the famous Tasmanian Devils. Get a hands-on experience with your favourite furry and scaly friends – and know that your attendance is going towards conserving Tasmanian wildlife.
Head back to Hobart via the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens. With a number of cultural heritage landscapes and iconic trees, the gardens offer a lush place to stroll around and make for the perfect lunch spot. Pack some sandwiches and find a shady area or dine at the Botanical Restaurant while taking in vistas of the gardens and the river.
Visit the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery in the city centre for an afternoon of active programs and explorations getting to know close to 800,000 objects as diverse as fossils and fine arts. Once a month the museum also holds a family day on Sunday, focusing on 3-8-year-old children, with experiences designed to encourage creativity and imaginative thought.
Greek food is designed to be shared, so take the kids to Urban Greek for a feast of dips, salads and charcoaled meats. If you don’t want to dine in, they also offer takeaway service.