By MEGAN HOLBECK
Nature, history, art and fun: Hobart adventures have it all. The city’s skyline is dominated by kunanyi/Mt Wellington and its prominent dolerite columns. There’s everything from 2km rambles to full-day hikes on and around the mountain, with amazing views over the city from the top. For an historical interlude, follow the Hobart Rivulet Track as it winds down the hill from the Cascade Brewery past the Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, where women convicts laboured and lived. Ride bikes or the ferry out to MONA (carefully avoiding the more risqué artworks) or take one of Roaring 40s’ kayak tours of the city’s harbour (seven and older – fish and chips included!)
2. MT FIELD NATIONAL PARK
Less than 80km from Hobart, Mt Field National Park has it all: accessible, short, beautiful wanders through fairy glens to waterfalls, and longer walks that feel like proper wilderness escapes. If your legs are fresh and the weather favourable, head up to the alpine plateau: the incredible views and pristine tarns are a magic combination. For those who prefer wheels, there’s Maydena Bike Park, with trails for everyone from families to the pros.
3. HUON VALLEY
Although known for its gourmet produce, the real star of the Huon is its river. Less than an hour from Hobart, the gorgeous town of Franklin is right on the water: explore the town and its riverbanks, perhaps fish from the jetty, before taking a tour of boatbuilding tools and timber at the Wooden Boat Centre. Then set sail on the Yukon, a traditional Danish-built ketch, for a 90-minute, calm water cruise along this serene stretch.