I’ll have to admit that Tasmania was never a place on my bucket list. In fact, it wasn’t even a destination on my radar. By pure chance I got the opportunity to visit for a long weekend and I couldn’t have been more pleasantly surprised. Full of amazing restaurants, cafes and some of the best coffee you’ll ever try, definitely consider adding Tasmania as a new destination on your bucket list.
WHERE TO STAY: Salamanca. Located on the harbour and not far from Hobart, Salamanca offers some unique hotels and the best views of the wharf.
BEST COFFEE: Dr Coffee in Salamanca is a sometimes hard-to-find hole in the wall café that dishes out hand-on-my-heart, the best coffee I’ve ever had. It’s located at 33 Salamanca Place Hobart.
WHERE TO EAT: Franks Restaurant in Salamanca offers a varied menu of well priced dishes, perfect for sharing… Or better yet, eating all to yourself. Being a vegetarian can sometimes be tricky when travelling, but Franks offers a lengthy range of vegetable dishes, perfect for those on the vege side.
WHAT TO DO:
Visit MONA (Museum of Old and New Art). Tickets can be purchased online or down at the wharf where the ferry departs to take you to Berriedale Peninsula, home of MONA.
Visit Port Arthur, Tasmania’s most popular tourist destination and one of Australia’s most significant heritage areas. A former convict settlement, Port Arthur is also the scene of Australia’s worst mass murder in post colonial history.
Treat your senses at Salamanca Markets, which runs every Saturday – rain, hail or shine. Full of talented musicians, artisan bakers, jewellery makers and some of the best preserves you’ll try, it’s definitely worth a look.
Hire a car and explore the surroundings. You’ll find scenic gems such as Pirates Bay, Eaglehawk Neck and the amazing Tasman Arch.