After dinner, head to bed early because we’ve got an early start to the weekend tomorrow!
Day 1: Saturday Morning in Hobart
Salamanca Market for Breakfast
Salamanca Market is a great place to explore Hobart on the weekend. Every Saturday morning, vendors from all over Tasmania and beyond gather in downtown to sell their goods.
There’s so much variety: produce, artisanal crafts like jewelry and clothing, gifts for family members back home.
With around 300 stalls every Saturday, this won’t be the biggest market you’ve ever been to, but it is filled with quality goods and a great atmosphere which makes it worth exploring.
We recommend grabbing a coffee and a bite of breakfast from one of the local stalls before you start shopping.
It’s best if you go early to beat the weekend crowds who flock here when the market opens at 8:30am. By 10:30am things are busy but manageable with enough elbow room for everyone until about noon – then it gets very busy!
Day 1: Saturday Lunch in Hobart
After breakfast and strolling around Salamanca Market, make your way down to the Hobart Wharf for lunch.
Here are some lunch options that best soak up the serenity of the Hobart waterfront:
Aloft is an open-plan restaurant with bar seats overlooking chefs at work. Sit by a window to get views of Hobart’s spectacular harbour while browsing their menu.
The menu focuses on seasonal herbs and vegetables, locally caught seafood, small farm free-range meat and dairy.
Whether it’s sharing from tasting menus or just ordering a quick bite – there is something for everyone!
Frank Restaurant is a modern Australian restaurant located at Franklin Wharf. Overlooking the harbour, travellers can soak up the tranquil waterfront while sampling tapas or the smoky flavours of an Agentinian steak.
The menu at Frank is modern with a strong Argentinian focus. Some of the dishes are quite unconventional, but that’s what keeps things interesting!
While there is a strong Argentinian leaning, Frank still pays homage to its Australian roots by serving local beers and Tasmanian whisky.
The restaurant is located in a cozy sandstone warehouse on Hobart’s prized waterfront. It offers rustic dishes including pickled beetroot and charcuterie, to the main courses of Berkshire pork and wallaby.
You’ll also see your food being prepared from start to finish at Peacock and Jones’ open kitchen which makes for a fantastic dining experience.
If you don’t know already, MONA is an absolute must see while you’re here in Hobart.
It’s an art museum unlike any other – containing controversial and familiar pieces of artwork. A lot of the works are designed so they can be interacted with by visitors, which makes visiting MONA relaxed enough even for those who do not typically appreciate traditional fine art.
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The museum has a lot to offer with beautiful, confronting and strange exhibits.
Bear in mind it’s quite pricey with entry being $28 AUD, but is totally worth it for the fascinating experience you get from visiting this museum unlike any other!
Day 1: Saturday Dinner in Hobart
After a big afternoon exploring MONA, you’re in need of some food and drinks STAT!
Any one of these 3 options will satisfy your cravings:
Lucinda Wine Bar
Lucinda Wine Bar is an elegant place to enjoy fine wines paired with flavorful dishes. The local produce of Tasmania is the clear focus at this casual bistro, while beautiful surroundings remind you that the local growers are not far away.
Inspired by classic European traditions, Lucinda Wine Bar has brought humble but vibrant recipes home to Hobart, these flavors shine when matched with the carefully curated wine list.
The wine list includes selections from around the world, carefully curated for delight and inspiration by local growers who bring humble yet vibrant flavors home to Tasmania.
Dier Makr is arguably Tasmania’s best wine bar and a hidden gem in Hobart. Housed in an inconspicuous alleyway, it serves as the perfect spot for fine wines and elegant snacks with a constantly changing menu that will keep you on your toes.
The Chef’s Menu at Dier Makr is a standout in Hobart, that pairs creative dishes with excellent service. Each dish is prepared to perfection, plus the atmosphere of the restaurant also makes it a must try when staying in Hobart.
You can easily spend part of an afternoon walking around and looking at all the classic Georgian cottages and beautifully manicured gardens.
If you need a post-lunch snack, check out the artisan Jackman & McRoss bakery for a croissant or scroll.
Day 2: Sunday Afternoon in Hobart
Explore Mount Wellington
This afternoon we’re going to explore Mount Wellington. Instead of spending an entire day hiking, we’ll take a shuttle bus directly to the summit and save the walking for once we’re at the top!
Shuttle buses to Mount Wellington are regular, however it’s a good idea to check the timetable beforehand to organise your day properly. A full timetable can be found at Mt Wellington Explorer.
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For new travellers, Mount Wellington (also known as kunanyi in the local Aboriginal language) is a large mountain in Hobart. The summit provides breathtaking views of the Hobart city skyline, as well as glimpses into Tasmania’s Wilderness World Heritage Area.
If you’re a keen photographer, the landscape provides an unobstructed view of local landmarks such as Mount Field National Park and the greater Hobart region, including picturesque spots like Eaglehawk Neck and Port Arthur Historic Site. Locals recommend capturing the sunrise or sunset.
At the summit, you’ll find barbecues and picnic facilities, perfect for relaxing in the warm Tasmanian sun. If you’re in the mood for adventure, there’s also hiking trails for you to explore, whether on foot or by mountain bike (the shuttle bus allows you to bring a bike onboard for an extra fee). Abseiling is another option too if you’re up for it!
There are no entrance fees to the mountain, plus no opening or closing hours either. However we recommend making the summit trek during daylight hours while the shuttle bus is still operating!
Plan whether to complete a hike or simply snap some photos and once you’ve had enough, it’s time to board the shuttle bus back for Hobart city.
Day 2: Sunday Dinner in Hobart
You’ve had an amazing couple of days exploring the very best of Hobart, but all good things must come to an end.
Finish with a bang and treat your tastebuds to any one of these 3 solid dinner options:
Fico is a restaurant worthy of all the hype. The dinner set menus are reasonably priced for all the wonderful, local food you get to try.
Take stress out of deciding what to choose and enjoy one of their beautifully crafted set-menus, made complete with drinks pairing.
If you’re after somewhere laid back and easy going for your last night in Hobart, Room for a Pony has you covered.
Located in North Hobart, Room For A Pony is an atmospheric venue that serves as a great place to relax. With decks outside for those warm Summer nights, this café bar-type establishment offers plenty of good vibes as well as impressive food (highlighting local produce).
Make sure you try their chocolate beetroot cake which tastes sensational – even though it doesn’t sound all that tempting!