Where To Eat, Stay And Play In Hobart In 2017

With Hobart's newest attractions receiving critical acclaim we are sure your next trip to Tasmania won't be a disappointment.

The Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, which takes place every Boxing Day, is one of the most gruelling contests on blue waters.

Participants invariably face stormy conditions, challenging seas and technical difficulties. All the more reason to celebrate their arrival in Tasmania.

Awaiting racegoers in Hobart is a truly cosmopolitan city, with luminous restaurants, boutique distilleries, rakish hotels and cutting-edge art. Here are our Hobart highlights. 

Aloft. Photo: Supplied.


Hobart’s foremost eateries make deft use of the island’s pristine produce. Among the leading lights is Aloft, an ambitious restaurant perched on the top floor of the Brooke Street Pier. Chef/owner Christian Ryan and chef Glenn Byrnes collaborate to create transporting menus catering to omnivores, pescatarians and vegetarians.

Dishes might include crispy lamb breast with salsa verde, yellow fish curry with beetroot and fennel, and wood ear and shiitake mushroom dumplings. 

Another progressive player is Peacock and Jones. This newcomer, housed in an atmospheric sandstone building on the waterfront, has been consistently wowing diners since opening earlier this year.

Chef Jeff Workman works assiduously from an open kitchen, sending out inspired starters like oysters with champagne sorbet or salt ling fritters, and refined main courses such as duck breast with preserved cumquat. Dessert might involve a delectable confection of wild honey, buckweat, honeycomb and white chocolate. 

Pancho Villa. Photo: Supplied.


Beer heavyweights such as Cascade and James Boag both call Tasmania home, but a stream of micro-breweries has also emerged in recent years. Shambles Brewery opened its doors earlier this year, occupying an old warehouse in North Hobart. The sleek brewery offers a diverse menu, from an amber ale with caramel flavours to an American-style IPA with zinging citrus tones.

Pair your beverages with fried chicken sliders and a few rounds of table tennis.

Located nearby, on the same street, is Pancho Villa, a Mexican restaurant with a stellar tequila bar. Choose from refreshing cocktails, such as a cantaritos with tequila reposado, grapefruit, orange and lime, or order a tequila flight of aged anejo or mezcal, and sample three of each style. In terms of food, elevated taco fillings include smoked Cape Grim brisket and tempura mushrooms. 

Mona - We Share Our Chemistry with the Stars (AJ 280R) DIL2214, 2009. Photo: Supplied


We need art—but for what? That is the question at the heart of MONA’s new show, On The Origin of Art. Provocateur David Walsh posed the query to four scientists from different disciplines, who responded with a series of interlinking exhibitions.

Linguist and cognitive scientist Steven Pinker, evolutionary neurobiologist Mark Changizi, evolutionary psychologist Geoffrey Miller, and professor of literature Brian Boyd are the curators of this unorthodox show that explores the scientific basis of creativity.

On display are over 200 objects from the MONA collection as well as national and global cultural institutions.

Island-hopping is encouraged in Tasmania. Thirty minutes drive south of Hobart, and another 20 minutes on a car ferry, is Bruny Island. It’s a spectacularly rustic destination with sheltered beaches, verdant forests, diverse fauna, and gourmet delicacies.

Bruny Island Cheese Company is perhaps the island’s best-known artisanal producer, a maker of world-class cheeses. More recently, the company added small-batch, open-fermented beers. Naturally, their ales use Tasmanian grains, hops and water.

Henry Jones Art Hotel. Photo: Supplied.


The 56-room Henry Jones Art Hotel is known for its nineteenth century sandstone walls, modern appurtenances, and impressive art collection—over 400 artworks are in continual rotation. The works, by contemporary Tasmanian artists, are for sale, which certainly trumps taking home bathroom amenities. Its waterfront location offers easy access to the city’s major attractions. 

With just 11 individually designed rooms, the Islington Hotel is a more intimate affair. The suites are kitted out with stylish furnishings, vintage trimmings, striking artworks and marble bathrooms.

The hotel is situated on an acre of landscape gardens, includes a restaurant housed in a glass pavilion, and offers views of Mount Wellington. It has the feel of a venerable private home, where you can access the cellar whenever you feel like it.


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