From Melbourne, Hobart is a quick one-hour flight with several departures throughout the day. We based ourselves in Hobart, and did a few day trips. The winding coastal roads are gorgeous, and there’s never a dull view for a quick pit stop to stretch your legs.
Here’s how our four days played out…
The city itself is very walkable if you are centrally located. There are plenty of interesting cafes, bars and shops to wander through. Not to mention the historic waterfront along Battery Point. We loved our brunch at Machine Laundry Cafe.
Tasmanian Devil Conservation Park
The park is on the route to Port Arthur, and makes for a good pit stop. Recently rebranded as an "UnZoo", the $35 admission fee is spent on conservation, and not on fancy exhibits and habitats. The park has several other protected tasmanian devil habitats off site, and they are hoping to bring the devils back from the brink of extinction in the next 10 years. The park is small enough to zip through in 2 hours, but do make sure to catch the devil and kangaroo feedings that happen several times a day.
Port Arthur Historic Site
Get here early so you don’t have to rush too much. The grounds are massive, with lots of history preserved. From the entrance, you are provided with a playing card that corresponds to a prisoner - a neat concept to be able to track your convict through their typical day in the grounds. We allotted two hours, but your entry is valid for two days – a true testament to how much there is to explore!
Peninsula Kayak Day Trip
Roaring40s offer a variety of day trips, and we opted for the Tasman Peninsula Day Trip. We had some great weather, but the swells prevented us from getting too close to the rock cliffs. However, a few seals wiggled off their perch and joined us for a swim under our kayaks.
It was nice to travel as a small group, and our guides were very knowledgeable about the area. We were treated to a great lunch, and plenty of snacks. Overall - well worth the $200 price tag! Certain tours book only once a week, so make sure to pre-book.
Frecyinet National Park & Wineglass Bay
From Hobart, Frecyinet is a good 3-hour drive (one way!), so leave early to make the most of the day. At the visitor centre, we grabbed a vehicle pass, and drove to our starting point. We opted for the longer hike, completing Hazards Bay & Wineglass Bay circuit. The track was moderately challenging with plenty of stairs (read: rock faces) to climb, but we were treated to great views around every corner. Make sure to take plenty of food and water… we were not as well prepared for our sunny hike.
After our extensive adventures, we spent our last day in Hobart, and let our car do the work as we drove up to Mount Wellington. Just make sure you have plenty of gas and a solid set of brakes, because this is one heck of a climb. The summit is 1200m above the city, and there are plenty of treacherous corners to get there. Also, bundle up, because the peak is 10°C colder than in the city centre! The view is well worth it.
What you should know: The weather in Tasmania is always changing, especially throughout the day. Always be prepared for extremes – extra food and clothing are a must!
What you should bring: Plenty of layers, a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, raincoat, hiking shoes.
Where you should stay: We stayed at a great AirBNB in Hobart CBD, but there's no shortage of boutique hotels and mountainside cabins.
Who you should contact:
Roaring 40s Kayaking: http://www.roaring40skayaking.com.au
Port Arthur Historic Site: http://www.portarthur.org.au