Looking for things to do around Hobart before or after your walk.
If you’re fancy exposing yourself to art catch the quick boat ride to MONA – the Museum of Old and News Art and experience something out of the ordinary. It is the largest privately funded museum in Australia. The museum presents antiquities, modern and contemporary art from the David Walsh collection. Walsh has described the museum as a “subversive adult Disneyland.”
The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery is the second oldest museum in Australia. The gallery’s collections sit in a stunning contemporary design, integrated with the museum’s heritage buildings. Known as TMAG, the museum’s art collection includes works from Tasmania’s colonial period through to contemporary Australian and international artists. Pedestrian access to Dunn Place, where TMAG is located, is available via the landscaped boulevard connecting Davey and Macquarie streets.
FOOD & WINE
If you love food and wine you’ve come to the right place. And If you’re in Hobart on a Saturday make your way to the famous Salamanca Markets, located at historic Salamanca Place, next to the Hobart waterfront – and with over 300 stallholders it’s an experience that’s hard to beat. And on any other day there are plenty of shops selling excellent produce in the cities CBD. Plus there are plenty of local pubs and restaurants to choose from.
If you fancy warming up for your Three Capes walk with a smaller walk there are plenty of around the city like the 2km Battery Point Sculpture Trail that links nine large numerical sculptures. There’s also the 2.4km Cascade Walking Track in Wellington Park and the 6.7km City to the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens Loop. Want something longer? Try the 9.2km Organ Pipes Circuit in Wellington Park, a wonderfully diverse loop walk, past historic huts, curious geological features and through a variety of vegetation. There are loads of other walks available so get your hands on a Hobart walking guide and get going.
Hire a car and drive out to a number of local vineyards within easy reach of Hobart. Tasmania’s cool climate, mild summers and long autumn days are perfect for cool-climate wine making. In fact, Tasmanian wines have been winning awards since the 1840s! You’ll find a fine selection of cool-climate wines with Riesling, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer and Pinot Noir are all grown here. So take your pick, and take a sip!
For those that don’t walk the full walk on day 2 you will have time to visit to Port Arthur. This former 19th-century penal settlement and now open-air museum offers a dramatic snapshot of what life was like almost 200 years ago. Ruins include the huge penitentiary and the remaining shell of the Convict Church, which was built by inmates, under much pressure no doubt! Solitary confinement cells in the Separate Prison building were used to inflict mental punishment in place of floggings – charming!
Port Arthur was named after George Arthur, the Lieutenant Governor of Van Diemen’s Land. The settlement started as a timber station in 1830, but it is best known for being a penal colony. From 1833 until 1853, it was the destination for the hardest of convicted British criminals, those who were secondary offenders having re-offended after their arrival in Australia. Rebellious personalities from other convict stations were also sent there. In addition Port Arthur had some of the strictest security measures of the British penal system.
On your walk make sure your guides tell you about Martin Cash a former inmate of Port Arthur who was one of the only bushrangers to die of old age! It’s a fascinating story.