Hobart and Tasmania offers a huge range of options to visitors. While there will be limited time during the conference itself to visit many of these places those of you who are coming down early or staying late may want to sample some of the attractions our city has to offer.
Of course you cannot go far without mentioning MONA (the Museum of Old and New Art). MONA has been fundamental in transforming the city and in particular its cultural and culinary feel. MONA is situated about 20 minutes out of the city by car on a peninsular in amongst a winery. If that isn’t enough the museum itself is buried in a giant sandstone cavern underneath the peninsula. The content of the museum is designed to generate discussion with a focus on sex and death and in 2015 ranked 20th in Lonely Planet’s 500 best places in the world (the highest placing for a Modern Art Museum anywhere in the world). Aside from the museum itself, MONA boosts a fantastic outdoor area, great restaurants and is also the site of both the Moo Brew Brewery and Morilla wines. If you do not have a car then don’t worry because the very best way to get to MONA is on their MONA ROMA ferry, which leaves hourly from the docks.
Hobart isn’t all about MONA, there are plenty of other things to do and see especially if you are around on the weekend. On Saturdays there is the famous Salamanca Market with fantastic stalls trading all sorts of food, drink, art and craft. Salamanca also is in close proximity to Battery Point, the oldest residential area in Hobart and where a certain Charles Darwin once stayed while en route back to England on the Beagle. Speaking of Charles Darwin, if you would like to walk in his footsteps some more you can make the trek up Kunyani (Mt Wellington). Darwin made his voyage up there on foot but today there is a road to the summit and fantastic views of the city and most of South Eastern Tasmania. The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery has recently been transformed and is well worth a visit. For those of you interested in Tasmania’s Colonial history, the South Hobart Female Factory traces the lives of the convict women and children that were imprisoned there. Just up the road is the Cascade Brewery, Australia’s Oldest Brewery. Down by the Docks you can also access Pennicott Wilderness Adventures – who do nature tours from Hobart down to either Bruny Island or the Tasman Peninsula – both of which offer the opportunity to see spectacular sea cliffs, albatross, seals, whales, dolphins and sea eagles. The Tasman Peninsula also offers you access to Port Arthur, Australia’s premier historic convict site
If you have access to a car and are willing to travel a little further afield then there are plenty of opportunities for getting out to some of Tasmania’s wilderness areas. Tasmania has many great short walks that can easily be undertaken in a day. These include walks up Mt Hartz near Geeveston (the added benefit of this walk is that you can visit the unbelievably good Masaakis sushi), Cathedral Rock (near the Mountain), Russell Falls and Mt Field (Mt Field) and Cape Hauy, Cape Raoul or Crescent Bay (Tasman Peninsula). For more information, check out the Parks and Wildlife information on short walks here. Within each of these areas there are plenty of additional attractions that are well worth checking out.
Please contact us if you want any other advice on any of the above.