TRAVEL

Abuzz with art, his­tory and a thriv­ing culi­nary scene, Ho­bart has be­come one of Aus­tralia’s hippest cities.

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For fab­u­lous food and cul­ture, head down to hip Ho­bart.

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RO­MAN­TI­CALLY WEDGED be­tween Mount Welling­ton and the Der­went River mouth, Ho­bart has been plagued by a rep­u­ta­tion for be­ing dull – un­til now.

The town has evolved into a hip cul­tural des­ti­na­tion at­tract­ing trav­ellers from all over the world. The old­est city in Aus­tralia af­ter Syd­ney, Ho­bart’s rich colo­nial his­tory paired with its re­laxed sea­far­ing life­style, ob­ses­sion with lo­cal pro­duce, year-round cul­tural fes­ti­vals and world-class gal­leries and mu­se­ums has ren­dered it one of the top hol­i­day des­ti­na­tions in Aus­tralia.

The main at­trac­tion is un­doubt­edly MONA, the Mu­seum of Old and New Art, a short ferry ride from town.

MONA is the fan­ci­ful mas­ter­stroke of Frank’s water­front set­ting of­fers din­ers a taste of South Amer­ica. lo­cal mil­lion­aire en­tre­pre­neur David Walsh, hous­ing a col­lec­tion of bizarre, beau­ti­ful and ir­rev­er­ent art.

And while old meets new at MONA, Ho­bart’s stun­ning sand­stone build­ings tell dark tales of con­vict beginnings, while world-class chefs serve bold mod­ern cui­sine in ware­house spa­ces. The water­front comes alive on the week­ends with farm­ers and crafts­men sell­ing their pro­duce at the mar­kets.

Ho­bart is on the doorstep of some of Tassie’s best at­trac­tions, so a few days’ visit can stretch into a week. Wan­der the pe­nal ru­ins of Port Arthur, sam­ple the pad­dock-to-plate ethos of Bruny Is­land and ex­plore quaint country towns like New Nor­folk, an easy drive away.

Hot spot

Only the best Tassie’s fa­mous food and wine is every­where you look in Ho­bart.

An­chor down Sam­ple the best fish and chips at the his­toric Vic­to­ria Dock.

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