AMAZ­ING TAS­MA­NIA

Style Magazine - - Travel - BY JES­SICA KRAMER

All chat­ter ceases as we drive around the bend in the road. I’m ren­dered speech­less — a rare oc­cur­rence — at my first sight of Tas­ma­nia’s cap­i­tal city.

The city it­self isn’t par­tic­u­larly awe-in­spir­ing in mag­ni­tude be­cause of the build­ing height re­stric­tions in place, but this only adds to the amaz­ing sight of the stun­ningly craggy Mount Welling­ton loom­ing be­hind Ho­bart like a pro­tec­tive gi­ant.

All through­out my en­tire week’s visit, I find my­self check­ing in on the moun­tain reg­u­larly and come to con­sider it as fondly as the lo­cals do their “Mount Welly”.

Be­ing late Au­gust, there is snow on the cap most of the week — but you have to be lucky enough to time a drive-up when the road is open to be able to see the snow and ice in per­son.

But there is plenty of other things to do in this beau­ti­ful city, most of which is in walk­ing dis­tance of the ma­jor­ity of main ho­tels.

Sala­manca Place quickly be­comes a favourite haunt of mine, where con­vict-built colo­nial build­ings abound, now turned into quaint and unique shops and cafes.

The wa­ter­front is just across the road, where a few sail­ing ships that have been re­fur­bished are moored.

It’s easy to spend most of your hol­i­day re­lax­ing in a pier-side cafe, watch­ing the ships be­ing gen­tly rocked by the waves.

If you’re more ad­ven­tur­ous, there are many sights nearby. As well as his­tory aplenty with the mu­seum, art gallery, mod­ern art gallery, mar­itime mu­seum, and the adorable Bat­tery Point with quaint houses and cot­tage gar­dens, Rich­mond and Bruny Is­land are close by.

My favourite is a day trip foodie tour of Bruny Is­land.

Not only do we see the fa­mous al­bino wal­la­bies, but the weather clears in time for a walk on one of the most beau­ti­ful beaches I’ve ever seen — the sand vir­tu­ally un­touched and the wa­ter bright blue.

Be­tween this and tast­ing lo­cal oys­ters, whisky, cheese, honey, beer, salmon and wine, I re­turn home from this hol­i­day very con­tented.

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