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5 rea­sons to love... World-class art, in­no­va­tive din­ing – KYLIE MITCHELL-SMITH falls for Tassie’s lat­est of­fer­ings

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Ho­bart’s top 5

1 MONA’S STILL GOT IT

The Mu­seum Of Old & New Art (MONA) has been at­tract­ing cul­ture vul­tures from far and wide since open­ing in 2011. The 25-minute ferry trip from Brooke Street Pier in the mid­dle of town sets the tone – seats shaped as sheep and a stray cow sculp­ture in­crease in­trigue. Wind­ing my way down a spi­ral stair­case into the bow­els of the mu­seum, I find a bar with over­sized can­vases and ephemeral words cas­cad­ing down the wall. Sim­ply breath­tak­ing!

2 OLD CON­STANTLY MEETS NEW

Ddon’t’tl­leave ththe Ap­ple Isle’s cap­i­tal city with­out at least drop­ping into the Henry Jones Art Ho­tel, a glo­ri­ous es­tab­lish­ment built within tthe con­fines of the old IXL jam fac­tory ne­n­ear the docks. The ser­vice and style are im­pec­ca­ble and I am suit­ably im­pres­im­pressed with the decor as the work of lo­cal artists ro­taro­tate on the walls thanks to the help of a nearby art school. There’s a hearty a la carte break­fast on of­fer in the morn­ings but if you’re more of a night owl, you’ll choose the IXL Long Bar, which prides it­self on shak­ing up clas­sic cock­tails with mod­ern twists.

3 THERE’S AN IS­LAND DED­I­CATED TO FOOD!

I catch a car ferry to Bruny Is­land where I stum­ble upon pig farmer Ross O’meara from the TV se­ries

The Gourmet Farmer. Ross and his fam­ily live off the land and his wal­laby burg­ers (which can be found in Ho­bart’s CBD at Street Eats @ Franko night mar­ket, Franklin Square) are de­li­cious. Bruny has a smoke­house, a cheese fac­tory and the House of Whisky. Bruny Is­land Cheese Co. uses left­over whey to make beer. Bet­ter still, the cheese is smooth and the beer’s mighty fine.

4 A HOT NEW HO­TEL HAS OPENED

MACQ1 is a swanky ho­tel at Ho­bart’s docks. It’s tim­ber and day spa-look­ing but given its lo­ca­tion, you’ll get a good sense of Tasmania’s wharf his­tory. Each of the 114 rooms pays trib­ute to a lo­cal char­ac­ter. I slept in the room of Cocky Bil­let, a crim­i­nal known for dap­per dress sense, so it’s no sur­prise the room is drip­ping in swag­ger.

5 THE AGRARIAN COOK­ING SCHOOL’S NEARBY!

Rod­ney Dunn and his wife Sev­er­ine De­manet have been re­al­is­ing their dream, run­ning the Agrarian Kitchen cook­ing school (in Lach­lan, 45 min­utes from Ho­bart) for the past nine years. Spe­cial­is­ing in cook­ing classes, of­fer­ing ev­ery­thing from cheese mak­ing to cake bak­ing, their or­ganic farm feeds their restau­rant, The Agrarian Kitchen Eatery & Store, housed in an ex-men­tal asy­lum in the nearby town of New Nor­folk. What you’ll prob­a­bly care most about, though, is the ar­ray of cured meats, pre­served and smoked on site. Opt for the house-made strac­ciatella with new sea­son olive oil, mint and chilli – it’s a taste sen­sa­tion.

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