Hobart Brewing Company is a great local brewery that features a tap room and event space. Visitors can enjoy beer flights and savor the local flavor of Tasmanian beer brewed in house. The brewery's signature brews include Harbour Master, a copper ale made with three kinds of hops; Saint Christopher Cream Ale, an ale with a sweet aftertaste; and the Iron Pot Rye Porter, a robust brew with chocolate undertones. The ambiance is relaxed and local events often take place here, making this a great place to stop by.
Located just north of Hobart on the Moorilla Winery grounds, the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) is the largest privately-funded museum in Australia. It offers one-of-a-kind contemporary paintings and sculptures, an iconic waterfall embedded with images, and beautiful Egyptian antiquities, all from the collection of businessman David Walsh. The building was purposely designed to be strange and surprising, with its lack of windows, long staircases, and subterranean design all providing a sense of mystery and adventure. This three-level institution is built on the Berriedale peninsula and can be reached by car or ferry, which leaves from the Hobart Waterfront every few hours. Visitors can tour the museum using their smartphones, which track their locations and display information about the exhibits. There is also a five-star restaurant on-site that offerings wine tastings.
State Cinema is Tasmania's longest running movie house and is situated on the site of a former theater in North Hobart. Next door is Dave's Cafe and Dick Bett Gallery. The intimate cinema has comfortable seating to accommodate up to 200. In this relaxed atmosphere, you can sip wine as you watch because of the cinema's liquor license. This is the place to catch international and art-house films.
Producing some fine examples of beer, Cascade Brewery is Australia's oldest brewery established by Peter Degraves in 1832. The two-hour tour is informative and you can watch first-hand the brewing process and learn about the history of brewing in Australia, as well as the history of the building. Cascade beer is brewed from Tasmanian hops and barley and pure water from further up Mount Wellington. There is a museum of brewing and you can wander through the beautiful Woodstock Gardens.
The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery is housed across some of the oldest and loveliest sandstone buildings in Tasmania. Perhaps its most special feature is the Tasmanian tiger exhibit, where a taxidermy exhibit of this extinct creature is on permanent display. The Colonial Gallery is home to some of the best-known works of early art while other galleries showcase more contemporary works as well as artifacts relating to indigenous culture. Special temporary exhibits are showcased often and advertised in the local press. The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery also has a gift and bookshop on site, and a cafe by the entrance.
Not far from Tasmania's capital, Zoodoo Wildlife Park is somewhere between an animal park and an entertainment complex. Designed as a fun family outing with plenty to keep both adults and children entertained, the site offers such treats as safari tours, animal presentations, feeding opportunities, an indoor play area, and a walk-through aviary. Stop by Zoodoo and spend the day with meerkats, marmosets, zebras, snakes, and more.
One of the main thoroughfares in Hobart, Liverpool Street spans about 10 blocks and cuts through the city centre before turning into a residential street. Big shopping centers such as Myer and Elizabeth Street Mall can be found on the street. Between Murray Street and Elizabeth Street Mall is the pedestrianized Cat & Fiddle Arcade, a must-stop for children. Adjacent the Cat & Fiddle Arcade is the Centrepoint Shopping Centre, a delightful collection of shops situated around a food area. The other stores on Liverpool span from mainstream to eclectic, such as Horseland (for all your equestrian needs) and Tasmania Shop.
Craigow Winery was one of the first wineries established in the Coal River Valley which now has an international reputation for producing some of the world's best cool climate wines with similar climate and growing conditions to the northern wine-producing region of France. In 1822, a Scottish doctor named James Murdoch was granted a parcel of land along the banks of the Coal River. He named his property after his home in Scotland, Craigow-in-Minalthort. The current owner, also a doctor, Barry Edwards, planted his first vines in 1985 and harvested his first crop in 1993. Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Gewurztraminer, and dessert wines are all available at the Craigow Wine Centre, or you are welcome to order your wines by the case online. Stop in for a tasting and enjoy a platter of Tasmanian cheese or a freshly brewed cup of coffee. The winery is only open for tastings during the summer months.
Established in 1990, this wine estate has plantings of Pinot Noir, along with the Bordeaux varieties of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot. Chief winemaker Tim Krushka produces a lovely and superb blend of Bordeaux Red and Semillon Sauvignon Blanc. There is a conference center where food can be supplied by arrangement with caterers, however, there is no on-site restaurant. There are also barbecue facilities and manicured lawn areas where visitors can picnic. If you are so inclined, call in advance and arrange for a tour of the winery and wine-making facilities. This area of Tasmania, which is only a five-minute drive north of Richmond and about 15 minutes from central Hobart, is a wonderful place to spend a day or a weekend away.
These tours showcase the best of Tasmanian wine and food in the south of the state. The owners decided to make a sea change to beautiful Tassie from the mainland, and after purchasing their dream parcel of land, spent a great deal of time locating the premier suppliers of various types of produce and wine. As a result, Herbaceous Tours supplies a variety of tours for the most discerning traveler. Sausages, wine, mushrooms, honey, berries, chocolate, whiskey, cheese, olive oil, ice cream, oysters and even abalone are on offer along with a bit of very interesting history. Don't wait too long to make your reservations, as these tours are very popular. -Janice Barton
Niberlooner was the aboriginal name for Sullivan's Cove, which was renamed on 21st February 1804 by Lieutenant David Collins. He made his way ashore via a small rocky outcrop he called Hunter Island. Collins chose the cove because of its fresh water supply and protected anchorage. Thousands of convicts landed here from England. Formerly the center for salt factories, abattoirs and bone yards, Sullivans Cove is enjoying a new lease of life as a cultural and residential area.