TASMANIAN ROAD TRIP PART 5: HOBART
Hobart has more going on than a whole lot of people zipping about in functional outdoors wear. [ezcol_1third]
There are great places to eat, some lovely shops, museums, galleries, live music, old buildings, boats, and a whole lot of nature to be enjoyed right on its door step. We packed a lot, including a day trip to Port Arthur and a visit to MONA (dark, very dark!) into just three days, though Hobart is the sort of town that's better lent to taking things slow.
We stayed in North Hobart at the Lodge on Elizabeth which was ideal for two reasons. First, the B&B was comfortable, completely charming, and we could explore the whole city on foot from our doorstep. Second, North Hobart is where all the restaurants serving more than just seafood are clustered, so it's a great place to get a good meal as well as a taste of how Hobartians live.
Mr. Wellington looms large over the city and offers up an unmissable chance to get a birds eye view of the whole valley. We only stayed long enough to snap a few photos - the wind was so fierce it stung - but the views were worth it for those few second at least.
I like to consider myself a bit of a market aficionado now that I've spent so much time at The Spring Shop's Pop-Up stalls, so I was keen to plan our Hobart stay to coincide with the Salamanca Markets. My first impression was that I couldn't be believe how packed the markets were. There are some incredible artisans set up at these markets, and wonderful hot food on offer. Still, I couldn't help notice that a lot of the fruit and veg stands have been replaced by trinkety wares for tourists, and I hope the trend doesn't go so far that Salamanca becomes somewhere the local community avoids instead of rallying around it.
Just up some steps from Salamanca Place are the super cute cottages that dot the streets of Battery Point. The windy streets often open up to views of the water; it's the perfect place walk around, daydreaming about making a sea change.
Many of the shops in Hobart's main streets look tired. Most would be right at home in a big country town of yesteryear (and sometimes I mean that in a good way) but there are also pockets of down right chic that aren't hard to find, if you know where to look. I followed the trail laid out in this post on The Design Files all the way to some stand-out boutiques in central Hobart where I did my Tasmanian souvenir shopping in the form of antique Japanese fishing floats, timber tea-light holders, home-made preserves, and hand printed tea towels. Here're a list of my favourite gems: (Please add your own in the comments!)
The Maker in Salamanca Place The CWA Shop in Elizabeth St Spacebar Gallery in Wooby's Lane, Salamanca Store & Co. in Macquarie St