This post was written in response to a question we came across on Twitter…
Here are some thoughts on what to do on your weekend trip to Tasmania. I note you are interested in arts and outdoors and will be travelling to both Launceston and Hobart. I hope this information helps!
Given your interests and that you are visiting Launceston and Hobart I would recommend the following:
MONA – The Museum of Old and New Art is not to be missed. If you can get there on a Saturday afternoon you will also be able to attend the MOMA Market which has many quality Tasmanian food stalls. You should also consider taking the ferry out to MONA from the Hobart wharf as this is a great trip and you get to see lots of the river Derwent.
Salamanca Market in Hobart during the day on Saturday is also fantastic. While you are at Salamanca there are many art shops and galleries to visit. Also many great coffee shops, cafes and restaurants. Smolt Restaurant in Salamanca Square (behind Salamanca) is a fantastic restaurant, and the Machine Laundry Cafe does a sensational breakfast, but there are so many great spots around Salamanca!
If you like wineries (we do!) then a trip out to Richmond will take you past many wineries on the way and the village of Richmond itself is great for a wander. There is also an old-fashioned lolly shop with all your childhood favourites that is well worth a visit.
If you like history, old buildings, heritage and our convict past then a trip to Port Arthur for the day from Hobart is well worthwhile. The drive takes about an hour and a half from Hobart and there is a lot to see! There is a Devil Park, Federation Chocolate shop, the historic site itself and much more.
Depending on the weather, a trip up Mt Wellington can be fun and you can get a great view of Hobart and surrounds!
In Launceston, I would recommend a trip to Seaport – a precinct near the city with great restaurants and a river boardwalk. The Cataract Gorge is nearby also and is a really beautiful place. If you visit at dusk you will get to have the place nearly to yourself and see a lot of wildlife.
The Tamar Valley Wine Route is also just out of Launceston and there are some fantastic wineries very close to Launceston.
If driving between Launceston and Hobart then the old towns off the main highway are well worth a visit during the trip. Many of them have antique shops and show you the history of the area. The Ross Bakery is well worth a visit too!
Hope that helps. We have posted on many of these suggestions on our blog so take a look around and see what else interests you.
If you are reading this post then please feel free to post your comments with suggestions on what you would do in Hobart and Launceston for a weekend trip. Let us know your favourite places!
Dale & Jo.