A seemingly small city overflowing with culture, entertainment and, most importantly, that comforting feeling of a home away from home!

In search of a gap year adventure, I stumbled upon pictures of Tasmania and decided it was too beautiful not to see for myself, so we booked it all up and went to Tasmania in mid-2018. We stayed for 5 nights in an Airbnb situated near the top of a hill, which made for some amazing views! We caught an early flight from Melbourne so we had the whole day to become familiar with the city of Hobart – it was also a good chance to catch our breath after running for the flight, we checked in 2 minutes before check-in closed! It was stressful!

We had decided to rent a car so the first thing we did, after admiring the surrounding mountains, was find the car and get the heating on! The drive from the airport to Hobart was incredibly scenic, we loved the state already, but during our wait for check-in at the Airbnb we discovered a small town called Bellerive. It was situated across from the city, giving amazing views of the River Derwent, Hobart and the looming presence of Kunanyi/Mount Wellington. It was a cold day and we were tired from the early flight and travelling, so the day was spent eating and driving (with an early night of course!)

The pretty sunrise from the plane to Hobart

We didn’t have any definitive plans for the next day, we just drove around exploring until we spotted somewhere to stop – the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens! It was a great expanse of land covered with an abundance of flowers and trees, remarkably beautiful colours for winter too! We explored the Gardens and amongst the flowers and trees, we found a building that housed Antarctic plants. We were already quite cold but figured why not, so we had a look and it was quite cool (no pun intended, promise), considering my biggest travelling dream is to visit Antarctica. After admiring the Gardens, we drove around the Queens Domain area and saw the city from a really cool point of view before driving over to the historic area of the city called Battery Point.

Battery Point was a really lovely place with small cottages surrounding the historic buildings, including a museum called Narryna, the Merchant’s House. We received a brief history from a nice lady, whom I have unfortunately forgotten the name of, who said it was her first time doing the speech! She did a great job and we were thoroughly intrigued by the facts and house itself. The museum is dedicated to colonial Hobart, venturing through the lifetime of the house before it was turned into a museum in 1955. The architecture and furniture were beautiful and we really enjoyed looking around the house, learning history around every corner! If you’re ever in Hobart, I really recommend Narryna as it is an in depth look into the local social and historical culture; it truly is a resident landmark for Battery Point and, of course, Hobart.

Steps surrounded by beautiful trees in the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens

The next day we took a drive up to Richmond, it was about a 25 minute drive to the historical town. After finding a place to park, which was relatively easy, we had a look around the quaint town centre, looking in various little shops, including a woodwork shop called The Woodcraft Shop which sold amazing hand-crafted wooden souvenirs and other works. We journeyed on to the Old Hobart Town model village, it was really cool to see the model of Hobart from the early 1800s, the details were amazingly intricate and they even had a scavenger hunt for certain objects or people throughout the model (which we successfully completed and got a sticker – we had a lot of fun doing it too!) I do recommend visiting this attraction if you’re ever in Richmond, it is an interesting view of early colonial life in Hobart, with extremely friendly staff, who are helpful with any questions you may have.

Whilst in Richmond we had to visit Australia’s oldest intact gaol, so onward we went to Richmond Gaol. It was full of history and information to learn all about the happenings of the gaol, including past prisoners and daily life. We went on a quiet day so it was quite eerie at times; we went into a small building and it was really dark, so we looked around to see if there was something to read in case we had wandered into an unused building, so I said, “I wish they’d put a light on so we could see,” and, lo and behold, a light turned on – it was really spooky! Whether there were cameras or a sensor, I have no idea but we looked around before the light turned on so that maybe rules out the latter. After the Gaol, we ambled around the town, walking up and down streets and looking at nice buildings until deciding to go to a Georgian Museum called Oak Lodge, though it was unfortunately closed. Instead, we drove to Richmond Bridge, the oldest intact bridge in Australia and the local landmark. It was quite pretty, so we took a few pictures and drove back, Hobart-bound.

We drove straight up to Kunanyi/Mount Wellington, we timed it perfectly as we got to the top just as the sun was about to set. Despite the absolutely bone-chilling wind and temperature, it was so worth doing to see the amazing view of the city and beyond. I highly recommend doing the drive to Kunanyi/Mount Wellington but I do recommend wrapping up! There is a viewing platform at the peak, which gives you a nice view without the freezing wind.

The beautiful Georgian house that is now the Oak Lodge museum

Nearing the end of the trip, we had a day of basic exploring; we revisited the Botanical Gardens and walked along a path that took us around the Queens Domain and back. We travelled to a little beach called Cornelian Bay, which gave a picturesque view of the Tasman Bridge, beach huts and the side of Queens Domain. After taking our pictures, we went back to central Hobart and visited the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, where we looked at absolutely everything but our favourite part was a room dedicated totally to Tasmanian Tigers as it was so intriguing. We walked around the city centre until we decided to go back across the Tasman Bridge and look around Bellerive Yacht Club, which was a pretty marina full of boats and a good photo opportunity.

The shadowy outline of one of many ships moored at Bellerive Yacht Club

We got up quite early to look around the Salamanca Markets, a local weekly market filled with an abundance of different things. We spent a good amount of time looking around, there were so many stalls, so if you’re ever in Hobart on a Saturday make sure you check out the Salamanca Markets! We decided to explore a more rural aspect of Hobart, so we drove out to Mount Field National Park, enjoying the lush greenery and misty mountain tops – we didn’t go in due to time but there was visitor centre there where you can pay for parking and enjoy the walks and adventures in Mount Field National Park, with the very rare chance to possibly see a platypus (if you’re lucky enough!). We went to Ralphs Bay to catch the sunset in a beautiful location with the lake and towering mountains behind, before sitting on Bellerive Beach and soaking in the view of Hobart City at night one last time.

The rocky shores of Bellerive Beach during the sunset afterglow

If you’re looking to view Australia from a magical, diverse point of view then I highly recommend visiting Hobart or even Tasmania in general! The mountainous landscapes are vastly different to those on mainland Australia and the natural beauty of the state is breath-taking. If you want to see more pictures of this beautiful city then please view my other post here.

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Never stop wandering!

Header photo: Richmond Bridge, Australia’s oldest intact bridge in Richmond, Australia
Date visited: June 2018

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