We escaped busy, bustling Sydney for some Easter Weekend exploring and R&R in Tasmania. For those of you who are unfamiliar (I was before moving to the Southern Hemisphere!), Tasmania is an island about 150 miles south of Australia. With a much colder climate, large rural expanses, and rich history, Tassie was the ideal Autumn getaway, full of stunning scenes around every corner. We packed so much into a long weekend that I will break up the trip into two posts. I’ll start with Hobart and will report back on Friday with a review of Woodbridge on the Derwent. Enjoy, and start making those plans to visit these special places!
- Hobart, the capital city of Tasmania
- This quaint city is home to 40 percent of the 500,000 residents who live in Tassie
- Despite beginning as a British penal colony, it is completely charming and hosts a wide variety of stunning vernacular architecture, much of it Georgian in style
- Woodbridge on the Derwent, a boutique hotel in New Norfolk
- This beautiful inn has a rich architectural history that I cannot wait to share with you
- The enthusiastic, personable owners made sure every detail was thought out– being in an industry where attention to detail is everything, I noticed and appreciated every touch
One word comes to mind: unique. Situated on the water and full of history, the city offered pure sensory overload, from sparkling ships on the sea to historic homes down winding lanes. The endless vendors at the Saturday markets were brimming with countless varieties of flowers. Yet, in complete contrast to these delightful, simple, naturally beautiful details, MONA is an edgy (to say the least) museum that is completely wild both in terms of its location and content. I have never seen anything like it and am already itching to go back. In short, Hobart has something for everyone. Enjoy these favorite photos from this unforgettable trip.
Historic Architecture, Flowers & Fences:
The images speak for themselves.
Fleurs at the Market:
Hobart’s location directly on the sea combined with its dramatic Autumn skies resulted in quite a few sights to behold!
An acronym for “Museum of Old and New Art,” the galleries are situated in an enormous bunker-type underground building, which is a work of art in itself. The exhibitions are highly controversial (I’ve spared you with these G-rated images) yet inventively, ingeniously curated. The indescribable experience makes you think, talk, and consider what is art and what is not. Below are some of my favorites.
Have I tempted you to book a trip to this unforgettable island yet? Whether you are seeking quaint architecture and a step back in time or wish to ponder some rogue art over a glass of wine, Hobart has it all. Stay tuned for my recap of Woodbridge on the Derwent next!