Honeymoon Guide to Tasmania: Hobart & Surrounds

Tasmania’s beautiful outdoors, eclectic culture, packed event calendar, and fine gourmet food makes it a chic honeymoon spot. Venture down to the south end of the Apple Isle and discover the dazzling capital, Hobart and surrounding hot spots.

Wowed by dining hot spots, natural beauty, friendly locals and the marvellous Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) the time to visit Hobart is now! A good start is to base yourself in the city for ease and close proximity to the surrounding attractions so you can get amongst all the action. Our top hotel picks for the area include The Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel, The Henry Jones Art Hotel or somewhere along the popular Hobart Wharf.

This picture perfect city is bursting with history, natural beauty, and delightful experiences and was notably voted by Lonely Planet as one of the top 10 city destinations for 2013.

Venture into the old maritime village of Battery Point and take in the prominent colonial architecture, stroll through the lush landscapes of the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens or discover Salamanca Place with its local art galleries, craft shops and restaurants. 

Why not spend your Saturday morning soaking up the atmosphere at the famous Salamanca Markets. This iconic market is a celebration of Tasmania’s unique culture, talented musicians, artisans and diverse producers. Here you will find fresh produce, warm treats, aromatic coffee, festive tunes and some local arts and crafts. Or you can catch the ferry along the Derwent River to MONA to check out art works from some of the most controversial artists of the era and then stop for an excellent pinot noir at Moorilla  Estate winery’s Cellar Door. If you fancy something a little more scenic take a drive up Mount Wellington for romantic panoramic views of Hobart, the Derwent River, mountains and surrounds.

Dine in at the quaint seafood restaurant The Drunken Admiral at Hobart Wharf for a truly exceptional experience teamed with an innovative and delicious menu. We personally think it’s the best seafood restaurant in Hobart (and possibly all of Tasmania!) so a must-do on your trip.

There are so many places a stone’s throw from Hobart that you should consider visiting. Make the journey out to the heritage-listed Port Arthur site for a day trip full of the fascinating history and stories of the convicts, restored period homes, ruins and picturesque grounds. If you’re brave enough for a ghost tour, explore the Port Arthur site in darkness with a guide recounting the mysterious tales and unexplained occurrences by candlelight. Drive south-west out of Hobart for a day trip to the stunning Tahune AirWalk; an adventure not to be missed if you are an avid nature fan, photographer or just enjoy the fresh air of the outdoors. With trails for all levels on the way to the AirWalk, the swinging bridges overlooking the forest canopy are breathtaking!

One spot not to be missed is Bruny Island south of Hobart. Your tastebuds will be dancing after you try the local gourmet and artisan delights of premium wines, cheese, fresh oysters, berries, handmade chocolates and truffles, all produced on this gorgeous little isle.  The Bruny Island cruise is the most popular tour in Tassie and for good reason. You will travel the coastline past cliffs and sea caves to the point where the Tasman Sea meets the Southern Ocean (on the way to Antarctica). Surrounded by wildlife you are sure to see seals, dolphins, whales and of course, the many sea birds that reside on the island. For two great photo spots, visit the lighthouse at the southern tip of the island and the neck, where north meets south on the island.

Tasmania’s capital is rich in history, waterfront surroundings, world renowned local foods and outdoor experiences to guarantee a memorable honeymoon for newlyweds. If you’re seeking a romantic adventure, a gourmet paradise, culture and natural beauty then this is the place for you.

Keep an eye out for the next honeymoon blog devoted to exploring the picturesque Apple Isle.

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