Hobart – the end of the rainbow

It’s officially the last week of winter in Australia and while Brisbane has been feeling more like summer, Hobart is delightfully crisp and the peak of Mount Wellington is lightly sprinkled with snow.

We’re back in Tasmania this week for work and play – and to take in more of this endlessly photogenic city. The pictures tell the story…

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We’re staying in Wrest Point Casino. I remember coming here – well, trying to get through the front door – while I was prac-teaching in Hobart in the 1980s. It was Australia’s first legal casino, so there was a super strict dress code for this posh, state-of-the-art venue.

But the guys I was with didn’t cut it in the best-dressed department and we didn’t quite make it beyond the bouncers in the foyer. C’est la vie.

It’s looking a little tired now and the gamblers aren’t exactly the who’s who of Australia (oh, that’s why they let us in), but just nearby on a grassy stretch of land at the edge of the bay there’s plenty of action.

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Ducks, pied oystercatchers, seagulls and other water birds mingle on the lawn outside the casino under a waning moon. It’s a festival of birds.

Meanwhile in Berridale, a short boat ride from Hobart, the Museum of Old + New Art (MONA) nestles in the landscape waiting to impress. Like a fortress, it holds a whole other world within.

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And when you’ve immersed yourself in incredible, often confronting works of art in this underground space, you can come up for air and indulge in delicious food and bevs…

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Moo Brew beer tasting at MONA

Back in Hobart, Saturday morning meanderings through Salamanca markets must be followed by some R&R in Jack Greene’s, one of our favourite bars.

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Upstairs at Jack Greene’s is the perfect place to hang out…

Of course, there’s world-renowned whisky to be tasted at Nantes, galleries bursting with the exceptional creations of local artists, and a whole waterfront to wander along.

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With the wilderness not too far away and those endless water views, Hobart – well, all of Tasmania – really is pure gold at the end of the rainbow…

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Past posts about Tasmania:

Bruny Island Cruising

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