16 Jun Soul Travel – Hobart x
We recently travelled to Hobart for a 4-day weekend and had the BEST time. We’ve been to Hobart loads of times (love the 50min flight from Melbourne) but it was our first time with Luka and it was sensational!
I’ve decided to break this mini trip down into an itinerary style journal, so here it goes…
On Day 1 we flew out of Melbourne early morning with JetStar as hubby was heading to Tassie for work so we decided to tag along and make a long weekend out of it. Upon arriving in Hobart, we picked up a rental car from Budget (we always get a car when travelling with mini as it makes life soooooo much easier!) and headed to Kingston, a small coastal town about 15mins from Hobart. Whilst Hubby was working, Luka and I grabbed coffee (necessary after a 5am start) and brekkie rolls at Beachfront32 and went exploring down the beach. Kingston is tiny coastal town right on the beach which was so beautiful in Winter. There was a long stretch of beach, some amazing driftwood and a couple of hike paths which kept us entertained for hours 🙂 We also went for a stroll up to the shops and came across a gorgeous little boho store called X, with a fruit stall out the front to pick We picked Daddy up and headed to a late lunch at a gastro pub X which has an awesome outdoor area with a sandpit and giant bean bags with great food and local, organic cider Willie Smith on tap – win win.
After lunch we headed back to Hobart to check in to our gorgeous AirBnB and boy oh boy, were we blown away!! Attached to our beautifully restored cottage was the most breathtaking house overlooking the bay in Battery Point that we’ve ever seen. Only once we settled in and met the lovely owner Greg, did we learn that Battery Point House was actually featured on Grand Designs Australia!! The lovely couple who own the stunning home rent out the cottage at the front, Weene Cottage on AirBNB (direct link here) and live in the house at the front. The cottage was just stunning – it’s two storey, with two bedrooms, heated floors and a fully contained kitchen which was just perfect. And the very best bit aside from the central location, was the killer bay views from the lounge room window! A busy Day 1 called for a pizza delivery from local!
Waking up to a crisp but sunny Hobart day, we decided to head over to Mona. You can get to Mona either by ferry or car but we decided to take the car incase Luka fell asleep on the way home (exactly what happened). If you go to Hobart, Mona is an absolute must. What they have created it absolutely spectacular and you can easily spend the day roaming around the grounds, checking out the museum, having lunch and a cheeky wine tasting. It’s perfect for kids and plenty
of space to run amuk!
As predicted, Luka fell asleep in the car after a busy morning so we picked a random spot on the map (fun thing to do when you’re exploring) and drove to Opossum Bay. Let’s say we loved it so much that we were on realestate.com.au that afternoon looking at houses to purchase!! Opossum Bay is this tiny strip along the bay with the most incredible houses which literally sit on a cliff-face over the water – we did a little exploring and soaked in the sunshine. Day 2 was topped off by a dash to Woolies for roast chicken + pasta salad = yum!
Saturday morning started with coffee from Parklane Espresso (our go-to whilst we were in Hobart), a quick trip to Pigeon Hole Bakery and of course, Salamanca Market. Such a great market (can’t believe it’s on every Saturday!!) with lots of local produce and finds. We picked up some truffles from the Tasmanian Truffles stand and can’t wait to make sure truffle past at home. We’re Croatian and truffle pasta is quite a common dish down the coast whereas here in Australia, its a delicacy and truffles are hard to find and uber expensive so it was great to find something local. In the arvo (with little man asleep in the car) we headed up to the top of Mount Wellington for a look. It was absolutely freezing but well worth it for the killer view! About half way down they’ve opened this awesome little coffee spot in a container called Lost Freight. Super cute setup and great coffee too!
Last day, it was time to pack up and head off in the early arvo but not before a walk around the docks to check out the boats which Luka loved. We also came across Elizabeth Street Pier which had a great little cafe right over the water called Brooke Street Larder!
All in all, we loved our long weekend in Tassie and can’t wait to go back. We’re even planning a longer trip to drive around the island. Would love to hear your fave spots in Tassie?! And to top it off, if you want even more incentive to go travelling, head to Positive Health Wellness and read this great piece on “8 Reasons Why Traveling Is Good for Your Health” xx