A note about “The Weather”: layer up and take a raincoat everywhere. I know people talk about four seasons in one day, but Hobart in October seems to exemplify this. One night and morning we were particularly cold – only to look up at Mt Wellington to see it dusted in snow. Later that day as the sun came out we stripped to our t-shirts. And later again we drove through a hail shower. Bring layers and carry them with you!
A few more highlights of our Hobart Trip worth mentioning for other Travellers
- Barilla Bay Restaurant a fantastic introduction to Tasmanian cuisine – oysters to die for We were picked up by friends from the airport, and taken here for lunch – not far from airport, so we did not have go far. We had a Barilla Bay ‘Shucking Awesome’ Oyster platter with a Barilla Bay Reisling and some fries. The oysters were superb – 6 different flavours – overlooking the river. Highly recommended – very special.
- Lipscombe Larder – near Sandy Bay and UTAS – we shopped here nearly every day – for food to take out to friends, for lunch, for snacks. Great one stop gourmet food store.
- ArtMob – is a fabulous Art Gallery on the waterfront featuring mostly Aboriginal Art, we were strolling by and got invited in to an opening and ended up buying a piece. Nearby a series of bronze sculptures line the waterfront.
- The walks: Hobart is built around the shores of the River Derwent, with mountain backdrops. Almost everywhere you go there are glimpses of water and gorgeous sheltered bays – a kayak would be a must here. Above the building line there is the bushline, also accessible. The birdlife is abundant.For the Bush – we walked around the Alum Cliff track.
For City life – we strolled along the waterfront in the city to Salamanca and the historic precinct of Battery Point (great shopping!), and fabulous fine breads cakes and pastries at Jackman and Mcross bakers.
For Water – I nordic walked along Nutgrove and Long Beach – great little cafe on the water there – The Beachhouse Cafe, which was obviously a popular haunt of pushchairs, bikers and walkers. But these are just a few of what is on offer.
- Fleurtys Cafe and Farm Walks
It is quite a drive from Hobart, but that was what our day was about. What a treat to find this gem in what appeared to be the middle of nowhere.Amazing food – lunch special was Pide – I had roasted chicken with preserved lemon, cheddar, red onion, smoked paprika aoli dressing and rocket on an open toasted pide (turkish bread). Cynthia had a gluten free version.Lunch was followed by a great walk through farmland and bush with sculptures dotted along the pathway. Fantastic – take a brolly, you can never trust the weather here in October.
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