Australia is a bloody big place- so much so that visiting a different state or territory is like visiting a different country. None more so than Tasmania, a large island sitting between Melbourne and Antarctica. I recently had the chance to visit for a five day trip, based out of Hobart and exploring the South Eastern region.
Tasmania has a much more laid back feel than cosmopolitan Melbourne but the sense is that this is a place on the up and I think that the next 10 years or so will see this become a much more popular destination as people catch on to the great food, wine and spectacular scenery on offer.
On arrival we picked up the rental car from the airport and after dropping bags off at the apartment in Sandy Bay, headed up the slopes of Mt. Wellington.
Being a port city, Hobart has plenty of fish and seafood options and for dinner we opted for the popular 'Drunken Admiral' on Hobart Waterfront. It is a quirky place with plenty of seafaring memorabilia everywhere. The food was OK but was really just 'posh fish and chips'.
Next day it was off to MONA for some culture...located 20mins upstream from Hobart the complex looks like a criminal mastermind's lair but is in fact Tasmania's mecca for the arts.
Followed by stepping back in history as we toured the UNESCO World Heritage site of Port Arthur.
Ferry across to Bruny Island
Up the East coast to Freycinet National Park, stopping at Devil's Corner winery en-route for a spot of lunch.