By June Ramli
Hobart, the charming capital city of Tasmania, is often described as a quieter counterpart to bustling metropolises.
If you’re seeking a serene escape from the urban chaos, Hobart offers just that, combined with an abundance of opportunities and picturesque surroundings.
In this article, we’ll take you on a journey through Hobart’s unique character and offerings.
Getting to Hobart: A Scenic Bus Ride
For solo travellers, arriving in Hobart via bus is not just convenient but also a scenic delight.
Bus tickets can be conveniently booked online, and payment options range from online transactions to paying the driver directly.
However, don’t forget to carry the exact change if you choose the latter option.
The ticket prices vary depending on whether you qualify for full fare, concessions, or Tasmanian student rates.
The two-hour bus journey, much like a postcard, treats passengers to stunning landscapes.
If you’ve driven from Sydney to Canberra via Goulbourn, you’ll find the route to Hobart similarly captivating, albeit with more open spaces and the occasional sheep encounter.
Exploring Hobart: A City that Beckons
Upon reaching Hobart, the city’s charm gradually unfolds.
The bus conveniently dropped me off near my hotel, revealing a cityscape reminiscent of Sydney’s bustling shopping districts.
However, my mission was to uncover the essence of Hobart rather than indulge in retail therapy.
Hobart has become an increasingly popular destination for individuals seeking permanent residency. Despite its peaceful ambience, it offers ample employment opportunities and the promise of substantial savings.
For those inclined to trade the city’s frantic pace for a more relaxed lifestyle, Hobart seems like an ideal choice.
Cultural Immersion at the Museum of Old and New Art (Mona)
My first stop in Hobart was the renowned Museum of Old and New Art (Mona).
This intriguing museum, owned by Australian millionaire David Walsh, has an atmosphere reminiscent of the Louvre.
A paid experience for most, Tasmanians can enter with a substantial discount.
Remember to carry identification, as they do check.
A ferry ride offers a unique approach to reaching Mona, which I highly recommend.
Besides its remarkable art collection, the facility hosts a library where visitors can request books for research purposes.
An interesting detail: you can’t borrow books; only staff members have that privilege.
A Culinary Experience at The Tasman
After I visited Mona, I returned to my accommodation at The Tasman and savoured the culinary delights at Mary Mary and Peppina’s.
The city’s gastronomy is diverse and indulgent, reflecting its rich cultural tapestry.
Saturdays at Salamanca Market
On the following day, I ventured to Salamanca Market, a bustling marketplace that comes alive primarily on weekends.
While I missed the livelier weekend atmosphere due to the drizzle, I still enjoyed a stroll in the area.
Salamanca Market is a treasure trove of local produce, crafts, and artisanal goods.
In essence, Hobart is not a world away from Launceston; both cities exude a similar relaxed pace of life with Hobart being marginally more vibrant.
It’s an ideal place for young couples looking to raise a family or simply for those seeking a tranquil escape.
Additionally, Hobart’s colonial charm provides an excellent backdrop for photo shoots, making it a preferred destination for fashion houses.
In my opinion, Hobart’s unique blend of serenity and vibrancy offers something for everyone.
Whether you’re a traveller in search of cultural immersion, an aspiring resident, or a business looking for the perfect photoshoot backdrop, Hobart stands ready to enchant and inspire.
June Ramli is the editor of DailyStraits.com. To stay in touch with June, look her up on Twitter @junesairaramli