Before, I touched upon a part of how I spent 1 day in Hobart. It was an odd day where the weather turned from a bright sunny day to snow. That happened in the Tasmanian capital of Hobart.
Despite the fact I only spent 1 day in Hobart, I’d argue it was my favourite city in Tasmania. Not that there are tons to choose from, but still.
I’d spent a day having a look around before retiring back to the hotel. Skimping out on the photography, I’ll explain what I found, and what I thought of this unusual place.
I say unusual, but I guess quirky is a better way to describe it.
There are lots of places in Australia that feel like a bit of a throwback to the 70s. It isn’t a negative thing, it gives them a bit of charm and they feel different from other western towns and cities.
Spending a day in Hobart reminds me of that. Not so much in the city centre, but there are areas which feel a bit older. The obvious ones to point out for me are the older style two-pump petrol stations that I saw a ton of in Queenstown.
I stayed at the Hotel Grand Chancellor on the waterfront. It made sense given the short time we’d only planned to spend a day in Hobart. As a bonus, we got a huge room with comfortable double beds, and a view of Mount Wellington out of the window. All in all, not bad. The proximity to everything in the CBD and the water made it even better. That gave me plenty of time to go and take in the sights.
Almost directly outside the hotel, and a quick 180 degree turn, and you get a view like this.
I mean, who doesn’t like boats? Or the sea? Or the mountains? It has almost everything I could want in one picture. Except for dinosaurs. There weren’t any dinosaurs.
Still. After spending some time relaxing by the water, I took my time walking around the CBD looking for a restaurant to get a bit to eat. I can’t speak for anywhere that requires a bit more walking to get to amenities, but staying centrally to the rest of Hobart was a stroke of genius. It’s worth considering, particularly if it’s within your budget.
If you have more than a day in Hobart you’ll be able to fit more into your visit. As an example, I’ve heard there are a few stories behind the city hall that are worth learning about or would be interesting to know about.
So this time I chose to explore Hobart on foot and to head up Mount Wellington before moving on to the next stop of my road trip.
I can’t advise on what would be the best things to do to fill up your time here, but I can recommend taking the time to look around. The locals are friendly, and you’ll never be too far from a watering hole. If you’re looking at places to go that I haven’t mentioned, Tripadvisor has a few excellent suggestions.
Next time I hope to chalk a few of them off myself.