Image via MONA
Whether you’re all over boring hens parties, a few are pregnant and can’t fathom another stripper or maybe you’re all just keen for an excuse to get your girl gang together for a trip away, Hobart is a great place and has something for everyone.
My ladies and I were lucky enough to find a long weekend last year where we could all make the trip to Hobart. If you follow this itinerary as a rough guide, I promise you can’t go wrong! If anything, your bellies will be full of delicious food, maybe some wine and if you’re anything like us, a whole lotta laughter!
We all flew down on Friday morning and checked into our Air BnB. There are SO many great places in Hobart via Air BnB and it means you can find something big enough to all be together in one place. We stayed in Battery Point near the Salamanca Markets. This was a perfect spot as we were able to easily walk to some cute shops and the markets.
Images via Templo
Our first dinner was at Templo, where we did the Chef’s Menu. It was amazing and there was so much food. The space is small, but the atmosphere is great and you’ll be too busy chit chatting away to notice anyone else!!! The menu has changed a little since we were there, but every person raves about it afterwards!
Image via Templo
We then headed to a bar named Preachers, a little bit further down the road. There is a bus in the outdoor courtyard but it’s a fun place to finish off the night, you are on holidays after all!
After everyone has their first coffee of the day, it’s time to walk to the Salamanca markets. En route, we found a nice bakery Jackman & McRoss, where you can pick up a yummy croissant as you continue down to the market. At the market it’s packed on a Saturday morning. There’s everything from relish and jam’s to cheese and ugg boots! Warning: don’t fill up, lunch is coming…
We chose Stefano Lubiana Wines – Osteria restaurant for a late, boozy lunch. When you pull up, you’ll think you’ve teleported to somewhere in Italy. The architecture and design is cosy, inviting and honestly, it’s hard to believe you’re in Tasmania. It has a great view of the Derwent River and a great backdrop for any group shots you need to upload for insta!
Not only is there great food, but they also have a cellar door. So if you fall in love with any of the wine you drink, you can get some to take home. Or if you’re like us, drink it over the rest of the weekend!
Image via Stefano Lubiana Wines
A nice sleep-in was in order, but we had booked in advance and had our tickets to catch the ferry to MONA. Word of advice, ‘Posh Pit’ tickets are a must. They’re a little extra, but they serve canapés and champagne – there AND back! Ferries leave throughout the day and have a final service. Be sure not to get stuck and book to spend a good 4 hours there.
MONA is incredible. Whether you’re an avid art lover or simply appreciate it from a distance, if it’s not an exhibit you love, the architecture will surely capture your heart. There’s a more formal restaurant inside, but a more relaxed cafe in the grounds. We chose to have nibbles at the cafe after working our way through the museum. Before you know it, you’re back on the ferry ready to head home and get yourselves to dinner. Yep, time for more food!
We ate our last dinner together at Macq01 Hotel – the Old Wharf Restaurant. Completely different from everywhere else we’d been, it’s a more refined dining experience. There’s a great view out to the port and Salamanca Markets.
Seeing as it was the Queen’s Birthday long weekend, Sunday night was buzzing. So of course, we kicked on along the esplanade where the markets are held – for another tipple. There’s a heap of bars, pubs and clubs along there so find one that suits your mood!
Image via Old Wharf Restaurant
Time to return home, a little tired but full of happiness.
For a small city, there’s SO much to do and see in Hobart. I couldn’t recommend gathering the girls and booking a trip more. However, if you’re keen for a getaway with just your significant other, everything in this itinerary would work just as well! From food to wine to art, there’s a bit of everything, for everyone.