The Tassie road trip: Part 1 Hobart
I was recently lucky enough to spend 8 glorious days travelling around beautiful Tasmania. Having been to the capital Hobart for work a few months earlier, I was keen to get back there to explore more of the countryside. The fella was there for work reasons, and having nothing on myself, I decided to tag along.
Over the next few weeks I’ll be sharing some of the adventures and pictures that I took on this amazing road trip adventure. I’m so excited to be able to finally share this with you!
Let’s start at the very beginning…
We started in Hobart. The beautiful, riverside, charming capital, that reminds me so much of many Welsh seaside towns. We were put up in the gorgeous Old Wool store Apartments (you can read my full post about the accommodation here!), which placed us right in the middle of the action.
The fella and I enjoyed a leisurely wander to Salamanca Place in the evening, past the marina where we could see all the boats. Salamanca is packed with restaurants and bars, and is generally pumping most nights of the week. As it was the weekend most places were heavily booked, but we managed to score a quiet table for some gourmet wood fire pizzas and a few glasses of the famous Tassie wines!
Our walk back to the hotel took us via the wharf where we stopped for gelato. Clearly everyone in town had the same idea (oh those balmy nights!) so we decided to keep walking through the streets with our icy treats in tow.
First things first. Coffee.
The next morning the fella went off to work and I was left to explore the city on my own! Hooray! As it was a Sunday I knew that there were weekend food markets close by, so I set out on foot in search of a strong coffee before hitting the markets. Luckily I knew just where to head- the most popular and most regarded coffee house in town- Pilgrim. Usually I would have loved to stop here to eat a leisurely cooked breakfast, as their food here is fresh and delicious, but as I was keen to get to the markets I quickly stoppered by to grab one of their large coffees and continued on.
To market. To market…
I walked until I found the food market (not to be confused with the famous Salamanca Place markets on a Saturday, which I was super disappointed to miss!) Before long I could smell the distinctive aroma of freshly baked bread and street food stalls, and I knew I had found the right place. Filled with produce stalls and pop up street food stalls this is a foodie paradise.
Tasmania is renowned for their incredible produce- especially their dairy and wine products, but looking at the fresh items on sale at this market it all seemed impressive and delicious. I decided to pick up a pork belly bahn mi and continue walking towards Salamanca. I was not disappointed with my choice- the pork belly was rich and glazed generously with a hoisin styled sauce that complimented the pickled veggies perfectly. I could have eaten two easily!!! (Note: The most famous food stall here is the Japanese sushi stall, and from the look of the line plenty of people think it is well worth the wait!)
I wandered on to check out the bookstores and jewellery boutiques in Salamanca. Hidden amongst the stunning sandstone buildings are galleries, coffee shops, clothing and book stores with a strong focus on Tasmania made items. I ended up spending a few hours purchasing a pile of new and second hand books, before making a major purchase on a stunning blue resin ring at the FIND Collective. (I’m now the proud over of two rings from this store- both stunning.)
At this point I was keen to return to the accommodation to drop off my books and pick up some supplies. This naturally ended in an indulgent mid afternoon nap. Don’t you just love those?!
An unplanned run in the park…
In the late afternoon I enquired how far the Hobart Botanic gardens were, and was told they were in comfortable walking distance from the hotel. Clearly the hotel concierge is a long distance walker, cause they were not a ‘comfortable’ distance, it was a long hot walk through dodgy looking scrubland where I actually was worried I might go missing…
(Safety first peeps- if you feel unsafe or uncomfortable in a situation, get the hell out of it- asap!)
I ended up running and I mean RUNNING through this deserted park until I found the botanical gardens. And I am not a runner! I’m sure I was completely safe, but there is just something about being alone in an unfamiliar, quiet and isolated place that just makes my skin crawl!
Making it to the Hobart Botanical gardens I was very relieved and happy to plop down under a shady tree and examine the beautiful gardens and to check out all the people visiting- tourists, young families, couples, etc. I spent the next hours wandering the gardens, checking out the vegetable patches and admiring the colonial brick walls.
Returning to the hotel (via cab I must admit- there was no way I was walking back through that park) to meet the fella we decided to call it an early night with a home cooked meal in our apartment. We had a big few days planned!!
Stay tuned for the next part of the HBT Tasmania Road trip- MONA and Richmond.