The Hungry Belly Tasmania Road trip
Part II – MONA and Richmond
One of the main reasons I decided to return to Tasmania was the chance to explore more of it at my own pace. Thus the Tasmania roadtrip plan was born! Wanting to be able to jump in the car, find a perfect place, than cruise along till we found another perfect place was the whole idea. I wanted to experience the best of Tasmanian hospitality and enjoy it’s wonderful fresh produce.
The next step of the Tasmania roadtrip saw us depart charming Hobart and head north towards Launceston, with pit stops at MONA and Richmond.
As my fella was there on a work trip we were limited to time in each place, and he was required the following day in the northern city of Launceston. Luckily for us his company had allocated the whole day as a travel day, which was brilliant as Launceston is only two hours drive from Hobart. This meant that we had the whole day to ourselves to explore, before finding our way to our accommodation in Launceston. What a perfect situation for a Tasmania roadtrip! Tick!
In search of baked eggs…
We set off early looking for a delicious cooked breakfast, of which I am totally obsessed! Eggs anyone?! After eating there on my first trip to Hobart I was keen to show off my discovery of Tricycle cafe- a sweet spot tucked away in Salamanca Place that served awesome coffee and wicked baked eggs. Luck however was not on my side that morning, the cafe was closed and I was sorely disappointed! We found another spot to eat nearby, but I was sad I didn’t get my baked eggs. The Baci bakery was only a short walk away, and had an indulgent looking front window which drew us in. The food was alright. I think I chose badly. Prosciutto never seems to taste great in a toasted sandwich. (Anyone else have this issue??) All in all it was a fine breakfast that filled out tummies ahead of a big day of exploring.
Sweet treats in Battery Point
There was one final stop to make in Hobart – Jackson & McRoss. This iconic Battery Point Bakery was the ideal choice to pick up some afternoon tea snacks before we headed towards MONA. The first time I was in Hobart Jackson & McRoss was my local coffee shop, and I loved going their every morning for a coffee and a sweet treat before work. Remembering it fondly we picked out some pastries and a sweet tart which I enjoyed later in the day. The selection here is overwhelming, and generally everything is delicious!
We then headed to our hire car company Thrifty to pick up our little car. Due to time restraints I decided it was easier to fly directly to Hobart and hire a car, rather than take my own car on the Spirit of Tasmania (a large passenger ferry which sails between Melbourne and Hobart). It was going to cost us around $40 a day (plus petrol) to hire a car from Thrifty, and I was happy with my selection of a small Toyota Carolla. The two of us threw our bags in the bag, placed our coffees in the cup holders and hit the road- MONA bound. A cruisey twenty minutes away!
Getting our art fix…
Arriving at Museum of Old and New Art (MONA)- the excitement kicked in big time! This was a museum that I had been dying to see for ages! Weirdly enough I had been to MONA a few months prior for a party in the gardens, but had never been inside to see the art. I wasn’t going to make that mistake twice!
It wasn’t a particularly busy day so we got straight through the ticket line and before we knew it were were descending into the deep vaults of the museum, through layers and layers of carved sandstone. The next few hours were spent in a blacked-out, blissed out, art-nirvana. (You can read my post about my 10 reasons to visit MONA here!) This museum is a MUST see for those visiting Hobart, especially lovers of art or architecture. MONA will shock and delight you!
Sadly after an afternoon of art, fine wine & oysters we piled into the car and I vowed that I would return again someday soon.
Onwards to Richmond…
Watching the beautiful Tasmanian landscape stroll past, and finally getting the hang of my new little car I picked up pace and headed for the historic town of Richmond.
Located only half an hour north of Hobart this quiet town is famous for two things- it’s bridge built-in 1825 and it’s colonial goal which is still open to the public. The gaol was an eye opener to the harshness and cruelty that convicts endured. It was especially real when locked in the prison cells – a dark tiny room, where even a few seconds felt like an eternity!
Back on the road we hit speed and continued onto Launceston. This would be the longest drive of our Tasmania roadtrip. An hour and a half later we were there and checking into our accommodation at the Best Western PLUS Launceston. (I’ll write a full review of that soon!)
By this stage we were both hungry and after something quick and simple. We found a local bistro, which I can’t even remember the name of! Tucking into pizza and beers we were both happy!
Returning to our hotel we were happy to chill out and plan the next few days of our Tasmania roadtrip! Fresh seafood, historical properties, antique stores, fruit farms- Tassie was overwhelming us with choices!
Stay tuned for the next part of the HBT Tasmania Road trip- Part III Launceston