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West Hobart is an inner city suburb of Hobart, the capital of Australia's island state of Tasmania. Lonely Planet has called Hobart one of the top ten spots to visit in the world right now. Looking west from Arthouse Hobart you can see the nearby 1,270m-high Mount Wellington. Just below the Arthouse is the Rivulet walking trail, which takes you into the city centre, or across to the Cascade Brewery in South Hobart and on towards Mount Wellington.
Hobart wraps around the vast and pristine river Derwent. At the city's iconic waterfront area enjoy the contrast of elegant heritage sandstone alongside modern architecture. Dine at one the many fine restaurants right on the water. Take a walk along the pristine river and marina, explore the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery or take a ferry up river to MONA for an out-of-this-world contemporary art experience.
Explore Salamanca Place, a short walk from the waterfront, with its galleries, theatres, craft shops and restaurants in 1830s Georgian warehouses and on Saturdays enjoy the food and entertainment of Salamanca Market, Australia's best outdoor market.
Mona, the Museum of Old and New Art, is Australia's largest private museum and houses a collection that ranges from ancient Egyptian artefacts to some of the world's most infamous and thought-provoking contemporary art. Mona is the only Australian gallery experience that offers visitors a vineyard setting within a 15-minute drive of an Australian capital city, world-class fine dining , cellar door tastings, micro-brewery tours, 5 star accommodation, an all-year events program including two major festivals, and an internationally significant museum with a cafe and museum shop. Not to be missed.
Follow the Hobart Rivulet downstream to the city or upstream to the foot of kunanyi / Mount Wellington. Catch glimpses of the city’s history. Until the 1860s Hobart Rivulet was the main source of fresh water for Hobart and so the colony grew up along its banks. You will pass the World Heritage Listed Female Factory, an institution used to house convict women and their children. Further upstream is the historic Cascade Brewery.
Cafes and Restaurants
Hobart has some of Australia's best food, sourced fresh from local providers, including the famous Gourmet Farmer. Sample breakfast at the award winning Pigeon Hole Cafe, a short walk from Arthouse Hobart. Enjoy dinner at Templo, a few minutes further. Sip cocktails at the Henry Jones Art Hotel or kick back at the Glasshouse on the waterfront. For variety head over to Elizabeth Street in North Hobart where you can find almost any type of cuisine. Brunch is also great at the latest cafe in town, Born in Brunswick. On the way stop by Bett Gallery, Hobart's most prominent commercial gallery, and home to Caroline Rannersberger's work, your host at Arthouse Hobart.
Bruny Island has some of Tasmania's most beautifully preserved natural environments with abundant wildlife and spectacular views. The island is about 50 km long with North and South Bruny islands joined by a narrow strip of land called The Neck. This isthmus is an important habitat for native wildlife. A highlight is South Bruny National Park, with towering cliffs overlooking long sandy beaches and coastal heathland. The island is also a haven for many rare and endangered plants and animals. Exploring Bruny can be as quick and easy as taking a spectacular half-day boat cruise around the island, though a longer stay reveals the many secrets of this special place. Take time to enjoy the famous local produce; Bruny is home to producers specialising in oysters, cheese, wine and craft beer. Bruny Island is accessed via a regular 20-min crossing on vehicular ferry from Kettering, around a 35-min drive south of Hobart.
Bruny Island attractions
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