Maison del Mar (c1840) is located in one of the most exclusive residential areas of Hobart with Nutgrove Beach at our backdoor. The beach is very safe for swimming – yes it does get hot enough to swim in Hobart – or walking off a large meal, or watching the sun set.
The light in Tasmania is very gentle, with beautiful sunsets and sunrises, and dreamy clouds of many colours, it would inspire any artist. If you are an Art Collector, Tasmania is well represented by its artists and artisans. The galleries of Hobart boast beautiful pieces and paintings. The Tasmanian Art Gallery (free entry) and Allport Gallery have beautiful collections of early colonial artists, and go through to the most modern art – both a must for Art Buffs. Tasmanian arts are celebrated each year by the festival “Ten Days on the Island”.
Salamanca Place has galleries, boutiques and fine dining and is a must for all visitors. On Saturdays the world famous Salamanca Market is a buzz with activity and not to be missed. Food, jewellery wooden products (especially Huon pine) fortune tellers and every other thing one could imagine is available in this bustling, fun market!! With Mt Wellington is the background – this is the perfect holiday photo.
Everywhere one goes in Hobart the wonderful Mt. Wellington dominates the vista. It’s beauty is legendary, covered with dark clouds, one minute, then showing its full splendour the next. A drive up the mountain is a joy, either by car or on the back of a Harley Davidson motorbike – you will love it. The panoramic views are amazing – don’t forget to take a warm jacket, even in summer, it’s chilly on top.
Shopping in the CBD in Hobart is very good. Major department stores from the mainland are here, and small boutiques with Tasmanian products too. The Mall is interesting for shopping or sipping a coffee and watching the world walk by. There is a tourist information office in the Mall and they will direct you to the shops that interest you. They are also helpful if you wish to see a play in oldest theatre in Australia – “The Theatre Royal” or listen to the TSO playing in their new home!
A walk around Battery Point is a wonderful way to fell “Old Hobart Town” the way it use to be. Originally a gun battery and housing area for the soldiers, it is a wonderful area of heritage listed homes! Don’t be afraid to ask the locals questions about Battery Point, you will find them friendly and informative. There are organised tours of this area if you like a more informative tour!
Hobart’s restaurant and café scene is buzzing. With our world famous gourmet produce and wines most restaurants offer local fare. In January “The Taste of Tasmania” will certainly satisfy every taste. This coincides with the “Sydney to Hobart” Yacht Race – so a visit to the wharf in January is a must!
In the same area Constitution Dock is a pretty sight, with cray boats fishing trawlers, and pleasure boats. It’s a wonderful area any time of the year, with many cafes and fine dining restaurants too. If you fancy a cruise on the Derwent River – this is the place to go!!
Hobart boasts the oldest Casino in Australia so if you feel lady luck is smiling on you – pop in for a flutter, but don’t forget – they always win in the end!
Maison Del Mar