Hobart is one of the world’s most picturesque harbour cities, so spend day one exploring the historic waterfront areas of Salamanca and Battery Point.
Don’t miss the much-admired Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery and wander the rows of Georgian sandstone warehouses that are now the galleries, theatres and restaurants of Salamanca Place. Dine at one of Hobart’s new breed of restaurants that are drawing chefs and diners from all over Australia.
The next morning, take a deep breath and board the Mona Roma ferry to Mona (Museum of Old and New Art) for The Full-On Turrell. Check into your luxury Mona Pavilion then descend into the subterranean sex and death-themed museum. The Full-On Turrell gives exclusive access to all of famed light artist James Turrell’s brain bending works, of which Mona has one of the best collections in the world. Dinner is a very fancy VIP food and wine degustation in Faro restaurant, rubbing shoulders with a few more Turrells.
Breakfast on day three is in Mona’s chef’s hatted Source Restaurant – Bloody Marys optional. Explore any parts of Mona you missed the day before, then return to Hobart and make the 90-minute trip by car south-east to the Tasman Peninsula. Check into your accommodation in the Port Arthur area.
At 4pm it’s time to spin the Wheel of Fate at Port Arthur Historic Site. Port Arthur is the best-preserved convict settlement in Australia and among the most significant convict era sites in the world.
The Wheel of Fate experience puts visitors in the shoes of some of Port Arthur’s most notable individuals, seeing where they worked, slept and ate and going behind the bars to explore 19th century life in this infamous prison settlement. Then as night falls, sample local Tasman Peninsula produce in a dinner prepared by Port Arthur Historic Site’s head chef, within the walls of this World Heritage-Listed site, before returning to your accommodation.
On day four, consider spending the morning (or another day or two) exploring the natural wonders and wildlife of the rugged Tasman Peninsula, with its breath-taking seascapes and some of the tallest sea cliffs in the world. Then return to Hobart.
Credit - MONA