What do you do when Virgin Australia are offering a return trip to Hobart for $59? Head on out and see how much of it you can do in a day of course!
It just so happened that Jetstar were offering a very similar deal ex-Sydney, so I managed to convince another friend to join on this trip to check out Hobart for the very first time.
The plan for my day was as follows:
- Fly from Melbourne to Hobart – arriving 9:55am
- Rendevous with my friend flying in from Sydney
- Take the shuttle into the city
- Walk around, go to the markets, check out the harbour and rivers etc.
- Return to the airport for my flight back to Melbourne at 5:55pm
With the airport being around 20km from the CBD, taxis to the centre are quite costly, even if sharing between two. Alternatively, you can take the airport to hotel shuttle which at the time was $30 return. As we were only staying the day, we arbitrarily picked some hotel in the city centre to get off.
Upon arrival, Hobart reminded me somewhat of New Zealand, where I had been a few months earlier. The weather was grey, scattered showers were predicted, it was the very beginning of spring so there was a bit of chill in the air, but that did little to cloud the very colourful public art installations on the way to the markets.
The Salamanca Markerts are a famous craft, produce and art market which runs in Hobart every Saturday from 8:30am to 3:30pm.
Located on near the various jetties at Salamanca Place, it is chock full of people with a wide variety of local crafts and produce on sale, as well as an iconic Alpaca.
However with rain inbound, many shops started to cover up with operators setting up their shelter!
As one the closer ports in Australia to Antarctica, there was many research vessels such as the L’Astrolabe docks in Hobart.
We definitely experienced at least three seasons that day.. Starting off with a cold winter, a warm, sunny spring, followed by a wet autumn… Probably not the best time of year, but that didn’t stop us walking most of the main areas.
All in all, not a bad way to spend a Saturday. In many ways, Hobart takes on the best of a lot of cities I’ve been to and combines it together in a compact, buzzing town. There’s the outdoor adventuring feeling of New Zealand, coupled with the fresh produce and good food sourced locally in Tasmania and a splice of hipster, with many hole in the wall coffee shops and sustainable micro projects. Will I be back? Probably not any time soon, but this taste for Tasmania as a whole means that I’ll definitely take the car ferry here and spend a week driving around.
More excellent photos from my friend can be found on his Flickr.