How to spend 48 hours in Hobart, Tasmania

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A couple of weekends ago, my mum and I took an early morning flight and stayed in Hobart overnight. Compared to Melbourne, Hobart feels like a country town. It’s quaint, filled with rich history and old architecture. It’s a beautiful spot and a great place to spend a weekend.

Day #1

Stop #1: Salamanca Market

The Salamanca Market is an icon of Hobart. The market takes place in Salamanca Square between the harbour and the beautiful old buildings that line the street. The market is filled with fresh produce, food, flowers, home wares and interesting trinkets. 

Stop #2: Museum of Old and New Art (MoNA)

Firstly, the museum is set within the most beautiful location. It is on the edge of harbour and built within a rock face, so essentially the museum is a giant cave. The museum is a modern art lover’s dream. I wouldn’t say I’m a modern art lover, but the museum was definitely an interesting experience. 

Stop #3: Mt Wellington

After MoNA, we drove up to Mount Wellington, a 1.2km high mountain, and braced ourselves for the temperature drop. The views of Hobart from the mountain were incredible, and so was the wind. I felt like my face was being blown off, but it was worth the views.

Day #2

Stop #1: Wharf

Along the wharf are floating restaurants, we spent our afternoon eating a seafood feast and walking around the beautiful pastel coloured buildings.

Stop #2: Royal Tasmanian Botanical Garden

We strolled along the beautifully themed gardens of the Royal Tasmanian Gardens, which included an Sub-Antarctic Plant House. But then it started raining…

Stop #3: Cascade Brewery

To escape the rain, we visited Cascade Brewery, Australia’s oldest brewery from 1824 that is still operational today. The grounds of the brewery are immense and also include a heritage-listed garden. Deciding against a beer tasting paddle, we warmed up with some coffee and cakes. 

It was a beautiful weekend in Hobart, I’d love to go back to Tasmania and explore the state’s nature. Have you been to Tasmania and how long did you stay for?

Thanks for reading!
Nat xx

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How to spend a long weekend on the Mornington Peninsula

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HOW TO SPEND A LONG WEEKEND ON THE SOUTH OF THE MORNINGTON PENINSULA

Thanks to a lovely friend and their family beach house in Shoreham, Ivor and I had a little escape to the southern region of the Mornington Peninsula just before the craziness and excitement of Christmas.

In true Melbourne fashion, the weather was up and down with the sky covered in grey clouds and sporadic bursts of intense sun. But luckily the Mornington Peninsula isn’t just blessed with beautiful beaches but also an abundance of wineries, restaurants and distilleries, so there’s always something to do. 

DAY #1 – REST AND RELAXATION 

We walked over to Honeysuckle beach, laid out a towel and spent the entire afternoon absorbing the beach atmosphere and endlessly reading our books. 

DAY #2 – PT LEO ESTATE

From the recommendations of our lovely friend’s mum, we went to Point Leo Estate. 

As soon as we arrived at the front entrance of the estate I was blown away. The driveway and the estate’s main building are so incredibly beautiful! 

We decided to splurge and have a nice end-of-year lunch and wine there, which was delicious. Then we made our way through the estate’s sculpture park, yes that’s right – there’s a sculpture park!

The sculpture park is $5 entry and takes around 60mins to walk around. If you don’t want to splurge on lunch or if you’re not a wine drinker, I would still highly recommend visiting Point Leo Estate just for the sculpture park. The park is huge with incredible views of the surroundings bays. The copious collection of sculptures in the park is impressive, with some famous and recognisable pieces in the park previously pieces placed around the Melbourne CBD.

DAY #3 - REST AND RELAXATION CONTINUED…

To be honest this day was another chilled day of reading and watching Netflix.

Have you been to the Mornington Peninsula before? Or where’s your favourite place for a chilled weekend escape?

Thanks for reading!
Nat xx

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